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  1. Fun little exercise for the offseason as we head into yet another first season under a new regime. My rankings: 1. Terry Bowden - Like my #2 choice, inherited an absolute disaster, turned it around, and was let go a year too soon. Was able to bring together a stellar defensive staff and reestablish a steady stream of NFL prospects similar to the late Owens and early Brookhart years. Only coach to take the Zips to two bowl games. I think a couple more years at the helm could've allowed him to establish our program as a MAC powerhouse. 2. Lee Owens- I'm not sure some people realize how bad things were when Owens took over in 1995. It took him a bit to right the ship and make the team competitive, but given the terrible facilities and administrative support he was dealt, the fact that he was able to develop as much talent as he was and have some winning seasons was nearly a miracle. 2003 should've been a banner year, but the ball bounced the wrong way in three games that year and the team could've very easily been 10-2 with an upset over powerhouse Wisconsin. Defense was the achilles heel of his later teams. It's my firm belief that had his staff remained in place a MAC Championship would've been won in 2004 and 2005. Owens has been a consistent success in everyother head coaching position he's ever held, albeit at lower levels. 3. JD Brookhart- Like my #4 choice, inherited a very good team and shiny brand-spanking new facilities and support that his predecessors never had. Must receive credit for winning the school's only MAC Championship, but did so with a team full of his predecessor's recruits. Was finally able to solve some of the team's defensive woes, but despite his background never developed a high powered offensive attack. He swung for the fences in recruiting and took too many chances on high risk/high reward guys that never panned out. 4. Gerry Faust- Led an exciting transition to FBS (1-A at that time) but his later years were an unmitigated disaster. Discipline and talent were complete bottom of the barrell in 1-A by the time he was fired. Still love seeing him around the Zips program after all these years though. 5. Rob Ianello- This needs no explanation.
  2. If we’re going to schedule an FCS team, then by damn schedule one that doesn’t have any chance to beat and embarrass us. The average fan doesn’t know the difference between St. Francis and James Madison. FCS games should be guaranteed wins. I have never understood why any school would schedule a tough FCS game. You gain nothing if you beat them, yet sacrifice quite a bit if you don’t.
  3. Kreed and some others clearly want use this thread to lay bare their own politics and religious bigotry. I simply meant to talk about LU’s athletic program and what I’ve seen with my own two eyes. Their facilities and financial support are unreal, and now that they’ve hired a coach who has shown a marked ability to take multiple programs from the bottom to the top very quickly, I don’t think this is a wise scheduling decision for us. Let’s keep the discussion to football.
  4. I've always been a fan of hosting Kent State early in the season. Attendance and the game atmosphere is so much better. Anyone remember when we opened the season with them in 2003. The ending sucked but the Rubber Bowl atmosphere was electric.
  5. Freeze was hired right on top of the early signing date from what I can tell. Of the players that were left for February, the average star rating of the players he signed was well beyond our's. They signed a four star corner with offers from Clemson, Auburn, Virginia Tech, and many more . When was the last time we did something like that? You can hate evangelical Christians all you want to, but Liberty doesn't appear to have any problem recruiting. They were a playoff team in FCS and with the facilities and support I've seen first hand that they now have, they will be far beyond MAC level competition in short order. Dumb scheduling decision. If we're going to go on the road and lose, again, make it to an SEC or Big 10 team. https://www.newsadvance.com/sports/liberty_university/liberty-s-late-push-for-clark-and-land-pays-off/article_a5ec8cba-782c-53aa-a98f-40d595d78101.html Their basketball team also looks to be a lot better than ours with a roster full of black players. 23-5 and tearing trough the A-Sun.
  6. My daughter had an AAU track meet at Liberty last year. Their facilities are absolutely unreal. Hands down top 20 in the nation, better than 90 percent of the P5 schools I’ve been to. In fact their entire campus was quite a sight. With Hugh Freeze running their ship now I don’t think we’ll be getting a million dollars to go down there and win. By 2022 we’re probably going to go down there and get worked. If we’re going to lose on the road, I’d prefer it to be to an SEC or Big 10 team. Another stupid scheduling decision, right up there with YSU
  7. It didn't go all that well with Faust at first though. When Lee Owens first came in, Faust was still trying to show up at practices and sit in on coaches' meetings. Owens had to let him know in no uncertain terms that this wasn't welcome.
  8. I've seen this kid play, he puts some nice zip on the ball. Will definitely add depth. He could've had a scholarship at a lower level so it sounds like he will come in with a chip on his shoulder wanting to prove something. Love getting these kinds of kids, as there's no risk, only upside.
  9. I'm sure the University has a nice liability policy with a high enough limit to make this go away.
  10. Some people thought Bowden was a pipe dream when I brought his name up in 2009
  11. First of all let me just state that I am NOT a Bowden hater. I think Terry's done a great job picking up the shell of a program left by Ianello's incompetence and Brookhart's risky failures in recruiting. The program has stalled, but I think Terry can produce another bowl team if he can get past a rough set of circumstances this year. That being said.... If we endure a disaster of a season, which is very possible, and Terry gets let go, the possibility of Les Miles intrigues me. I've heard multiple commentators over the last month state that Les is desperate to get back into coaching, and yesterday Rick Neuheisal stated that he felt Miles most likely landing spot for next season would be a MAC school. Anyone have thoughts on Les Miles to the Zips? Unlike Terry, he has great connections across the Midwest and he's a big time name that hasn't been out of big time coaching too long. He's also got a national championship under his belt. In my opinion it would be a major coup for the program.
  12. Penn State- L Arkansas-Pine Bluff- W Iowa State- L Troy- L Bowling Green- L Ball State- W Western Michigan Broncos - L Toledo- L Buffalo- W Miami (OH)- L Ohio- W Kent State- W The schedule this year is brutal. 5-7, but I hope I'm wrong.
  13. I'd agree with you, I'd just like to know when those carries were coming. Was he truly splitting time with the Auburn commit and getting meaningful carries, or was he coming in for mop up duty? 13 yards a carry with the game hanging in the balance and 13 yards a carry in garbage time are very different.
  14. Get this guy signed during the new December signing period. I am wondering why he only rushed for 658 last year though. I'm impressed that he did it on 50 something carries but why did he only have that many carries? Is he playing behind a better player? If a guy's not tearing it up at the high school level I really have to wonder how much an impact he's going to have in FBS.
  15. Here's an article from his recruitment back in 2015. It appears we were one of the first schools to offer him. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2070897-4-star-qb-sheriron-jones-talks-decision-plans-being-a-cam-newton-look-a-like
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