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reeder

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  1. IMO, it’s not marketing or forcing student to attend- it’s the northeast. I can’t think of any college football team in the northeast that has good attendance - BC, UMass, Temple, Maryland, Buffalo, Syracuse. Rutgers is improving but still not good compared to the rest of the country. Penn State is good but they’re a bit west... even if you just look at the CAA, none of the northern schools have good attendance. I can t think of any reason to think that Albany would be an exception. Yes, attendance can improve but it’s not reasonable to expect attendance to fund the football program,.
  2. I don’t disagree with the attendance but this shouldn’t be news to any administrator doing an analysis. IMO, there was never a valid reason to assume a significant increase in attendance. The reality is the stadium is a sunk cost and a shift back to the NEC would probably reduce scholarship costs but that would be offset by an increase in other financial aid. Not sure if there’s much of a benefit there.
  3. Chris Johnson - started a few games a couple of years ago was an All American at UNA (D2 -now D1)last year. https://roarlions.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1331 Julian Cox - California do PA. https://calvulcans.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4830&path=
  4. Davis was the OC at UNI when they lost to NDSU in the quarterfinals a few years ago. IMO, he knows what he’s doing. That said, there are issues on the offensive line - same issues as last year. Just saw that Dane96 posted this already.
  5. When they played 2 years ago, I think St. Francis outplayed us for most of the game. They had a really good running back that got hurt and left the game around halftime. I think we were down most of the game and made a fourth quarter comeback to get the win. So we don’t want to underestimate them.
  6. Well, it was an ugly game but I’ll take the win. There were some change so the coaches are trying to mix things up a bit. New starters - Dean Grogg - for Nick Griffin. Anthony Lang also seemed to play a lot. Danny Damico (I think he started, he got most of the reps) for Neven Sussman Isaiah Watson - for an injured Eli Mencer Jack Dudzinski - for Micah Royster I wonder what’s up with Hunter Verdi and Benson Israel? The offensive line continues to struggle and I don’t think either has played this season. Also, I thought Kobe Thomas was a highly touted recruit but I don’t think he’s played yet either. I get that he’s a freshman but you get 4 games and still preserve your redshirt. Also, with the issues at safety, I wonder why hasn’t Joe Casale received any playing time. I also thought he was a top recruit so why isn’t he getting reps - he can play those 4 games and preserve his redshirt.
  7. Don’t know the context of the quote about not having a center but that’s the scout team offense against the first defense. Maybe he meant he didn’t have any natural scout team centers?
  8. CAA weekly call https://static.caasports.com/custompages/2018 CAAFB Press Box/Teleconference/09_10/TC_Gattuso_09_10.mp3
  9. i'm not sure i believe this. There's not much revenue with football. Yes there are ticket sales and donations but i doubt that comes close to servicing the debt for the stadium. The guarantee games probably cover some of the remaining operating expenses but 63 scholarships is expensive. I'd guess that basketball provides more revenue with their guarantee games, NCAA tournament shares...
  10. I don’t know what rankings you’re looking at but: Pitt scored touchdowns on their first 5 possessions including every possession in the first half. Rhode Island scored on their first 7 possessions - 6 touchdowns and 1 field goal including every possession in the first half.
  11. IMO, this is a coaching issue. I don’t usually like to criticize anyone but I saw this tweet and wanted to comment that this play is a breakdown everywhere. I’m no football expert but I look at this and wonder how so many things can go wrong - it’s not like one player did something wrong, several did. This isn’t complicated stuff. It’s stuff that teams practice at every level. 1. Eli Mercer should be trying to force the running back inside or at least slow his momentum. To do that, coaches used to teach linebackers to aggressively attack the blockers outside shoulder - not sure if that’s how it works now but you have to give your teammates a chance to help you out. 2. Kareem Brown can’t let the running back get to the sideline. I don’t care that he gets knocked down but he wants to force the running back inside. If you’re going to get knocked down, at least force the running back inside. He doesn’t have to make the tackle, just don’t let the running back get outside. If either one of those things happen, it’s gives Levi Metheny a chance to make a tackle or gives other players a chance to get closer to the play 3. What’s Tyler Carswell doing? That’s just horrible pursuit. He runs past the ball carrier and then chases him down the field. Again. I’m no expert but anyone that’s ever played any level of football can look at this and see that this is just bad. Teams should be spending periods at practice just working in pursuit and attacking the outside shoulder. Just not sure how this all happens on one play.
  12. He’s also the special teams coordinator and they’ve been really bad.
  13. Dane96 - Hunter Verdi isn’t with the team at all or wasn’t with the team in Pittsburgh? He was a good re rust - hope he’s still with the team.
  14. No team in the CAA has anywhere near the size, speed and athleticism as Pitt. We have a very light schedule - we don’t play any of the top ranked CAA teams - no JMU, Villanova or Elon. Our out of conference is also light - Morgan State won 1 game last year, St. Francis was under .500 in the NEC last year... This should be a very good season.
  15. They’ll do fine in conference. The tackling is a big concern but Pitt is bigger and faster than CAA teams.
  16. Offense looks very good. Defense is outmatched and is struggling with tackling. I think Pitt scored on every possession.
  17. Looked at the game notes and was surprised that the offensive line starters are the same as last year. They strugggled last year so hopefully they improved a lot in the off season. Also, didnt see Juwan Green on the two deep at WR. I thought he’d be a big time contributor from Lackawanna. We also don’t seem to have much depth at WR.
  18. I’d agree that the score is shocking but I don’t see how UNH could have been a top 3 team nationally. I posted this previously - they have a very difficult schedule and wouldn’t be surprised if they lost at least 5 games.
  19. A few thoughts as we get closer to the first game 1. This will be the most talent the schools ever had 2. IMO, the biggest unknown is the offensive line. They struggled last year so I’m optimistic that some of the new players will be able to contribute right away - Benson, Desir, Culnan... I think there’s enough talent everywhere else to have a very good season - just a lot of uncertainty here 3. Excited about Coach Joe Davis. I don’t know much about him except that he’s had success as an OC at two precious stops but he has a lot of talent and I’m optimistic that he can get the offense moving in the right direction 4. This team has the talent and schedule to win at least 7 games. Not sure if that’s enough for the playoffs but we’ll see 5. On a different note, I don’t get all the excitement around UNH. They’ve had an excellent run but they have a very difficult schedule - I can see them losing at least 5 games.
  20. Wow - really two stories there. Another season ending injury - Gray, Burton and now Hussein. Any others?
  21. IMO, this will be a very good team and they have a favorable schedule. This is also the most talent and depth the program has had. There are certainly question marks and we’ll see how camp goes but with their talent and schedule, winning just 3 or 4 games would be a huge disappointment.
  22. Several interesting items in the two deep. 1. Lists the o line starters the same as last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if the only returning starters were Micah Royster and possibly Luke Ritter. 2. Not sure how Sussman can be listed as a starting OLB - has he ever played defense ? Even in HS? There probably weren’t any returning OLB’s but seems like a stretch to me. Not that he can’t do it but has he ever done it. 3. This team has some talent and depth.
  23. I don’t know that the athletic department keeps up with the weights. I remember when Kevin Malloy was around 280 and he was listed as 240 or 250. There were announcers wondering how he could play st this level at that weight - the athletic department corrected it much later.
  24. Big loss with Mason Gray. In my opinion, when he wasn’t getting personal fouls, he was one of the best safeties in the conference. Also, kudos to Sussman for staying with the program - I believe he graduated in three years. He didn’t transfer when he lost the starting position but instead punted and will now be a linebacker.
  25. I think Mencer deserves to be on the pre season all conference team. I'd be surprised if UNH finishes second in the conference - they have a tough schedule and i don't know if they even get to 7 wins. I do think this will be a very good UAlbany team with a relatively easy schedule.
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