Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Was the Big East asleep at the wheel again?

From 2010-13 if the B11 or P10 has a team in the championship game, and a non BCS team qualifies for the BCS, the Rose Bowl must take that team. WTF?

1. The Rose Bowl pays the most $, so how the hell did the BCS confs agree to this?

2. Why would the Rose Bowl even want this? They went from the pick of the litter to getting stuck with potentially the worst team. Also they lose control of keeping the game B11 vs P10. Illinois didnt deserve a BCS bid two years ago but went because the Rose wanted a B11 team.

3. Why couldnt the friggin BE think of this deal years ago? The BE is the only BCS conf without a BCS tie in. Wouldnt it have been nice to be the Rose Bowl backup? Instead the BE could potentially be the last pick. That does nothing for the confs image.

Over and out

King Otto III

Monday, July 27, 2009

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Whats up doc?

Lets cut TGD some slack here with not playing at Yankee Stadium. I know it is the summer and we have nothing to talk about but come on we can do better than some of the BS I have heard or read about this matter.

First New Yorks College sports team means NY State not NYC. This isnt hard to follow folks.

Second SU does have an influence in NYC. And more important the are lots of alum$ in NYC. Having ads keeps a connection with alumn$, keeps awareness in the media, and helps with recruiting NYC area kids who make up a great deal of our program.

Third the games at Yankee are controlled by The Big Stein. He is a military guy. So of course Army peaks his interest. Plus Army has traditionally played at Yankee Stadium. Does Army being in every game mean they own NYC? Or that they have more influence over RU?

As to the other teams playing it is pretty simple. One, these teams already have a relationship with Army. SU has played Army only SEVEN times since 1965. On top of that we already had a full OOC schedule for the next two years. So how would we fit in? ND is ND and has a tradition at YS and with Army. RU plays Army regularly and had them already on the sched. Same goes for Air Force and BC. Now the thing that doesnt make sense with BC is that they will bring no fans. However it sets up Boston vs NY, which the Big Stein I am sure loves. As to Air Force they are a service academy making it a big game.

SU is a regional team and should be considered. But so is PSU and they are not playing there either. Does that make them a lesser program? People are too hung up on NYs team which is more a marketing tool to try and get the state behind a small private school.

Also do we really want to give up a home game for a game at the Stadium? I know I dont. First we will make less money with our home game there. Second it is a baseball stadium not a FB stadium. The sightlines will suck. Playing a game at YS is just a publicity stunt. If we play a road game there vs Army or a neutral vs ND then fine. But we better not give up a real game.

Thats all folks

King Otto III

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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SU Athletics has a Blog?

Today I got and email from SU about following SU on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Blogger. Who knew that SUAth had a blog? And at first I thought it was part of suathletics.com because the background and top where the same. But it is just a blogspot page as none of the drop downs work, as it is a picture. Also the blog isnt very active but we are in the off season. One can only wonder what is planned. Below is the link to all that is SU. For Lax fans there is the Champ Highlight Video on the main page which never gets old.

All That is SU

Do svidaniya

King Otto III

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Yesterday we narrowed our new Super D1A to 101 possible teams. Well today we will put those pieces all together. The next step would be to require that a conf have 12 teams and a championship game in order to make a BCS Bowl. But before we get to how that shakes down, I think we should add a BCS Bowl with the Cotton Bowl. Now since there are currently five games, maybe we just add the venue and not a 6th game. Either way I always liked the Cotton Bowl and now that it will be played at Jerry Jones Field, shouldnt it be part of the main BCS games?

Ok now to how the conf realignment would break down. The 12 team requirement would be announced at the same time as the 5 year 20k rule. So this would give the confs time to adjust. Here is how it would likely play out:

1. The B11 would be pushing for ND to be #12, but since ND is no better off they hesitate. The P10 would be courting Colorado. The ACC knowing that NYC is likely plan B for the B11 acts first by taking RU and SU to go to 14 teams. This completes the ACC expansion and doesnt leave BC all alone. The BE now needs to replace RU and SU, AND get to 12. For now they just add 3 teams ECU, Memphis, and UCF (by now the BE split will be a foregone conclusion but more on that later). CUSA is now down to 9 teams but holds steady for the time being. The MWC realizes that they need 3 more teams and adds Boise St, Fresno St, and Hawaii. What happens to the other 6 WAC teams? Well we dont care as none will make the new D1A.

2. The P10 gives up on Colorado and takes BYU and Utah. Which leaves the MWC needing two more teams. They bring in Tulsa and UTEP. That knocks CUSA to 7 teams. For now they add Troy to get to the current 8 minimum.

3. After ND still says no, and Missou says the same, the B11 settles on Pitt. The BE now needs four to get to 12. They take Delaware, UAB, Toledo, and USM. That knocks the MAC to 12 so no harm. But CUSA goes back to 6. They add App St and Ark St (who may not make the 20k requirement). On top of that Rice wont make the 20k requirement and SMU is not likely to either. Although with June Jones there now it is not totally impossible to get more butts in the seats. So with only five teams likely making the 20k requirement (Marshall, Tulane, Houston, Tory, App St) and only a few other teams possible of joining CUSA with 20k fans (NIU-yes, and CMU, WMU, La Laffayette- all possible), it isnt very likely that CUSA could get to 12 teams. Since Marshall is the only school that can safely say they can get over 20k, the CUSA teams are likely to go 1AA.

So the new Super 1A would now be:

B11- Mich, PSU, OSU, Wisc, Mich St, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Minn, Indiana, NW, Pitt
SEC- Tenn, UGA, LSU, Bama, Fla, Aub, SC, UK, Ark, Miss, Miss St, Vandy
B12- Texas, OU, Neb, A&M, Missou, TT, KU, Colorado, Okie St, ISU, K St, Baylor
P10- USC, UCLA, ASU, Wash, Cal, Ore, Zona, Ore St, Stan, WSU, BYU, Utah
BE- WV, USF, UL, UConn, Cincy, UCF, Memphis, ECU, Delaware, UAB, Toledo, USM
ACC- Clemson, FSU, VT, UNC, NC St, UVA, MD, GT, Miami, BC, Wake, Duke, RU, SU
MWC- Air Force, TCU, NM, SD St, CSU, UNLV, Wyoming, Hawaii, Fresno St, Boise St, UTEP, Tulsa
Indies- ND

And with all the fat trimmed from D1A (MAC, WAC, CUSA, Sun Belt) teams would be forced to play each other OOC, which is good for us all.

You may ask what happened to Navy, Army, Montana, or those teams mentioned above about a possible new CUSA? Well that is part of the next requirement. But first we will go back to the BCS Bowls. While we now have 7 confs which would make for an easy 12 team playoff, the big confs dont want the NCAA in control of the money. So the Bowl system remains. However the MWC would now have an auto bid. Even though currently the best non BCS conf will 90% of the time take a BCS bid, it isnt 100%. So to keep everyone happy we add the Cotton Bowl to the mix, meaning 12 BCS slots. Each conf still has the two team max though. So based on last year we would have:

Champ: OU vs Fla
Rose: USC vs PSU
Fiesta: Texas vs Bosie St
Sugar: Bama vs Utah
Orange: VT vs Cincy
Cotton: OSU vs GT

So the only difference is OSU moves from the Fiesta to the Cotton and Bosie St and GT are now BCS teams. The B11, B12, SEC, ACC, and MWC all get 2 bids. While the P10 and BE get one each. If you allow a 3rd team from a conf because of the added game, Texas Tech replaces GT. Also with the Sun belt, MAC, WAC, and CUSA gone it adds a few more minor Bowl slots for everyone. The biggest draw back is that with five at large bids, ND has no incentive to join a conf in FB. Which means their affiliation with BE FB will remain in tact. But what about BBall? The BE was forced to split so what does ND do? Well that is answered with the new requirement I mentioned earlier.

The BE doesnt make sense because some teams play FB and others BBall only. And the conf is just too damn big. Well the same can be said about D1 BBall. There are currently 344 D1 teams which is absurd. Which is why there should be a 1A and 1AA in BBall as well. Which means the 1A FB schools are your only 1A BBall schools. Are we really losing much as CBBall fans cutting none FB schools, who are already falling well behind? Sure we would miss the A10, MVC, BE BBall onlies, Gonzaga, and the Cinderellas. But you also lose 200 schools of crap. On top of that you force teams to play each other in BBall OOC. Having only 87 teams will do that making for a better regular season.

So the confs would be the same as the FB but ND would be the 13th team in the BE. The NCAAT would be reduced to 40 teams. Since you only want teams over .500 in the NCAAT, you wont have many more than 40 in a given season. That may seem small but with 7 confs that leaves 33 at large bids. Currently there are 34 at large bids and some of those go to mid majors. Also NCAAT money is being split with fewer confs and fewer teams. Meaning more money for all. Based on last year we would have seen something like:

Round 1

7 Okie St vs 10 Auburn (NIT team)
8 Tenn vs 10 Minn

7 OSU vs 10 Miss St
8 A&M vs 9 MD

7 LSU vs 10 SD St (NIT team)
8 USC vs 9 Wisc

7 BYU vs 10 Fla (NIT team)
8 Mich vs 9 Zona

Round 2

1 Pitt vs Tenn/Minn
2 Duke vs Okie St/Auburn
3 Wash vs 6 Texas
4 FSU vs 5 UCLA

1 UConn vs A&M/MD
2 Memphis vs OSU/Miss St
3 Missou vs 6 Cal
4 Purdue vs 5 ASU

1 UL vs USC/Wisc
2 Mich St vs LSU/SD St
3 KU vs 6 BC
4 Wake vs 5 Utah

1 UNC vs Mich/Zona
2 OU vs BYU/Fla
3 SU vs 6 Clemson
4 Illinois vs 5 WV

And so on

The biggest draw back is the lost of Cinderellas. While that stinks for the first round, it makes for a better NCAAT later on as the clock usually strikes midnight after the first two games (George Mason being an exception). Taking a look at last years NCAAT the only teams we would lose that were 10 seeds or higher were Nova(3), Xavier(4), Gonzaga(4), Marq(6), Butler(9), and Siena(9). That is it just six teams. So you arent losing a whole lot. And protecting the top seeds makes for a stronger tournament later on. Ensuring a true champion as a team will have to earn it. Another draw back is the loss of day games during Thursday and Friday. As fans that sucks. But for the schools it ensures all games are prime time and more $.

Back to what keeps the other teams possible of getting 20k from being Indy. The BBall requirement plays a huge role in that. Just like in FB an auto bid needs 12 teams. So CUSA would have no choice but to stay behind in 1AA. Otherwise their BBall teams would have to make the NCAAT as an at large, which isnt likely. That requirement would also make Navy and Army stay behind in 1AA as their BBall teams couldnt survive playing 25 road games a year as an Indy. The same can be said about any other team (like Marshall), who would want to go at it alone. It is possible both Army and Navy could join the BE as BBall only like ND, making the BE 15 teams. But even in a watered down BE they couldnt compete.

The only real possibility would be for CUSA to become Marsh, Tulane, Houston, Troy, App St, Ark St, NIU, CMU, WMU, La Lafayette, Navy, and Army (assuming SMU doesnt make it). Also assuming they wouldnt add Montana (22,785k avg), who is far away , or Southern (18,925 avg), who would take fans from Tulane (20,975). That would give them 12 teams and an auto bid to the BCS and NCAAT. But would Army and Navy really want to be a part of that? Also would those 12 teams be able to get 20k for 5 years to be eligible and then keep a 20k avg to prevent relegation to 1AA? Marshall, Navy , and Army all avg'd over 25k the last 5 years, so they seem safe. NIU, Tulane, Houston, Troy, and App St all barely avg'd 20K, with NIU the highest at 21,210 and Houston the lowest at 20,120. Ark St, CMU, WMU, and La Lafayette all avg'd less than 20k, with CMU the highest at 18,800 and Ark St the lowest at 18,185. Having a single team be relegated would make the conf lose its auto bid. Would that risk be worth it to be 1A?

So lets say some way, some how that CUSA gets to 12 and sustains the 20k going forward, what happens then? Well for the BCS Houston would replace GT in the Cotton vs OSU. And Houston would also make the NCAAT over SD St and play LSU. It also waters down the regular season as 12 more teams are available OOC. But CUSA would be OOC road warriors.

As to the other sports I would follow suit. Teams should be 1A, 1AA, DII, or DIII in all sports. Since the other sports really arent money makers, if teams get moved down so be it. For us here in Orangeland, we only care about Lax as another sport. Losing the Ivies would suck. But it would be funny to see the GTown and Hopkins programs die. So D1A would be SU, ND, OSU, Air Force, RU, PSU, Delaware, Duke, UNC, UVA, and MD (maybe Army and Navy as well). This would mean every team plays each other once for a 10 game season. The best 4 teams go to the Final Four. So this year it would be UVA vs UNC and SU vs Duke.

That is until more schools field teams. I can see Michigan, Mich St, Northwestern, UConn, GT, BC, Wake, and CSU all fielding teams in prep for the new D1A. That would at least bring it to 19 teams (maybe 21 with Army/Navy). Then maybe you have an 8 team tourney. Keeping the number of teams in 1A small would ensure top matchups. While today we have to fear that with the rapid expansion of Lax, the old way of taking on all comers may stop. Also it would be fun to debate who was better the 1A or 1AA champ.

There you have it folks. If the NCAA required a 20k minimum attendance in FB it would totally change the landscape of D1 sports.

Y'all come back now

King Otto III

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Daily Directive

It is Summer and with Summer comes conf talk. So what can we do to somewhat fix college FB? Well King Otto would cut the fat by making some new requirements. The first requirement would be for a team to avg 20k per game over a 5 year period. This would be going forward from the time of the announcement, so 2010-14 the earliest. Using the last 5 years as a guide would result in 4 tiers of teams.

Tier I- teams that could lose 10% of their fanbase and still avg over 20k (86 teams)

B11- Mich, PSU, OSU, Wisc, Mich St, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Minn, Indiana, NW
SEC- Tenn, UGA, LSU, Bama, Fla, Aub, SC, UK, Ark, Miss, Miss St, Vandy
B12- Tex, OU, Neb, A&M, Missou, TT, KU, Col, Okie St, ISU, K St, Baylor
P10- USC, UCLA, ASU, Wash, Cal, Ore, Zona, Ore St, Stan, WSU
BE- WV, USF, Pitt, RU, UL, UConn, SU, Cincy
ACC- Clemson, FSU, VT, UNC, NC St, UVA, MD, GT, Miami, BC, Wake, Duke
CUSA- ECU, UCF, Memphis, UTEP, USM, Marsh
WAC- Hawaii, Fresno St, Boise St
Indies- ND, Navy, Army
1AAs- Montana

Tier II- teams that avg'd 20k the last 5 years (8 teams)

CUSA- Tulsa, Tulane, Houston
MAC- NIU, Toldeo
Sunbelt- Troy
1AA- Delaware, App St

Tier III- teams that need to gain up to 10% in fans to get to 20k (7 teams)

MWC- Wyoming
Sun Belt- La Lafayette, Ark St
1AA- Southern

Tier IV- teams that have no shot at averaging 20k over 5 years (23 teams)

1AA- everyone else
Indies- WKU
MAC- UB, BGU, Temple, Akron, Ohio, Kent St, Miami OH, Ball St, EMU
Sun Belt- FAU, FIU, Mid Tenn St, La Monroe, North Texas
WAC- La Tech, Nevada, SJ St, Utah St, NM St, Idaho

So the first two tiers would be eligible for the new D1A. The third tier has a good shot at getting the 20k requirement. However once in the new D1A, teams would need to sustain that 20k avg per game over a five year period. So those teams in Tier III would have to think long and hard about if they could get that 20k and if they are willing to commit to D1A FB.

So now that we have a pool of 101 teams, what do we do with them. Well friends that is for next time.

Over and out

King Otto III

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Daily Directive

And the ESPY goes to....

SU went 1 for 2 in the ESPYs. The Express won best sports movie beating out The Wrestler, but the 6 OT game lost to the SB for game of the year. I am surprised that The Express won with the little attention given to it and mucho attention to The Wrestler. As to the 6 OT game it is hard to beat out the biggest event of them all. Especially when it involves the Steelers.

So what did we learn? That SU FB has more pull than SU BBall. Thats the way I like it. Hopefully Marrone will have SU back on top of the BE soon. We are only 25 days away until practice starts up again. I cant wait.

Be well fellow Orange citizens

King Otto III

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Wheres the beef?

While recruiting is going pretty well, we really havent had much in terms of OLmen. We currently have 12 OLmen this year. Good news is that all 12 are eligible to be back next year. On top of that we have Macky MacPherson coming in. So numbers wise we are fine for next year. However in 2011 we are in deep doo doo. From the current roster (including Mac) we will only have 7 OLmen that year. So for depth purposes we definitely need some more OLMen this class. We likely will need a JUCO or two as well. Then in 2012 we will have only 4 OL left from our current team.

I would like to see SU get 2 more OL recruits and 2 OL JUCOs in this class.

2010 (13)

2011 (7)

2012 (5)

2013 (3)

Sim salabim some OLmen

King Otto III

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Some inspiration for making a Bowl this year...

Cal and Jeff Tedford

-Tedford went 7-5 (4-4 in conf) in his first season, a 6 W increase overall (4 in conf). FYI the 1 W the year before was the last game of the year @RU (of course). In contrast Marrone would only need half that increase to go 6-6 (3-4) this year and be Bowl eligible.

-The year before Cal was outscored 39.18-18.27 (41.625-18.5 in conf) . SU was out scored 32.67-18.08 (31.57-16 in conf).

-The 4 prior seasons Cal was a combined 9-35 (5-6, 0-11, 3-8, 1-10). Similarly SU has gone 10-37 the last 4 years.

-Much like our situation they had crumbling facilities and hired an OC with no HC experience.

-Not only that, Cal only had ONE winning season (1993) from Bruce Snyders last year (1991) until Tedfords first season. So the prior 10 seasons Cal produced one winning season. The prior 10 years (post McNabb), SU has three winning seasons.

-Even worse they only had ONE season at .500, when Mariucci went 6-6 after losing the Aloha Bowl. SU had two seasons at .500.

-Which means they went to only TWO Bowl games in that 10 year span. While SU went to three.

So Cal was in worse shape than SU when Tedford came along and he got them to 7-5 that first year. So if Marrone is the real deal, the is no reason why he cannot do the same.


King Otto III

Monday, July 13, 2009

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Who is Mike Muehling? There seems to be lots of mystery about Doug Marrone's newest addition to the Syracuse staff. Where did he come from? Is he a full staffer or a GA? I did come across this article today.

So our new guy is an asst with an Arena Minor League team? Who knew that they even had such a thing? And ironically they are having a season while the Arena League suspended operations due to the economy. So is this an indication that SU will play like an Arena team in the Dome? Or was this guy brought on for his B11 connections? And it seems odd that he would leave with 2 games left. Also in a related note the Arena League team in LA folded. That town just can support a FB team can they?

While that article added some more light, it wasnt as interesting as this gem. Is that him? If so then it looks like SU just added 250 lbs of party.

Party on dudes

King Otto III

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cuse Cast VI

KingOtto and CuseMan talk about

-Doug Marrone landing two more recruits for Syracuse
-The announcement of Syracuses Big East basketball opponents
-Mikey T stepping down as Big East commish

Length about 22 mins

Part II

I figured I should also add head to head:

1. WV 34-12 overall
3-1 vs UL
4-5 vs Pitt
4-2 vs Cincy
2-2 vs USF
9-0 vs RU
5-0 vs UConn
7-2 vs SU

2. UL 22-15 overall
1-3 vs WV
3-1 vs Pitt
7-2 vs Cincy
3-3 vs USF
2-2 vs RU
3-2 vs UConn
3-2 vs SU

3. Pitt 25-21
5-4 vs WV
1-3 vs UL
3-1 vs Cincy
3-3 vs USF
5-4 vs RU
2-3 vs UConn
6-3 vs SU

4. Cincy 21-19
2-4 vs WV
2-7 vs UL
1-3 vs Pitt
4-2 vs USF
3-1 vs RU
4-1 vs UConn
5-1 vs SU

5. USF 19-17
2-2 vs WV
3-3 vs UL
3-3 vs Pitt
2-4 vs Cincy
1-3 vs RU
4-2 vs UConn
4-0 vs SU

6. RU 18-28
0-9 vs WV
2-2 vs UL
4-5 vs Pitt
1-3 vs Cincy
3-1 vs USF
3-4 vs UConn
5-4 vs SU

7. UConn 15-23
0-5 vs WV
2-3 vs UL
3-2 vs Pitt
1-4 vs Cincy
2-4 vs USF
4-3 vs RU
3-2 vs SU

8. SU 14-33
2-7 vs WV
2-3 vs UL
3-6 vs Pitt
1-5 vs Cincy
0-4 vs USF
4-5 vs RU
2-3 vs UConn

The Daily Directive

This is the last season of the decade in BE FB. So how did the teams do? Who was the team of the decade? Well lets take a look...

1. WV 77-35, 43-19 in BE, 4 BE Titles, 5-3 in Bowls, 2 BCS Bowls, 5 Top 25 finishes, 3 Top 10 finishes
-RichRod took over in 2001 and led WV to the top of the BE.

2. UL 79-33, 15-13 in BE, 1 BE Title, 3 CUSA Titles, 3-4 in Bowls, 1 BCS Bowl, 4 Top 20 finishes, 2 Top 10 finishes
-While they have the best record of the decade, they didnt join the BE until 2005. Playing in CUSA for 5 years drops them.

3. Pitt 64-46, 36-26 in BE, 1 BE Title, 2-4 in Bowls, 1 BCS Bowl, 2 Top 25 finishes
-Not bad for having a HC fired during this time

4. Cincy 66-47, 16-12 in BE, 1 BE Title, 1 CUSA Title, 3-4 in Bowls, 1 BCS Bowl, 2 Top 20 finishes
-They too get knocked down because they didnt join the BE until 2005.

5. USF 67-39, 14-14 in BE, 2-2 in Bowls
-Hard team to rank. They were 1AA in 2000 and 2001-02 they were a 1A Indy, playing no one. They joined CUSA for 2003-04 before the BE in 2005.

6. RU 49-59, 20-42 in BE, 3-1 in Bowls, 1 Top 15 finish
-Despite some good years the 2nd half of the decade, RU will end below .500 (unless they go 12-1 or undefeated). Schianos first year was 2001 and RU fans joined the BE in 2005. Worst BE record of the decade so far.

7. UConn 54-53, 14-20 in BE, 1 BE Title, 2-1 in Bowls
-They joined 1A in 2000 and were Indy until joining the BE in 2004. So they get knocked down, even though their sched was harder than RUs OOC one.

8. SU 42-65, 21-41 in BE, 1 BE Title, 1-1 in Bowls, 1 Top 15 finish
-Wow is that bad. SU hasnt had a winning season since 2001!!!! Despite going 10-3 that year, SU is still 23 games under .500 for the decade. Ouch!

Sayonara SU

King Otto III

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Bud P longs for GP.

Wow does Bud Poliquin have a man crush on Greg Paulus. Form this article:

It's a potentially amazing story that could end up being the No. 1 individual saga in all of college football this fall.

Come on Bud. Amazing story? The No. 1 saga?! The only way this happens is if SU goes to a Bowl game. If SU goes 3-9 again, no one will care.

While we are on QBs, SU brought in another commitment in Jonny Miller. The kid looks like he could be a good one. More importantly he seem really excited to be a part of SU, which in turn gets me excited. When does this season start?

Adios muchachos

King Otto III

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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ESPN had an article about Twitter/Facebook (here). The most interesting passage I took from it was:

"We try to educate schools that once they become aware of something like this, they have an obligation to ask the person to stop," Huchthausen said. "But under the First Amendment anyone can do this, so to us, once the institution has asked a person to stop, if he or she refuses, the institution has met their obligation. There is no violation."

It is a good thing that schools arent held accountable for things they cannot control. It is also interesting that it kinda leaves a loop hole where "friends of the program" might be able to influence a kid without the school really getting in trouble. I wonder want Marrones take is on all of this. I will have to ask him on a future Cuse Cast.

Buh Bye

King Otto III

Monday, July 6, 2009

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Joey Chestnut won his third straight Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th, beating rival Kobayashi. He scarfed down a world record 68 hotdogs and buns during the 10 min contest. But that wasnt the most surprising thing for us here in Orangeland. What shocked us was that our hero Doug Marrone did not participate. How can this be? We know that he has competitive eating skills. So where was Doug? How could he allow this in his own backyard? What will the recruits think?

I would also like to point out that pre-Kobayashi the record was set at 25 1/8 in 2000. And going back to 1989 the winner had THIRTEEN! Chestnut ate more than FIVE times as many! How in a 20 year span did it jump that high? And how did it nearly double from 2000 to 2001 (50 dogs)? Are PED being used here? Or has the method of washing down the dogs been perfected?

Personally I think the should limit the amount of water that can be used. And hotdogs and buns need to be eaten simultaneously. The way you normally eat a hotdog. Should the contest not be who can eat the most hotdogs like a man? Instead it has become a technical systematic battle. Also this contest is a sprint, as it is timed. It would be interesting to see who can eat the most in one sitting. If everyone ate until the were stuffed would it make a difference?

Buona sera Cuse

King Otto III

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Daily Directive

Providence is coming to the Dome! Over the last EIGHT seasons they have only been to the Dome TWICE. While SU has been there FIVE times. So it is about time they come here. Also Mikey T is no longer commish. Coincidence? I think not. However we still have to go there this year, which will make it 3-6 over the last 9 seasons.

The BE BBall matchups were announced today. SU will have home games against GTown, UL, Providence, UConn, Marq, Pitt, St. Johns, USF and Nova. Plenty of good home games to attend. Road games will be GTown, UL, Providence, Cincy, DePaul, ND, RU, Seton Hall, and WV. Good news is easy trips for NYC folk to RU and Seton Hall. And hopefully that GTown game will be on the weekend. Bad news is no trip to Nova or St Johns. Also it seems we lucked out with the big name teams being at home and the little guys on the road. That makes the home/road split pretty favorable.

Have a happy 4th

King Otto III

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cuse Cast V

KingOtto and CuseMan look back at the NBA Draft and then ahead to next years BBall team. Also they discuss FB recruiting and the recent commits.

Length about 20 mins

The Daily Directive

Another commitment, another kid from the NYC. SU now has 7 commits, four of whom hail from the NYC area. I guess TGDs Orange in the Apple campaign is finally paying off. That and Mr Anselmo who seems to be working those connections. But the key now will be having a successful 2009 season. A bad season could make these kids vulnerable to PSU, RU, and UConn. On the contrary a good season will put SU back in the picture with some recruits. Maybe Dominique Easley can be convinced to join his fellow NYers. Going in together and being a part of something could be a draw. Also SU hasnt fared very well in CNY so far. But a good season might help SU get some of those kids back on board with the Orange. There is still a long way to go until signing day, which is 8 months away. But you have to be happy with what we have seen so far from Marrone.

Peace out

King Otto III


Edit SU just picked up another recruit from NJ. Hopefully I will have to edit this again later today.

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