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Comment 15 Apr 2015

I think it's creepy, but I don't think it's necessarily a  sign of desperation.  For instance, in 2008, Urban Meyer repeatedly called Carl Moore's (WR recruit) girlfriend trying to get in good with Carl.  He wanted the woman to commit toFlorida's gymnastic team to help with his recruitment of Moore.  Though creepy, Meyer was one year removed from a national title, had the Rivals #1 recruiting class in 2007 and the #3 class in 2008.  It wasn't desperation.  It's just a creepy thing that competitive coaches like Harbaugh and Meyer think is ok for some reason.

According to the woman, Maranda Smith,  she talked with Meyer "every day back in November when he was recruiting Carl [Moore]. He kept asking how Carl was doing and [he] wanted me to come [to UF] and do gymnastics."

This article, which calls Harbaugh creepy, includes Meyer's 2008 tactics in the creepy category, but also notes that what Meyer did was not against NCAA rules. 

Comment 15 Apr 2015

Urban Meyer engages in eyebrow-raising coachspeak, of course.  For instance, he said about John Brantley in June 2010...

“I think he’ll be one of the best throwers,” Meyer said. “The leadership, the toughness and all those things are all to be determined. But what he’s shown so far in practice and in spring ball, and from what I hear he’s doing this summer, he’s going to be a really, really good player for us.”

All coaches say ridiculous things and ooze unjustifiable confidence about their guys.  But, I do agree if a reporter asks a coach to compare his players to other teams' players (or to say which player he would prefer), the coach would do well not to take the bait.     

Comment 13 Apr 2015

One doesn't have to seek a graduate degree in the exact same field as their undergraduate degree.  An Ohio State Communications degree would provide the necessary training to prepare a student for a handful of graduate degrees, not all of which are available at Ohio State.

Comment 14 Mar 2015

He did nothing at Stanford to prove he can build a Top 10 CFB program.

His final year at Stanford, they finished in the top 10.  (#4)  He was awarded the Woody Hayes Trophy for Coach of the Year honors.  They went from 1-11 the year before he was hired to a top 10 team.  Stanford also finished in the top 10 in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  He built a top 10 team, and Stanford became a top 10 program for four consecutive seasons with the roster he helped assemble.  Perhaps you should choose a bar he didn't clear to prove your point that he "did nothing at Stanford..."

Comment 06 Feb 2015

Your comment is not accurate.  It is also not smart.

Why are you calculating Michigan's 1997 national championship as 1/2, but counting all of OSU's shared championship as 1?  For instance, the NCAA officially lists OSU's 1970 title as split with Texas and Notre Dame, 1961 as split with Alabama, 1957 as split with Auburn and 1954 as a split championship with UCLA.  So, that means OSU has 4.83333 championships.  (counting '54, '57, '61 as half championships, and 1970 as 1/3 of a championship)

Is it really worth nullifying 2.1666666 Buckeye Championships to nullify .5 of Michigan's? 

If you count fractions of championships, OSU has 3.333333 more championships than UM since 1948.  If you count a championship as a full championship, OSU has 5 more championships than UM since 1948.  Your attempt to cheapen Michigan's 1997 title actually reduces the statistical advantage OSU has had since 1948. 

Comment 06 Feb 2015

If Cass Tech Coach Wilcher's lenses are jaded, it's because of recent events.  He has not always had an axe to grind against OSU.  In fact, he was on record saying OSU recruiting Cass Tech hard was a great thing:

“What is happening is great because it gives our kids choices,” Wilcher said. “And when the kids have choices, it takes them longer to decide. You have choices, and things to think about. You can sit and wait. Giving kids choices is what this is all about.”

If he's singing a different tune now, it's not because he suddenly realized he's a Michigan fan.  It's because Drayton withheld important information from Mike Weber. 

Comment 06 Feb 2015

Instead he gets to come play for the defending National Champions, a head coach and offensive coordinator who have developed Carlos Hyde & Ezekiel Elliott

The offensive coordinator who developed those players, Tom Herman, also left.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

It depends. Does he still get commission for that last sale?  Can the salesman offer the client full disclosure without incurring the wrath or vindictive spite of his current boss? Is the salesman thinking about the client's well-being, or their own? 

Comment 30 Dec 2014

Here is an article by ESPN which explains the trend.  It notes that Northwestern and Stanford have endowed coaching positions.

It's called an endowed position.  Many people donate large sums to universities for specific purposes, such as setting up an endowed scholarship fund or an endowed academic chair.  Universities recognize these donation with name recognition.  Many universities more prestigious than Michigan choose to seek/embrace endowed coaching positions.  For instance, Stanford announced that their tennis coach position and associate head coach position are now endowed positions.  Earlier this year, Dartmouth announced that it had received endowments for 4 of its head coaching positions.  Because prestigious universities, such as Dartmouth, Michigan, Northwestern and Stanford, tend to have very wealthy donors, they receive many large donations, and many positions (including athletic coaching positions) are endowed by big donors. It's common for wealthy universities.

This article also states that Duke is seeking endowments for their football coach position.  It also mentions that Michigan State and Texas Tech are interested in the same.

Endowed positions are very common in elite university settings.  Endowed positions are not the same as corporate sponsorships.

Comment 06 Dec 2014
What makes you think the committee will evaluate teams in terms of top 25 wins? Why not top 30 wins? Why not top 22 wins? It's arbitrary. But, according to sagarin's ranking, tcu has 4 top 30 opponents, Baylor has 4, OSU will have 2 after tonight.
Comment 06 Dec 2014

South Carolina got destroyed by Auburn in the SEC championship game in 2010, after narrowly losing earlier in the year.  Stanford beat ASU twice last year.  In 2012, Standford beat UCLA twice in two weeks.

Not always.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

OSU did a good job, but that was also Kelly's first season.  They were ranked 33rd in total offense that year.  They weren't elite or anything.  The subsequent seasons, Kelly had the 1st, 4th and 5th offenses nationally.  That's not the kind of offense anyone wants to face.  

Comment 03 Dec 2014
that's true, but OSU probably has the toughest. none of those teams face up player like Melvin Gordon. or, the number 2 defense in the country.
Comment 03 Dec 2014
that's true. Wisconsin has an even weaker schedule than OSU, according to sagarin. (61st vs. 60th)
Comment 03 Dec 2014
I somehow suspect that if OSU had only lost to a top ten opponent, and another team with a 6-6 loss was threatening to take OSU's playoff spot, you wouldn't take the same stance.
Comment 03 Dec 2014
beating bowl opponents is only valuable if the committee thinks that bowl-bound opponents are good teams. But there are too many bowl games, and lots of poor teams are bowl eligible. why do you favor the bowl eligibility metric, over aggregate strength of schedule?
Comment 03 Dec 2014
I don't think they screwed Wisconsin. Other objective grading services have them behind KSU. for instance, Sagarin has Kansas State at 12th, Ohio State 13th and Wisconsin at 15th. the rationale, is that ohio state wisconsin had much easier schedules than KSU (40th, 60th, 61st,) it's actually quite objective to take ease of schedule into consideration.
Comment 03 Dec 2014
when Evanston wrote that FSU hasn't lost in ages, it doesn't matter if they were talking about this year or this year and last year combined. they haven't lost this year, and that's what matters.
Comment 03 Dec 2014
Minnesota isn't ranked. That's the way the committee looks at things. They look at the whole body of work. ECU doesn't get credit for beating a top 25 VT now. They get credit for beating a lousy VT. Turns out, with the season over, that Minnesota wasn't a top 25 team this year
Comment 02 Dec 2014
the West Virginia loss is not all that similar to the Virginia Tech loss. here are some differences: West Virginia is 7 - 5, Virginia Tech is 6 - 6. Ohio State lost at home, Baylor lost on the road. according to Sagarin, west virginia played the 10th most difficult schedule in the country. Virginia Tech played the 50th most difficult schedule, and still has the worst record. Sagarin has West Virginia ranked 28th, and they are also receiving votes in one of the polls. Virginia Tech is not receiving votes, & Sagarin has them ranked 50th. no, the losses aren't all that similar. 1 is a bad loss, the other is horrible. the best argument is one you already made. Ohio State could theoretically have 12 wins compared to Baylor's 11. that's the argument to make.
Comment 29 Nov 2014
your first point seems to undercut your argument. Yes OSU won with a second string qb, but suggesting they might be able to do it again is a problem. Because any other team who loses qb1 can use your logic and say if OSU did it, why can't we. If the logic is an inexperienced guy can come in and win with the right coaching, then Baylor is in great position. Qb guru in art briles. And Seth Russell has played way more this year, and with much better much bets stats, than Jones. Wouldn't the odds of another Barrett success story be in Baylor,'s favor (second stringer vs third, better performance to date)?