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Everything posted by Coach_J

  1. Yes, another thing I was wrong about.
  2. And I should add, the athletic braintrust at the D-I school came up with the ingenious idea to add women's crew to even out the Title IX imbalance. They hired a "coach" who found all the women who had been cut from soccer and basketball and other sports and "recruited" his team, most of whom had never been in a boat before. That AD was later finally proven to be the scum that he is/was when it was revealed that he lied profusely about football attendance numbers to keep their I-A status. Crooks from top to bottom.
  3. There's a lot more to this story, but in general the program was mismanaged at about every level in the time I was there. When I arrived, we often forfeited three, sometimes four weights--there just weren't enough bodies. Even then, we would have to bump guys around just to fill out the remaining weights (we had no one at 125, a kid who had never wrestled before at 133, and no one at heavyweight, and we were thin at other weights where we often had to bump a slightly bigger guy up). I got to recruit the next year we had a full but very young roster (that recruiting class was ranked in the top 20, something the school had never done before). Too many other details I'm skipping, but you get the idea. That first year, the D-II school I used to coach at dualed us and kicked the you know what out of us. Some people get stuck on the idea that "it's D-I so it has to be better." Simply not the case in many circumstances.
  4. Big Jack Medley fan. Little fanfare, lots of heart--great kid all the way around.
  5. A million percent wrong about Spencer Lee. Thought he was too small coming out of high school and needed to redshirt and when he lost early to Bressman I didn't see him winning the NCAA title that year. Couldn't have been more wrong.
  6. The D-I school I coached at capped us at 25. All to maintain proportionality for Title IX. Really hurt us with depth, sparring partners, injuries, etc. At the small colleges I coached at, we would often have as many as 40 guys.
  7. I believe you are right! He came up on the season bout record of a Simon Fraser wrestler, so we gave Mike Jones a hard time about it (all in good fun--Mike is one of the great guys in the sport and he's got a pretty damn good sense of humor; one of my all-time favorite guys I coached with/against). We said, "I don't know if this guy's any good, but he's such a man!"
  8. At nationals one year one of the wrestlers season match records indicated an opponent named "Sucha Mann." We immediately began kidding the coach and calling him out about this manly "opponent," but I guess his name was pronounced "Soosha Mon" and not "Such-a-Man."
  9. My dyslexia was kickin' on the last name.
  10. Probably kill the spelling but there was a kid named Blu Wahle a while back--no fish.
  11. Was a kid years back from Wilmington College named Matt Burner.
  12. Didn't start the fire but know when I'm in over my head. I'll bow out until I hear from Cassar's surgeon...
  13. Will give a shout to Khuzin, irani, and Shiraz for giving us international insights we simply aren't privy to. Several others but they come to mind first.
  14. You're in Forum World, man. Things have a way of going sideways.
  15. Won't name names but he was as unethical as he was undereducated. Did a lot of damage to a lot of people and didn't give a damn.
  16. Stupid me. I defer to my more experienced superiors.
  17. Have coached NCAA D-I, II, and III as well as NAIA. In my personal experience, communication skills were far more important at the "lower" levels since the emphasis was more on education than athletics. And know a D-I coach and former NCAA D-I champ who had his assistant write all his recruiting letters for him and answer all e-mail correspondence going out to recruits and parents because he could barely make a grammatical sentence.
  18. So to be a D-l coach you have to have better communication skills than to be a D-ll coach? Boy, D-lll coaches must be borderline illiterate.
  19. Perhaps the most dangerous draw in the tournament. Unorthodox as he is tall. Russians found out how difficult a match-up he is.
  20. Last Olympics they still let the "clean" Russians compete, but that included Lebedev and Boltukaev. Same will happen this time. I agree that the likes of Sadulaev and Rashidov play by the rules. All the FS and GR teams, though, well...
  21. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/sports/russia-doping-ban.html?smtyp=cur&smid=fb-nytimes
  22. How close was Macchiavello in his semi? How about his bronze bout?
  23. Big props to Jack Medley of Michigan, unsung local walk-on making the most of his shot. Big heart, big engine, great story.
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