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12/05/2018 - 9:03am I think this actually…

I think this actually incentivizes conferences to reexamine how they pick a champion. For as much as I hate the Big XII, they have 1 vs. 2 and would have been happy with either winning the conference. As long as you have unbalanced divisions (see SEC East before Georgia resurgence) you always have the possibility of a statistically inferior team winning a 1-off conference championship game. That's on the league structure and no team should be penalized because they followed the rules and won. Maybe the B1G needs to look at realigning the divisions more frequently. Maybe they need to move to a round robin. Maybe they divide the conference into 2 divisions based on past performance and decide the champion out of the "better" division. The point is, when you don't play everyone, you make rules that can make you look dumb. 

11/30/2018 - 12:59pm I've been trying to wrap my…

I've been trying to wrap my head around a realignment that isn't the Leaders and Legends debacle, but balancing the divisions seems difficult doing it based on geography. North/South might work, depending on where and how crooked you draw the line. The best I can do is:

B1G North: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue

B1G South: Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers, Maryland, Penn State

That seems to balance 3-4 traditionally strong schools in each division (bold), but the weaklings all sit in the South now. If anyone can improve upon this, it'd be greatly appreciated.

11/30/2018 - 11:37am I would fully agree with…

I would fully agree with this if the free market link to the NFL didn't exist. I get that you are advocating for college coaches to be teachers and invested in the mission of the school. But I'm fairly certain taking even a position coach spot in the NFL would outpace NCAA head coaching salaries. IMHO, I think this would negatively impact the quality of the product on the field.

 

However, maybe having an overall salary cap for a football team that's supported by football revenue sharing could work. But that has to cover all player costs and coaching costs. Might work?

11/29/2018 - 11:07am If you have XBOX360 or PS3,…

If you have XBOX360 or PS3, there are a group of fans that regularly update the rosters of NCAA14 and allow you to play with the current rosters in the game. Agreed it's not the same as a fully redone game, but it holds you over in the meantime.

11/15/2018 - 9:47am Beilein always seems to miss…

Beilein always seems to miss the crooked coaches memos. Remember when he wanted to get rid of everyone paying recruits (read: every Power 5 coach). He's never been an assistant and has never played by anyone else's rules. That's why we love him

11/15/2018 - 9:43am Psssssh...it's still a rutger

Psssssh...it's still a rutger

11/15/2018 - 9:42am I think we need some sort of…

I think we need some sort of new nickname for Ann Arbor related to these two men locking down everything in sight

11/11/2018 - 1:15pm I see you still have…

I see you still have Maryland in the ACC

11/09/2018 - 5:10pm I'm assuming no steakhouses…

I'm assuming no steakhouses are dumb enough to offer the % off promotion again. Especially considering giving customers money back after 100+ point victory is a non-0 possibility

10/18/2018 - 6:12pm Yeah as I reviewed more, I…

Yeah as I reviewed more, I don't have an answer. Unless Ben got injured in some way (which the staff is never going to reveal). On a related note, can we develop a 2nd FB that isn't Wangler? Way too many FB dorfs for my liking

10/18/2018 - 5:08pm Does anyone else think the…

Does anyone else think the Ben Mason absence was designed to mess with a team that practices against I-Form Jumbo sets all week and likely knows how to defend the FB? I think the Shotgun was RPS to mess with what Wisconsin likely was keying on.

10/17/2018 - 12:39pm I think that mentality is…

I think that mentality is really important and really overlooked. Speight had tools and showed upside as a game manager (see Minnesota Halloween game). But Shea wants to make everyone better. That's something that you have to have buy in on. You can't make a guy watch his film and see his mistakes. Someone that wants to correct them will do so. Great to see that Michigan is bringing in guys who want to be that way

10/15/2018 - 10:57am Unfortunately, I think it's…

Unfortunately, I think it's very easy for people to turn a blind eye to personal failings in light of professional success. For many of these kids, it's a business decision to get paid on Sundays and Meyer has a track record there. Harbaugh does make us relevant again, as he can boast not only making kids NFL ready, but also to knowing what NFL coaches want and having connections in the league.

I've heard lots of talk about how Harbaugh's old school personality rubs a lot of this generation the wrong way. IMO, we don't need whiners who can't deal with hard work and constructive criticism, so I hope we keep getting men of character.

10/12/2018 - 12:14pm I think concussions were…

I think concussions were never being talked about in any sport. Football had major issues with CTE and prominent suicides (Seau, Sean Taylor) and then had a major lawsuit. Soccer definitely has its fair share of concussion worries. Former MLS MVP and USMNT star Taylor Twellman retired in his prime due to concussion issues at age 30 and has already donated his brain to science upon his death (he's 38 right now).

There has been some conscious efforts at lower levels to reduce concussions by avoiding headers. The play has multiple risks. One is the ball careening off the head at high speeds (which some have tried to remedy through headgear that cushions the forehead). Additionally, these are the balls that get contested most and end up with really bad collisions (or punches in the head from a charging keeper). Concussions in general need to be addressed and are an unfortunate part of every sport.

10/11/2018 - 8:12am I think the conversation in…

I think the conversation in hockey gets left behind because of culture and finite lineups. Hockey players (even moreso than football players) are taught to tough it up and keep playing through basically anything. This likely extends to head injuries and would require some sort of formalized concussion protocol to be enacted. College hockey has cracked down on any hits to the head (match penalty), but that seems like a reaction rather than a solution.

Additionally, the finite lineup of 18 skaters per night makes losing any player to injury devastating. Voluntarily removing a player who claims to be fine is not in a coach's plan during the game. It would be interesting to see leagues begin to experiment with an emergency 19th skater to be used in case of concussion/injury (mimicking in some ways the emergency 3rd goaltender). Having that extra skater would allow coaches to send players with potential concussions to get treatment in game. Thoughts?

10/11/2018 - 8:07am My professional opinion …

My professional opinion (pharmacy researcher who has dabbled in substance abuse work) is that they tend to go hand-in-hand. Substance abuse is usually born out of some type of mental health issue and is a form of self-medication. 

10/11/2018 - 8:05am At this time, there is no…

At this time, there is no valid diagnosis for CTE in a living individual, although imaging studies are underway to determine the CT/MRI signals indicative of CTE. Right now, diagnosis requires autopsy evaluation of the brain, which complicates the imaging studies (to confirm diagnosis, someone has to die which means any study will be small and take time)

10/10/2018 - 12:53pm I think Dwumfour is in there…

I think Dwumfour is in there because Don Brown was daring NW to run, a part of their game that is extremely ineffective, especially without Larkin. As far as slant coverage goes, good passers like Thorson can hit pinpoint passes. That's going to be tougher for guys like McSorley and Lewerke to do. I expect to see Dwumfour in there against MSU until they can prove they can run the ball out of something other than forward pass options.

10/08/2018 - 9:15pm Not going to the game, so…

Not going to the game, so this is free for anyone to use. Be creative, but if someone can get the logo from the Book of Mormon and show a Badger running the other direction, I think it would be subtle and funny

10/08/2018 - 9:11pm For the first idea, you…

For the first idea, you could put a nice "Error 404 - Image not found" on there

10/02/2018 - 9:41am I feel like you would only…

I feel like you would only need to add First Down markers to the other sideline. Then you have a straight line across the field that you could create a gate via sensors in both First Down markers (not the Crooked Blue Line(TM) we currently have) and then can sense whether the sensor in the football breaks the gated plane. Same thing with End Zone pylons. The issues with "being down" could then be mitigated by synching the video feed with the sensor (which could literally change from red to green when the ball crosses the plane). This would also work well on forward progress, as you can then prove JT was short.

09/26/2018 - 1:23pm Given his power …

Given his power (understanding the injury may have limited his explosiveness), do you think he could project as another player who slides from SDE to 3T as he gets on campus and adds bulk?

09/17/2018 - 3:58pm Frost was still using the…

Frost was still using the same playbook at UCF with his claimed NC. You know what they say about sore losers.

09/17/2018 - 1:24pm Rankings are a joke. They…

Rankings are a joke. They are based on eye test and inborne issues with subjectivity. If you check the FPI and S&P+, we are ranked 8th and 10th, respectively (ahead of ND). This accounts for SOS and actual efficiency. Also, a reminder that these rankings mean nothing in comparison to the CFP rankings that will come out later this year (which are also inefficient).

 

With that being said, I don't understand how a home loss to BYU still leaves you ahead of a team who lost by 1 score on the road at ranked ND. UGH!!!

09/01/2018 - 6:09pm It gets even better in…

It gets even better in October. Wake up to the Prem, have an afternoon kickoff at the Big House, then catch some evening baseball playoffs/early season hockey. I live in New England now, so I usually try to pull in a few College Hawkey games, so there's that in the late season too

09/01/2018 - 12:59pm "Cornerback. Ben Wallace,…

"Cornerback. Ben Wallace, the unit." My life is now complete. Well done and Go Blue!

09/01/2018 - 9:37am *Sheepishly raises hand* but…

*Sheepishly raises hand* but I only asked for like 5 extra minutes coupled with a full half hour of #YHOJ. I guess they misunderstood my response

09/01/2018 - 9:30am Other places refer to Justin…

Other places refer to Justin Tucker of the Ravens when discussing this. It's using a K on kickoffs that can ping long hang-time kicks to the goal line or just short thereof. It allows the coverage team to fly down the field and pin the opponent deep by being in position when the kick is caught. The strategy came into play when Touchbacks on kickoffs moved from the 20 to the 25. Pinning returners inside the 25 was a win. With the new rule, these kicks are more likely to be fair caught. We will see what happens.

Personally, if they want to reduce kickoff injuries, just remove the kickoff. There's some plans out there that would change the kickoff to a 4th and 15 situation from your own 35 (we will ignore the name that has been attributed to the idea for obvious reasons). In most cases, this would obviate a punt, which has less injury risk because everyone starts on the line of scrimmage and not getting a 45 yard head of steam to kill someone. Making it 4th and 15 allows for teams to attempt an "onside kick" by picking up 15 yards in some manner. It's more of a solution than what has been going on in the NCAA lately. Full description of that plan in the link.

https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/03/05/ncaa-kickoff-touchback-rule-change-nfl-combine

08/31/2018 - 5:52pm I'm still waiting on the…

I'm still waiting on the holder preview!

JK, thanks for all of the hard work with the previews!

08/30/2018 - 1:42pm But I want holder rankings!

But I want holder rankings!

08/29/2018 - 10:05am I think they're hoping to…

I think they're hoping to camouflage Wimbush with the turf to avoid Gary and Winovich, in which case they should wear white and give it 5 minutes

08/27/2018 - 2:04pm But I wanted to hear a…

But I wanted to hear a nuanced discussion of Kimera Bartee vs. Brian Hunter argument. Or if you prefer Gabe Kapler to Bobby Higginson. If we could get that transcript somewhere else, it would be great!

All kidding aside, great work as always

08/16/2018 - 12:04pm I fully agree with your…

I fully agree with your points. However, for change of pace backs/spell backs, which the 3rd RB tends to be, these are less important. Although it becomes easier to key on the defense if a 1-dimensional player comes in, having a 3rd RB come in for a down to run up the gut doesn't require those same reads (I will admit to not addressing ball security)

08/15/2018 - 12:33pm Was going to post about this…

Was going to post about this. Glad someone beat me. I remember watching this game when I was home alone and my parents were out (I was a lame 13 year old). Great memory

08/15/2018 - 11:48am I think it comes from the…

I think it comes from the learning curve. If we stick strictly to offense, QBs have to learn the whole playbook, WRs/TEs have to learn blocking schemes and route trees (although there can be some contribution in special packages, see: McDoom, Eddie), OLs need to learn all of the blocking schemes (and most need to learn actual pass protection), whereas RBs struggling with pass protection or catching the ball can follow holes and contribute with runs. It seems like the position is simultaneously the position with the lowest difference in play between high school and college and where cracks can be papered over by simply handing them the ball and telling them to follow blocks.

08/13/2018 - 11:58am I am clueless on what we…

I am clueless on what we would name them, but I am fully in favor of splitting D1 into 3 divisions. You would have the current FCS as the lowest division (let's call them 1-C). The current FBS would be divided into 2 sections of teams (let's call the lower 1-B and the higher 1-A). My guess is that the NCAA would do this by pulling the Power 5 conferences up and pushing the Group of 5 down, but this is my comment and I'm going to shake things up a bit. In a bit of cream skimming, the NCAA selects the top 48 teams by S&P+ to form the new 1-A with the remaining 82 making up 1-B (I know the numbers there are messy, but we can adjust 1-C and 1-B later).

Division 1-A will be split into 4 regions, with teams grouped together geographically as opposed to by conference affiliations. This will decrease travel for all fan bases and should keep most historic rivalries together. Each year, all teams will have 1 non-divisional game and play each of the other 11 teams in their region. The top team in each region qualifies for the Playoff, except now there's no committee to screw it up. If expansion of the playoff is desired, you simply grab the next x number of teams in each division (for 8 team, top 2 advance, etc.). On its face, lots of people will bemoan lower tier schools being shut out. But I'm also a soccer fan and I have your answer (to everyone's chagrine). PRO-REL!

The bottom performing 2 teams in each region (you can expand or contract this to your heart's desire) is dropped to 1-B each year with a corresponding number of teams brought up (1-B will also have a championship tournament in my head and the final 8 would get promoted). After each promotion, the regions get reshuffled (because 4 new southeast-ish teams would not need to be playing Oregon and Stanford every year) and the fight begins anew. It makes every game worthwhile, recruiting more important, and it gives smaller schools opportunities to win titles (at 1-B) and overachieve into powerhouses (Boise State?). I know this is a long and convoluted comment, but would love feedback.

08/02/2018 - 1:04pm The pattern Brian…

The pattern Brian establishes here (read: anyone who has an inkling of college football has known) is repeated violations in the face of NCAA regulations. Tattoogate was strike 1. Now we are talking Title IX violations on top of the whole wrestling fiasco. Take this story and move it to a Group of 5 program and there are citations for lack of institutional control with programs (football, wrestling at minimum) getting shut down in a death penalty scenario. Now, remember that this is one of the 5 most important schools for revenue for the NCAA. What should be a death penalty scenario will likely end in a slap on the wrist or at worst another coaching show-cause penalty that allows the program to endure an interim coach downturn and then jump right back to national prominence. For an organization that constantly cites its insistence that it is non-profit and that students are amateur, it certainly has a financial interest in not disrupting the status quo