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11/13/2008 - 5:11pm I hope that Gibbons' Coach

I hope that Gibbons' Coach Dicus pronounces his name "dice-us."

Awesome.

11/12/2008 - 5:33pm Downturns are bound to

Downturns are bound to happen, and they're tough to experience.

Truthfully, I'd be encouraged and psyched for 2010 if we go 7-5 next year. After this year it'd be frustrating to hear people bitch about the quality of any bowl we'd go to in 2009. This season has definitely provided perspective.

11/11/2008 - 11:53am Agree on all points. You can

Agree on all points. You can wrap the ribs; it takes at least six weeks for any rib injury to heal. Tape the wrist and splint it until it's isolated.

The shoulder, though. That's the key injury. If he pushes it too much he could end up being a perpetual china doll because it's susceptible to re-injury.

If he's not getting drafted, prudence and next season have to be the priorities.

11/11/2008 - 11:41am Questions

If Minor has a year of eligibility left is there any reason to rush him back out there if we can have him healthy for next year? Returning to action with one injury with two games left is what tough guys do. Returning with potentially three injuries with two games left is what tough guys do to win a national championship.

Given Minor's performance this year is there a real expectation that he'll attempt to enter the draft next year? Or, is there a hope that he'd return to improve his draft stock with an emboldened 2009 campaign (we have to get better, right?)?

Enquiring minds want to know.

11/11/2008 - 11:29am Threadless

Brian, you're probably getting loads of suggestions for vendors, but Threadless rocks. They may be looking for additional revenue streams (hard to tell in this economy) and are fairly close by in Chicago with physical storefronts, as well. Just a thought.

11/10/2008 - 5:03pm If the rumor's true...

that Forcier can't enroll early, wouldn't that give Beaver the edge for next year and potentially point to Forcier being redshirted?

This is all pie in the sky, regardless.

11/10/2008 - 4:50pm Go Navy.

Beat Notre Dame. Extend the new streak.

11/10/2008 - 4:48pm Attendance Figures

Most schools compute the attendance figures well before game day. This may (or may not) account for the 97,000 figure. Michigan does this, in case you're wondering.

Meetings used to be held on Wednesdays (as late as 2004) and all of the folks responsible for game day operations were in attendance. The attendance figure's determined at that meeting, and in painstaking fashion to be as accurate as possible. In addition to tickets sold, numbers are computed to include vendors, police, EMT's, ushers, band, visiting band, color guard, Yost's seat, etc.

So there you go.

11/03/2008 - 2:02pm Well said,  The 3-3-5, and

Well said,  The 3-3-5, and I'm not speaking authoritatively on this, is the defensive equivalent of running the triple option.  You provide a unique enough problem to the opposing offense such that they have to devote extra practice time to deal with it.

 

Anecdotally, my freshman year of undergrad our defense ran a similar system and two of the linebackers made the vast majority of tackles for the defense.  The DL's and DB's weren't even close.  We went 1-10 that year.

11/03/2008 - 1:38pm Hang tight, brother. We'll

Hang tight, brother. We'll get better (we have to).

As a basis for comparison, Toledo's Coach is going to resign today.

10/23/2008 - 2:35pm Fantastic post.

Thanks for all the effort.

10/23/2008 - 1:51pm "Prima Donna" is a pretty

"Prima Donna" is a pretty strong term when you consider you're talking about very young kids who have to make a very difficult decision. There's no malicious intent on their parts to choose one school and then another, especially in the face of coaches who are selling their programs. The recruits can't find they're own asses with two hands and a search warrant, and not because of their maturity levels or any perceived ill will. The best analogy I can think of is to imagine choosing a car at the age of 17. You're going to buy it a year or two ahead of time, the salesman just wants you to buy, and everyone has an opinion on what you should drive.

10/22/2008 - 2:35pm It's official.

PSU does have hotter women...damn it.

10/17/2008 - 12:38pm This is a great point on

This is a great point on McGuffie.  The stiff arm isn't in his repertoire, either, and his protection of the ball is extremely good for an RB in general, let alone a freshman.

10/14/2008 - 1:57pm Extremely motivational.

Extremely motivational. Great post.

10/13/2008 - 12:32pm Totally agree, and very well

Totally agree, and very well said.

You can almost write off the season from a win-loss standpoint. Some of the games may be painful at times to watch, but every now and then a great play keeps you interested (McGuffie's catch was sensational), which is a lot like golf.

This season has some eerie parallels to ND's last year, and it would be really satisfying to see Blue be competitive for the last three or four games of the season, bowl or no bowl.

10/10/2008 - 6:00pm Fair points all, and well

Fair points all, and well put.  The argument is academic at best.  Rod is here until Rod wants to leave, and five games do not a track record make.

I don't want him to leave.  I want him to have an office on the second floor of Hartwig 15 years from now next to Lloyd's.

What's done is done, but if we've contributed to another Petrino walking through the gate, it'll be pretty depressing.  That's it.

10/10/2008 - 5:54pm The spread, in and of

The spread, in and of itself, is brilliant with a coach who understands it and implements it well.  My point is that very few coaches do it well, and that no one can do it as well as Rodriguez.

So a lot of what I've written is predicated on the fact that a team built specifically to run the spread can't readily adapt to a new offense.  While WVU's lost a lot of players, look at how they've played this year.

They're starting over.  We could be in the same boat and in short order.

10/10/2008 - 5:50pm Has nothing to do with his

Has nothing to do with his tenure or his record.  Five games or 20 games, what will we be left with.

10/10/2008 - 5:48pm Fair point on his age.  15

Fair point on his age.  15 years is a stretch.

10/10/2008 - 5:47pm You'll be fine, Sally. 

You'll be fine, Sally.  Relax.