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  1. Not sure about the communism part of the comment, but he's right that allowing up to 3 yards for lineman to be legal does make it more difficult for defenses. The reason is the defense (and officials) read run/pass based on what the linemen do. If they drive block it's generally a run read. If their first step is back it's generally a pass read. The defenders will then cover the play accordingly. With RPO, the linemen will block initially as if it's a run and the defenders will adjust their coverage/movement as if it's a run play. RPO is designed to take advantage of that. NFL allows no downfield (or maybe 1 yard) so it's a different situation there. The QB is still reading a defender to determine which option he'll use, but the linemen are much more limited in what they can do. I've never thought of RPO as high scoring. That's more of the spread, hurry up offenses. Some may run RPO but they aren't the same thing. From an officiating standpoint, I'll make two points. First, this is very difficult to officiate because someone has to be able to watch two different things (the location of the lineman and the status of the ball) at the same time and they usually don't occur near each other. If one official knows where the linemen are and another one knows the pass was thrown, that information can't be combined to determine if a foul occurred. There are techniques that can help the umpire and/or wing officials try to cover both, but it takes a lot of practice and could happen at the expense of missing something else (i.e. holding). Second, it's not missed as often as people think. They see the receiver catching a pass 6 yards downfield with a lineman next to him or beyond him and think, "how could they miss that." It's important to understand the rule. It's a foul based on the location of the lineman at the time the pass is RELEASED. Earlier in my career I would make the incorrect assumption this lineman I see downfield has to be illegal. Then I would watch the video to confirm my call and realize the lineman was only a yard to two downfield when the pass was released! I've changed my approach to only call it if I know the lineman was downfield too far before the pass was thrown (HS is 2 yards, NCAA is 3 yards). Based on video review I've almost always been correct, but it has taken many years of practice. Officials at the B1G level are pretty good at it so it's not wrong nearly as often as Fitz thinks it is. At the HS level with varying levels of skills of officials it's probably much more inconsistent.
  2. And if we only have 280 teams the bottom 20-30 would appear to be very bad football programs. It's all relative. No matter how many teams you have there will always be a percentage at the bottom with 0 or 1 wins. I've worked games with many of these teams and for the most part they still have players that play hard and have some talent. Many of them are on your list.
  3. The biggest flaw in your logic is we get down to 280 schools there will still be a similar number of 0-10/1-9 teams and teams with low Sagarin ratings. Then we contract them. We'll eventually have 2 teams left.
  4. If it has worked everywhere else why wouldn't it work in Indiana? In other states is almost exclusively a small town entity. There are some really small private schools in bigger cities that pair with smaller nearby towns.
  5. Co-Ops are very successful in rural areas of other states. I think it would be a great solution to help those schools with declining numbers or allow students at schools without programs to participate.
  6. Public schools actually pay much better than private schools.
  7. Time will tell on Rivers. It's only a one-year deal so if he doesn't work out they can cut him loose pretty quickly. It's a fairly calculated gamble. Hopefully they keep Brissett and go back to him if Rivers doesn't pan out. He's not a great quarterback, but he's still young and athletic and could probably be pretty good if surrounded by the right talent.
  8. Congrats to players of both teams. The south is stacked with MIC and HCC players. Is it usually like that? I hope they get to play the game this year.
  9. Maybe this was the secret of the all-in, random draw process the IHSAA has used for years. We don't need a regular season to determine anything! Kudos to them for their foresight.
  10. I've always wondered how to explain the term "tone deaf". I think I finally found it.
  11. The difference is those pandemics had vaccines and treatments, plus they didn't spike in a very short time. They were spread out and the healthcare industry could handle the volume. There are so many differences between those and this one. The CDC is not overreacting. People who are hoarding TP and hand sanitizer are. I have not seen one report on the media imploring people to stock up on those items because they will very soon become unavailable.
  12. Just a hypothetical if they decide to scrap the Spring seasons. I'm not saying finishing the boys tournament is a better option than letting the spring sports play. But if they really can't get going until mid-May it probably doesn't make sense to start the new seasons, but it wouldn't be that much to have 3 additional games in each class (12 total). I doubt they would do both.
  13. If they end up killing the entire Spring sports season, they could possibly have a 2 weekend event to play the last 4 rounds. Two regional rounds one weekend and semi-state/state the following weekend. They wouldn't be competing with Spring sports because they don't exist and having something for a couple weeks could be a nice recovery from what we are about to go through.
  14. Some conferences have and will continue to do that. If things have settled down by 4/6 then the B1G will allow some regular season contests/meets through the end of the year. I wonder if playing some games would affect the possibility of the NCAA considering granting eligibility extensions to these athletes.
  15. Just because championships are cancelled (NCAA or NFHS state associations) doesn't mean the regular seasons for those competitions are cancelled. Especially in NCAA I expect they cancelled all championship events because the funding they would have used to pay for them is likely lost with the cancellation of the basketball tournament. March Madness is 80% of the revenue for the NCAA and they exist to regulate policies and conduct championships. They don't do anything with the regular season or conference tournaments.
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