Seems like he is already a celebrity at UK and it's in his home state. On one side that is tough to pass up. However, expectations may never be achievable in that situation either.
In my opinion the SEC hands down has the best / deepest conference. My primary issue with the SEC is how this translates into fairness or unfairness in the ranking system. I don't agree that it translates to having 4-5 teams as good as the top 1-2 teams in EVERY other conference, simply because the SEC beats each other up. I would expect the SEC to load more teams in the rankings from 10-25 but not consistently keeping 40-50% of the spots in the top 10.
Maybe I have a poor memory, but I don't remember A&M nor Missouri being talked about so much in the national picture prior to joining the SEC. I remember Missouri (pre-SEC) a little while back getting up there in the rankings and everyone complaining about them being overrated.
It's having the effect he's looking for....people are talking about him. If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS.
This cracks me up
Wake up, start coffee, read skull session, repeat daily
And we field a defense, unlike one of his other options
When I start to feel this way about Dantonio I just watch clips like this ..... and smile.
I have to go smothered, covered, chunked, and hot sauce. If only my wife would let our family go there in my older age.
Playing through the White Out game had to have helped prepare this team mentally for MSU.
This is about viewership and as long as the B1G brings that it will be in a position of power. Overtime, lower quality football has the potential to deteriorate viewership, but the B1G also has lots of built-in advantages with large alumni bases & local community/state support that leads to more viewership.
I think the starting point for all this influence began with ESPN pushing/selling the game of the week for ratings. As I recall, they have the ability to move game times to establish a prime time game to sell across the country. Then add the financial arrangement with the SEC network. What better way to drive viewership to those games then to continuously have top 10 match-ups? Downstream effect is also influence on the National title game....though I am torn on whether a 3 team SEC playoff is better for ratings compared to inclusion of more power conferences (hence why conference champions would be weighted heavily). I for one have no interest in watching a regional National tournament.
So if these were the final rankings the Rose Bowl match up (B1G vs Pac 12) could remain intact, and potentially beat the ratings/attendance for a regional National Tournament.
What ESPN giveth, it can taketh away....when the business interests change. SEC should want to look through this lens carefully.
Well they did go 148-5-5 from 1898 until 1948!
OSU game is my game of the night/week every week, but I'll openly admit my bias :)
While my nerves (& ego) don't need these types of close games, it gives a young team experience in a dog fight. Not every game is going to be a blow out and playing tough games like these teaches the players to survive through adversity. Not to make this another SEC thread, but that is the current value I see in the SEC over the Big Ten or other conferences. I don't personally believe they have 4 of the top 5 teams, but I do think they best prepare teams for the adversity of post-season play by facing more of these hostile/tough games during conference play.
There really needs to be more cross conference play between the Power 5 to eliminate some of this silliness. Imagine where Missouri would be without the Indiana loss.
While I do believe the SEC has more good teams than other conferences, too many with power of influence confuse that with translating to more great teams. Lots of parity this year.
Lot's of parity in college football this season. Hopefully, coaches & AP can put 2 & 2 together at some point.
My only takeaway is that ESPN couldn't figure out the formula to get SEC in 5 of the top 5 spots.
Damn right, Mo C. A wise man once said that nothing cleanses the soul like getting the hell* (*may not have actually said "hell") kicked out of you, but it's equally true that kicking the hell out of someone else can do wonders for your psyche.
So that's the origin of The Purge!
Well B1G, we see where sticking our collective noses up at the college football arms race has placed this conference. The silver lining is maybe this will wake up some of the right people to right the ship.
No more Illinois or Purdue than Vanderbilt or Kentucky. UK is beating both of those teams for Ohio recruits who are not leaving for Florida weather! How hard are some of these teams even trying to recruit and sell their programs/atmosphere? I don't envision Ferentz blazing the recruiting trail, yet he's paid how much? It's a new day and these guys need to adapt.
It took Urban to blow up the gentleman's agreement not to recruit committed players. Franklin and Urban seem like the only real aggressive recruiters.
The specific question of a loss and impact on recruiting is addressed multiple times per year. Go look in the recruiting forum for specific feedback from staff. At least two staff have already commented on VT loss and recruiting this weekend. It's a lot more than a win or loss on a visit.
I think some of the forums here were linked over to other sites such as scout this weekend.
One game rarely matters in the recruiting process. Opposing coaches will always have a negative spin to sell on why OSU isn't a right fit for a recruit, and we'll always have a counter. There is always something. For instance with Harris, while UK may try to sell usage/style of RBs in this game they'll likely stick more with "build your home state school into a powerhouse in the best conference" sales pitch.