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Richmond, VA (via Cedar Rapids, IA)

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Connoisseur of a poor man's Barstool Sports

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Comment 13 Jul 2020

This could certainly be the truth, Stanford could very well be using COVID as a cover for doing what they’ve wanted to do anyways. But it could also be a very troubling canary in the coal mine for college athletics generally in a new reality that COVID is not the cause of but only an accelerant. And the two options don’t have to be mutually exclusive; that is, Stanford may be cynically exploiting COVID to do what was always inevitable.

A few facts to keep in mind. Even with cutting 1/3 of its varsity sports, Stanford will still offer MORE varsity sports than Iowa (albeit by 1). This despite being a far, far smaller, private school more akin to jNW than Iowa or other B1G schools. And while I have not looked over Stanford Athletics’ budget, I am confident that their “revenue generating” sports bring in far less than Iowa, they don’t have the luxury of a near-generating third sport like Iowa wrestling, and their outlays to their other programs (with many more championship level achievements than Iowa) far surpass the UofI. Yes, Stanford could easily use some of its endowment to cover any shortfalls this year, and next, and the year after that, and on and on. But maybe they looked at the overall landscape of rising costs, fiscal incompetence of the PAC 12, inevitability of the broadcast rights fees bubble bursting, and changed reality of a post-COVID world where a number of assumptions no longer hold true and decided to get ahead of the curve because they don’t see athletics as a core academic pursuit.

Whats scary to contemplate is that this assumption may be correct, even if employed cynically

Comment 13 Jul 2020

Um, aren't these points somewhat mutually exclusive?

For me I believe the recent surge is mainly due to increased testing. In April if you were 19yo and had a mild cough you would not have been able to get a test, now you can get one even if you are asymptomatic... And several studies that show asymptomatic spread is "unlikely" and I wonder why wear a mask

So, your argument is that in March/April, the infection rate was basically the same as it is now, the only reason it doesn't show up that way is because at that earlier point, unless you were clearly showing symptoms of infection. Thus, by this logic there MUST have been asymptomatic spread going on then (and presumably now), which negates an assertion that such spread is "unlikely". 

Comment 08 Jul 2020

I think that's part of it. But the simple fact remains, the only stat that Butt is significantly behind (hah!) either Fant or Hock is in TDs, and just barely so with Hock. Add to that Butt has better stats in his best two-year period than either of Fant or Hock do in theirs -- again, Fant's ridiculous TD haul in 2018 excepted -- and a deciding factor could very well have been the greater number of years Butt had.

Then again, if longer career is the standard, then arguably Mike Giesicki got screwed totals (best year in parentheses): 4 years; 129 receptions (57); 1481 yards (679); and 15 TDs (9)

Comment 04 Jul 2020

Rocky,  I certainly wasn’t anywhere clear enough that this is what I was driving at w/r/t Spearman/Bowers. Thank you for making the point explicit.

I think Spearman/Bowers is a microcosm or the whole “union card”/“circle of trust” issue where certain players were allowed untold numbers of mistakes and screw-ups, while others seemed to have no allowance for error, all depending on whether they were in the circle. And it is true that it isn’t a case that every player in the circle was white and those outside it were always black, it’s hard not to notice that those players with the supposed “union card” skewed very heavily one way demographically. That the justification for their starting/playing over another player was almost always attributed to their practice and/or weight room performance, shows just how insidious things could be and how a loopback feed developed 

Comment 03 Jul 2020

Actually, he lost it to Bo Bower, who was allowed to be just a complete liability on the field all season until he was finally yanked in the Taxslayer Bowl. At which point, he was replaced by Jewell and Niemann (as Bower was allowed to be a black hole all season at two different spots - MLB and OLB - depending on other needs). Despite flailing all the previous season, Bower was right back out there at the WLB spot the next fall. Because apparently some workout warriors are just too good to keep off the field.

Comment 02 Jul 2020

go ahead and carry on with the twitter mob mentality I guess

Dude, your evidence that Wadley has no credibility is an anonymous Twitter account that came into existence less than a month ago and has done nothing but circle the wagons around the football staff, and I'm the one with the Twitter mob mentality? 

To say nothing of the fact that it is entirely possible to believe that (1) Robert Green has questionable motivations and (2) Wadley's account is, by and large, an accurate reflection of his experiences at Iowa.

Comment 02 Jul 2020

This is still dereliction of KF's responsibilities though. Coaches have limited access to the players in the coaching they can do, not in being available to speak or meet with the players to deal with life issues. And a good manager should have a process/procedure in places so that the players could come forward with issues or concerns without fear of reprisal. That seems not to be the case here. Instead, Doyle was seemingly left to run his own little fiefdom with absolute control and little or no oversight/review from KF and/or Barta. The very best defense available to KF is that he was, in essence, an absentee landlord completely unaware and uninterested in what was happening in the weight room. This is unacceptable for any leader of an organization, and it is particularly egregious in the program where there had been an incredibly serious - potentially life-threatening - incident a few years prior and the entire staff responsible was kept in place, and the man in charge was given the brand-new-and-never-again-bestowed "Assistant Coach of the Year" award. Not trying to rehash rhabdo here, but one absolute out of that should have been that there was more direct and meaningful oversight of the weight training program by KF and/or Barta on an ongoing basis. You know, because they're fucking responsible for what goes on there. Instead, it seems that there was either no oversight, or no interest in doing it. Again, this is the best defense of the men at the top in the circumstances. Because the next best defense is that KF knew, but didn't think it was a concern.

Comment 02 Jul 2020

No, it pretty much undermines Robert T. Green. A person, who as Mike points out in the article, is a bit shady and about whom there are a tom of questions. The Wadleys’ association with Green does call into question some aspects of Akrum’s claims, but it doesn’t undermine him completely.

And to say that Wadley is undermined because of the assertions of an anonymous Twitter account that was created at the exact same time as the players’ story broke and has done nothing but defend the coaches and downplay the players’ allegations seems a bit dubious. Let’s just say that the motivations of Wadley/Green are no more questionable than those of Green.

Comment 01 Jul 2020

 It's a culture where freshmen come to be seen and not heard, to be hammered down and broken apart before they get rebuilt and grow up to be senior captains holding down a table at Media Days. (And who did more of that hammering than Doyle?)

Part of the problem is way too many players never got “rebuilt” because they were chased out of the building by the toxic atmosphere that Doyle, and others, fostered 

Comment 01 Jul 2020

I'd also like to point out that if "liking to party too much" and/or "not doing well academically" is a standard that means that one cannot express their opinion about Iowa Football, then a WHOLE LOT of fans need to STFU right now. Because holy hell is the cognitive dissonance on that one deafening.

Comment 01 Jul 2020

In the aftermath of the players' revelations, Morehouse (and Doc) went on at length about how he, and the Iowa media in general, had failed in their job. And he said all the right words about their failure, taking ownership, and what needed to be different going forward. Kind of need to see real actions, however, for this to be true. No follow-up on the issues followed by a vacation, to be followed by the ramp-up to the season instead of anything related to the underlying issues kind of belies a sense that it will be a big deal.

Besides, Morehouse has basically been a vacation for the past 3-4 years taking dictation from the Iowa SID. Maybe now is the time to ask actual questions.

Comment 01 Jul 2020

So, what should you (and/or we) do when KF is still the head man in 2021? I ask not out of snark, because I really don't fucking know. Just gaming out the scenario here:  Doyle is the sacrificial offering (not undeserved), followed by an "independent investigation" to buy time (you know, just like the investigation that Barta announced after the Meyer/Griesbaum trial and settlement that never actually got launched), then wait for everyone to get distracted and move on allowing facile changes to "announce" but never actually implement. Yes, things will be a bit better within the Hansen center, but that will be some fresh paint on the walls and some updated furniture, nothing to address the cracks in the foundation.

The more I have thought about this, the more I see this playing out almost exactly like the Meyer/Griesbaum situation. A flurry of looking like something will be done in the immediate aftermath, but just kicking the can down the road so that the people responsible are never actually held to account. And while there is/was heat immediately from the Iowa press, DrHawks is right that they've basically gone silent about it since. The "investigation" gives everyone involved, press included, the excuse not to deal with any of it now because they don't want to be "fair to the process". So it all gets swept under the rug as we "move forward". Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

Comment 01 Jul 2020

I'll just quote myself from the Doyle settlement thread:

Any "real" investigation/examination of how this happened would lay bare that only one of two scenarios are possible:  (1) KF knew the basics of what was going on, and decided it was not an issue; or (2) KF did not know because he wasn't bothering to perform any oversight. The former would absolutely be grounds for immediate separation, the latter would invite a whole host of more uncomfortable questions and would, presumably, also result in a separation. This settlement is an attempt to sweep it all under the rug under the auspices of starting anew today.

Comment 01 Jul 2020

From the ESPN article on dubious national title claims. No, this isn't a bad omen for the 2020 season, at all:

This was November, 1918, and the flu pandemic had ripped through the U.S. at a merciless pace as troops returned from World War I that spring. But it was the far deadlier second wave that upended the college football season, with U.S. mortality reaching its apex in October. Pitt was among the handful of teams working to salvage a football season by playing an exhaustive slate in just a few weeks in late fall.

Yeah, @I am sure everything will be fine this [email protected] 

Comment 24 Jun 2020

We're not peaking, so much as we've plateaued. At the peak rate of new infections. So yeah, not exactly a great sign. What's more, the new cases/hotspots are in the exact areas/states where there was more reluctance and/or refusal to shut down in the short run and opened up first and more fully. To say nothing of states *cough*Florida*cough* that are seeing a surge despite having fudged their numbers from the get-go.

The long story short, this may be the new normal for the medium term. And there has been "reacting too strongly, too early" throughout. Particularly from those that want to believe that COVID is no big deal and that this is all over. I mean, just 3-4 weeks ago, everyone "knew" that there was a 100% percent chance that football would be back this fall. There's just NO WAY it couldn't happen, we were confidently told. And while I would still bet that it is more likely than not -- Catnuts is right about Following the Money -- it is, right now, a much dicier proposition as we are discovering that all of the best-case scenarios that were conditions precedent for a full-go on football and other sports have turned out to be pipe dreams. It has become abundantly clear that there is no possible way that exposure can be eliminated and that teams/players can be kept in isolation from others and the disease. The question, instead, is one of risk management. And, unfortunately, the people who will be most at risk - the players - are the ones who have the least say in the decision.

Comment 16 Jun 2020

Maybe he would have? I mean, none of trust Barta to properly document a termination for cause, so there's that. But assuming that a for-cause firing would prevail, that would void the terms of the employment contract and Doyle wouldn't be owed anything.

As it is, this is truly a "settlement" as Doyle gets most, but not all, his money, and Barta/KF get this to go away without more dirty laundry coming to light (probably).