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B1G coaching turnover and down cycles

Two facts about the current state of college football are fairly well known: The Big Ten is "down," and has an overall disappointing season relative to expectations; and, There are no "legends" left in the B1G coaching cupboard. Turnover is a big issue in footbal...
19 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

Why Notre Dame is no longer the B1G's White Whale

We've said more than a few times that conference expansion is about money, and money is about television rights. Conventional wisdom for 20 years has said that the ideal candidate for Big Ten expansion is Notre Dame, but in the current conference landscape, I'm not sure adding Notre Dame mak...
18 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

Tressel to Wisconsin? Not a rumor--just a thought

If Alvarez has any grey matter left after putting up with Bret "booger eater" Bielema, he should try to get Jim Tressel in Madison.  I know there is the 5 game thing, but Alvarez could be on the sideline for those--most are out of conference anyhow.  Barry would love it--he would...
17 Dec 2012
by Jonnferrell

WAY TOO EARLY TOP 25 FOR THE 2013 SEASON

PER ATHLON SPORTS:  Even though the 2012 college football season isn’t over, it’s never too early to take a peek ahead to 2013. Considering players are going to leave for the NFL Draft and more coaching changes are in store over the next few months, a lot is going to change betwe...
13 Dec 2012
by SEC BUCKEYE

Why it doesn't bother me that Urban isn't B1G-COY.

I don't have any problem with Ohio State coaches not being honored in this way very often.  The other B1G coaches see Ohio State as always being the biggest school with the most money, the best facilities, and the best recruiting footprint in the whole region.  Ohio State recruits itse...
11 Dec 2012
by Bucksfan

What will it take to keep Cincinnati relevant?

The University of Cincinnati is a fascinating study of college football at the mid-major level. After a string of relatively successful seasons, predicated by a string of three successful head coaches, the school is once again dealing with the pains of losing its chief play caller to a bigger, bette...
07 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

Vonn Bell Update

2013 Rossville (GA) Ridgeland S Vonn Bell is perhaps the Buckeye's top remaining target in this class. Vonn has taken some time away from the recruiting process to focus on his senior season. However, with the State semi-final this Friday and the season winding down, Bell may be very close to ma...

Money - the great coaching equalizer, Part II

Note: The post refers to money spent on assistant coaches; however, due to a quirk in the USA Today database, figures are actually total spending on coaches, including the head coach, for 2011. Thanks to reader Deshaun for catching this. Once the USA Today database is updated to reflect 2012 as...
05 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

The new narrative about the BIG and the SEC.

It seems that, once again, the SEC’s self image has taken a front seat with the talking heads at ESPN and Si.com. As we all know, Bret Bielema has left the job at Wisconsin for the head coaching job at Arkansas. Good for him, good for the BIG and good for third-place divisional teams everywher...
05 Dec 2012
by painterlad

Money - the great coaching equalizer, Part I

Since we're in the silly season, theories abound as to what drives coaches to move hither and yon - mostly, though, we can put big moves down to a desire to improve one's resume and to improve one's income. For some, Urban Francis Meyer as an example, going home is a powerful motivator, ...
05 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

TOP TEN REASONS WHY ARKANSAS HIRED BIELEMA

TOP TEN REASONS WHY ARKANSAS HIRED BRETT BIELEMA Sorry. I had to write all of this extra stuff to fit the 200 word count minimum. I'm not sure how much longer I have to write meaningless words. It is December 4, 2012 and Michigan still sucks. Dang, next time I will learn to add extra words to m...
04 Dec 2012
by painterlad

Media bias and strength of schedule

Buckeye fans and those who root for other teams in the Big Ten Conference have long assumed there is a built-in media bias against teams in the flyover states. Unfortunately, the existence of this bias has become irrelevant as the conference has really turned in a string of subpar performances ...
03 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

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