Now that 2021 recruiting is completed, we can take a look at how teams did in 2021, compare that to 2020, see which teams have the strongest four-year rosters, and look at trends that can predict how long new coaches will last. I will be using data from 247sports but unlike that publication, I won't … Continue reading PAC-12 football recruiting: Successes, failures, and trends in the 2021 cycle
tales from youth basketball I was looking for escape from travel basketball and agreed to coach a 7th-8th grade girls team in the local City recreational program. It was a great break and one that came with an unexpected and delightful memory. The team I was given had a group of girls who were fun … Continue reading The demise of Mr. Arrogance
It doesn't take much acuity to notice the abundance of college football prognosticators who are choosing Alabama to win the national college football championship over Ohio State on Monday. It also doesn't take much study to know why they feel that way. Not only has Alabama ruled the rankings since midseason but the Tide also … Continue reading Can Ohio State upset Alabama and win the national championship?
Before we talk about San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullins, I want to first talk about one of his Mississippi contemporaries Chad Kelly who was the quarterback at Mississippi at the time Mullins was at Southern Mississippi. The contrast between these two should help you to keep your chin up and keep doing the right things … Continue reading From two-star to “Mullens Mania”: the story of San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens
One thing was clear. It was going to be a tough season of coaching girls youth basketball. How did I know? Well, I was in my first year of being on the board of directors for the city basketball program and I had rosters for every girls team---including player ratings which had been included by … Continue reading No points? No point guard? No problem!
We've all seen the high-flying offenses of the PAC-12, teams like Washington State and USC that have no problem averaging 400+ yards and 30+ points per game. But, how good are they really? How much "grit" did they have when critical situations were on the line? It's one thing to gloat over an opulence of … Continue reading PAC-12 football offenses: We know they can move, but can they make the critical plays?
If you've coached basketball for a few years, you probably have special memories of special players. For me, Sara is one of those. It was September and we were re-forming our seventh grade travel team in preparation for the new season. We had filled most of our roster but had one spot open that my … Continue reading “Coach, can I have some alcohol?”
When my eight year old daughter wanted to play sports, I was delighted. I knew she had what it took to be good in any sport and the fact that she wanted to play basketball was even better because that was my sport. I had played high school basketball in Oregon and coached at various … Continue reading From ten crying girls to a Nike grant
She was 10, she was tough, and she was trouble. We were in our third year of producing a Summer basketball league for fifth-through-seventh grade girls. In May of each year, we conducted a week-long skills clinic that preceded the Summer league. We had high school players and a few from college who led drills … Continue reading Tales of youth basketball: Brittany
The Big Sky Conference often produces teams that do well in the FCS national playoff. The problem is that in the last decade only Eastern Washington made it to the final. Will that change in 2020? Let's preview each Big Sky team to get a better idea. 1. Montana State (national rank: 4) In 2017, … Continue reading FCS 2020: Who will win the Big Sky Conference?