Your Best 11 Mailbag: On Football Weather, Recruiting Decisions and Jim Delany
What up, folks?! It is Thursday, spring ball is rocking and rolling and we are here with the Your Best 11 Mailbag. I've got quite a big weekend planned as I'm heading to a wedding and of course things will get awesome. I'll be on my suit and tie...
@inthebleachers Will Jim Delaney make good on his threat to alter the B1G business model if the NCAA loses?— Ziare Brown (@Jamaicanhitman) March 21, 2013
Hell to the no. I hit on it earlier this week at Your Best 11. Just to summarize, a move backwards, turning down all the money that's out on the table has never truly been Delany's thing. Throw in the fact that moving back means cutting teams, jobs and pay for a lot of moving pieces, and I just can't see it.
@inthebleachers what reasons and in what order do you think recruits actually choose a school for, despite what they say? YB11— Trav (@TheIrishWon) March 21, 2013
I don't think there is an order to this. For some kids, being close to home is paramount. For others, being far from home is the goal. Playing time plays a big role for kids. As does being a part of a prestigious program for others. Style of play and/or ability to get to the league is another factor.
And yes, even academics matter for some kids, as the top reason to go to certain schools.
So, while the kids might lie to reporters and tell them what they think the reporters, or the fans, want to hear, I do think all of them have different reasons for their decisions. If I had to name the top five, I'd go with proximity to home, playing time, relationship with position or recruiting coach, feel of the university and ability to be successful. No real order, because those things factor into most decisions, it is matter of where they rank for individual kids.
This is a tough one. There are a lot of sporting events that I just don't watch, like college basketball and most of the Olympics. So for me, college basketball and any running, swimming or road cycling would be among my bottom ranked sports.
Now, for the sports that I actually watch, I think I'd say that Major League Baseball is at the bottom of that heap. I still love baseball, but when your team is the Astros, turning on the television to watch their games becomes increasingly difficult as the losses pile up. 2005? I'm watching every game I can. 2013? Eh, let's see what else is on.
@inthebleachers the "fad" and "lie" that cold weather is "football weather" Discuss.Also, is there anything worse than practice in the cold?— AJ Fritsche (@Fritsche12) March 21, 2013
Ah, the good old football weather talk. This is the most ridiculous crap ever and it almost always comes from people in cold weather climates attempting to assert their manhood. You never hear a guy from the south screaming about how 115 degrees on the field for a noon kickoff in September is "football weather."
That's because it is hot and it sucks. Same thing with the cold.
When you start talking about what weather is going to give you the best football, that's a 65-68 degree place with negligible winds, perhaps a subtle breeze and no precipitation. Not too hot, but hot enough for the muscles to stay warm during between series and cool enough to not overheat as you're running around on the field.
Teams that are actually good are at their best in optimal conditions. Teams that need help, get that help in the form of the "great equalizer" known as the elements. A slopfest doesn't make for great football, it hampers good football teams and makes everyone just varying shades of ugly.
You know who has great football weather in September? The Georgia Dome, because it isn't a million degrees like it is in Tuscaloosa. You know who has great football weather in January? The Georgia Dome, because it isn't freezing like it is in Blacksburg.
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