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About JKinney

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  1. JKinney

    Distinguishing between Process and Product

    Respectively disagree TG. I am BEYOND tired of the coach speak, and I'm ready to see it on the field. Still a big supporter of Scott Frost, but I'm really tired of these "intangibles" i.e. a "look of passion" being touted as the way of getting us there. Also, Bo's quote is very similar to Frost's "Giving up 3rd and 19s is a good way to get beat, Giving up holding calls is a good way to get beat" etc. Almost all coaches say something like this to answer press conference questions. Just the way the game is played so to speak.
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    This is the point that strikes me most clearly about bad takes from the first two games we have played. In my (oh so humble) opinion, we did not lose the first two games because of "buy-in", "culture", strength and conditioning, lack of talent, or bad habits. We didn't lose last Saturday because we didn't have Adrian Martinez. We are 0-2, because we were simply out-coached, and not as well prepared as the teams we faced. We are losing the turnover margin, and both Martinez and many of the running backs continue to run with the ball away from their body (this comes down to coaching). Several 4th and short play-calls, have failed because for some reason Scott Frost refuses to run the most efficient short yardage play: the QB sneak under center. His clock management has been very questionable, when we were behind late to Troy he bleeds the clock with plays for an almost 7 minute drive, but when we are ahead against Colorado we can barely run off a minute at all. You could go on and on. Scott Frost still has my full support, but I believe, the difference between us being 0-2 or 2-0 falls on his shoulders, not on bad habits, or guys not buying in, or a QB not playing. http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/62665328 http://archive.advancedfootballanalytics.com/2011/11/qb-sneak-vs-rb-dive.html
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    We have a serious quarterback depth problem

    John Gagliardi doesn't get brought up enough, winning-est coach in College Football History, the downside is he only coached at DIII, though he and many others believe his main philosophies could work at higher levels. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gagliardi https://www.athleticbusiness.com/People/one-on-one-college-football-coach-john-gagliardi-discusses-unconventional-methods.html
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    We have a serious quarterback depth problem

    "If we should win, let it be by the code. Faith and Honor held high." - Husker Pregame Prayer
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    Osborne at Big Red Breakfast

    Thats some good level-headed analysis. I can't speak for anyone else, but I simply think it's fun to talk about comparing different players, coaches, etc. If there is any 'point' to these conversations at all, it is that maybe we should learn a little more fan patience for those coaches who seem on the cusp of winning, i.e. we should have more patience with Scott Frost if he doesn't necessarily set the world on fire right away. Just my two cents, I've made about all the points I can, and I have listened to some honest criticism as well.
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    Osborne at Big Red Breakfast

    By your logic Osborne took a team that won back to back National Championships a year prior and mired them in mediocrity for a decade. If the guy that took over for Saban played in a National Championship and won multiple conference titles in those 4 years before his one .500 season, I would hardly call him one of the worst coaches in history, just obviously not as good as Saban (one of the greatest coaches in history). Just my opinion.
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    Osborne at Big Red Breakfast

    I agree with your assessment, and it does put a big damper on my argument. Out of curiosity, do you believe that had Tom Osborne been fired after the 1976 season, as he himself has stated the boosters were considering if he lost in the Bluebonnet bowl, he would have been just as successful at another school? I tend to think it's kind of a mix, a lot is the talent and ability to learn that the head coach possesses, but some might be the fit of the right school with the right work ethic, recruiting, etc. Which may explain how a coach could do good things at one school and be mediocre at another.
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    Osborne at Big Red Breakfast

    1974 Osborne played 3 ranked teams... #13 Kansas (finished 4-7), #1 Oklahoma (undefeated), #18 Florida (finished 8-4) 1999 Solich played 5 ranked teams...#18 Texas (finished 9-5), #21 Texas A&M (finished 8-4), #5 K-State (finished 12-1), #12 Texas (2nd time finished 9-5), #6 Tennessee (finished 9-3) 2009 Pelini played 5 ranked teams...#13 VTech (finished 10-3), #24 Missouri (finished 8-5), #20 Oklahoma (finished 8-5), #3 Texas (finished 13-1), #22 Arizona (finished 8-5) This is the 2nd year, I think they look fairly comparable if you go over their whole body of work. You are entitled to your opinion, and I was certainly not alive to judge the caliber of teams Osborne played in the 70s for myself. To me it's fun to debate this topic. That's all.
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    Osborne at Big Red Breakfast

    I have to respectively disagree with you knapplc. I believe Frank Solich and Bo Pelini get a bad rap in Husker Nation for their coaching abilities (here I am not considering behavior or off-field issues), not because they were inferior coaches, but rather because they were coaching in the shadow of one of, if not the, greatest coach of all time Tom Osborne. Another contributing factor is that fans have become much more impatient after the instant success of coaches like Urban Meyer at Florida, and Nick Saban at Alabama. Frank Solich Bo Pelini Tom Osborne Nick Saban (Alabama) 1998 9-4 2008 9-4 1973 9-2-1 2007 2-6 1999 12-1 2009 10-4 1974 9-3 2008 12-2 2000 10-2 2010 10-4 1975 10-2 2009 14-0 2001 11-2 2011 9-4 1976 9-3-1 2010 10-3 2002 7-7 2012 10-4 1977 9-3 2011 12-1 2003 9-3 2013 9-4 1978 9-3 2012 13-1 Looking at just each coaches first 6 years, the only one that really stands out is Nick Saban, but otherwise these records are all fairly good, both Frank Solich and Tom Osborne inherited National Championship caliber teams their first year, and they both only got 9 wins. Although there are a lot of variables I would AT LEAST try to make the case that Frank Solich's future at Nebraska could have had the same trajectory as Tom Osbornes' if we would have had more patience. The same with Bo Pelini. Just my two cents, there is no way to prove it one way or another, but I like these kind of debates.
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    Some encouraging numbers (and some not)

    To me, until I see data that says otherwise (and maybe it's out there, if so point it out to me), the QB sneak under center is NEARLY ALWAYS the best play to run if you are going for it on 4th and 1. If you are passing it on 4th and short you are willing shooting yourself in the foot as far as converting goes, by about 9-10% every time. The evidence below relates to the NFL, but I would guess it more or less holds true in college football as well. Evidence: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/62665328 http://archive.advancedfootballanalytics.com/2011/11/qb-sneak-vs-rb-dive.html
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    Akron may not get their money

    So to sum up... 1) It's not unfair that UNL won't refund tickets for all of the Husker fans that paid for them, because it says "no refunds/exchanges" on the back of the ticket. 2) It's classy to pay a team that had a game scheduled, and didn't play: 1.17 million dollars because it's the right thing to do. 3) It's not prudent, to have a preliminary plan in place (such as food and hotels the next morning and an alternate game time) when it was obvious there was a chance of cancellation (people were talking about it at work in Lincoln), and not to start formulating one until the time the game starts. Orwell would be proud I think the people on this board are honestly loony if they believe that the Huskers owe Akron more money than our own fans. I love the Huskers as much as anyone, but they (the administration) are not immune from criticism. Disclaimer: ****I will take part of this post back, IF we do manage to schedule another game, and give those with cancelled Akron tickets admission free****
  12. I suggested Riley(even as an option for Florida)Riley will bring an incredible staff and resources of National recruiting. @joelklatt agrees- Tim Brando (@TimBrando) December 4, 2014 The Florida Hire and the MOST recent hire of Mike Riley at Nebraska are home runs! Great opportunities for two Superb Coaches and people! Ok- Tim Brando (@TimBrando) December 4, 2014 Not saying Scott Frost won't be successful, but the two tweets above lead me to question Brando's judgement.
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    Possible Sunday reschedule

    If this is how it went down, the BOLD bothers me the most. I agree with all the difficulties with scheduling at the last minute, but there should have at least been a rudimentary plan in place by game time in case this game didn't get played. I live in Lincoln, and this was not a surprise storm, people at work were talking about it's effect on the game on Wednesday and Thursday. I honestly don't know if Moos had any backup plan, but it didn't seem like it, a lot of people (as already mentioned in this thread) sacrificed a lot beyond ticket prices to make it to the game. I would hope moving forward, that if we know in advance of a storm, we would try to get some of the hotel rooms, meals etc. lined up in case of a worse case scenario. Just my 2 cents.
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    Pessimist Perspective

    I appreciate the post, it's nice to keep these things in mind, and stay more down to earth.
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    POW/MIA Memorial Coming to Memorial

    I have no problem supporting the military (my brother is currently serving), but UNL's efforts are clearly far more geared towards advertising. I personally don't feel it appropriate that UNL waves the flag around to sell tickets, which is exactly what they are doing. If they really wanted to help they could make a giant donation towards Wounded Veterans or other organizations...instead they promote a special chair, or a flyover, or veterans faces which we will feature on camera a bunch of times to get people teary eyed and buy NU tickets and get them good PR. Please read McCain's report on "Paid Patriotism": https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/12de6dcb-d8d8-4a58-8795-562297f948c1/tackling-paid-patriotism-oversight-report.pdf From a former POW. It talks mostly about professional sports, but it does include 3 Big Ten schools, see a summary here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CFB/comments/3t1lpx/indiana_purdue_and_wisconsin_had_paid_patriotism/ The congressmen could only get a report from 60% of the Pentagon's contracts, so it wouldn't surprise me if Nebraska also has some sort of abuse like this.