Love watching the games and the business end of college sports. Live in SEC country, but not a fan of any particular team.
@GrimFees @the_voice @clutchiness You're recruiting 16 to 18 year old kids. They have no memory of anything over 10 years ago. They like shiny new facilities with fancy locker rooms and training rooms. The best ones all think they will be stars in the NFL in 5 years. They will make your program great or terrible in the future.
Without premier coaches and facilities you won't get the best players. You will be what Arkansas was between 1970 and 2000. You will be what Nebraska and Tennessee have been for the last 10 years, which is mediocre. You will have your fans wanting to create a coaching carousel.
I'm not sure why, but I get you don't like Bielema. Alvarez' hand picked successor had high coach turnover due to low salaries and wasn't recruiting to a Mecca of college football. Three Rose Bowls in 7 years didn't impress you. That's fine. If, after he clears the decay left by Petrino, he doesn't win at Arkansas in two to three years your evaluation of his skills will be justified. Given your perception of the Arkansas football program, if he does win consistently in two to three years I'm certain you'll be calling for him to be named national coach of the year. Either way time tells.
Arkansas and Wisconsin are peers of sorts. Both are middle of the pack programs that have occasionally risen up. Wisconsin's all time winning percentage is 57.4% while Arkansas' is 59.2% The difference, of course, is that rising up in the BIG is substantially easier than it is in the SEC. For becoming nationally relevant, there is no comparison. It's like Sinatra singing about New York. "If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere". As bad as they have been the last two years, Arkansas has been in the top 10 regular seasons final rankings twice in the last four years. How many years back in history would we have to go to say the same thing about Iowa . . . or Illinois . . . or Michigan . . . or Penn State . . . or Nebraska? For Wisconsin we only go back 4 years as Bielema was the coach.
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Biggest surprise - Georgia as the 3rd fastest.
Real question is whether faster proves to be better as coaches adjust to the new speedy offense reality. Time will tell.
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@GrimFees @the_voice @clutchiness Sorry, but I grew up a Nebraska fan when they were in the Big 8. Nebraska (or Michigan, or Michigan State, or Wisconsin, or Pennsylvania State) has slipped into mediocrity. All are great brands whose quality has diminished over time. (So how do I say MSU is faded glory when they are 11-1, a division champion, and #10 in the latest BCS poll? Fair question. It comes down to a coach and his staff overachieving with the limited resources they are provided. I feel the same about Bielema at Wisconsin. When a league is weak, there will be some teams who have records that are boosted artificially by the weakness of their league brethren. After all, someone has to win the game. That doesn't make them football powerhouses, though. I think it is fair to say that Nebraska wouldn't have been 8-4 in the SEC this year, as an example.)
I have very little memory of Arkansas before they moved to the SEC. I don't believe Arkansas is a football powerhouse. It's just a mid level SEC team. I don't diminish the Rose Bowl; I just wish the BIG would make that game competitive with the Pac 12 (or, if that isn't possible, could we get a competitive game on TV opposite the RB?).
As far as history, several Big 10 teams have great ones. So does Army. So what? Tennessee fans like to believe they are a program waiting to be revived. Maybe they are, but they haven't been relevant during the time their recruits can remember. The same can be said for a number of BIG programs. All kidding aside, the BIG could turn this around in a few years. The resources are available, just not the commitment to use them. At this point, it's the one BIG and the 11 (13) not so BIGs.
There is one BIG institution with the facilities and financial commitment to the coaching staff that is better than Arkansas. OSU. That didn't use to be the case several years ago. That inconvenient truth is overlooked by BIG fans who like to arrogantly look down upon the mid tier SEC schools. Looking down your nose at their academics is fair, but if I'm a football coach looking to play on the big stage, the BIG isn't where I would want to be. If you're a BIG institution graduate, use the analytical skills they taught you in school and deal with today's reality instead of reliving the ancient history (to a recruit) when your league was in its' glory. (By the way, as you look down your nose at SEC institution's academics, so too does the Ivy's graduates look down on the BIG academically. Just sayin'.)
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@WryObserver @the_voice @olmizzou23 It does appear both teams will lose (in a fashion). I was assuming that fans of either team were shooting for the BCS championship game, which appears unlikely. FSU will have Winston Saturday, but would win against Duke with either you or myself at quarterback. Duke's not in the same class with them. (Having Winston in January when they'll need him is certainly more unlikely.) If OSU wins they are in. As Clinton said, it's math. The gap is too big for AU or MU to overcome without MSU winning.
I'm not saying I agree with the voters/computers apparent BCS title contestants. It just appears the the die is cast unless MSU manages to give us a pleasant surprise.
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@olmizzou23 Both Mizzou and AU have lived charmed lives this season, with the eastern conference parting for MU and AU's pair of losses miraculously turned to fluke wins over Georgia and Alabama (Malzahn and Saban both tried to give that game away. Saban finally succeeded at it.) What great seasons for both.
It appears AU's and MU's luck will run out in Atlanta, olmizzou23. I wouldn't worry about Alabama, however. A win by AU or MU puts them at #3 with Alabama #4. You're bigger fear is that MSU proves to be the paper Spartan most assume they are. Without that upset, #2 won't happen. (Have you seen Duke and FSU play? That game will be UGLY!)
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@romashkowi @John at MrSEC @clutchiness Bielema is blunt/arrogant/combative and would benefit from toning those characteristics down some. When it comes to game coaching, few coaches walk on water (two fine coaches, Saban and Malzahn, both tried to give away their game last Sat. night - with Saban finally succeeding at it). Running up the score? What coach doesn't? (What team in 2013 had wins of 45-0, 48-0, 41-10, 35-6, and 51-3? Why Wisconsin. Of course none of these scores were run up.)
I believe Gary Anderson will prove to be a fine coach for Wisconsin. For all I know he may abstain from alcohol and sex too. That seems to be important in the beer, brat, and cheese belt. (Or is Wisconsin now in the Bible belt? Better daaa-ble check that.)
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@GrimFees @the_voice @clutchiness I know it feels that way to a BIG fan, but here are the BIG's season ending BCS top 10 finishers over the last 10 years: OSU - 7 times, Wis - 3 times, MSU 2 times (includes this year, although they will drop out if they lose to OSU Sat.), PSU 2 times, and MIch 1 time; total of 15 times with half being OSU and 5/12 teams represented at least once. Contrast that with the SEC: Ala - 5x, Aub - 5x, Fla - 4x, Ga - 4x, LSU - 4x, SC - 3x, Ark - 2x; with TAM and MO both having one over the last two years for a total of 29 (dominated by no one) with either 9/14 represented at least once or 7/12 represented at least twice.
Only 2 BIG schools have more top ten finishes than Arkansas, OSU and Wis (Bielema coached two of those three top 10 teams). PSU matched their total and MSU may this year. Michigan and Nebraska haven't. There are two ways to be a top ten team today; either dominate your conference or be competitive in the SEC. There is that much difference. Having a full 100,000 seat stadium doesn't do it (ask Tennessee). Having an awesome brand name and proud tradition doesn't do it (ask Nebraska). The BIG has half the equation (fabulous income) but you have to reinvest that income to achieve results. To date, OSU is the only BIG school doing that, and it shows on the field. The BIG resembles the ACC when it comes to football. Maryland and Rutgers should feel very comfortable in their new surroundings.
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Barring an upset, it's FSU and OSU. Neither is the best team, but they lost last Saturday. Picking an undefeated BCS conference team is easier than actually thinking for the voters. It is difficult to determine how much better your schedule has to be to overcome an additional loss.
The way to highlight the absurdity of not having the SEC champion in the title game is for all of the SEC bowl teams to pull up their big boy panties and wallop their opponents. If the league goes 9 - 1 or 10 - 0, the talking heads will notice. FSU may be the best team this year. Now we're unlikely to ever know.
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You have to admire the consistency of Meyer. Why would any player who is able to help on the field ever worry about his coach actually following through on his tough talk? You also have to admire the consistency of THE OSU. Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel, and Urban Meyer are all revered for their on field success. They are also all poor roll models and builders of character. And followers of the BIG (and others) think they are all so much holier than the SEC.
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@Unicorn Believer I think that's a part of the equation in college, UB. I recently had an older dog of mine who was having difficulties. Within 48 hours of steroid use he was his old self. Give the "indestructible" young male a choice between playing time today and a healthy future and very few would think twice about the tradeoff.
Another factor is the equipment. If you can deliver a high impact blow to a vulnerable area of your opponent with little threat to yourself, you will. Soften the helmet and pads and you'll keep more players on the field.
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That's the right decision. However, it would be a good idea for Muschamp to see if he can get his players to show up against Florida State.
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@John at MrSEC @the_voice Here's where the pinch is for the really big boys. If you do it right for the long-term, you will be uprooting 20,000 season ticket holders. If you're doing an expansion of traditional seating as part of the process it could be rational (like if you were enclosing one of the end zones at a school where there is little to no seating currently, then they're displaced but not left high and dry). But at Alabama and others this isn't an option. This is why so many of the big boys have put those suites in non-optimal locations. I think this will mean new stadiums for the Alabamas of the world. It would mean dislocation for all, which would camouflage what is happening. (Everyone is marginally reduced in seat location quality while upgrading amenities instead of 20,000 being majorly impacted.)
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@John at MrSEC @the_voice I agree that the 100,000 capacity stadium is headed toward oblivion eventually. I just think it will be because the Alabamas and Tennessees will be playing catch up. Selling the concept as a way to keep competitive will be easier than it would be as an innovator. I think it will be someone with less to lose who will start the trend.
By the way, the same holds true for basketball. Louisville's arena makes Kentucky's, Arkansas', and Tennessee's seem outdated. The Staples Center in LA has the same dynamic. http://staplescenter.s3.amazonaws.com/seat-viewer/lakers/101.jpg
The club seating being discussed isn't like college stadiums have, almost all of which were built decades ago. These are boxes where you're use to seeing rows of seats (between the 20s). These aren't add-ons that get tucked into the nooks, crannies, end zones, and nose bleed sections. You will be rebuilding the core of the stadium to do this as a retrofit. http://levisstadium.com/sites/all/themes/niners/images/official/interior05.jpg
Ironically the first appearance of obscenely opulent club boxes will not be at some college football mecca. It would be hard to tell 20,000 Alabama fans that their seats no longer exist so 2,000 fat cats can live like kings. Ripping out massive amounts of prime seating upsets way too many donors. Now if you can add crazy good club seating for 2,000 without upsetting 20,000 fans, then it's worth doing. (Vanderbilt could, as an example.) Another factor is that the NFL teams have 10 (8 real ones) home games a year versus 6 - 7 (4 - 5 real ones) for major conference colleges.
High volume high tech stadiums could/should be done ASAP by the big boys. Filling those paid for but empty seats adds revenue (parking, concessions, etc.), and the marketing possibilities and knowledge gained are highly valuable.
I'm guessing that the uniform of the day mania will end about the same time nobody cares and doesn't make a big deal either way about it. (Which means not in my lifetime.)
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When I said two days ago:
"What's this about prayers answered or total luck. Rubbish. Give Gus more credit than that. That's just the way they have been practicing that play since it was inserted into the playbook. Genius, pure genius."
I really thought everyone would hear the sarcasm. When Malzahn says:
“It’s a play we call 'Little Rock'. It’s just a deep post over the top, intermediate dig and then we've got three different checkdowns at different levels. So the quarterback has a three-read progression. He took a chance. He took a shot over the top right there, Of course, it turned out for us. I was looking at the dig, specifically, but the ball wasn’t there. I followed it and it was tipped and our guy made a great play.”
It sounds as though Malzahn actually thinks a great play call and outstanding execution led to Auburn's win; with no acknowledgement it was a 4th and fling pass that was badly overthrown and should have either been intercepted or knocked down by two different Georgia players before his receiver made a most fortunate catch. Wow! That's as remarkable as the play itself.
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You're probably right, but I question whether Mark Richt is locked in to Georgia. What if a Texas or maybe a Nebraska came calling? The Georgia job has great assets, but I think it's possible he might be tired of the sizeable group of irrational Dawg fans and maybe tired of being in the second fiddle group of coaches in the SEC behind Saban.
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Jay Jacobs made up for the Chizik mistake by hiring Malzahn. Chizik was a great coordinator but was marginal at Iowa State and failed to take advantage of the gift national championship year. (Newton and Dyer walk on campus and both had remarkable years. Gus touch or stars aligning? Maybe a little of both.) At minimum Gus is a perfect fit for the Tigers in the short term, and could well be for an extended period.
By the way, doesn't it seem weird to refer to a head coach who won the national championship recently as a failure?
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What's this about prayers answered or total luck. Rubbish. Give Gus more credit than that. That's just the way they have been practicing that play since it was inserted into the playbook. Genius, pure genius.
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Good luck playing for pride.
At places like Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas the players are playing for next year's playing time. Those coaches will be around for at least two more years, so the players better remain focussed and motivated.
Mississippi State and, to a lesser extent, Florida players may anticipate the possibility of coaching changes. If they think the coach may not be there next year they may mail it in as bowl eligibility becomes more of a pipe dream.
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