Posted by iwanturmind2 on 4/4/2012 3:23:00 PM (view original):
Here is the fact. You can go 10-0 without scheduling sims. It's called playing teams in your lane and coaching. You can schedule 8 sims and schedule two MWC teams that you can beat and go 10-0. Yes the sims may be easier but If I recall your not going 10-0 every season in Non Conference. Also with the BIg Sky now having 10 coaches those teams will be better in NC play with better RPI's. We had to schedule like this before and if you recall most seasons I'll come into conference with RPI's in the 50's to 70 range then lose to a 180 RPI Weber State or play 220 Sac. St and not get into any tourny. WIth the new coaches I think this will change. So I respect Rail's info and look at the schools. Maryland, Duke, Miami, UCONN. Those schools can play 80 % of the Div 1 schools and with the talent they will win every time. I used to play OU, UCLA, Iowa, Fl St. every season once in a while I'll actually win. I beat OU on the road once. My greatest victory. I wasn't worried about RPI's at the time I just like the challenge. I feel that both conferences will benifit with this challenge and you showing me stats is good but reality is there are more than one way to skin a cat.
Obviously I don't agree with your analysis that losing 1-2 games to MWC is good for my team (which I will because I invariably am paired with Utah and TSU).
The ACC as a conf went 119-1 in nonconf play in Allen, by playing a cake schedule, with many teams having SOS in the 100-200 range, and some teams having SOS in the 200+ range. All of these teams ended up with SOS in he 20-50s, rpi around 10-30, and made the NT. The only team that didn't make it are because they didn't secure 14 total wins.
Let me ask you this simple questions, when you play a team in conf, would you rather have the team be 20-0 or 0-20? Obviously, you would prefer 20-0 because it helps your SOS, and your rpi. This is the extreme but applies to this situation because it's better to face a team in conf play that has won 10 nonconf games as opposed to 8 nonconf games.
You are right I have only gone 10-0 in nonconf once at Alcorn State, but I try to schedule games that I have a realistic shot of winning. If a midmajor like Troy, Stephen F. Austin, or Coppin State schedule me, I am going to accept. This is why I played SFA last season and Coppin State this season (at home, btw). I'm not going to accept challenges to play at home by UNC or Duke because it's 100% guaranteed loss. Why would I do this when it gives me an additional loss, and when I go into conf play, reduces my conf mate's SOS because I could have easily avoided this loss?
Last season, had I scheduled a little softer and won 2 more games in nonconf (going 8-2 as opposed to 6-4), I could have lost somewhere in the CT and still make the NT, while allowing another Big Sky team to the big dance.
I am unsure why you are making such a big fuss out of all this and calling me names. I have never agreed to this challenge and wasn't aware of it until I saw this forum, with challenge schedules, and my team being part of this schedule. I politely said I am not interested and didn't offend you, or any coach in either conference. You asked for a reason why, I provided you with one explaining why scheduling teams I will lose to is bad, so I decline the challenge.
# of wins affect your team prestige, which is another reason why I don't want to take guaranteed losses.
And of course, you were being 100% sincere with your "Coach of the Century" comment, in caps...I don't feel like going into all this with you again. I am not going to force you to schedule soft nor any other coach to schedule soft, so please stop trying to force me into this challenge. I am not interested.