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Comment 20 Oct 2016

True, they will probably go reaching for everyone they can. 

The problem I see with that program is they don't really have an identity. TOSU is known for its running game, like Wisconsin. PSU is known for linebackers and running backs. Even IU has established themselves as a legit spread offense. Meanwhile, at Purdue they're still finding themselves, coach after coach.

Comment 20 Oct 2016

I get your point about it being the norm these days. My point was more about having a plan for replacement. If Purdue knew they were going to fire Hazell (which they probably did) they should have identified their candidate by now. You don't want to be in a bidding war with schools like LSU or Texas. Maybe they've already done that, but the report was that they were targeting several TOSU assistants. Doesn't seem well-planned.

Comment 20 Oct 2016

It puzzles me that we can pluck top talent out of Detroit and Ann Arbor, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland ... but Pennsylvania is a struggle.

PSU is not what it used to be, and Pitt is a second-tier program. It could be that the "false rivalry" with TOSU is getting in recruits' heads.

Comment 20 Oct 2016

Even in the corporate world it works similarly. I worked in the Windows division of Microsoft for 8 years. Windows generates the most revenue for the company, but that revenue was shared across all the company's divisions.

I think what the OSU athletic department is currently doing is smart. They're completely self-funded through ticket sales and donations. They invest the revenue in great facilities and great coaches. There's a reason we won 5 national championships in 5 sports in the 2014 season. On top of that, the athletic department kicks back millions of dollars back to the university for general academics and scholarships.

It would also be a strange world if a student-athlete was paid more than a tenured professor at a public university, or if an athlete were paid when a star student in science was not.

And you both are correct that smaller schools could never compete. We just have the luxury of the largest fanbase in the country and the 3rd largest stadium in CFB. The current system allows kids the chance to play a sport and get an education along with it, whether it be TOSU, Toledo or Bowling Green.

Comment 19 Oct 2016

Purdue shot itself in the foot by firing Hazell halfway through the season. What successful assistant wants to take on a rebuilding job midway through the season? You wouldn't have time to install your philosophy or system.

I think Purdue will have to hire some HC who's out of a job, or go the interim coach route from their own ranks for the rest of the season.

Comment 19 Oct 2016

I live in Seattle and Aberdeen is a depressed town. Odd that they would choose a depressing Cobain song as a welcoming sign, even though he lived there.