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  1. Phillip Fulmer, Lloyd Carr, and Mack Brown all say hi. I don't think winning the NC in 99' would have bought him a lot of time. I'm guessing it buys him 2 years tops. If we'd have won the NC in 01' then he more than likely gets afforded more time.
  2. December 2, 2002 is probably the date that sticks out most to me in terms of causing a lot of change. This was the date Bill Byrne handed in his letter or resignation. On one hand, it's hard to fault Pederson, TO, and Eichorst. They were simply hired as AD to fire the current football coach. On the other hand, it's hard not to fault them for the clowns they hired. It probably isn't fair to include TO, but he was hired as AD to can Callahan. It also isn't really fair to include Bo as one of the clowns as he did inherit a mess and changed the direction of the program even though he really wasn't a long term solution.
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    B1G Printing Money

    How much money does it take to buy trophies? Right now, we're cash rich and asset poor along with the rest of the B1G in comparison to the SEC. We may laugh all the way to the bank while they laugh throughout the rest of the year. Urban's "retirement" was a huge blow to the conference especially if Harboob can't get his $hit together. Other than Frost and Harboob, what can this conference really hang it's hat on? This conference is beginning to resemble the old Big 8 after OU went on probation.
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    Discontent in the AD?

    Is the bolded really true? Since TO retired, we haven't exactly been known as a program that holds onto football coaches. Heck, we've had as many ADs since TO's retirement as coaches haven't we? It's likely had Frost not taken the job that it would have been open again within the next 3-7 years.
  5. I would say Devaney's run in the late 60's to early 70's was more of an anomaly than TO's run in the 90s primarily because of the information, video, etc. of recruits available to the coaches at the time.
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    Civil War: CFB Title Landscape

    I think there are a couple of reasons the South is dominating. One would be the coaching. Take Bob Stoops for example. He left Kansas State in a lateral move as defensive coordinator to become Florida's defensive coordinator. Why? He said the daily schedule was much shorter at Florida than at K State. Typically, coaches in the South don't have to work as hard or as many hours as they do in the North because they are surrounded by excellent recruits. Therefore, it's more likely to find the best coaches in the South rather than the North. Why are the best recruits in the South? It's the exact same reason that the best hockey recruits are typically found in the North instead of the South. It's the weather. More specifically, it's the amount of time as in months young athletes play football in the South when compared to the North. When one considers the amount of club football played nearly year round in the South, it's of little wonder why those athletes are better prepared for the sport of football because they've simply spent many more hours honing their skills. Has anyone ever wondered why most of the Bowl games are played in the South? It's because of the weather and being a more enjoyable experience for the fans. Well, it's also a more enjoyable experience for most of the players as well. I know I'd much rather go play catch with my son when it's nice and sunny rather than cold and miserable. For a North team to become the next NC winner, I think it will take a couple of things. First, it will take an experienced staff who has worked together for quite some time. Second, it will take a staff that is geared to player development. I don't necessarily think the best athletes are all found in the South. I just think that they're ahead of most players in the North because of the amount more football they've played prior to college. Helping the cold weather recruits catch up with the warm weather recruits will be key to leveling the playing field.
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    How many NDSU Bison expect to make it into the NFL? How many have made it into the NFL in the last decade? 15 games in the lower divisions is different than for power 5 D1 athletes because those players are just thrilled to get their education paid for. The 4 and 5 star recruits in D1 have aspirations of playing in the NFL. The more games they play the better the odds of getting a permanent injury. Bosa quit Ohio State when they were definitely in playoff contention. Let's just call it for what it is. The only reason the playoff might expand is for one thing and one thing only: money! The players with the skills to make it to the next level really don't get any benefit from the windfall. I'm not sure I buy into the argument that those playing in the playoff benefit much at all from the exposure. Year in and year out, we see players stock either rise dramatically or fall dramatically based upon how they do at the combine. Dabo has already said he'd be in favor of going back to the way it was before the playoffs just having the #1 and #2 team play in a bowl game at the end of the year for the NC. In 2016, Saban hinted that he was in favor of expanding the playoff. In 2017, he was against it arguing it would diminish the other bowl games. In 2018, he made the same argument about diminishing the other bowl games. One could argue he changed his mind simply because of the different situation his team found itself in at the end of the season. However, I believe there's a bit more to it than that. Why are Dabo and Saban against expansion? Is it because it makes it more difficult to win a NC? Possibly. Or, is it because they see the tide changing and are afraid more and more of their better athletes will simply decide to skip the games in order to prepare for the draft? 2016 was the beginning of the trend of sitting out games in the post season when Fournette and McCaffrey sat out. In 2017, that number went from 2 to 10. In 2018, the number doubled to 20. See a trend?
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    Do we need top 5 classes to be successful?

    Most Ohio State fans would not agree with the bolded. They call them the John Cooper years.
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    Do we need top 5 classes to be successful?

    Times have changed. Back in TO's day, I would say no. His recruiting classes right before the run weren't really highly ranked classes. However, a lot of things have changed since then. Heck, back then the best two teams didn't even play each other in the bowl most years because of conference tie-ins with bowls. In today's day and age especially with talk about expanding the playoff, I'd say you definitely need at least some top 10 classes or need to be very lucky in avoiding injuries and attrition. Depth becomes a big factor when a playoff is involved. If it expands to eight teams, it will be an even bigger factor if the ultimate goal is a NC.
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    Ranking Nebraska's Best Coaches (All Sports)

    I think if a fan is being honest with themselves, you have to go with either Devaney or Pettit. They built something. Cook and Osborne are similar, but they are both behind the top 2 because they inherited a power house and didn't let the wheels fall off.
  11. If the bolded happened, I doubt we'd be in the B1G. It's been quite a while since most people would consider us in the top tier. Our last year in the Big 12, Nebraska and Maryland had an almost identical records and both finished just inside the top 25. Maryland's most recent conference championship is more recent than ours.
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    Speaking of eras, we're entering a new one. We have players who are opting out of bowl games in order to prepare for the NFL draft. We had a player who quit the team after getting an injury to prepare for the NFL draft. In the past few years, college players are getting a bit more vocal about how the money is allocated. If we extend the season by keeping conference championship games and then going to an eight team playoff, it might be the straw that breaks the camel's back. A few years ago, there was a RB that was encouraged to not even play his junior year of college because the shelf life of a RB in the pros is short. I have a feeling this will be revisited in the near future. I never thought I'd see the day where a coach of an amateur sport is paid more than a coach of the same professional support. Times are a changing, and I believe asking these players to do even more for their schools will cause the breaking point.
  13. I think we're being a little premature with the Maryland bashing. Last year, they had a pretty decent recruiting class. The coach they just hired is thought to be a great recruiter. They more than likely get just enough talent into their program to keep most B1G teams honest. I realize the guy they just hired didn't exactly light the World on fire the last time he was a head coach, but he has spent the last few years under Saban. In a sense, he's put Bama's offense on the map.
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    The bolded happened because two P5 conference champs were undefeated along with Notre Dame. I've always been for an 8 team playoff. However when we get down to the rat killing, I'd rather see a one loss champ miss the playoffs than see a three loss champ who played in an excessively weak conference make the playoffs. When one considers why it took so long to get a playoff (too many games, diminish regular season, etc.), I think we're stuck with the current system and four team playoff for quite a bit longer.
  15. Notre Dame is the crown jewel. The B1G should try to land Notre Dame and OU. Then, they could tell Texass to pound sand.