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|1 day 16 hours ago||7-0 M.||
|3 days 8 hours ago||"numerous good seasons in two different conferences"???||
Rich Rodriguez has had a losing conference record in five of his six seasons since he left the Big East, and he's off to a good start at making it six out of seven.
Unless you're counting his success in the Mountain East Conference. Then it's a true statement.
Or you could say he's had numerous good non-conference seasons while coaching in two, or even three, different conferences. His non-conference record was pretty good at Michigan, too.
|3 days 8 hours ago||It was completely comprehensible.||
Think about what had just happened to Scott Shafer. He'd been effectively displaced as DC halfway through the year. Rodriguez had removed him from game-planning, changed the scheme, taken away game duties...and then, when the defense completely collapsed, fired him and kept the rest of the defensive staff. His only role, from Purdue on, was as a designated scapegoat.
Since we knew about that stuff here, I think it's safe to say that the coaching community was also well aware. How easy do you think it was to hire his replacement?
You treat people like that, it will come back to bite you in the ass. Greg Robinson was the penalty.
|3 days 9 hours ago||That got me wondering...||
Not counting bowls, he's won his last 20 non-conference games. The last loss was Toledo.
During that 20-0 non-conference stretch he's gone 20-32 in conference games (including the championship game last year).
That's amazing. Or his ADs have done him some scheduling favors. Or both. Arizona hasn't had a P5 nonconference opponent since 2012 but still there's an OK State and two ND wins in that 20-0.
|3 days 11 hours ago||If that's what they're doing...||
...they don't do it very well. Games don't always fill; in fact a couple of times I've gotten e-mails from them inviting me to play for free in a cash game--not the usual "free with your first deposit" deal but an outright freeroll--that turned out to be an enormous overlay.
I think that's probably their SOP--when a game's far from filling, at least use the empty slots for some free advertising, get someone in who's hesitant and maybe they'll become a regular. That makes a certain amount of sense if it was going to be a loss otherwise, but not so much if they were willing to simply fill out the games themselves.
|3 days 11 hours ago||That's not the same. Alford||
That's not the same. Alford had never coached in the PAC; in fact, I don't think UCLA had ever played one of his teams.
Fans pay a lot more attention to their own team's games, and nothing gives a bad impression of a coach quite like watching your team beat his like a drum year after year. How would Michigan fans have felt about a John Cooper hiring?
|3 days 11 hours ago||Tried to keep Shafer for longer than a year?||
How the hell could anyone have convinced Scott Shafer to return for another season, when his head coach was holding game-planning meetings with the defensive position coaches and leaving him out of them?
RR had turned his chair towards the wall. There is precisely zero chance that Shafer could ever have been persuaded to work for him again.
|3 days 11 hours ago||He'd be a very tough sell at UCLA.||
They've played his Arizona teams four times and won them all, by an average score of 42-18.
Before Rodriguez got there, UCLA had lost five straight to Arizona.
RR may not be the relevant variable, but fans aren't always rational. He will not be the next coach at UCLA.
|3 days 11 hours ago||They were 7th in the PAC last||
They were 7th in the PAC last year in defensive FEI; they were 7th in S&P+.
There are 12 teams in the conference--that's not top half.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Not so much, this year.||
Stanford didn't have particularly good field position last week--in one stretch they scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions and five of the six drives were 60+.
|3 days 11 hours ago||"If you can only win with one DC, that is a big weakness."||
There's something quite bizarre about this, isn't there? How often do you see something like this out in the world?
I'll say this: if I interviewed someone and he told me if I hired him I'd better open up the checkbook and do whatever it takes to bring his assistant in too, my first thought would be to wonder if I was interviewing the right guy. If he's that important, maybe I should just hire the assistant?
|3 days 12 hours ago||Arizona is currently 97th in||
Arizona is currently 97th in rushing defense, 103rd in pass defense, 110th in total defense, and 106th in scoring defense. Looking for some tempo-adjusted stats I see that they're 113rd in third-down defense and 122nd in red-zone defense. They haven't played a particularly difficult schedule, either--their SOS at Massey is 44th.
Three of their four FBS opponents so far have had their highest point total of the season against UA.
FEI stats aren't out yet, but their defense ranks 97th at Massey (which at least is schedule-adjusted), worse than all P5 teams except Kansas and Texas Tech.
I think it's fair to say they've suffered more hammering than the average team.
|3 days 12 hours ago||One problem's been solved...||
...they haven't fumbled a punt return all year, and they lead the country in yards per return.
Of course, through five games they 've only returned one punt. You have to force them before you can return them.
|3 days 12 hours ago||If you want to use that comparison...||
...imagine that through some sort of bizarre quantum magic the cards at one casino are always dealt in exactly the same order as at the other, and an employee at one is on the phone to a player at the other during the hand.
|3 days 12 hours ago||The dealer can see your hand...||
...but the dealer isn't playing. They don't care who wins--they get their 10-12% rake regardless.
My guess is they'll swing the hammer pretty heavily on this. They're fighting a regulatory battle over whether they're a gambling site or not and they could easily be regulated right out of existence if they aren't careful. They've got every incentive to run a clean game.
|6 days 8 hours ago||He got the last drive.||
Barry Sanders run for 65 yds for a TD (Conrad Ukropina KICK)
|6 days 8 hours ago||over-under on play in this drive?||
I say they score in six.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Against Northwestern they were...||
Either Northwestern's defense is very good or Arizona's is very bad.
(These choices are not mutually exclusive.)
|6 days 8 hours ago||Here's your Stanford drive chart for this evening...||
|6 days 8 hours ago||Basketball there is generally on the up.||
Last year wasn't so good but they were in the tournament the three years prior.
Which for Colorado is probably the high ebb of the program's history. They'd barely gotten a sniff of the tournament in decades before they hired Boyle five years ago. Just the Chauncey Billups teams--I don't think they'd had any other trips since the early 70s.
|6 days 8 hours ago||So, too young then...||
...to remember Whizzer White.
|6 days 8 hours ago||"Let's go, defense. Go out||
"Let's go, defense. Go out there and get the offense the ball back."
Which they do. As quickly as possible.
|6 days 8 hours ago||AD department as a whole is OK...||
Defending x-country national champs (two years running), awesome skiing program.
Football's terrible. The rest of the department is fine.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Concussed last week.||
Concussed last week.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I think it was pretty clear...||
...that he didn't give two shits what the fanbase thought. The people that mattered: his players, his colleagues, his bosses, Bo...they wanted him to stay.
It's also BS to suggest it was because the team wasn't performing to their usual standards. The day he decided he'd had enough, Michigan was 11-0 and #2 in the polls.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Don't really need to see the rest of the box score...||
|6 days 12 hours ago||In all seriousness, who would want that job?||
No matter who you are or what you do, one side of the booster community or the other is going to hate you, because they hate each other so much they have no choice but to take sides. And whichever side turns on you is going to cut off the recruiting pipeline, and you'll be out on your ass with a blemish on your resume.
Honestly, the only guy that's been able to unite that fanbase in the last 50 years was Mackovic. Everybody hated him so much they were finally able to agree on something.
It's the most political job in the country and it's the very last place I'd want to coach.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Because LSU wasn't allowed to||
Because LSU wasn't allowed to schedule two FCS teams in one season.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Why Bill Martin was caught||
Why Bill Martin was caught off guard is a complete mystery, when just one year prior he'd talked him into staying one more year.
But you're right--I don't know how this "forced to retire" meme has survived.
|6 days 14 hours ago||They're not going to get it||
They're not going to get it done thanks to the turnovers and bad special teams, but yards are San Jose State 293, Auburn 170.
They were four touchdown underdogs. That's not supposed to happen--usually if a game like this is at all close it's because the weak team got some breaks. Here the weak team crushed the SEC boys at the line of scrimmage and lost because of turnovers.