Here's The Real Highlight of Opening Night of the Coaches' Caravan
Nick P. was our roving Twitter reporter for last night's Coaches' Caravan event at Pegula Ice Arena, which kicked off the first of a 17 stop bus tour spanning all across Pennsylvania and parts of the New York/New Jersey/Baltimore/DC area. As a couple of Nick's tweets below show however, the biggest highlight of the night didn't involve anything James Franklin, Russ Rose, or Bob Warming said at the podium...
I can die happy. pic.twitter.com/ANncJWNPFn— Nick Polak (@TheREALNPolak) May 1, 2014
That's right ladies and gentlemen, you are witnessing the birth of the Twitter legend that is "Bizzaro Franklin."
Scott Dochterman at The Iowa City Gazette put together an eye-opening article highlighting the fact that the Big Ten has seen a 57% increase in recruiting spending in the last two years. You can thank the influx of new coaches, particularly those with SEC backgrounds such as Urban Meyer and James Franklin in part, for that increase, as well as the realization that the B1G is going to have to spend at SEC levels in order to better compete with their schools across the board. Also noticeable is the fact that PSU's spending on recruiting nearly tripled from $258.8K in 2011 (the last year of the Paterno era) to $736.7K in 2013. Also noteworthy on the PSU end of things is this little tidbit:
In 2010, a Penn State assistant coach served as recruiting coordinator but the school listed no recruiting support staff. Under new coach James Franklin, the Nittany Lions have a director of player personnel, a recruiting operations assistant and two assistants that serve as recruiting coordinators. Rivals lists Penn State second nationally in its 2015 recruiting rankings.
We're Talking Semantics
The College Football Playoff committee has revealed its criteria for how it will select its four playoff teams. Aside from the usual suspects that you see in the NCAA basketball tournament's selection process (i.e. SOS, head-to-head and record vs. common opponents, overall record, etc.), the playoff committee also emphasized that it would select the most 'deserving' as opposed to the 'best' team, which has set off alarm bells amongst college football fans. Confused? Kevin Trahan at the mothership explains:
It may seem like a technicality, but those words — "best" and "deserving" — are very different. For example, in a resume-like system that forces the committee to follow the criteria of record, strength-of-schedule, conference championships, etc., it would be very hard for, say, 10-2 Alabama to jump an 11-1 Washington team that has a better strength-of-schedule. But by allowing the committee to choose the team it thinks is the best, members have the freedom to say, "Well Washington has had a better season, but come on, we all know Alabama is a better team."
This will certainly be something to watch for this season, especially once the committee releases its first set of rankings on October 28th.
Other Quick Dumps:
- For those of you familiar with Jon Bois' Breaking Madden series here at the mothership: Clarence BEEFTANK is back to wreak havoc in NBA Y2K...all 5'3" 350 pounds of him
- Fivethirtyeight put up a post that will have all of us basketbros who saw the Return to Rec choke job last December nodding our heads in agreement.
- This guy is my hero in life
- Oprah Winfrey wants to bid on the Clippers (YOU get to coach, and YOU get to coach...).
- Here's a list of some of the best Jameis Winston photoshops