03.Dec.2014 Lance Leipold to Buffalo

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An AngryBeavs dark horse favorite for years, Leipold makes the jump to D1

Read full story here.

It’s good to see a D1 school take notice of the buy, but of course the downside is that this confirms once again that when there’s an intriguing coach out there, OSU fans can’t even consider him.

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  • ObjCritic says:
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    Idiots.

    Matt Wells next.

    Hopefully BDCs replacement has the courage to aspire.

  • mckalk says:
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    Buffalo will probably be dominating the MAC in a couple of years and then Leipold gets snapped up by a Big 10 (12) school. Beavers in three years….Saint Mike still pedaling around town.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Nope. Nobody better than Saint Mike!

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Nope. Nobody better than Saint Mike!

    By the way, I’ve hit the ground running on Fake Mike Riley. I’ve followed you Angry! What a neat deal. I’ll continue gathering up as much humor and insights as possible. Any follows or retweets from my AngryBeaver brothers and sisters would help the cause. Also I think it would be hilarious for us to do an #AskRiley hashtag where you guys ask me poignant or even silly questions and I’ll answer as Mike Riley…probably with confused, vague answers.

    I’m away from my computer so can’t add the link here but will be home tomorrow or the next day to send a link.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      Call it “Bike Riley?”

      Bike, what’s your deal with deals?

      Bike: Well that’s a deal where I sort of learned about pronouns, and realized how much I could use them and how little I really had to think. “Neat deal!” I said to myself. So that’s something we’ve sort of built into our process here and its part of our identity now. Kind of like that “Hip Hip Hooray” deal you know. It’s an identity deal and you have to define that and you have to really work hard to make it part of your program. Its really a neat deal when you’re talking to the press, so I’ve kind of made it a part of what we do.”

    • ObjCritic says:
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      Or call it “Riley Coyote,” which somebody else came up with several threads back.

      I suggested he was like Wiley Coyote, his overly complex schemes and Acme products (e.g. play action on 3rd and 20, down by 21) blowing up in his face, and somebody said “Riley Coyote.”

  • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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    Mike…. why do you almost always blow it when facing limited time, like near the end of the half?

    Well, guys, you know I do start thinking about it … and right away I think, what a neat deal time is, and that I make a few cents every second, and then I wonder how many seconds it takes to earn me a dollar…. and heck, before you know it, the half is over.

    • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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      probably why he doesn’t use timeouts. He thinks that stops time so he loses those precious few cents of pay

    • ObjCritic says:
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      MR: “Time is an interesting deal. We talk about it all the time, work on it. Spend time on. You know, those are the kinds of things you evaluate and you always want to improve on. You have to trust your process, and we do, and then you kind of go from there. Time is one of those deals that just never goes away. We’re always working on it. You know, Bob DeCarolis told me: “Mike, you have all the time you need to make this a winning program.” So we take that very seriously and go from there.”

      • Electric Eye says:
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        ^^^ That’s really well done. I can hear him saying that.

        • ObjCritic says:
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          That sad part is, it’s so easy to write. I can hear him say it too. The bit about BDC giving him all the time in the world is a sarcastic riff on the issue obviously, but the rest of it? That’s Mike-speak.

          • Beavocalypse says:
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            Mind if I use this Objcritic?

          • ObjCritic says:
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            No. Just noticed error in sentence three: “Spend time on it.”

            And instead of “Fake Mike Riley” I suggest you call it Bike Riley, everyone will get that.

          • Beavocalypse says:
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            Here’s what I used.

            @psycheriley: Here’s an #AskRiley question from a fan outside this “twitter deal” ObjCritic: what is the deal with not using time outs at critical times?

            @psycheriley: @psycheriley Answer: Well, you see Time is an interesting deal. We talk about it, focus on it, and make it a part of our system- you know,it’s one of those deals you’ve got to work on. You have to trust the process, and we do. We kind of go from there It’s one of those deals that never goes away, except for if we don’t quite execute. Then it throws off our scheme for some of the younger guys. We are going to evaluate that and see where it worked and didn’t work. Once we get that figured out we can win some football games and keep on building this program. And I’m glad I’ve got my contract that lets the players know that I’ll be here a long time. its such a neat deal to watch them growing in the system. #nextquestion ?

          • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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            #AskRiley

            Have you found your identity yet?

          • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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            #AskRiley

            and if you have not found your identity yet, where exactly are you looking for it?

      • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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        I think you are cheating…. I bet he actually said that.

      • Beavocalypse says:
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        Sadly I’m stuck with PsycheRiley. I’ll try to change the name

      • Nak says:
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        It’s so close to what he’ll actually say it’s scary and funny at the same time.

  • helmsley says:
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    “It was one of those games where we played and coached about as poorly as we could.”

    Mick Delaney, retiring U of Montana coach – referring to the last Grizzly/EWU game won by Eastern.
    Rematch this Saturday.

    Mike Riley NOT

    • ObjCritic says:
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      Erickson had some direct responses about poor coaching and play.

  • ObjCritic says:
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    It’s probably apparent from the number of recent posts that I’m mentally done for the day at work, and more interested in sarcasm, but it occurs to me one could take a sample of Mike Riley interviews, and build a word cloud. What would the largest words (indicating frequent use) be?

    Deal. Throw. Balance. Identity. Breakdowns. Errors. Mistakes. Other?

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    ObjCritic, I changed the name to BikeRiley

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    So the angle I’m running with the twitter is Riley’s remarkably friendly, dopey, and confused demeanor. Lots of uhs and umms and usual speak. I’m also making sure to get Duck fans in on the joke so we can receive their douchey scorn.

  • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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    He is actually quite good at the double-speak, spin doctoring, vaporous statements. He would do well in politics. Hey, maybe convince him he should run for governor….no, wait, too long to the next election.

  • whiskey soaked napkins whiskey soaked napkins says:
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    Whiskey penned this earlier on FB. Thoughts?

    After the 1991 season Cal-State Fullerton eliminated it’s football program. They competed in the Big West conference. Pacific University in Stockton did the same after the 1995 season. They also competed in the Big West conference. Those two programs and other schools defecting to other conferences led the Big West to completely drop football after 2000. Today, Alabama-Birmingham did the same. no more football. The reason in all 3 cases? Money. Lack of revenue and escalating costs. NCAA football spending is spiraling out of control. And some reform is needed. Otherwise this will happen again. Again and again and again. Right now there’s the have’s and the have nots. The haves are already spending millions of dollars in recruiting, escalating coaching salaries and lavish facilities. They know who they are. And they get the best players. The have nots just hope to compete and maybe once in a blue moon find lightning in a bottle and have a shot at a high profile bowl game. They know who they are. It’s why you see the bigger schools playing the cream puffs every September. They’re called bodybag (or paycheck) games. The smaller school agrees to go on the road and get killed 60-3 for a nice paycheck of up to a million bucks. They have to just to survive. It is not an even playing field and will continue to get worse. Today UAB football died. I wonder which school is going to be next………………………….

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2014/dec/03/the-problems-that-killed-uab-football-affect-many-small-schools

  • ObjCritic says:
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    From Eggers:

    “As has been done in recent years, there will be a computer statistical analysis that will evaluate every play from the past season, organized by graduate intern Nick Halberg.

    “It will be a total breakdown of everything we ran,” Riley said. “We’ll see what worked and what didn’t work in every single situation.”

    http://portlandtribune.com/pt/12-sports/242227-106958-mike-riley-has-points-to-make

    I would love to see that breakdown and how many plays didn’t work because of OSU’s self-inflicted wounds; delay of game, false start, blocking breakdowns…

    Oh, and expect faster paced offense, 4 WR sets, TEs split out wide…mobile qbs…

    Yeah right.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      And watch Nall get overburdened with scheme and assignments, and effectively underutilized, a year wasted:

      “Then there is promising true freshman Ryan Nall, 6-2 and 240 and from Central Catholic High, who will join the group this spring.

      “Right now, he is a running back, but Ryan is versatile,” Riley said. “Don’t be surprised if you see him at slotback or H-back at times, too. He could play linebacker or defensive end, too, but we’re going to use him on the offensive side. He wants to be an offensive player, and we want him there, too.”

      So: RB. Slotback. H-Back. LB. DE. Don’t get me wrong, a good coach could move him around, not Riley/Banker.

      You need LBs you idiot. Put Nall primarily at LB and RB secondarily. There will be a couple of fast RFR OLBs next year. Putting Nall on the field with them could produce a potentially disruptive LB corps. At least on paper…

  • ObjCritic says:
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    Riley to Nebraska! Thank you huskers!

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