I wonder how that coverage map changes if the B1G adds a team from NC and a team from GA....
I don't think there is an eleventh man on the field. I even went back to watch the replay at BTN2GO. There's no conclusive shot. If there is no man out there, then it was an illegal formation, and he'd be roughly 30 yards away from the QB. But there's no chance the QB is going to be able to make a throw that far to his left when there's just one blocker left of the center.
That is a really bad play. And coming off a timeout no less.
I think this sets up well to make Nebraska (or Wisconsin) the B1G's Georgia. Nebraska and Wisconsin should play near the end of the year and the B1G schedule makers should (and likely will) set up the schedule so that those two schools routinely play the weaker schools from the East. That will increase the odds of West sending an 11 or 12 win team to the conference championship game.
Likewise, Ohio State and ttun will routinely play the weaker teams from the West. They key for the conference to maximize the chances of one of having a team (or two) make the playoffs is to have a really polarized distribution of wins and losses (i.e. no middle class, no parity). We want as many undefeated teams as possible going into the last week of the regular season--the ideal would be to have four (i.e. OSU, ttun, Neb, Wisky all at 11-0 and playing one another in the last week which would set up a battle of unbeatens for the conference crown. That's not likely to happen, but everything should be done to increase the odds of it happening and thus increase the odds of having at least three or four 10+ win teams in that final week.
The ideal strategy is simply to make a habit of having the three best teams of each division play the three worst teams of the other division.
The SEC has been doing this for years.
I'm waiting for them to call a charge on Syracuse and give both Michigan and Lou some free throws.
I think they sell most of these to rehab clinics that treat patients who have suffered a stroke or brain injury. There are plenty of peer-reviewed studies out there that confirm the Dynavision's ability to evaluate psychomotor skills. There's less evidence to support the claim that it improves these skills. It'd be next to impossible to evaluate the machines effect on athletes who train as consistently as college football players because there would be any number of other exercises that could (and should) be improving the athletes' psychomotor skills. It would be really tricky to isolate and control all the variables.
Yes. It was in the March 30 Skull Session.
no, no, no, not today
We've all been there before. My only advice is to know when to ask for help--something I learned way too late.
The law does not consider you 'intoxicated' after one drop of alcohol. Here's the definition of the word from the Ohio Revised Code: "“Intoxicated” means being under the influence of alcohol, another drug, or both alcohol and another drug and, as a result, having a significantly impaired ability to function." RC 3793.31(F)
There's no legal rule that requires direct evidence for a conviction. Plenty of convictions are based on circumstantial evidence alone.
A couple of months ago, when every sports pundit was wondering whether Chip Kelly's offense could work in the NFL, one actually had the sense to email Heacock and ask him how he had the Buckeyes prepare for Oregon in the Rose Bowl. It's a good read.
Paul Haynes used Heacock last summer at Arkansas to help evaluate players. Haynes said that Heacock was doing for Arkansas what Dave Adolph had done for the Buckeyes (when Haynes was an assistant under Heacock). This might shed some light on what Heacock will being doing for Ohio State in the future.
What are you talking about?
I remember only one game in which Beanie underperformed (the 2008 PSU loss).
I can remember several times that Beanie carried the team. For example, he accounted for 222 of 279 yards gained by the offensie and scored the only 2 TD's in the 2007 Michigan game. In the National Championship Game that year, he didn't get enough touches--He did manage 146 yards on just 20 carries, which happens to be just 10 yards less than Hyde's career best for yards in a game.
In his three wins against Michigan, Beanie ran for 412 yards on 55 carries (7.2 yards per carry).
He carried the ball almost 500 times in two years, so yeah he got hurt every know and then.
I love 'em all, so I don't like to debate who is or was the best, but it's not fair to claim that Beanie lacked 'juice.'
I'm real big on Apple also.
I dug up all the numbers and put 'em in a forum thread yesterday. It ain't pretty. Here.
The hockey example doesn't really support your point. The page you linked to showed the nationality of NHL players throughout history. If you look at the numbers for the current season, you'll see that just about 50% of NHL players come from Canada.
I agree that Big Ten schools should more actively pursue great coaches. But, I think, it's just really hard to determine who is going to be the best fit for your school. I'd take Pat Fitzgerald over a lot of guys who earn more than him.
But, in the end, a large portion of SEC 'dominance' can be traced back to a December six years ago when Rich Rod passed on the ALA job to stay at WVU. One month later ALA hired Saban. Then Michigan, the next year, chooses Rich Rod over Les Miles. The world could have been a very different place.
Weren't most of this year's mismatches simply the result of Ohio State and Penn State not being eligible for bowl games. If all the B1G teams were eligible, then the bowl pairings would have been much more even. We sent a team that was 4-4 in conference to the Rose Bowl.
As I see it, Ohio State would have gone to the title game. Nebraska would have still finished the season 10-3 and miss out on a BCS bowl. So the Capital One, Outback, and Gator would have probably been the same, but Penn State would have pushed everyone else down a notch taking the BW3 Bowl and Wisconsin would have pushed the remaining teams down another spot by taking the Car Care Bowl.
The middle and bottom would have looked like this:
BW3: Penn State vs TCU
Meineke Car Care: Wisconsin vs Texas Tech
Heart of Dallas: Michigan St vs Oklahoma State
That's a fair schedule.
Yeah, the SEC has tiered payouts based on how well a team performs. I'd like that.
I know it's a cliche, but I don't see how schools can afford NOT to spend. I think it has to do with a misconception about how funds are generated (e.g. see the USA Today article from a couple days ago whining about Athletic Dept spending). Yeah, NCCA football is a business. It makes money.
These two paragraphs below are from thebusinessofcollegesports.com and they get at what I'm trying to say about the SEC's rise. The conference revenue has doubled since 04-05. It hasn't always been at the king of the hill in wins and revenue, but its member schools started spending and both followed. The Big Ten was being outspent by the SEC even when it was out earning the SEC.
"What’s even more impressive about the SEC’s revenue numbers is how far they have climbed since 2004-2005. Since 2004-2005 the conference as a whole has almost doubled their revenue, skyrocketing from approximately $600 million to over $1 billion. Over that time the average SEC school’s revenue has jumped from approximately $55 million to a little over $91 million, which is a robust 71% increase."
"Once again amongst the notables is Alabama who doubled their revenue from $62 million to $124 million, no doubt due to recent success on the football field with the hiring of Nick Saban and 2 National Championships in the past 3 years. Also among the big movers was Mississippi State who back in 2004-2005 had a very paltry (by SEC standards) revenue of $26 million. In 2010-2011 the Bulldogs took the SEC crown for highest percentage climb in revenue since 2004-2005 with a 131% increase up to $59 million, but that still leaves them at less than half of Alabama and Florida are earning."
For sure, but it seems like the SEC has been ahead of the curve and that at least the most recent rounds of revenue increases have followed the spending. I think Alabama's annual athletic department revenue has doubled since it hired Saban.
This article looks at it backwards. It's not that more revenue leads to more spending on coaches. It's that more spending on coaches leads to more revenue. The SEC has figured this out. Gene Smith needs to sell it to the rest of the B1G.
It takes money to make money.
What annoys me the most is that I don't think that they've fully grasped the idea that it takes money to make money (like the SEC schools have). The more money they put into football the more money the football team makes.
I know there's a point of diminishing returns, but I don't think we're even close to it. The football program's revenue potential has to exceed Alabama--Ohio State's fan base is bigger, the drawing pool for new fans is much deeper (in terms of students, alums, and in-state population). But Alabama makes more money because it's been winning more championship recently and one of the main reasons is that the university gives the football team enough money to hire and retain the best assistant coaches.