20 years of coaching including D1. Now own a small business. Volunteer scientist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paxutent Center, USGeological survey. I'm working on summiting a large sample of the Western Hemisphere's highest peaks. In the 48 states I've now been on top of 23 of Colorado and Utah's highest. Have also summited several peaks in Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and had a very comfortable night on the flank of an active volcano. Life is good. Never stop being an athlete/scholar. Always appreciate the endeavors of others to make the earth better appreciated and understood. I believe God Blesses us daily with uncountable miracles. I believe in prayer and gratitude. I think it is a great challenge of humanity to understand human suffering as well as our miraculous Blessings. Being human therefore is like being on one great team and having to train/work every day to perform our role.
exactly right eeking
Ok, let's hear the reason why a long established Missouri commit suddenly switches to Omiss just at the last moment signing day. It sure wasn't Omisses great 2016 season or their standing with the NCAA and it wasn't to get a good shot at playing in the SEC championship, and it wasn't because Omiss gets more players in the NFL. It stinks. It will come back around.
On the list of not convinced they are clean: Oklahoma, Ohio State x 2, USCalifornia again, Michigan always, Penn State way to fast a come back, Lots of 2nd tier conference wanna be first tier conference gangsters. And I'd like to see the NCAA clean itself up first. Then go through every program, including the SEC's, and start issuing minor penalties for minor stuff with the message that every year they are going to be back to look for bigger penalty violations. In other words, clean it up before we get here because, we're going to be proactive, vigilant, and prohibitively punitive. The money is available, we just need a lot more character at the top. The is college football, send the slime bag boosters and fans to the NFL, fake wrestling, and gambling casinos, sleezy people.including players, don't belong anywhere near education...they are literally the anti.christ of education.
Blanton and Reece will be fine in 2017, however, they both have to hope a great blocking, or a great pass catching freshman, or a great yards after contact freshman,...doesn't come along, Because either they are not getting any coaching from Andy Hill\ Heupel/ Ford or they are a couple of moderate to slow learners.
Interesting comment and summary. These institutions have more problems than you think however. A significant number: of fans won't buy tickets... Of parents won't want their recruit sons to follow this.... Of donations will be withheld,... Of coaches will want out.... Of bad coaches will want in.... Of more bad players will have their hands out.... Of other players on the roster will say, where's mine.... (Someone addressed this) of opponents should demand forfeits..... Of opponents will circle the dates and vow not to lose to cheaters... It's a tangled web to try to get out of.
Funny and true.
Comment on Dan Mullen discusses the flaws in recruiting rankings, why they harm as much as they help
Dan Mullen knows that the star rating people hurt college football. They hurt the 5 star boys and they hurt the zero*boys. The statistics that english majors and fans cheerleader with, give little credit to the fact that those programs are teaching high school players to become NFL qualifiers. Almost nobody makes that transition because some writer or stat collector gave them a star in high school. This ignorant idea gets exposed when a program loses a good coach and suddenly their stars don't rise as high.or as fast. Head coaches and ADs sure scramble to find another skilled coach however and they roll out the cash. It is this ability to attract good coaches that far out weighs ratings. The players that these coaches think they can train are the better story, harder to research and write, because no coach is going to paint targets on their favorites.
Good story idea from Adam and some good comments from fans thanks everyone for a truly enjoyable college football story. Nobody predicted the future, nobody put anybody down, and the fans themselves brought important information to an already well laid out idea. Nod to chawk220 who pointed out that the head controls the legs, body, and arm and one could easily compare Bentley to Allen, and maybe a couple more before fitting a head on the 2017 SEC Frankenstein. Good job Adam Spencer
Northwest Missouri State's 5th National Title punctuated by a super play, great year again Bearcats.
No wonder we love college football.
Does this mean second season slump or linemen graduate or D.coordinators watch video?
Thanks for adding that. Do you think Guice was effective because defenses were looking for LF and not him? Also interested in the question will the blocking be there for Guice. And will O sacrifice the defensive roster to improve the offense?
Another rating failure. How in the heck can you be the 27th tight end and not make it in a power 5 program. Then you don't even transfer to a 2nd tier D1 program. Congrats on making his move anyway to Josh, more players should go play the position they want.
The story here is not "pro misbehaves" , because that's one reason we follow college football anyway. For me the story would be how rating pretenders only managed to call him a 3 star prospect when he came out of Raytown Missouri High School. His highlights of play at Missouri are entertaining to say the least. Come on Aldon stop the selfish bad boy behavior and live up your responsibility as a public figure, in fact why don't you start a support group for the multitude of NFL little boys who think they have no responsibility to anyone.
It will be 2 years and 7 months until he has a chance to suit up for a game. What's the reason it can't be too early ?
I can't wait to hear what he is going to major in at Vanderbilt..
The curve on opium heroin addiction and death is steepening. A drug that has been used to wage war being pushed in the US and we are certainly vulnerable on this front.
Example: 50 defensive ends might be considered for a ranking by a rating service telling the media which 16 year olds are going to become the best 22 year olds. Who could the rating service hire to make these judgements that is smarter than the college coaches. But if we give the rating bullshxxers permission to tell such tall tales, then how do they get live or even enough video, and time to consider everybody on and of the list ? One more impossibility. If they are all on the defensive side of the ball they will never touch each other to give a comparison. Another, they could easily be located in 30 to 40 states and have very few common opponents to look at video comparisons. Are they traveling to each of these high schools and scientifically testing, strength, power, speed 4 ways, measuring football applicable intelligence, giving them sports psychological exams like the pros do, doing background checks on character issues, work ethic, and how are they measuring technical skill. Does the high coach tell the fictional rating guy the % plays he gets his assignment right by that team'sy, sometimes unique playbook ? Are they looking at what age the parents physically matured and doing a gene profile ? Do all the possible highly rated players get helicoptered to the same camps at the same time where a scientific analysis is carried out. Or are we just reading who is a decent candidate and likely to attend a college where the known skilled position coaches are employed?? Now explain how all roughly 26 positions can be rolled into one to pretend we hav a #1 thru w h a t e v e r overall recruit ? While the fans are swallowing this, college football coaches are comparing what they can learn about these candidates to different schemes, academic, social, and other environments. It's fine to write a little about these ratings, we can see some thought is going into it, but today's sportswriters way over discuss them. Wouldn't you think we'd be getting far more writing about who is a good candidate for what playbook and why? Or WHY that coach is interested? The rating services and the numbers they assign have a limited value to why the whole extremely complex process shakes out the way it does.
Thanks for writing how you know nothing about blocking vs. running back performance. And nothing about how Missouri's running backs performed. Most of all you know nothing about how Elliott put off visiting Missouri till after The Tigers had their commitments. Then his parents publicly tried to blame the campus welcome committee and the Columbia media. They wanted everyone to throw more committed, loyal, and highly talented recruits under the bus. And those running backs paid Missouri Nation back for ethical recruiting, that's one more thing you know nothing about. Please, please keep commenting on Missouti stories.
Well prepared and written story from Rockmnation on how this class compares to the 5 classes before 2007 and 2013 (both top five final ranking teams). Also short but accurate story from ESPN about this class having excellent elements for Missouri. For football fans who like to read thoughtful, smart, and researched stories, find these.