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04 Feb 2010

ESPN: Recruiting on the Rise and in Decline

In the second part of his recent ESPN Insider series on recruiting, our own Bill Connelly looks at which teams and conferences have been getting better (Big East) or worse (Pac-10).

Posted by: Bill Connelly on 04 Feb 2010

10 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2010, 5:54pm by young curmudgeon


by Pat (filler) (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 1:16pm

Kudos to Bill for using the correct "non-AQ conference" terminology. The WAC, MWC, CUSA, MAC, and Sun Belt conferences are all part of the BCS.

Always cracks me up when I see people say "non-BCS teams" - really? Why are you bringing up Army and Navy? Because those are the only two teams in the FBS that aren't part of the BCS.

by bird jam :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 2:42pm

Seems kind of nitpicky. When people use the (common parlance, even if not 100% technically accurate) "non-BCS" phrase you know what they are talking about.

by Rivers McCown :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 4:29pm

I thought the whole point of the FO comment boards was to be nitpicky?

by bird jam :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 5:11pm


by young curmudgeon :: Sat, 02/06/2010 - 10:25am

I don't mean to nitpick, but (1) "nitpicky" isn't really a word and (2) your comment is not a question, but you have ended the sentence with a question mark.

In truth, I loved your comment and am just trying to get in on the game!

(Ever noticed how anyone who starts a comment with something like "I don't mean to nitpick" immediately refutes their own words? Of course I mean to nitpick--the entire point of my comment is to nitpick. I don't know why this is the conversational convention--"I don't mean to pry, but..." "I hate to tell you this, but...")

by Bill Connelly :: Sat, 02/06/2010 - 11:23am

Don't forget "With all due respect" and "No offense, but..." No list is complete without those two.

by young curmudgeon :: Sat, 02/06/2010 - 5:54pm

Ha! How could I have neglected to mention those?!

I'm getting a lot of smiles and even a few laughs out of this thread. As I've mentioned elsewhere on FO, one of the best things about this website is that the football commentary is excellent, and some of the tangents are even more entertaining than the football commentary. Thanks.

by Pat (filler) (not verified) :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 7:15pm

Yeah, it's just because "non-BCS" and "BCS" implies that there are "insider" conferences in control of the system. In truth, conferences are given an autoberth based on multi-year evaluations of final performance - it's fairly impartial, so there's a straightforward way for, say, the MWC to become an AQ conference (which they probably will in 2 years).

by dryheat :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 3:34pm

And today Lane Kiffin offered a football scholarship to a seventh grade student....

by roguerouge :: Fri, 02/05/2010 - 7:02pm

Why bother to do that when you're not going to be there when that kid hits high school?