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Everything posted by Hilltop

  1. Indiana was sure able to on a few drives. Once we went man coverage in the red zone, we allowed a couple pretty dang easy touchdowns. We adjusted and that helped a lot but what you are saying has some merit. However, against teams like Rutgers, we should be ok. Against Purdue, we are going to have to be much better at disguising coverages to be effective.
  2. They have played pretty good defense this year prior to ohio State who tends to make everyone look bad. They honestly didn't perform that bad against them if you look at total yards. Their rush defense has been stout but they have been vulnerable to the pass. That had way more to do with Iowa's defense. They only gained 277 yards total against them.
  3. Light winds, no precipitation and cool temps - perfect night for football. Rutgers is averaging 14.5 points vs anyone not named Wagner (some pretty good defenses in there). Nebraska 27 Rutgers 17 Rushing 128 Passing 252
  4. I like how blunt he is but I'm guessing comments like these are going on opponents poster boards. Probably not doing the team any favors.
  5. With his hand being held he did pretty good. Now that Barry is gone, we are seeing his true capabilities. No thank you.
  6. To me he is a much better candidate than Aranda, Campbell, and several others being talked about. He has successfully turned around 2 programs from the pits to competing for championships.
  7. I think we could hire him cheap but I also think there is a reason no programs picked him up for the 2022 season. I'm not a fan at all. Part of that likely comes from my extreme dislike for BYU. I grew up in Wyoming and played for University of Wyoming. He did do well at BYU but his last 4 years were pretty mediocre by their standards. At Virginia, he has basically been a 500 coach. Nothing to wow at all imo. I sure hope we can do better than him...
  8. I get where you are coming from but I also get where BRB is coming from. I think a better way to ask the question is would your favorite to be the next coach been your favorite 13 months ago? So many people look at what is happening right now instead of looking at the body of work from a coach. Aranda might be awesome. I wouldn't be mad if we hired him but I don't feel any level of comfort because he has such little experience as a head coach. I don't have one coach I would be crazy about but I would like us to hire someone who has shown he can recruit, then develop those recruits, and ultimately win at a high level with the players he recruited. Hiring anyone without those 3 things becomes a gamble we shouldn't take imo.
  9. Agree as long as the new coach isn't coaching in the playoff. Not sure how it would be handled at that point or if that would change the potential new coaches decision.
  10. We are last... Look closer. The teams ranked below have all played one additional game.
  11. I really wasn't very familiar with him but after research I was impressed. Seems like another great offensive mind with quite a few years head coaching experience at smaller schools. With a good DC, I would be on board.
  12. Nebraska 31 Indiana 27 Pass 279 Rush 184
  13. You do realize he took an 11 win team in 2019 and took them directly to a 2 win team, right? Last year was an impressive turn around but people should pump the brakes and realize this was a program winning at a very high level before he took over and he is now winning primarily with Matt Rhule recruits.
  14. It's hard to remember the good things from losses... he did that occasionally since then but mainly in losing efforts so very forgettable.
  15. I call bs on the "plain Jane white bread" bs. Your sideways attempt at bringing race into this is crap. The guy isn't qualified, period. This is coming from a mixed family that had had been associated with the program for 20 years if that matters. He seems like a great guy but he should have to prove it like anyone else in the profession.
  16. So what has he done to be more qualified. I'm all ears
  17. So you admit, he is a risk. A gamble... No reason to pay what it would take for that risk imo. He seems like a great guy and might be great as a coach but that isn't what we should be pursuing imo Was supposed to be quoted... cell is struggling
  18. Because he hasn't coached at a major program. So many people jump on a hype train but don't know really what they are hoping for. He is a great guy. Amazing character. Capable of selling ice to an Eskimo. But he hasn't coached at even a middling program. He isn't even as qualified as MJ who is horribly unqualified to coach at nebraska. He MIGHT be great but he is a massive risk. Worth taking??? Idk
  19. Honest request. Convince me why Aranda is qualified to be a top prospect. I don't see it but so many fans are listing him that maybe I'm missing something? All I see is a guy who took over a winning program and is winning with another coaches recruits who hasn't proven anything.
  20. Makes sense with Rhule. He is the most probable for the job due to his situation. I think Clawson has one more stop in his future and I doubt Wake can offer him what he can financially. They just extended him a few months ago and only paid him 3.6. My guess is that is towards the top end of their budget so maybe we can get him here for 5ish. You may be right about Fickell but Ohio State appears to have their long term guy in place so maybe he would entertain coming here? I think it takes 8 Million to get him though.
  21. Why would you take Arranda over any of the three I listed? I just don't get it. The guy took Baylor over after Matt Rhule just went 11-3 in 2019 and went 2-7 in 2020. Then with Matt's recruits, he went 12-2 last year and is 2-1 this year with a loss to BYU. 26 total games... That is the extent of his head coaching experience. As a defensive coordinator he had some great results from 2012 - 2016 but he fell off in 2018 and 2019 to pretty average numbers at LSU. Maybe he would do good here but, to me, there just isn't enough resume there to justify the salary it would take to pull him.
  22. I have my top 3 finally figured out- Dave Clawson, Luke Fickell, and Matt Rhule. All a proven winners who have rebuilt programs. All have extensive head coaching experience and all 3 coach great fundamental football. Listed below in random order. I would be happy with any of them. Matt Rhule - 47 years old Temple 2013 - 2-10 2014 - 6-6 2015 - 10-4 2016 - 10-3 Baylor 2017 - 1-11 2018 - 7-6 2019 - 11-3 Left for the NFL Dave Clawson- 55 years old Fordham 1999-2003 - Winless in 99 to 10-3 and 9-3 in 2002 and 2003 Richmond 2004-2007 - 3-8 in 2004 to 11-3 in 2007 Bowling Green 2009-2013 - 6-6 in 2008 to 10-3 in 2013 Wake Forest 2014-current - 3-9 in 2014 to 11-3 in 2021 and is currently undefeated in 2022 Luke Fickell - 49 years old One year at Ohio State under weird circumstances - 6-7 Cincinnati 2017 - current 2017 - 4-8 2018 - 11-2 2019 - 11-3 2020 - 9-1 2021 - 13-1
  23. To be honest I am struggling to even come up with a top 5 I would be happy with. I am not excited about the potential relocations from Iowa State, Kansas, and Baylor. All 3 seem like OK hires but nothing I am excited about. O'Brien fits into that group for me- not exciting but maybe he would do good- idk. Urban is intriguing- like being at the bar when a hot girl asks you to do a shot of tequila. It sounds fun, and you know it will feel great for a while but you know what tomorrow is going to bring. In the end I'm hoping that the guys who get paid to make these decisions get it right this time. Whoever that may be, I'll support the team and the new coach.
  24. In his 18 games as OC, they are averaging 41 points - I can see where they would be so upset about his performance. And who are we really kidding, Saban orchestrates everything there. It isn't like the guy has free reign. He calls plays but he is told what to call a lot.
  25. Hiring someone specifically based on race is about as extreme as racism gets. You are way out of line. There are currently a whopping total of 15 black head coaches in all of the FBS football programs. View points like yours are the reason this world is so quick to scream racism at the first thing they don't agree with. It's disgusting really.
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