With my last final a few days away, I had time to think about the next story idea. I want to thank everyone for doing a great job over the past few days. The roster of quality contributors continues to grow.
The idea that football ideas come and go in cycles is certainly true. Defensive modern trends in college football is one of my primary interests in writing about the college game (the others being exploiting the unique college rules and the battle for recruits). Still, I think we have experienced a fundamental change in college offense that will never again disappear: utilizing all 11 offensive players. This week I'll share my thoughts on how FSU can attempt to design the modern offense; an offense which arguably was designed to beat the defenses of Mickey Andrews and Bob Stoops. Expect that to come Thursday.
- Andrew Carter has a great Q&A that everyone should read. I've pulled this quote because I continue to believe that Chuck Amato is a horrible coach and he continues to be a waste of space for the Florida State program: "...Anyway, seems like there's a lot of cooks in the kitchen, and sometimes that means you wind up with a messed up dinner. The only two titles that matter belong to Bowden and Fisher and, yes, it has hindered Fisher's ability to control the program given that Andrews and Amato both have the words 'head coach' in their titles. The reality is that this won't be Fisher's program until Bowden retires." I'll add that every year changes aren't made is another year that Florida crushes FSU, both on the field, and off- in recruiting. Firing Chuck Amato is a crucial step, but it is just a step.
- Chantrant has an early look at bowl opponent t Wisconsin.
- CBS News has one of the coolest videos I've ever seen. This will remind you that football isn't everything. Pete Carol fighting gang violence, at 1AM, during football season. Giving his cell phone number to members of the Cripps gang in the Watts housing project. Safe for work as well.
- The Seminoles are 9-1 and have a basketball game tonight against Tennessee Tech. TrueCubbie should have the preview and gamethread later today. While I think our Tourney chances are virtually Nil, if we can win every remaining nonconference game except Pitt, we'd be 13-2 in the Non-conference. I think we can win 5 conference games, but maybe if some other teams suffer massive injuries, the Noles could grab 7 conference wins and get the 20 overall win plateau.
- I updated the Leonard Hamilton offense watch (chart at right). We are 299th in turnovers, as Leonard's scheme continues to not compliment our players, fails to spring guys for open looks, and still doesn't value the basketball. 299th.
- A disturbing quote from an NFL scout, which seems to echo my thoughts that the Bowden coaching tree is pretty poor and is overly dependent on athletic ability without adding much to them: "If you look at the Bobby Bowden, Mark Richt, Chuck Amato family tree, there is no discipline whatsoever. And if the players don't have natural strength, they are not strong. There is no substance to their strength programs. With the type of talent they have at Georgia and Florida State, they ought to be in the hunt for national championships every year. I don't know why Richt is not fending for his job."
- Patrick Robinson has filed his paperwork for a draft evaluation. He is a first day pick this year and will need to seriously consider whether he will get better under the tutelage of Mickey Andrews in 2009.
- Does anyone feel that our basketball or football teams are well coached overall? (I say overall because Edenfield and Jimbo Fisher can obviously coach).