Tickets On Sale for M/WVU in Brooklyn (per si_daddy)

Tickets On Sale for M/WVU in Brooklyn (per si_daddy)

Submitted by justingoblue on April 9th, 2012 at 10:25 PM

User si_daddy (who does not have enough points to make an OP) posted this link in the "Trey Burke is Back!" thread, but posted it down far enough that I don't think many people got the chance to take a look. Looks like anyone in the area or willing to make the trip owes him a bit of a posbang if this is news to you. si_daddy, if you're reading this, post and get your +1's.

Since it wasn't me who found this originally, I'll use the "I searched but found nothing" disclaimer. Apologies all around if it's been posted, but I searched and didn't see it.

http://www.barclayscenter.com/brooklyn-hoops/brooklyn-hoops-winter-festival/

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/000048738CAB88BF?artistid=1710072&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=7

OT: WVU applies to the SEC, Rutgers in contact with the ACC and Big 10, & UConn looking to the ACC

OT: WVU applies to the SEC, Rutgers in contact with the ACC and Big 10, & UConn looking to the ACC

Submitted by hart20 on September 18th, 2011 at 6:49 PM

It's being reported that WVU sent paperwork in to the SEC today, Rutgers is in contact with the Big 10 and ACC, and UConn is also in contact with the ACC.  I checked the "Texas to join Pac-12" thread but didn't see anything about any of this, so apologies if this has already been discussed. 

WVU

http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2011/9/18/2433625/sec-expansion-west-virginia-football-2011

http://twitter.com/#!/colin_dunlap/status/115505893356998656

Rutgers

http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootball/index.ssf/2011/09/rutgers_remains_in_contact_wit.html

UConn

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/6989031/uconn-huskies-aggressively-seeking-acc-move-source-says

OT: How awkward is this going to be?

OT: How awkward is this going to be?

Submitted by The Impaler on December 16th, 2010 at 4:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5927121&campaign=rss&source… I know that this situation has been talked about here before, but for the AD to officially say that Stewart is not our guy, but then keep him around for one year is degrading to the man. As a player how can you listen to anything Stewart says next year when you know that your OC will be taking the reins the year after? Apparently it has worked before, but you are bringing in someone from outside the program beforehand. I just don't it's the right move. I would just make him the HC this coming year.

Bill Stewart to resign following bowl

Bill Stewart to resign following bowl

Submitted by dakotapalm on December 13th, 2010 at 10:36 PM

According to the Smoking Musket (WVU blog) Bill Stewart will resign after the Mountaineers' bowl game. I'd seen several reports throughout the day that hinted at this, but this is the first concrete statment about the situation.

Oklahoma St OC Dana Holgorsen is expected to replace Steward. Interestingly enough, Holgorsen had recently declined to seek the Pittsburgh opening.

Link: http://www.smokingmusket.com/2010/12/13/1874910/breaking-bill-stewart-t…

Maybe this is one reason why DB is waiting until early January

Maybe this is one reason why DB is waiting until early January

Submitted by Don on December 1st, 2010 at 10:08 AM

A comment about RR and WVU on another thread prompted me to do some quick digging on the WVU/NCAA situation, and I came across this:

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/08/07/on-august-14th-rich…

"A closer look at the NCAA report on West Virginia shows that in violation 5(a) “Prior to the 2005-06 academic year through the fall semester of the 2007-08 academic year, the [WVU] compliance staff communicated concerns to the football staff regarding various individuals with interactions with football student-athletes during practice and game-day activities. However, individuals who were considered to be noncoaching sport-specific staff members continued to engage in impermissible activities… subsequent to the discussions.”

In layman’s terms, West Virginia’s compliance staff told Rodriguez he was breaking the rules and he ignored them.... When West Virginia faces the NCAA in December, it is likely Rodriguez will very much be a man of interest."

Assuming this article is accurate, then it provides another possible reason for Brandon to delay a decision until very late in December or early January. Even though the NCAA did find that the transgressions in the Michigan program were far, far less serious than the Freep alleged, the fact that we are going to be penalized at all is certainly a black mark in the eyes of many at UM. Brandon can't simply laugh it off in his capacity as AD, even if he thinks privately that the whole thing is a bit ridiculous. However, the WVU case is more serious for RR, since WVU is apparently alleging that RR and staff ignored complaints and concerns of the WVU compliance dept. It's difficult for him to maintain that he did nothing knowingly wrong at WVU when there is evidence that problems were brought to his attention.

I don't know what the nature of WVU's December appearance before the NCAA will be. The problem for Brandon is that he can't risk giving a public endorsement to RR's continuation as Michigan's head coach prior to the hearing, when there is a chance, however slight, that RR could find himself in hot water with the NCAA all over again. At this point, the issue of the seriousness of the infractions at WVU—practice time and impermissible coaching—is secondary to the issue of whether or not RR ignored the complaints from the WVU compliance people, which would indicate an attempt to knowingly flout the rules, however picayune they may be in our eyes.

If anybody here has more recent info that would eliminate all this as a concern for DB, by all means go ahead and post.

What if Casteel becomes available?

What if Casteel becomes available?

Submitted by mGrowOld on October 30th, 2010 at 8:26 AM

To the surprise of absolutely no one outside of Morgantown it's looking more and more like the Uncle Opie experiment  is failing badly which could lead to Casteel becoming available at the end of the season.  Does RichRod go get him?  He allegedly turned it down the DC initially because he didn't want to uproot his family plus he had a job but if Stewart gets smoked as expected that will probably not be the case anymore. And it would surprise me at least to see West Virginia stay inside the Rodriguez family tree and promote Casteel despite their defense being ranked 7th in the nation going into last night's game.  I'm not a Gerg hater by any means (the man doesn't exactly have the 86 Bears personnel to work with) but if Casteel became available at the end of the season I think Rich would try and get him. 

What do you guys think?

A Halloween Statistical Look at Saturday's Game

A Halloween Statistical Look at Saturday's Game

Submitted by Mr. McBlue and… on October 28th, 2010 at 4:19 PM

This:

(The mad scientist himself)

 Inspired this:

I decided to take a look at all Rodriguez-led teams’ offensive output in games that have led up to or have shortly followed Halloween. These games are limited to the 2001 season through the present. In games that were more than 6 days prior to Halloween, I included the game immediately after Halloween (to provide a ghoulish insight to what the scientist does in his dark lair).

Included in this analysis is a breakdown of the weather for those games. This was to see if there is a correlation between the weather, offensive output, and team record going into a Halloween game. Plus, it provided me more stats to compile to pass the time.

By creating this diary I hope to shed some insight on what we might expect on Saturday, based upon the law of averages, from our leader, the mad-scientist. NOTE: Defensive statistics, our frightengly young defense, and the whole Beaver Stadium/Joe Pa dynamic are NOT looked at. I didn't consider those because to the mad scientist, it doesn't matter who is the opponent.

Course of career since 2001:

 Night Games– 5 Day Games – 7

Compiled Stats:

Date

Opponent

Score
(RR v. opp.)

Record Going Into Game

Rushing

Passing

1st Downs

10/25/01

Miami(FL)*

(3-45)

2-4

55 for 193

72/21att

16

10/26/02

Miami(FL)

(23-40)

5-2

62 for 363

60/18att

21

10/22/03

Va. Tech*

(28-7)

3-3

59 for 264

162/14att

21

11/01/03

UCF

(36-18)

4-3

57 for 303

161/17att

19

10/30/04

Rutgers

(35-30)

6-1

54 for 267

165/14att

18

10/15/05

Louisville

(46-44)

5-1

53 for 281

109/27att

20

11/02/05

UConn*

(45-13)

6-1

57 for 228

144/18att

22

10/20/06

UConn*

(37-11)

6-0

42 for 263

156/14att

17

11/02/06

Louisville*

(34-44)

7-0

50 for 318

222/21att

24

10/27/07

Rutgers

(31-3)

6-1

47 for 254

144/16att

15

10/25/08

Mich. State

(21-35)

2-5

31 for 84

168/27att

13

10/31/09

Illinois

(13-38)

5-3

43 for 113

264/24att

17

 

Avg.

(29.3-27.3)

(4.75-2)

51 for 244

152/19att

18.6

* = night game

Rushing Stats based on NET rushing per game

First downs include pass, rush, and penalty

All football related stats were compiled from www.ncaa.org.

Compiled Weather

Date

Game Location

Avg. Temp Recorded That Day

Dew Point

Wind

Precipitation

10/25/01

Miami, FL

81.3

75.6

4.5 knots

0.45”

10/26/02

Morgantown

54.8

51.7

4.9 knots

N/A

10/22/03

Morgantown

47.3

40.6

5.6 knots

0.02”

11/01/03

Morgantown

59.9

52.3

2 knots

0.08”

10/30/04

NewBrunswick

57.1

54.6

4.9 knots

0.04”

10/15/05

Morgantown

59.7

48.9

5 knots

0

11/02/05

Morgantown

47.4

40.9

3.1 knots

0.03”

10/20/06

Storrs

59.7

56.2

5.3 knots

0.16”

11/02/06

Louisville

38.8

23.4

8.7 knots

0.03”

10/27/07

NewBrunswick

63.4

59.5

8.5 knots

1.2”

10/25/08

Ann Arbor

46.7

41.4

9 knots

0”

10/31/09

Champaign

51.5

38.2

10.6 knots

0.65”

10/30/10
FORECAST

STATE COLLEGE

60 high
37 low
47-ish at kickoff

Not Available

WSW @ 14mph
12.1 knots

10% chance

All weather data from Farmer’s Almanac.

Forecast from weather.com

1mph = 0.868976242 knots (per google calculator)

So, what can we expect from looking at the charted weather and statistics, compared:

The two statistical outliers for the weather are Miami in 2001 and Louisville in 2006. Additionally, with this being a night game in State College, I doubt the temp at kickoff will be higher than the forecasted high of 60 degrees. So, New Brunswick circa 2007 will be removed. By removing those games from the averages, here is what we might expect for OUR game based upon past Rodriguez teams:

10/26/02

Miami(FL)

(23-40)

5-2

62 for 363

60/18att

21

10/22/03

Va. Tech*

(28-7)

3-3

59 for 264

162/14att

21

11/01/03

UCF

(36-18)

4-3

57 for 303

161/17att

19

10/30/04

Rutgers

(35-30)

6-1

54 for 267

165/14att

18

10/15/05

Louisville

(46-44)

5-1

53 for 281

109/27att

20

11/02/05

UConn*

(45-13)

6-1

57 for 228

144/18att

22

10/20/06

UConn*

(37-11)

6-0

42 for 263

156/14att

17

10/25/08

Mich. State

(21-35)

2-5

31 for 84

168/27att

13

10/31/09

Illinois

(13-38)

5-3

43 for 113

264/24att

17

Averages:

SCORE

RUSHING

PASSING

FIRSTDOWNS

31.5-26.2

51 for 240

154/19att

18.6

 

 

 

 

AVG. Temp

Dew Point

Wind

Precipitation

53.7

47.2

5.6

0.1”

In comparing the chart above with the weather-related outliers removed, the averages pan out to being virtually the same as with the outliers included. What does this tell us?  Well, despite the weather conditions and the opponent, a Rodriguez-led team, leading up to Halloween or shortly thereafter will:

Approximately score 30 points, giving up 27 – thereby making a spooctacularly close game. The mad scientist will get his gargoyles running for approximately 240 yards, net, and get his henchmen passing for 150 yards on 19 attempts.  (including penalties for 1stdowns, we will have 18 first downs).  Amazingly, our 5-2 record is on average with a Rodriguez led team at this time of the year.  Why not expect more of the same?

Further, the weather is pretty close to what has been forecasted for State College on Saturday. Granted the temp might be a bit lower since it is an evening game, but it is nothing that the mad-scientist hasn’t seen since coaching in 2001.

This means that, despite everything else, the mad-scientist always comes prepared for a Halloween game. I anticipate the mad-scientist having his team ready to beat the zombies known as Penn State. This is not a trick - I think we are in for a treat (okay, someone had to do it - it might as well be me).

I do predicate all of this on one thing, though.  BEWARE OF THE SPOOKIEST COSTUME OF ALL, for even this the mad scientist hath no answer:

 

Enjoy the game fellas (and ladies).

Gibson at WVU

Gibson at WVU

Submitted by leftrare on October 20th, 2010 at 6:15 PM

In the comments of Brian's mid-season secondary review, poster Rasmus wrote

"I'd love to see someone do a study of Gibson's tenure as WVU's defensive backs coach, from 2001 to 2007. That's seven seasons of data. Were they generally decent, or a constant liability? Did players leave for no apparent reason? And so on..."

I bit on it.

Here are WVUs rankings in Pass Defense, PD Efficiency and Total Defense:

2001: 1/8/40

2002: 55/47/33

2003: 104/45/74

2004: 32/20/37

2005: 34/30/15

2006: 109/63/62

2007: 14/28/7

First of all, throw out 2001 and 2002 since the players on those teams were inherited by RR and staff.  Also, major caveat, as always, about WVU being a Big East team.  Also, also, there's the obvious problem that simply using team measurables isn't particularly precise in evaluating DBs specifically.  Anyhoo...

What's you see is two sloppy years and three respectable ones.

What I was more interested in was the level of talent they were able to recruit at WVU among DBs. So, first to identify the DBs, I went through the team's leading tacklers from 2005 to 2007 and culled out about 18 of them through that period.  Then I looked at the recruiting stats of those 18.  Wouldn't you know it, the very highest ranked guy was one Ryan Mundy, who actually led the team in tackles in 2007.

Of the 18 guys who played DB with some regularity, the average Scout star rating was 2.2; 8 were recruited as safeties, 2 as CBs, 2 as WRs, 2 as LBs, 1 QB, and 3 were walkons.  Pretty impressive, huh?

Conclusion from rough, derivative evidence: Gibson had shit to work with -- Mundy included according to anybody who reads this board -- and made good with it.

 

OT: RichRod and last night's game

OT: RichRod and last night's game

Submitted by Snidely Doo Rash on September 11th, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Anybody know how UUVU selected Bill Stewart as interim coach?  Was RR involved?  

I was pretty impressed with the Doc Holliday until they did the collapse, then I thought Stu and present staff played out the game well but he still seems like a chimp/chump.  And, why not Castell?  Anybody know if RR still in touch or severed ties?

Then there was the bad blood stuff between the doc and the Stewart.  What was that was about?

Great game.  Felt bad for Marshall and hope they keep it going.  Marshall to the not so big east along with Villianova?