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The RPI is a computer formula like the BCS. The NCAA has its own formula that it uses. Others try to figure out what that formula is and mimic it. We've done this for 5 or so years and we've found that RealTimeRPI.com comes closest to the NCAA's formula (in our view). Joe Lunardi/ESPN have one of the many other formulas. And then some folks just do their own computer formulas (Ken Pomeroy, for instance, has a poll that doesn't even try to mimic the NCAA's formula).
So since they all have different formulas and different rankings for the teams, they're bound to list different records for, say, "Vs Top 50 RPI," etc. Whoever says Arkansas is 4-3 vs RPI top 50 teams must not have Missouri in their top 50.
6 days, 10 hours ago on Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas And LSU Fight For Life On The NCAA Bubble
We use Rivals recruiting rankings for football. For basketball, we've found RealTimeRPI.com (a paysite for their actual up-to-date numbers) to be the most accurate service when it comes to matching up with the NCAA's final RPIs on Selection Sunday.
You can go and double-check my work there, as you are wont to do. Keep in mind, their numbers might have been updated since I posted these.
The only record that might be different is Tennessee's overall mark of 18-11. That is not their correct record. Their actual record is 17-11 as listed above as that's all the NCAA will look at on Selection Sunday. The Vols played a third exhibition game right around the turn of the year. They won it, but the NCAA won't count it in terms of RPI or SOS.u
6 days, 11 hours ago on Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas And LSU Fight For Life On The NCAA Bubble
Fair enough. We're all too quick to ASSUME what some other guy is trying to say and why he's trying to say it.
Congrats on your scholarly efforts. I'll look up your book. And since we're clarifying our backgrounds, I was in Vicksburg last July 4th to stand where Francis Marion Pennington and Robert Snead Pennington stood and surrendered with the 43rd Tennessee 150 years earlier.
Many interpretations of that war. Sadly for Ole Miss, their traditions drag them into Civil War, racism, and "Old South" conversations every time some moron on their campus behaves boorishly. Which was the initial point of this piece.
All the best,
1 week, 5 days ago on Considering What They’re Up Against, Kudos To Ole Miss’ Freeze And Kennedy
Complaining? It's a statement of fact when I write that the league stinks. I could care less, personally, so it's not a complaint.
And as I re-read this piece, I sure as hell see no "rant" anywhere in it. There's what I write and what others read -- everyone brings their own views and emotions into a story -- but I don't see how anyone could read this piece from start to finish and miss the point entirely.
As for defending the coaches, that's in your head. First, I simply showed that the standards have changed (which is a fact) and then I made it clear that Newton and DeVoe's views -- while they may sound nice and in a perfect world might mean something -- actually mean nothing at all.
But thanks for the angry, sarcastic misinterpretation. Feel better to get that off your chest?
1 week, 5 days ago on Ex-SEC Coaches From One Era Defend A Pair SEC Coaches From This Era
You are correct. I will change this when I get home. My apologies to Stallings and Vandy's fans.
I don't think the words "slave beaters" were tied together anywhere in the piece above.
Also, I would suggest you dig through the papers of the period -- The Charleston Mercury being one example -- to see just how many hundreds of times slavery was listed as the A-1 cause of the war before, during and after the fight... and how many times the abandonment of slavery was predicted to be the end of the Southern way of life.
I believe you missed the point of what was written: Because of Ole Miss' history and traditions, any time one or two idiots do something stupid it will draw national attention (from The LA Times to The New York Times) which makes the jobs of Hugh Freeze and Andy Kennedy tougher.
Pretty straight-forward, I thought.
Also, judging by your post you missed this line from our story: "To be sure, there's racism in every corner of the globe."
Go back and check our weekly posts last year. Lunardi writes based only on today's numbers without looking ahead. Look ahead at Tennessee schedule -- for example -- and you'll see that their SOS number and RPI will likely drop with two really bad teams left to play.
Let's see what Lunardi has to say in a couple of weeks.
Thanks for reading,
1 week, 6 days ago on SEC A 3-Bid League At Best After This Weekend
Yet not traditional at all when it came to championing Texas A&M and Missouri as SEC fits.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Arkansas Changing Official School Color? What The?
How anyone can not see that playing more plays increases the risk of injury is beyond me. Just amazing. Stunning really.
And I made it clear that I think it'd be good for the game aesthetically to be slowed down (just as basketball needed speeding up). I never claimed to favor the rule as an injury-prevention method, though it should be obvious that playing more plays does increase the risk of injury.
If I smoke for one year and you smoke for 20, yes, I could be the one who gets lung cancer. But your risk of lung cancer would still be mathematically greater than mine.
Consider me flabbergasted. (And my flabber isn't often gasted.)
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Auburn’s Malzahn (No Surprise) Opposes Potential Rule Change To Slow Down Offenses
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Probably, but I didn't mention Missouri's SOS because it's not as big a deal. Tennessee's best number is its SOS. Missouri, though, has a better record, much better RPI, better road record, no losses outside the top 100, a better "best win," and they've also got a win over Tennessee. As far as earning a third bid for the SEC, Mizzou is in the catbird seat (at the moment).
2 weeks, 6 days ago on SEC In The NCAA Tourney: 2 Locks, 5 Alive (Some Barely)
What's incredibly predictable and pathetic is the fact that the folks who are saying no huddle offenses -- sorry, NUNH -- are fine and dandy all seem to be fans of teams who run that offense.
Personally, I could give a hoot in hell if any of these SEC schools won. I'm just pointing out that injuries have been on the rise at every level since this up-tempo trend went global.
You can say that's just a big coincidence, but you can't deny that more stars have been going down across the SEC (and the NFL) over the last couple of years. Unless, of course, you've been on an island with no SportsCenter or internet connection.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Ole Miss’ Freeze Not Happy With NCAA Proposal To Slow The Game; But The NCAA Should Do Just That
Yes, I wrote something you disagreed with... so I must be an Alabama fan. Can I forward this post to all those Bama fans who called me an Auburn fan when I said Saban should've immediately booted four guys from his program last spring?
No NFL teams run systems as fast as colleges do for 60 minutes. Even Chip Kelly's Philadelphia offense slowed down as the year wore on.
No one says the number of plays is ALL that matters. You've set up your own argument there, so congratulations on knocking it down.
The reality is this: As no-huddle offenses have increased the number of injuries in college and pro ball has become a growing problem. You may not draw a connection between the two, but I do. Because none of those injured players stopped conditioning. And something's added to the injury roll.
The only difference? More plays per game and more plays per season.
Well, either that or they really don't want athletes playing the equivalent of 2.5 extra games per season.
Am I the only one that remembers the SEC injury list reaching record lengths just a couple of months ago?
Which is why we also include quantity and high-end prospects.
Guess someone would have to be just plain stupid to not understand that.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on MrSEC.com 2014 Signing Class Rankings
Thank you. Good catch. I had to double-check my spreadsheet three times this morning to find that I'd typed in a 3 rather than a 4 for Arkansas' list. Had the correct number in our overall MrSEC.com Signing Class Rankings, just hit the wrong button in the "Where the Talent Came From" pieces.
Corrected on both now.
1 month ago on Where The Talent Came From: SEC Signing Day 2014 (Part 2)
I questioned his upbringing in the comment box, not in the story.
No apologies. It was a punk move.
And I don't care if players get paid of not. Hummm! Won't be coming out of my pocket. And it'll ruin your favorite sport, not mine.
To say a kid was showboating is hardly "dogging out" that person, by the way. It was a just a pretty straight-forward observation. If you put the spotlight on yourself by delaying your announcement and milking the media then that would be the very definition of showboating in most folks' book.
Thanks for reading the site,
1 month ago on Top CB Jackson Showboats His Way To Southern Cal
No. I simply stated in the piece above that the kid appeared to be a showboat. You're the one who responded -- I'm sorry -- got "hyped up" and called me a whiner. And now you say I need to "dial it down!"
I just gave my opinion. Which is what this site's all about. My opinion -- and our other writers' opinions -- on what's happening around the SEC.
The comment boxes are here for people to share their opinions. Hopefully they'll do so in a friendly, adult manner. You didn't. So take a hike.
Been working on the site since 8am and it's now 11:40pm. So your instructions to "dial it down," well, I've got some instructions I'd like to share with you if I didn't try to run a family site here.
Have a pleasant evening,
Just a punk having some fun with thousands of people's emotions. My parents would've jerked a knot in my neck if I ever toyed with the emotions of adults whose jobs are linked to my signature.
Apparently you were as poorly raised as Jackson.
Was THAT to whiny for you?