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  1. I agree 100%. I originally thought that Iowa was probably the worst place for Desanto to transfer to, but I have to admit - Brands has done a great job getting Desanto to control his emotions most of the time, and just concentrate on wrestling. I saw AD wrestle multiple times when he was at Drexel, and he has come a long way. I used to think Tom Brands was an ass, but I have come to respect him.
  2. First person that came to mind for me, too.
  3. Absolutely it requires specific interest from recruits. Recruiting is tough, but the job is great. Alumni interference? Very little. Money for recruits? Problem doesn’t exist. Networks? At the highest level. Access to just about anyone/anywhere you want. Title IX? Forget about it. Have a roster of 75 if you want it. Dedicated wrestlers? The most dedicated. Discipline problems or attitude issues? See above. Academic issues? Almost nonexistent. Living conditions? Unbeatable. Have you ever been to Annapolis? Perks? All the benefits of being a Federal employee. Admission problems and redshirting? NAPS. Etc., etc., etc.
  4. lu1979 makes an excellent point. Perennial Top 10 is only reasonably achievable by about 15 or so teams - and they are pretty much all from the Big10 with a few from the other Power 5 conferences. They are the only ones with the student size (allowing leeway in admissions - this one is a biggie), administrative support, and financial commitment to consistently recruit the talent needed.
  5. I agree with everything said here EXCEPT the “getting a better job somewhere else” part. The Navy Head Coach job is one of the best in the country. Someone would have to pay him a hell of a lot of money to get him to leave.
  6. One of the Lehigh guys (forget who) was called for stalling at the EIWA tournament for doing just that. Even though I’m a Lehigh fan I remember thinking that it’s not called often enough.
  7. They also show up on Bucknell's schedule. Can't find much else.
  8. That's an interesting idea. Maybe the NCAA would allow or encourage let's say 2 "exhibition bouts" prior to the start of the actual match. Would give some other kids a chance to wrestle in front of a home crowd, too.
  9. Do you live in NJ? If not, you have no idea how out of touch the Rutgers admin has been in the past when it comes to all of their sports. Because of that, and because of there being so many opportunities for watching sports in the state, a lot of people, even a 66 year old NJ native and resident as myself, have never followed anything to do with Rutgers. A lot of their past AD's were nothing more than political appointees pushed by the Governor in office at that time. Finally, with the switch to the Big 10, they are starting to put money into their programs - albeit sometimes stupidly. Why do you think they hired a local HS coach instead of an accomplished collegiate coach. Partly because of the NJ connection, but do you think any respectable collegiate coach would have trusted the Rutgers admin when they had done their best to bury the sport in the past? I'm glad to see their current success, and hope the program continues to grow. However, I think it's time to start to look for another head coach. No knock on Goodale, just think he's brought them as far as he can.
  10. Sacchi kept the sport alive at Rutgers with zero admin support and almost no scholarships. When Rutgers started to make a push to join the Big 10, and wrestling was a required sport for membership, suddenly they became fully funded and had the entire admin behind them. Not sure how much of that can be laid at the feet of Sacchi, and how much due to institutional neglect. My guess - at least 90% institutional neglect. Stupid, too, as NJ has tons of wrestling fans.
  11. Nice way to distort the data. Cornell's rate is for one week, Lehigh's for the year. If you compare the week that you quoted for Cornell, 12/17-12/23, Cornell had 22 positives and Lehigh had 2.
  12. All true. And don't forget that NJ has the most diverse and best restaurants in the country. No chicken fried crap served here.
  13. Got to spend a good bit of time over several days with Rulon about 8 years ago. A genuinely nice man.
  14. Incredible stupidity and ignorance on display by Liberty. These are the people who give Christianity a bad name.
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