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Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. I’ll be sorting out a lot of links, since there’s not much point in putting up a link about, oh, the NFL’s decision to stop the supplemental revenue sharing when there’s already been a decision that, despite what they want, they can’t stop supplemental revenue sharing.

That said, I did enjoy this post by Jack Bechta about his agent pitch.

A characteristically exhaustive post by Travis at Quirky Research on palpably unfair acts, featuring examples beyond the 1954 Cotton Bowl.

A useful hiring checklist for college coaches, from Robert Boland of NFP. As for coaching hires where the team might not have followed that checklist, see Brian Kelly at Notre Dame.

Identifying the source, from another Bechta article, this one on coaches:

I’ve also heard, but can’t confirm, that one AFC coach told his team owner that if he pulled the pension, “you will have my resignation on your desk.”

Hmm, let’s count the AFC coaches from November 17 with Super Bowl rings: Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin. Hmm, this year the Patriots are going without coordinators. 2+2=5, for sufficiently large values of 2.

Always timely: USA Today‘s work on collegiate coaching salaries, with a useful look at the increasing cost to Mizzou of Gary Pinkel’s on-field success. The superstar, of course, remains the coaching contracts database.

Mid-season factoid: 300 yard passers win almost as much as 100 yard rushers, and if you eliminate the games where both teams had 300 yard passers, they won at a higher clip than 100 yard rushers (though without the same adjustment). Just more evidence of how it’s becoming a passing game.

Another one from PFR: in figuring out how much a quarterback actually plays, draft position and performance level both matter. If I told you that Malcolm Gladwell, channeling David Berri, argued to the contrary, you probably figured that already.

Second Rick Gosselin: Canton needs a contributor category.

The high cost of bowl games: school’s ticket guarantees. Going to bowls is not necessarily a winning proposition for a school, in direct cost terms. In a real sense, the schools that make money off bowls are the ones that go to the big money bowls and the ones that win 5 or fewer games and get to share in the conference bowl revenue without the expense. HT to The Sports Economist.

Finally, for now, FO colleague Doug Farrar over at one of his other homes, Yahoo!’s Shutdown Corner, put together a list of the top 10 strategic changes of the 2000’s.

More links probably coming later this weekend, when I get cranky at basketball again.

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Written by Tom Gower

March 20, 2010 at 02:19

Posted in Uncategorized

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