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    Something that seems to escape many here on RP. Saunders was the fall guy, but people either don't know or don't want to know that he helped a number of athletes get eligible including Elijah McGuire. It wasn't just the few we were sanctioned for in the end.
    I'm not going to forgive him because I love a player. Again what does a coach do to get a kid qualified? There are obviously things he can legally do. Recommend a tutor, recommend an ACT,SAT specialist to guide the student athletes. Picking out places they're likely to pass the exams stinks to high heaven. I've yet to hear a reasonable explanation of how Hud expected Saunders to get these kids qualified.

    I no more believe in Hud's totally innocent ignorance than Rick Pitino being a victim of his rogue staffs twice.

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    I'm not going to forgive him because I love a player. Again what does a coach do to get a kid qualified? There are obviously things he can legally do. Recommend a tutor, recommend an ACT,SAT specialist to guide the student athletes. Picking out places they're likely to pass the exams stinks to high heaven. I've yet to hear a reasonable explanation of how Hud expected Saunders to get these kids qualified.

    I no more believe in Hud's totally innocent ignorance than Rick Pitino being a victim of his rogue staffs twice.
    Missing the larger picture Jerry, Saunders was the fall guy period. If he wanted to blow this program up, he could have done so along with Hudspeth career.

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    Missing the larger picture Jerry, Saunders was the fall guy period. If he wanted to blow this program up, he could have done so along with Hudspeth career.
    Where there's smoke there's always fire theory is a good theory.. One "rogue" coach is pretty sad idea given the scope.

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    Missing the larger picture Jerry, Saunders was the fall guy period. If he wanted to blow this program up, he could have done so along with Hudspeth career.
    I don't even understand that. Fall guy is usually an ignorant victim being led by a master manipulator. He cannot be the rogue coach capable of sinking programs and head coaches while being the fall guy at the same time.

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    Looks like bringing in Willis paid some immediate dividends. Lets see if it holds.


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    Looks like bringing in Willis paid some immediate dividends. Lets see if it holds.
    Heck, I might even make the game this week.... maybe...

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    Heck, I might even make the game this week.... maybe...

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    Don't hurt yourself jumping on the bandwagon.

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    Don't hurt yourself jumping on the bandwagon.
    trust me, not one muscle injured...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    Looks like bringing in Willis paid some immediate dividends. Lets see if it holds.
    The team also tossed salt over their left shoulder. I'll throw this down... if Willis had any impact on our defense... by only having the time to make a program fly-by... football is taught and managed by a lot lower life form than I thought prior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    Don't hurt yourself jumping on the bandwagon.
    Doesn't change the fact that Hud isn't holding up his end of the bargain. He had to hold on going toe to toe with Idaho, after losing to ULM and giving up over 50 to a Tulsa team that was shlacked by Tulane.

    Oh, and started the season needing a stop on a 2 point conversion to hold off Southeastern.

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    trust me, not one muscle injured...
    You can't get hurt jumping on that bandwagon, Z. It's a collection of soft pasty people that will catch you, hug you, and love you no matter what... until they see that hat you're wearing (MAGA). At that point you're going to get a giant blast of estrogen spray to the face.

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    The team also tossed salt over their left shoulder. I'll throw this down... if Willis had any impact on our defense... by only having the time to make a program fly-by... football is taught and managed by a lot lower life form than I thought prior.
    You are just figuring this out? Its football, not surgery. Moving #3 back to his natural position helped. Having #8 back playing which allows a bad CB to sit the bench helps. DL being semi-disruptive helps. Is this b/c of Willis our is it because we had some favorable matchups. We will see in the coming weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    You are just figuring this out? Its football, not surgery. Moving #3 back to his natural position helped. Having #8 back playing which allows a bad CB to sit the bench helps. DL being semi-disruptive helps. Is this b/c of Willis our is it because we had some favorable matchups. We will see in the coming weeks.
    So we couldn't play Checkers without Willis? Lucas turned our defense around last year, but he needed Willis to tell him what to do in game 5 of our season, after Willis just glanced at some team footage and met the cast this past week? We were that stupid as a defensive coaching staff that Willis sorted out the mess in one week?

    The defense played well. Who deserves that credit? Not my call. I just find attributing it to Hud's quick grab of Willis... is perhaps a bit premature. Willis could help. But to walk in on a horrendous defense... and do something without having been imbedded... doesn't actually make me feel better about UL football. It's the fact that it was never rocket science... that irritates me.

    I do hope we improved on defense. Make no mistake. Our offense is potentially too good to be compromised by a terrible defense. But to hand that potential defensive unit improvement to Willis... that soon... is a little bothersome.

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    So we couldn't play Checkers without Willis? Lucas turned our defense around last year, but he needed Willis to tell him what to do in game 5 of our season, after Willis just glanced at some team footage and met the cast this past week? We were that stupid as a defensive coaching staff that Willis sorted out the mess in one week?

    The defense played well. Who deserves that credit? Not my call. I just find attributing it to Hud's quick grab of Willis... is perhaps a bit premature. Willis could help. But to walk in on a horrendous defense... and do something without having been imbedded... doesn't actually make me feel better about UL football. It's the fact that it was never rocket science... that irritates me.

    I do hope we improved on defense. Make no mistake. Our offense is potentially too good to be compromised by a terrible defense. But to hand that potential defensive unit improvement to Willis... that soon... is a little bothersome.
    I think Buckley's article this morning said it best....(stealing from Jim Mora) we think we know but we do not. I tend to think we just ran into a favorable matchup, but I know as little as everyone else on this site.

    On a side note, rereading some of the post on this tread is comical in light of what transpired yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    Looks like bringing in Willis paid some immediate dividends. Lets see if it holds.
    ....macro/micro......so much goes into just the singular analysis of grading a player to see just how well they are playing compared to what perfection could do.....take a receiver and grading his performance.......some things are only gotten from post game questioning (what was the play and why we are running it, eye projection,etc).....some things are shown on the video like alignment, stance, defense read, realignment, release, angle, speed, distance to fake, cut, distance after cut,etc etc etc!!! No statues are erected to critics but, even if he finds a few flaws, an objective look see by a knowing eye maybe along with some buddies of the profession can be literally game changers!!!

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    ....macro/micro......so much goes into just the singular analysis of grading a player to see just how well they are playing compared to what perfection could do.....take a receiver and grading his performance.......some things are only gotten from post game questioning (what was the play and why we are running it, eye projection,etc).....some things are shown on the video like alignment, stance, defense read, realignment, release, angle, speed, distance to fake, cut, distance after cut,etc etc etc!!! No statues are erected to critics but, even if he finds a few flaws, an objective look see by a knowing eye maybe along with some buddies of the profession can be literally game changers!!!
    Yes. Some things, like Dillon moving back to end, are so easy even people on this site can see them. Others are much more subtle. Who knows who should get credit, but the approach was different and successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    ....macro/micro......so much goes into just the singular analysis of grading a player to see just how well they are playing compared to what perfection could do.....take a receiver and grading his performance.......some things are only gotten from post game questioning (what was the play and why we are running it, eye projection,etc).....some things are shown on the video like alignment, stance, defense read, realignment, release, angle, speed, distance to fake, cut, distance after cut,etc etc etc!!! No statues are erected to critics but, even if he finds a few flaws, an objective look see by a knowing eye maybe along with some buddies of the profession can be literally game changers!!!
    Watson Brown, who I think does a great job calling Cajun games on espn3, said it. Cajun D had been worried about technique instead of just lining up and getting after it..You can bet that change came from Willis being in the room...You only need to look at the game Joe"Marshall"Dillon had as well as J.Boudreaux, who had been useless the last 3 games...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetryCajun View Post
    I think Buckley's article this morning said it best....(stealing from Jim Mora) we think we know but we do not. I tend to think we just ran into a favorable matchup, but I know as little as everyone else on this site.

    On a side note, rereading some of the post on this tread is comical in light of what transpired yesterday.
    You don't need Buckley or Mora to try and tell you what people do or don't understand. And if this defense was somehow transformed overnight by a speech or a tweak Willis brought to us in one week, then it compounds how much money we're wasting on Hud.

    You may find comedy in the posts of disgruntled fans? I don't. A small margin of victory over an Idaho doesn't exactly erase the ULM at home loss. If Willis is what was missing... so be it. But it seems a little weak after 7 years with Hud to get smart with fans just because we beat Idaho. I think it should take more than that.

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    Watson Brown, who I think does a great job calling Cajun games on espn3, said it. Cajun D had been worried about technique instead of just lining up and getting after it..You can bet that change came from Willis being in the room...You only need to look at the game Joe"Marshall"Dillon had as well as J.Boudreaux, who had been useless the last 3 games...
    I heard that comment. I find it hard to believe our "swarming defense" was being too cerebral. Whatever works, let's keep using it. But if the oversimplified explanations are the excuses for our first 4 contests... the staff needs to refund the UL fans.

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    You don't need Buckley or Mora to try and tell you what people do or don't understand. And if this defense was somehow transformed overnight by a speech or a tweak Willis brought to us in one week, then it compounds how much money we're wasting on Hud.

    You may find comedy in the posts of disgruntled fans? I don't. A small margin of victory over an Idaho doesn't exactly erase the ULM at home loss. If Willis is what was missing... so be it. But it seems a little weak after 7 years with Hud to get smart with fans just because we beat Idaho. I think it should take more than that.
    Actually we do need the reminder. You, me, not even our resident geniuses have any idea how this season will turn out. For example, C4L said we will win 2 games this year, 4 tops. I said 6 or 7. After last week I thought my prediction was too optimistic. After yesterday C4L probably thinks his prediction is too pessimistic. Goes to show none of us know anything when it come to predicting these games. Welcome to G5 football, where the talent level and coaching prowess advantages are razor thin week to week.

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