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After paying his dues, my son gets to finally officially cover Gator football. @alligatorSports: Football writer @Bfarrell727 breaks down DC Todd Grantham's two-pronged defensive strategy and how

There is also great optimism outside Michigan that the deal gets wrapped up soon. 

God Dabo is loathsome. Pour it on. 

On 1/31/2021 at 6:39 PM, JaxBill said:

Apparently he didn't want to serve his suspension for smoking the fake weed, so he quit.  Any idea if he has to sit out this year?  I haven't been able to find anything definitive.

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And welcome to signing day.  Remember when signing day had it's own thread?  It used to be a pretty fun day, but I guess early signing day messed everything up.  

Can anyone explain how Bama signs 28 players every year?

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6 minutes ago, psychobillies said:

And welcome to signing day.  Remember when signing day had it's own thread?  It used to be a pretty fun day, but I guess early signing day messed everything up.  

Can anyone explain how Bama signs 28 players every year?

Doesn’t Saban dismiss players who don’t make the cut or something?

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Doesn’t Saban dismiss players who don’t make the cut or something?

He does all the time, but it's not supposed to free up a scholarship.  Neither is a player leaving through the portal, or quitting or anything else.  It's supposed to be a hard cap of 50 scholarships every 2 years I believe.   

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13 minutes ago, psychobillies said:

He does all the time, but it's not supposed to free up a scholarship.  Neither is a player leaving through the portal, or quitting or anything else.  It's supposed to be a hard cap of 50 scholarships every 2 years I believe.   

Oh I don’t know then. I didn’t even know it was signing day until I opened this thread. That sure fizzled away as an event.

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1 minute ago, Capella said:

Oh I don’t know then. I didn’t even know it was signing day until I opened this thread. That sure fizzled away as an event.

I know, it's a shame.  I don't really understand the need for an early signing day.  It just ruined everything.

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4 minutes ago, Capella said:

Oh I don’t know then. I didn’t even know it was signing day until I opened this thread. That sure fizzled away as an event.

Probably much more efficient for the bagmen to wrap it up earlier. Have to imagine a lot of booster money getting wasted on these last second decisions over the years. You need that money to buy out coaches :lol: 

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Just now, Capella said:

Oh I don’t know then. I didn’t even know it was signing day until I opened this thread. That sure fizzled away as an event.

I know, it's a shame.  I don't really understand the need for an early signing day.  It just ruined everything.

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The 🐐 was the best pure recruiter and planner already, and now he’s building on the best development results. A video went public of his pitch and it’s pretty simple...you’ll win and I’ll develop you better than anyone else.

His current Senior recruiting class was Najee Harris, Tua, Jeudy, Devonta Smith, Ruggs, Mac Jones, Leatherwood, Dylan Moses, Xavier McKinney.

“People think position coaches and area coaches are critical and all this and that,” said Blake Brockermeyer, the father of Tommy and James. “Winning, program consistency and development is all that matters to those with great options. We love Flood and Scott, but the equipment manager could have recruited us as long as Saban is there.”

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2 hours ago, JaxBill said:

picturing Ted Lasso

@Rob__Paul: Gus Malzahn gets to go from Bo Nix to Dillon Gabriel at QB and doesn’t have to play an SEC slate? Seems like a win-win for ol’ Gus. 

It's being reported he's keeping his buyout from Auburn...win-win-win!

He struggled to develop players especially QBs, but inheriting a great QB in this conference should be a good fit to start at least.

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2 hours ago, gump said:

Barry retiring.  He’s a legend, and I’m sure will still be involved. I’ve spent a little time with McIntosh...hard to be a more impressive guy. 

Alvarez did an absolutely incredible job turning the WI athletic program around.

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12 minutes ago, KingPrawn said:

Alvarez did an absolutely incredible job turning the WI athletic program around.

It hurt ND a lot when he left for Wisconsin.   He was a recruiting monster in Chicago.

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Thought we had a thread on paying college athletes, but I can't find it.  Yesterday began the SC case against the NCAA.  Not holding my breath, but seems like there's a shot at a successful anti-trust argument.  

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On 2/15/2021 at 9:26 AM, JaxBill said:

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@Rob__Paul: Gus Malzahn gets to go from Bo Nix to Dillon Gabriel at QB and doesn’t have to play an SEC slate? Seems like a win-win for ol’ Gus. 

UCF has posted these billboards around Georgia and Florida.  I drove by the one in Tallahassee today. (Identical except for mileage)

 

@RedditCFB: Billboard spotted in Gainesville. 👀 (h/t /r/floridagators) https://twitter.com/RedditCFB/status/1379548780723281920/photo/1

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@CAAFootball: What?!? How?!? Look at this TD Pass from @NovaFootball as they cut it to a one-score game with 3 minutes remaining. https://twitter.com/CAAFootball/status/1383510002913083398/video/1

At first I thought, "He was down,"  He was not down.  Love the celebration by 33 on defense and then the WTF reaction by him at the end of the clip.  :lmao: 

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On 4/6/2021 at 7:09 PM, JaxBill said:

UCF has posted these billboards around Georgia and Florida.  I drove by the one in Tallahassee today. (Identical except for mileage)

 

@RedditCFB: Billboard spotted in Gainesville. 👀 (h/t /r/floridagators) https://twitter.com/RedditCFB/status/1379548780723281920/photo/1

The future of college football is Gus Malzahn going 9-3 in the 6th-best conference?

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On 12/8/2020 at 3:07 PM, Steve Tasker said:
On 12/8/2020 at 1:46 PM, CletiusMaximus said:

This is a fantastic story for Buffalo and for Lance Leipold.  He was the coach at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (city where I was born) for 8 seasons, in which time he won 6 Div. III national titles with an overall record of 109 wins and 6 defeats.  An absolutely incredible run in a very competitive division. He was also a high school quarterback and multi-sport star at Jefferson high school. I played against him once in a non-conference game.  He's still pretty young for a head coach.  I would hope he sticks around at Buffalo a couple years, but I'll bet some offers will be coming in after this season.

 

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It's very clear that he is a great football coach.  He has taken a middling, average-at-best MAC team and has now put together 4 straight very solid seasons.  Considering the program's history, the idea that they haven't had a losing season since 2016 is a pretty big deal.  If you would've told me 10 years ago that the team would be consistently in the mix for the MAC title, consistently making bowl games, and cracked the top 25 - even if it only lasts a week - I'd have said you're crazy.

What has really sold me on Leipold are 2 points in particular.  One - a keen eye for recruiting, and two - the willingness to innovate.  The unconfirmed rumblings around UB recruiting these days is that other schools in the region - P5s or G5s - pay attention when UB offers a recruit.  They have a very strong reputation among G5s now for being able to identify talent.  Jaret Patterson was an unknown recruit, and Buffalo was the only FBS school to offer him.  Starting QB Kyle Vantrease (one of the better QBs in the country per PFF, for whatever that's worth) was an unheralded 3-star from Ohio, and Buffalo scooped him up despite him playing HS ball like 5 miles from Kent State.  One of the knocks on Leipold when he got here was a lack of recruiting pipeline - the story was that the recruits just fell right into his lap at Whitewater.  Leipold made the extremely shrewd move of bringing on Rob Ianello (former HC at Akron and former RC at Notre Dame and Kansas) as AHC and recruiting coordinator from day 1.

From the innovation side, the team has gone from a throw-first spread offense to a run-heavy zone running scheme basically overnight.  They had a 6'6" gunslinger - let's throw the ball all day.  You have two extremely talented RBs and a powerful OL - let's run the ball all day.  There has been no force-fitting players into a scheme that doesn't make sense.  The way they have remolded the entire offensive side of the ball in 3 years while continuing to win the entire time has been astounding.

I think he's certainly on the radar for bigger schools.  Selfishly I'm hoping that UB can come up with the money to keep him happy and that his age (56) keeps some of the other bigger programs away.  Programs are looking for that hot young coach to setup for 25 years of success, I think Leipold is past that point.  Like, we all knew Nate Oats was going to have bigtime offers - he was never going to stay.  Leipold, there's at least a fleeting hope.  UB has poured a ton of money into football - despite having more success in basketball - with a brand new fieldhouse and brand new locker room in just the past 3 years.  The program is night-and-day compared to when I was a student manager.  It'd be a dream to have Leipold for another 10 years and handoff to his hand-picked successor.  But who knows.

 

Kansas hires Buffalo's Lance Leipold as football coach

Bummer for the Bulls, but it seems he's leaving Buffalo in a much better place than when he joined and hopefully they can build on that.

 

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21 hours ago, CletiusMaximus said:

 

Kansas hires Buffalo's Lance Leipold as football coach

Bummer for the Bulls, but it seems he's leaving Buffalo in a much better place than when he joined and hopefully they can build on that.

 

Was only a matter of time.  Really sucks to have it happen in late April....kinda leaves the team in a lurch.

I'm also a bit surprised he chose Kansas.  Buffalo looks to be in a very good spot this year, should be a MAC title contender, bowl contender.....Leipold's stock would still be high come January 2022, and he would have options for much better programs than Kansas.  But perhaps he likes a challenge, or perhaps he thinks this is the best he could get and he wants to secure the bag.  Can't blame him for that.

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