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  1. Appreciated! And yeah I hear ya, I try to avoid the message boards when it turns into a bunch of posturing instead of informative discussion. Unfortunately it seems like the former is more common nowadays.
  2. Please don't characterize J'den or Mizzou's fanbase as one or two bitter Mizzou fans and anyone who thinks J'den should've been allowed to wrestle in the trials. That does not necessarily represent us all! It is interesting though how everyone triggered by those few people has turned into a movement of taking potshots at J'den whenever they can.
  3. I saw that Jordan Oliver is joining the NYCRTC. Any background on the switch? As someone who isn't too familiar with JO's training situation, it seemed like UNC was a good spot and he finally made an Olympic/World team, so I'm surprised he's deciding to switch now.
  4. Obviously Ivies still manage to get their student athletes financial aid in some form. My point, and I guess I phrased it poorly, was that without having athletic scholarships there are just a few more hoops to jump through. It doesn't matter what your parents' household income is for athletic scholarships. It doesn't matter what your academic standing is (as long as you can get into the school). I was just playing devil's advocate in the discussion of why Koll would consider Stanford. As I mentioned further on in my original post, Koll has done a great job with the Cornell program and has managed any Ivy-specific challenges masterfully. His program is a well-oiled machine, which is why I don't think he'll leave.
  5. It is demonstrably false that not having athletic scholarships makes recruiting even marginally more difficult? I don't think so
  6. I never said that a recruit wouldn't want to go to Cornell, I was strictly referring to a coach's perspective running a program and that an Ivy school has challenges that other schools do not. There are tons of great reasons a wrestler would want to go to Cornell, and Koll has obviously done a great job pitching the whole picture to recruits over the years.
  7. Aside from money and the weather, the only major reason I could see Koll wanting to go there is so he doesn't have to deal with the Ivy restrictions. The inability to provide athletic scholarships and only 4 consecutive years of eligibility makes it difficult for Cornell to field as good of a team every year as Koll is capable of. He has even admitted that they are a program who can only have major success in select years (maybe I am phrasing that wrong, but he said something similar). Is that enough to draw him away from Cornell to Stanford? Probably not, but who knows. He has built a great program at Cornell and knows the ins and outs of managing the Ivy challenges. Last year's "free year" and the Olympic redshirts have obviously complicated the whole eligibility situation for the Ivies, but that's just a temporary thing.
  8. JO tore his LCL? If some situation happens where he gets a spot in the Olympics, is he going to be able to wrestle? It's my understanding that internationally you can't wear those big knee braces.
  9. I'm with you on that, but word is his plan was to leave Stanford regardless of the outcome on Stanford's program
  10. Is there any outside chance JO can still qualify for the Olympics? Like if someone that finished ahead of him pops for a banned substance? (Not holding my breath, just curious)
  11. Mizzou made it to the SEC Championship game 2 times in their first 3 years in the SEC, not too shabby. Will they ever consistently be a top 3 team in the SEC? Probably not, but Mizzou could absolutely win an SEC title at some point. Their chances are just very low until Saban retires (if he ever retires).
  12. Mizzou has a press conference this afternoon, it's been reported that it will be an announcement that Mizzou will rejoin the Big 12 for wrestling. Great news for the program!
  13. I miss the T-Row and Funky Show. Tommy and Ben complemented each other well, and it was fascinating to get some insight into the mind of such high level wrestlers. I enjoy Ben on FRL, but I feel like Tommy reigned him in a little more on T&F. But shout out to all the guys on FRL, you do a great job. Still the most relevant podcast (to me) and although I don't agree with all your opinions I love the discussion and humor.
  14. David Taylor as a possibility is very interesting. However I see 2 things going against this: 1. Taylor is still competing, and I think it's a little too early for him to take on the responsibility of a D1 program. 2. No D1 coaching experience to date. I have a hard time seeing a Big 10 program giving the head job to someone who hasn't been an assistant at the D1 level. My bet is on Poeta
  15. Ben Askren has said on FRL (I forget when, but it was a year or two ago) that the only D1 head coaching jobs he would consider are Wisconsin and Missouri. But even if he were offered Missouri, I think it would be tough to get him to accept considering his wrestling academies in Wisconsin, as well as family ties.
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