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Everything posted by Sheerstress

  1. I'm not sure I like the decision, but think the coaches know where he's at right now.
  2. Sorry to see the guys go down, but as your title implied, I'm kind of glad. The focus really shouldn't be on this season, but NEXT one, where the top guys will be seniors, the changing of the guard will have a solid year under their belt, and almost every weight class with someone with podium potential.
  3. Looks like the right Parris showed up today.
  4. Officials are independent contractors who contract with the school's athletic director or with the tournament director. The tournament knows exactly who they are enlisting from the beginning.
  5. https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/25/us/wrestler-dreadlocks-new-jersey-comments/index.html
  6. First of all, while the referee is required to do a pre-meet or pre-tournament inspection, hopefully to avoid situations like this one, ultimately, the responsibility to make sure the wrestler shows up to the mat properly equipped is on the head coach: Rule 1-2-4: [Competition] …Prior to the meet the head coach shall verify that all wrestlers will be in proper uniform, properly groomed, properly equipped and ready to wrestle. Rule 3-1-4: Before the dual meet begins, the referee shall: d. Have the head coach verify that the team is groomed, properly equipped and ready to wrestle, including shoelaces being secured. After this inspection, if for any reason, a wrestler steps on the mat to compete while improperly equipped, it’s a technical violation: Rule 5-27-1: [Definitions] There are five types of technical violations. Each is penalized without warning as outlined in Rule 7-3: e. Reporting to the scorer’s table not properly equipped, ready to wrestle or any equipment that is detected as being illegal after the match has started. Rule 7-3-5. [Infractions] Technical Violations: Reporting to the scorer’s table, not properly equipped, or not ready to wrestle or any equipment that is detected as being illegal after the match has started is a technical violation. For this specific violation, the wrestler is deducted a team point, and disqualified if the problem is not corrected within the allotted time, which is 1 ½ minute: Rule 8-1-1: [Penalty Administration]: Any contestant reporting to the scorer’s table not properly equipped or not ready to wrestle is a technical violation. A wrestler with a greasy substance on the body or uniform, improper grooming, objectionable pads and braces, illegal equipment, illegal uniform or any equipment that is detected as being illegal after the match has started shall be disqualified if not removed or corrected within the 1 ½ minute injury time.
  7. In this case, what would be the most compelling reason for them not to wrestle?
  8. In the above clip, the guy talking in the video is completely misinformed about what happened. He even ADMITS he doesn't know why it happened! Too many people today don't care about the facts, they just want someone to blame.
  9. That's something that is recommended, and something that should be done, but something that's not actually required. The official(s) do it as a courtesy to the wrestlers and their teams to make sure everything is legal and proper, primarily to avoid situations like this one.
  10. Determining what would be an "honest medical forfeit" would be complicated to say the least. A very slippery slope you would be going down here.
  11. Question: in a situation like this, where a wrestler has hair extending below the neck, it IS within today's rules to use a hair covering (e.g. water polo cap) underneath the headgear, correct?
  12. Despite all that, I don't recall that anyone ever tried to give him a new name :)
  13. From 1983: https://www.si.com/vault/1983/03/21/625801/the-hawks-soar-as-before “…last week that the Hawks carved their superiority in stone. And, further, why the Hawks are planning to improve in the future. It's all terribly depressing for the rest of college wrestling. …” “…Said Wyoming Coach Joe Dowler, surveying the wreckage, "All the rest of us are scrambling hard to close the gap, but what seems to be happening is that Iowa's widening it….” “…’This is no national championship,’ groused Yale Coach Bert Waterman. ‘It was sewn up before it started and that's harmful to the sport…." “…Michigan Coach Dale Bahr, who in the past had blasted Gable for pouring it on, snorted, "I don't even want to talk about Iowa…." “….Bill Nelson, coach at Arizona until the school dropped the sport two years ago, added, "I think this is the worst thing that could happen to wrestling. Iowa's so dominant that people lose interest. Something has to be done." Dynasties don't earn a lot of affection….”
  14. Absolutely. As he racked up national title after national title, people were always complaining about how Gable was bad for the sport.
  15. It seems that for a long time, being an assistant coach at a Div. I program was the usual thing most international competitors did. Kept in the sport with plenty of workout partners and access to good training facilities and services. Some assistant jobs actually required that you still be in active competition. Even with the emergence of RTCs, people still have to earn a living. Are the RTC packages so good these days that guys can simply do nothing but train all the time?
  16. Hopefully he, Foley and Hughes can be the start to bringing MSU back into respectability this coming March.
  17. He's had a good start, but has yet to face most of the high level opponents. Wait until January, when he faces Martin, Parker and Gravina.
  18. I think that's the case with Bobby Knight. He was an excellent coach who demanded a lot from his players on the court and off the court. He demanded that they attend class and graduate. Given that only about 1% of collegiate basketball players go on to a professional career, I've always thought that displayed an unusual concern for the long-term welfare of his players. Despite what may have been a big heart for people, it was all too often overshadowed by his tendency to act like a bully or a 2-year old when he didn't get his way or didn't get the attention he wanted. Many examples above testify to this behavior that has come to characterize him. A little insight: a friend of mine was the team physician for the 1984 Olympic basketball team that Knight coached to the gold medal. It had many future NBA stars, and they all managed to work under Knight for a common goal. Yet my friend noted that all of the players with whom he spoke said that they were always counting the number of days left with which they had to work with the guy because he was so difficult to be around and such a hotheaded jerk. In sum, people can be demanding and strict, but there's a fine line between using that to build someone up rather than tear someone down. Too often, Knight fit the latter.
  19. From A Season on the Brink: Cutting class and cutting a tutor were inexcusable offenses at Indiana. Giomi had been dismissed because of a pattern of cut classes. If Kurpius sent Knight a notice about a missed class, the player was asked to explain his absence. Short of a hurricane or a flood, no excuse was accepted. The same was true of a missed tutor. The guilty player might have to run the steps after practice or, in the case of a tutoring session, might not be allowed to practice until he had seen the tutor. Knight's toughness in this area was consistent with his approach throughout his coaching career. When he recruited a player he told him that he would have to go to class to play, and that he would be expected to graduate. Certainly, parents hearing this were bound to feel kindly toward Indiana, but Knight had the record to back up what he said: In fourteen years at Indiana only two players who had stayed four years had failed to graduate. One of them. Bob Wilkerson, had all the necessary credits but needed to fulfill a student teaching requirement. The three seniors on the '86 team— Morgan, Robinson, and Witte— were all on schedule for graduation in the spring.
  20. Still not recovered enough for this tough of a tournament.
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