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Matta and winning 'Big Games'

A rather heated discussion here got me taking a hard look at Ohio State head basketball coach Thad Matta from a statistical standpoint. While I am one of an unpopular minority who thinks the obviously outstanding coach is still a work in progress - or at least, that his work at Ohio State is not yet...
05 Jan 2013
by AndyVance

Comparing Thad Matta to the Legends

Comparing two coaches within the same sport is notoriously difficult. Analyzing the relative success or failure of a major college football or basketball program involves a number of variables and inherent subjectivity. What is the most important thing on which to base the evaluation? Is it ...
04 Jan 2013
by AndyVance

The appearance of impropriety

In my high school and college days, one of my mentors was an educator now working in the upper echelons of the Ohio Department of Education. Among the many things he taught those of us benefiting from his mentorship was to behave in a way that our actions were "beyond reproach," in other w...
26 Dec 2012
by AndyVance

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

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

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

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

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

Merry Urbzmas and Coach of the Year

While it may no longer be Hate Week, the hate heaped toward our Buckeyes continues in the form of a metaphorical middle finger from the league's coaching fraternity. Even though seven members of the 2012 squad were named First-Team All-Big Ten, the coaches largely told the Bucks to "piss of...
28 Nov 2012
by AndyVance

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