Friday, August 27, 2010

Bobby Says it's True!

Lou Little told no tall tales

I always suspected that this famous football tear-jerker story involving Lou Little was apocryphal.

But legendary Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden’s new book Called to Coach includes a bit about Bowden meeting Coach Little and questioning him about the story. If Bowden is to be believed, a story that seems just too good to be true, really IS true.

Roster Adds/Losses/Changes

Bruce Fleming has become the second veteran defensive lineman in as many days to have his name removed from the roster. (Shea Selsor being the first). I thought Fleming, the son of a 1984 national champion Miami Hurricane, filled in very well at defensive tackle last year for the injured Owen Fraser. He was the team’s #6 overall tackler in 2009.

The defensive tackle ranks were bolstered a bit yesterday when we learned that senior Bryan Kipp has flipped from the offensive to the defensive line.

I still like our overall talent at defensive line, but I’m hoping one of the sophomores or freshmen can step it up this year. I hate to lose veteran talent like Fleming and Selsor.

Speaking of the D-Line, does anyone else think that Seyi Adebayo’s 30-pound gain to 260 lbs. means he’s switching from defensive end to defensive tackle? If not, I’d love to see Seyi keep his speed and come around end with that 260-pound load! When he first arrived on campus last year, everyone was very impressed by Seyi’s perfect physical condition. I don’t think he’s going to be any less impressive this season.

A surprise add to the roster is QB Andrew Heinrich. I have some background info on him. He is actually a walk-on transfer! From Boston University! And no, BU hasn't reinstated its football program... it's just where Heinrich was attending classes last year. He was also someone Cornell was looking at a couple of years ago, and sources at Cornell tell me he was accepted or wait-listed there, but for some reason he never ended up in Ithaca.

Heinrich went to the Dalton School in Manhattan.

No More Camp Damp

Today was the first perfect weather day of training camp. Conditions were perfectly dry and between 75-and-80 degrees. It’s going to stay dry for the next few days, but also get hotter. Time to separate the men from the guys who get cramps in 90-degree weather!

2011 Possible Recruit

JaVaunte Mackson from the greater Detroit area, (Belleville HS), is on Columbia’s radar. The article about him talks about his blistering speed, but neglects to mention that Mackson is a DB/RB.


At Fri Aug 27, 07:46:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, Any skinny on why Selsor and Fleming left the team? Seems strange they'd leave just when things are looking up and they had made a mark last season. Was it strictly personal reasons/problems or something relating to the team?

At Fri Aug 27, 09:10:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, Kipp played defense in the intra-squad spring scrimmage. He's a strong player. As to Adebayo, I haven't seen him play that much, but he seems like a big rangy guy with very good speed. Now that he's bulked up to 260, he has a chance to become a dominant defensive end in the Ivy League.

At Fri Aug 27, 07:04:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jake, you seem not to be posting my there a reason why

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At Fri Aug 27, 08:59:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at the Sagarin Preseason college rankings and using his methodology for determining outcomes of games, then the Lions will go either 4-6 or 5-5...beating Dartmouth, Cornell, Princeton and Fordham and maybe Towson. His system would predict us to lose to Harvard by 18 points, Penn by 17 pts, Yale by 12 points, Brown by 12 points and Lafayette by 15 points.

No clue if this guy's ratings have borne any relationship to actual outcomes in the past, but will be interesting to see at the end of the season.

Chen 82

At Fri Aug 27, 09:20:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

probably not good at predicting margin of victory of any one contest, but might have more validity across an entire season's won-lost record....(?)

At Fri Aug 27, 10:32:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Jake: I glanced at the FAQs on our football site and noticed a number of typos. Might you know who the person is who can fix them?

At Fri Aug 27, 11:30:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget the Sagarin rankings; we are much, much better than he thinks.

At Sat Aug 28, 12:42:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Dr. V:

The "Inside the Pride" site is not administered by the usual folks in the athletic dept. I believe it is completely done by the folks in the football office.

At Sat Aug 28, 01:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Chen 82

I want to believe the person who thinks Sagarin is underestimating the Lions. But do you have a concrete basis for this point of view? Presumably he knows Ivy Teams equally well/poorly so it cannot be a media bias.

Is it that our recruiting class is superior to other ivies? Is it that our past few years record belies the strength of this year's squad? Or are we being hopeful?

At Sat Aug 28, 07:34:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We beat Brown by 14, we should have beaten Yale, we should have beaten Layayette.

At Sat Aug 28, 10:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about Sagarin. The rankings don't mean much until several games into the season. That's when all the teams become linked by comparing game results and schedule strength. And that's the purpose of Sagarin's rankings. Before that the rankings are little more than place holders.


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