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  1. As another football summer is drawing to an end - something that has been on my mind that I don't really know where to address it - but wanted to get it out there - I thought I'd share something that I've noticed that has been a troubling trend that I've observed throughout the last couple summers. These 11 on 11 "scrimmages" or whatever it is you want to call them. While they CAN be a great tool for self-evaluations - I've been a little "taken aback" or "put off" by some of the antics by fellow coaches that are supposedly there to coach up their own teams - but yet it turns into a "macho/chest bumping/screaming/hollering" antics after a given play or whatever it is. I get the competitive nature of these things - but in June/July there are no championships won or trophies given out...can't we just cool it with all of that? I know I sound like an old "get off my lawn" type - but it seems it has just gotten increasingly worse as the summers have gone on. I'm now into my 16th year coaching (where does the time go?) - but I find it hard to believe that "back in the day" (if these things were allowed) - some of my ol ball coaches going crazy after a play trying to drum up excitement. I've seen it escalate into chippyness - and kids take after their leaders - so what do you expect? As a coaching community - we can and should do better. That is all.
    8 points
  2. In 2012 the IFCA formed a 14 member committee with myself and Ryan Gallogly {Brebeuf HS} as Co-Chairmans. We put together a 3- part proposal to the IHSAA that included- Part 1- 6th class, Part 2- Success Factor and Part 3- seeding {see below}. I polled all the football playing schools Principals, AD's and Head Coaches in the state on all 3 proposals. Principals- 83% of the principals voted & 85% voted YES, AD's- 86% of the AD's voted & 85% voted YES, Head Coaches- 96%of the head coaches voted & 91% voted YES. We presented are proposal the indiana Athletic Directors committee and they voted 24-0 in favor of are 3 part proposal. Then we presented it to the IHSAA and they approved the 6th class, they approved their version of the success factor {ours was for 4 years not 2} and they did not approve seeding.
    8 points
  3. Locking this one up. DT misrepresented himself and his role as a contributor on social media. He did not agree with the expectations put in place by administrators on this site, and asked to have his account here deleted. End of story. Other topics started regarding this will be deleted. The new season is upon us, so let's move on.
    7 points
  4. The video is aimed at starry-eyed parents in hopes of separating them from their cash. Sad thing is it works.
    7 points
  5. Tipton’s new field is complete.
    6 points
  6. Come on now guys - it's really NOT THAT HARD. We do it in wrestling every year. You don't need sagarin or CalPreps or any other computer system. No anonymous voting. You get the head coaches in a room with a tournament director. You have a list of criteria (Head to head, common opponents, etc..) and you hash it out. It FINALLY gives some credence to a good regular season. Everyone wins in this scenario.
    6 points
  7. Cool, but he said ANYTHING. Doyel was on record as stating that Carson Wentz’s unvaccinated status made him a terrible human being, that players would die if college football had fans, and thousands would die if the Indy 500 allowed fans. And like most lefties, was DEAD wrong and refuses to acknowledge or apologize for it.
    5 points
  8. Neither of which write the prep sports beat. Kyle Neddenriep, however, is one of the finest journalists left at the Star.
    5 points
  9. Thankfully the paywall prevents me from reading anything Gregg Doyel related. Not sure there is a more miserable person on the planet right now than Gregg Doyel.
    5 points
  10. Scrimmages next week and the regular season the week after and I'm ready to go! It must be August! I hope everyone is well and hope to see some of you in the upcoming weeks.
    5 points
  11. It’s a down year, I swear to God it is
    5 points
  12. This is not the NFL. There is no salary cap or draft to ensure competitive balance. The IHSAA's job is not to ensure "competitive balance," but to administer tournaments and create rules for fair competition. The reality is, in high school sports, some communities/schools are going to have better teams than others. There has never been competitive balance, and never will be, in community/education-based athletics.
    5 points
  13. So many people missing the point: speculating about what effect this or that seeding will have on the tournament. The chief benefit of seeding is that it gives more meaning to regular season games. The teams are actually playing for a tangible benefit, which makes the regular season better. That’s why you should not only seed the tournament, but seed all the teams in the sectional, not just the top two.
    5 points
  14. Howdy, TGD has existed in one form or another since 1998. After some deep digging, I believe that I found one of the oldest archived Gridiron Digest forum pages... https://web.archive.org/web/20010126140300/http://sportsonly.com:80/p/1565/#post Enjoy
    5 points
  15. Let's be honest, a lot of coaches *and teachers* go from p/p to public for financial reasons, and the pension/retirement is a part of it. It's one reason I've stayed in education when I had opportunities to leave. But the way you're phrasing it is that it's a parachute job that he's not putting anything into, which couldn't be further from the truth. O'Shea isn't putting less into NC's program than he did at LCC, but it takes a lot to build up a culture where there hadn't been one. I hesitate to call what O'Shea has done at NC a "failure." He took over a program that hadn't had a winning season in 11 years and one that had gone 1-29 in the three previous years. Since, he's posted three winning seasons playing one of the state's toughest schedules (they play Fishers & HSE in addition to the MIC schedule - a real meat-grinder). They struggled last year, but the body of work of North Central with O'Shea has been pretty darned good. Do I expect NC to become a potential perennial state championship contender? Not necessarily. NC is a really difficult school to win at. There may be no Indy-area suburban public school that gets hit harder by transfers than NC (Cathedral, Chatard & Brebeuf are all in - or right next to - NC's district and they lose a lot of students and athletes to those schools). Their district has suffered a lot of out-migration, especially to Carmel, over the last 30-40 years. While that's happening elsewhere (Pike->Brownsburg/Zionsville, Southport/Perry Meridian->Center Grove, LN->HSE/Fishers, Ben Davis->Avon/Brownsburg, more recently LN/LC->Mt. Vernon and Warren Central->Mt. Vernon/New Pal), that pattern seemed to hit NC before it hit those other communities. Success is measured in different ways. We tend to think of it as "are you playing on Thanksgiving weekend?" But to a lot of programs - especially in this open enrollment era - just simply being above .500 or having a chance to win a conference/sectional is a win for a lot of programs.
    5 points
  16. 😂😂😂 If that is all it takes, I have a whole team of freshmen all Americans.
    5 points
  17. how I imagine calling Jay would go
    5 points
  18. I think you have a drastic misunderstanding of the current NCAA football recruiting landscape. If a kid is having to DM D1 coaches with his highlight tape, chances are he will not be playing D1 football. ZERO D1 coaches are scrolling through the hundreds of Twitter DMs they get, looking for some “diamond in the rough”. If the coach doesn’t know your name before you send the DM, odds are he won’t after. In regards to recruiting sites, @oldtimeqb hit the nail on the head. These recruiting sites are to HSFB, what the travel and prospect teams have been to HS baseball for a while (MONEY TALKS). The overwhelming majority of the “recruiters” on these sites have zero to an absolute minimal level of experience within college football, no coach at any level is looking at any of these rankings. NCAA programs, especially D1 programs, have a plethora of recruiters assigned to every corner of the country that meet with HSFB players and coaches daily. Any NCAA FB coach will trust the guys on their staff a million times over before ever looking at some recruiting site. The days of simply playing for your HSFB during the fall, and expecting big time college offers are long gone, as much as it sucks. It is a year round commitment of going to camps, showcases, and (in regards to skill position players) the national 7-on-7 tournaments. The kids you listed are all really good ball players that will have great HSFB careers, but realistically, 2-3 will actually get D1 offers (FCS/FBS). Geography doesn’t help much as Southern Indiana football, despite the awesome atmosphere on Friday nights, isn’t a hot bed for D1 talent. Realistically, most of the kids you listed will get D2, D3, or NAIA offers and have the opportunity to receive a good education, while continuing to play football.
    5 points
  19. Another example of why MaxPreps rankings are a joke. If every user on this site made a top 25 i don’t think there would be a single one worse than this. Besides maybe Piratefan.
    4 points
  20. Goes completely off the rails after 5.
    4 points
  21. You never read anything at The Indianapolis Star by Gregg Doyel or James Briggs, do you?
    4 points
  22. https://twitter.com/WWE/status/1553813314609860609?s=20&t=o8kmEQypHcXBVsqP4SOxow https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/cm/ronda-rousey-suspended-indefinitely-wwe-132515837.html
    4 points
  23. The private and parochial schools are "content" with any student that can pay their tuition. Plus you don't know near as much about private and parochial schools as you think you do.
    4 points
  24. 4 points
  25. That's a great idea. That way we can sit through six games in sub-freezing weather on hard bleachers with inadequate restrooms and wait in long lines at concession stands. Sign me up!!
    4 points
  26. In fairness, I think homers shouldn't be plural. It has been and currently is one homer who drinks the purple kool-aid. Speaking of DC, is Stevens playing QB? I see he committed to Virginia Tech as a LB.
    4 points
  27. I guess he contracted himself??
    4 points
  28. Opening line on his return is Friday of week 2. I totally missed this past exit, finished fourth in the pool.
    4 points
  29. I was always under the impression that science was questioning the nature of things. Apparently science is now defined as accepting anything from an “expert” without question.
    4 points
  30. I'm not a coach. I never have been and never will be. But here is my perspective from the outside looking in. If you're willing to chest bump after a sack or a touchdown, you should probably be willing to do the same after getting an A on a test. An education, whether college or self, will take 99.9% of all high school athletes further than their 40 time. Life success is long term, whereas football success is not. Being the star and captain of your football team is a fantastic accomplishment, but being a successful CEO of your own life is an even better one. Chest bump all you want, show swagger, and have fun. But do the same in the classroom (players) and with your family (coaches) or it's all for naught.
    4 points
  31. If Reitz Bowl would ever upgrade its lights from their 1970’s, I would put it number one. I don’t mind a track, as long as it’s a legitimate setup, like Central Stadium. Enlow’s old configuration, where the track ran under the visitor stands or whatever Hatchet Hollow is supposed to be- I can do without. I am a fan of SS and VL. Decades ago when I would scout next week’s opponent, I would make note of how many visiting players were more interested in talking to fans than the game. One time at SS, a visiting backup had a full 5 minute conversation with a cheerleader while the game was going on. I really hope it worked out for that young man, because he was trying hard to impress her. Lol
    4 points
  32. Private coaches, 7on7 leagues, travel baseball/aau basketball is hurting high school football coaches. Our high school football coaches put in so much time and work with the kids, assistants, at the school, going to clinics, etc. It is important as parents of young kids to trust in these men/women. Just because you take your kid to a private coach and pay him money does not mean he is going to be “D1”. Our high school coaches know football. Earlier this summer the indystar put out a n article regarding a QB training coach up in Westfield. To me, that was harmful for our head and assistant coaches. Parents get caught in a trap thinking these special coaches know more. Sure, that individual might know some interesting techniques, but it is important to be at all your high school football first. Also, these high school teachers/coaches need to be paid more. It makes it very difficult on them with the amount of time they are putting in. Football is a special game for special people. It is not AAU or travel baseball where you get to play a 100s of games throughout the year. It takes a tremendous amount of time, lifting, skill work, agility, training to get to those 10 or so games in the fall. Trust our coaches!!!
    4 points
  33. I understand what you are saying, but I don't quite agree with it. Sure, two big hitters squaring off will fill the stands in any round, but I think you will get MORE butts in seats if those two face off in round three versus round one. There are plenty of folks out there that have huge loyalty to teams and you'd be hard pressed to get them to break away their first round game to travel to another game, big ticket or not. Impossible if they actually have a kid or family member on their team playing that night. Now, if their own team gets knocked out first or second round, that fan would be much more inclined to roll a county or two over to watch the two heavyweights duke it out since their own team is done. And I'd venture they would be a little, or even much, less inclined to make that trek if it ends up being a game that will likely end up lopsided since one of the only two real contenders has been knocked out first round. In my highly uninformed opinion with absolutely no evidence to back any statements up, the first round of any given sectional should more or less be attended, overall, roughly equally throughout that sectional, no matter the randomness, or not, of the matchups. That is to say, if you're going to have about 8000 fans attending the first round of sectional X, you probably won't swing the pendulum too far one way or the other if the two top teams meet in that round or not. Local fans will be local fans. I'm hitting GS whether they are playing Heritage Hills first round or Washington (no offense Washington). But if GS is sitting at home the week of the sectional championship, I'm more likely to be at that championship game if it is the 1-2 seed versus the 1-5 or 2-4. I think that's how you get your better attendance later in the rounds, the marquee matchup. Of course there are plenty of football fans that aren't particularly loyal to any school close to where they live, so they'll certainly hit up whatever matchup looks best whether it is week one or week three, and maybe even travel several hours for it But I'd imagine the vast majority of first round games are attended by the family, friends, and loyal (and maybe even the casual) fans of the two teams playing whether it is a 1-8 game, a 4-5, or whatever. I really feel seeding would be more likely to get more folks traveling to games in the championship round once their own team is out. Not everyone is quite as diehard as some folks here on the GID, so it oftentimes just takes more hype to get them on the road once their own season is over.
    4 points
  34. Nope....Nothing is better than beating SC 🤣 My favorite moment from that championship game was Joe Montana being interviewed afterward. he holds up the horns sign and says now I know what this mean; we are number one in both polls.....Classic
    4 points
  35. I'm using my original moniker. I've been here since before I did a story on TA and the GID in (I think) 1999 for the Daily Reporter in Greenfield. We became fast friends and remained so.
    4 points
  36. Of course it is, just like the Fort Wayne newspapers. Too bad they are all left leaning, it's costing them millions. Don't mix business with politics...........it's a death sentence. I would say so. I like the idea of using the ranking, but some coaches will abuse it when already up 35 points.
    4 points
  37. Wow. I was really active back then. I joined the Gridiron Digest the week before Semi State in 1998. Been a wild journey.
    4 points
  38. Last year was last year. Gotta put Cathedral #1 going in to the season.
    4 points
  39. Whaddya askin these SIAC heathens for? They wouldn't know a good pie if it hit em smack in the gobber. 😄 I keed. For pizza I'd personally hit up Harper's on Main Street. If you're looking for something else, I'm partial to the Carriage Inn a couple minutes south in Haubstadt. The tenderloin sandwich as big as your head will cure what ails ya. Welcome to God's country!
    4 points
  40. Just played Gibson Southern in 7v7 really talented on offense I look forward to keeping up with you guys throughout the season. Good Luck this year.
    4 points
  41. I think team camps on a college campus are for the benefit of the college. What better way to get prospects on campus to evaluate them? I think schools are better off to host multi-team scrimmages on their campuses. More team work gets done this way. Just my humble opinion.
    4 points
  42. Yeah we played them in the championship and they are really well coached. I know they lost a QB to graduation who was a stud but the QB taking snaps looks very promising
    3 points
  43. Completely blindsided by this one. https://www.theonion.com/conference-realignment-continues-as-florida-state-joins-1849177542?utm_campaign=The Onion&utm_content=1657831503&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR28-wHxpHzESC8BVLnnKvpBUd4DB_eKGe23nXqL4ia4_B7wIl6pnt6JugM 🤣🤣🤣
    3 points
  44. The best part is that it's limited to the Merrillville fan who likely hasn't done his (still assuming it's Parkhurst) homework. If my math is correct, Mason is 7-5 against Merrillville from his time at Andrean and City. Not a good look for the Pirates to have a losing record against a guy who supposedly can't coach!
    3 points
  45. They literally beat Valpo in regionals this year...I always thought people were exaggerating how braindead your takes were on FB but now I see what they mean. Don't bring the ignorance to the GID.
    3 points
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