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5 minutes ago, knapplc said:

Makes it exceedingly difficult to host recruits that weekend. I suppose it's Nebraska's turn to lose that weekend, since Illinois had to last year.

 

 

 

This is the biggest detriment for me; you only get so many opportunities to use your best advantages in recruiting, and moving from Saturday to Friday hurts a lot in terms of getting kids on campus. 

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10 minutes ago, Cdog923 said:

This is the biggest detriment for me; you only get so many opportunities to use your best advantages in recruiting, and moving from Saturday to Friday hurts a lot in terms of getting kids on campus. 

 

It does.  But it's really not a ton different than having an 11 am kickoff on Saturday.  

 

Sounds like we may be getting a lot of night games on the other games.  So it all evens out.

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I think the recruiting loss is overstated.  In-season recruiting is a shell of what it used to be with all of the early commits as well as having official visits allowed in the spring/summer.  The majority of our game visits are for local guys and underclassmen.  Add in there is a decent chance this was an 11am kick on Saturday, so there is a good chance there wouldn't have been any official visits anyways.

 

We also have the CU game 2 weeks prior, that will be the one they load up with 'croots, not Illinois.

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7 minutes ago, Mavric said:

 

It does.  But it's really not a ton different than having an 11 am kickoff on Saturday.  

 

Sounds like we may be getting a lot of night games on the other games.  So it all evens out.

 

Well, and the other side of that coin is there's not a lot of competition for TV eyes on a Friday night. So, even though we lose out on that weekend, recruting-wise, it's a large billboard to showcase the program on. 

 

3 minutes ago, Red Five said:

I think the recruiting loss is overstated.  In-season recruiting is a shell of what it used to be with all of the early commits as well as having official visits allowed in the spring/summer.  The majority of our game visits are for local guys and underclassmen.  Add in there is a decent chance this was an 11am kick on Saturday, so there is a good chance there wouldn't have been any official visits anyways.

 

We also have the CU game 2 weeks prior, that will be the one they load up with 'croots, not Illinois.

 

Yea, but there's only 7 of them a year, and the gameday atmosphere is one of the absolute biggest advantages we have. It kind of evens out in the end, but it's still a bit of a bitter pill to swallow when you want kids to experience what an actual game is like. 

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5 hours ago, Cdog923 said:

 

Well, and the other side of that coin is there's not a lot of competition for TV eyes on a Friday night. So, even though we lose out on that weekend, recruting-wise, it's a large billboard to showcase the program on. 

To whom? The high school players that are playing games on Friday night?

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16 hours ago, RedDenver said:

To whom? The high school players that are playing games on Friday night?

 

No, but to the millions of other people who aren't high school football players and are looking for something to watch on a traditionally dead night for television, sure. 

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6 minutes ago, Cdog923 said:

 

No, but to the millions of other people who aren't high school football players and are looking for something to watch on a traditionally dead night for television, sure. 

I get that marketing and brand exposure angle, but I don't think it helps recruiting.

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When I coached HS football it always surprised me how little interest the guys on the team had on watching games.  

 

It was just not a big priority for them.  Usually when I would ask them about it I would get these responses.

 

1.  No, I did not watch it

2.  My parents had friends over to watch, I saw a little bit of it here and there

3.  Did you steal money out of my locker during practice??

2 minutes ago, RedDenver said:

I get that marketing and brand exposure angle, but I don't think it helps recruiting.

I agree.

 

I just posted about it, most of my HS players just did not watch/care about games like we do.

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8 minutes ago, RedDenver said:

I get that marketing and brand exposure angle, but I don't think it helps recruiting.

 

Yea, I've already conceded that point, and it sucks that we're being forced to give up a home game like this. 

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