Are you too young to remember the Jimmy the Greek controversy? It was that exact theory that got him fired from CBS.
Wonder how many times the receiver unit had to push the board as a result of Wilson and Marshall's transgressions?
$$$. No return game.
Vandy was replaced by SDSU. Gene originally wanted to play Grambling, then settled on FAMU. I'm convinced it was a political correctness game to share football lucre with an historically black university.
Actually the Columbus Sports Commission would have to carry the ball. They are the agency that bids for NCAA regionals, etc. I'm sure Navy still has good memories of how they were treated in Columbus. Give Army the same experience and we get the ball rolling. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone downtown.
It's a longer bus trip than Philadelphia. Columbus has the patriotic pride to put up the Cadets and Midshipmen the night before. Plus I guarantee it would sell out. There are plenty of college football fans in the region that would jump at the opportunity to see the spectacle. Not to mention the number of Army/Navy alumni in the region.
Interesting there seems to be a move away from Ohio MAC schools. There was an outcry in the early 90's to keep money in-state; hence, Bowling Green in 1994. I wonder if this could be tied to the B1G TV contract by playing paycheck games against teams in other regions. More people will tune in to see FAU vice Toledo. Before anyone says "I wish they'd play an SEC team", keep in mind these are paycheck games, OSU already has one home-and-home scheduled and needs the home game for the money. Also they tried that with Vandy and they backed out less than a year before the game.
Hopefully they lobby Army leadership to play Army-Navy in Ohio Stadium one season.
It will be another grand patriotic display, but no return trip. Originally the Navy series was supposed to be Army with the away game at Giants Stadium.
IIRC, Clarett came back in two weeks.
No idea, but every year there are unexpected coaching changes/NCAA punishments. Suppose Mississippi or North Carolina gets slammed? Maybe Kevin Sumlin goes to the Cowboys? Who knows? I'd take the four players listed and move on to 2017, but it's nice to have an extra scholarship in your pocket for a sudden four/five star target of opportunity.
Rutgers may have made a smart move by not moving the game to Giant Stadium. Getting OSU fans to buy season tickets to get decent seats may make more money than moving the game. They'll gladly take empty, paid-for seats. I say this with the aerial shot of the Cal game in my mind.
I'll take those four, but I'd like to leave a spot or two for coaches getting fired (Miami) or heading to the NFL (UCLA).
Take advantage of the fact every eye will be on Braxton at the H. Fake bubble screen & bomb to Thomas on the back side. First play.
I hope one of "little" things Ash gets on Powell about is don't get sucked in on a run fake when the other team needs a bomb to get back in the game.
If I'm Bud Foster, I'm looking at what PSU did, especially the zone blitz that confused Barrett.
I'll respectfully disagree. Navy runs a 3-3-5 defense that is a knuckleball, just not to the degree of their offense.
Rod Smith was the 2nd returner until he got booted off. Normally, I would agree with you. You don't want your primary running back returning a kick, then getting a handoff 40 seconds later, especially when you have the plethora of talent crying out for touches. But if you want a Heisman as a running back, you need additional exposure; hence kickoff returns. IIRC, Charles White returned two Kickoffs against ND as part of a 4 TD performance. Woody was the guest color announcer. In the Rose Bowl OSU used a pooch kick that gave USC great field position. Ken Kuhn didn't kick it deep enough.
EDIT: It was Anthony Davis, not Charles White.
Why? Dunn has the speed and heft to be the blocker. If Elliott wants the Heisman, he'll need more than runs. Kickoff returns would be a natural for a Sports Center moment. That is huge for the Heisman voters.
Not from the H. Your deep threat has to be the split end to the weak side. He is more apt to get man coverage.
I like Braxton as the punt returner. For kickoffs, I like Samuel and Dunn, although getting Zeke some Heisman touches would be great as well.
Think Charles White against ND.
As impressive as back-to-back 60 yd. field goals is, his true worth is if he put the kickoff in a trash can at the goal line between the left hash and the side line. That will gain you ten yards of field position on average and that was/is huge.
Cue the ESPN commercial with Urban intoning, "They're out there ...."
This may help.