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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 4:00 PM EST.

HD 2.0 is a complete interface redesign. The "guts" of HD are fairly unchanged but if you have any questions about the new interface, let us know.

I noticed that the Total Rating for my players jumped up after the upgrade. Specifically, the individual skill ratings did not change, but the Total rating is no longer a sum of the individual scores but is now 15 - 22 points higher. Is there a reason for this? Is it a bug? Is there a significance between a player with a 22 point bump and a 15 point bump? (hermrats - Veteran - 12:26 PM)

It was just a display issue, no data changed and that display issue has been corrected.

Where is the job status link? (dmurphy104 - Hall of Famer - 12:28 PM)

Your job status was left off but will be added in the next release (due out later today). I think people were looking at program status and that's why people were wondering why their job status dropped. No one's job status has changed due to this release.

2, I've tried bringing up a team's profile in the sportsbook, but all I get are error messages. Will this be fixed prior to Thursday evening? Thanks (taz21 - Hall of Famer - 12:29 PM)

Thanks, that should be fine now but if you're still experiencing problems with either the team profiles or matchups from the sportsbook, please submit a ticket.

You cannot click on a team while looking at a coaching resume to go to that teams roster. Can that be added? (wilhitec - Hall of Famer - 12:30 PM)

Yes, thanks - it should be added with the next release.

Is the "notes" section of my resume just ornamental? (nfet - Hall of Famer - 12:31 PM)

Yes, you can still track notes with the reminders though.

Man! These guys are TOO ugly. Got any plans for that? (dogget - Hall of Famer - 1:01 PM)

Yes, start drinking heavily. Once you hear "last call" then look again and they'll look better.

when will action on job applications resume in Smith? (mamxet - Hall of Famer - 1:03 PM)

Jobs should resume around 5pm ET Thursday evening.

What's the best way to report apparent bugs when they're found? (hermrats - Veteran - 1:08 PM)

Today's release should address the majority of the issues that have been reported to us. If you still have issues after today's release, I'd submit a ticket.

Do you realize that the new version precludes pulling up two or more recruits simultaneously? Any chance that this might be changed back? Having multiple recruits open at the same time made comparing the recruits a lot easier. (natas46 - Hall of Famer - 1:12 PM)

Thanks, that has been fixed in the next release.

Prior to HD 2.0, I submitted 2 applications for jobs in Smith. One position said I would be a frontrunner if I applied. The other was highly positive as well. Now, it says I don't qualify for either. Was this bad advice for Simmy or something that needs to be corrected? Others in Smith have stated that they are now eligible for jobs they shouldn't be and vice versa. (orngpwr - Hall of Famer - 2:46 PM)

No data has changed so it's probably a display issue with Simmy. We're checking into it.

I love a lot of the new look. One think that I hope you can make better - practice plans. Is there some way to be able to see close together a player's ratings and his practice minutes - I find myself having to scroll up and down repeatedly to adjust minutes. This was easier the old way (metsmax - Hall of Famer - 2:47 PM)

Yes, that's something we're looking into. Anything we can do to save coaches time, we will.

there is now a lot less space for the notes function - I know it is probably too late to leave more room, but it was very useful (metsmax - Hall of Famer - 4:08 PM)

Thanks, I'll pass it along.

I like the new look of the conference leaders stats and having more than just the top 10, but I couldn't find the area where it had the team stats categories. Is it still available? (pdmoore63 - Hall of Famer - 4:09 PM)

It's not but it should be added (with sorting just like individual stats) within the next couple of days.

Is it going to be possible in the future to have a way to set our game plans to specific situations instead of it just being a general plan? (elmossle - Hall of Famer - 4:10 PM)

Currently it is not, but it is on the list as a future enhancement.

Do you have anything else planned for HD over the next 6 months or so? (Rails - Hall of Famer - 4:14 PM)

Yes! There are many more interface enhancements planned (the entire right side - the black bar - is reserved for adding brand new content to HD). Beyond that, a new engine release is in the works which will provide coaches with more game planning options. Player potential and the addition of a scouting service feature to recruiting will be rolled out together. The option to have walkons return after their freshman season. Schools contacting coaches about job openings. Conference player of the week. Not to mention some of the previously mentioned changes such as hiring of assistant coaches.

Prior to 2.0, when the PI and and NT were going on, clicking on today's date in Schedule would give you all PI and NT games for that day. now I am only seeing teams from my conference. Can that be changed back? (csherwood - Hall of Famer - 4:16 PM)

Yes. I'll forward your suggestion along.

Does the new release include spacing between the high/medium/low recruit rankings on the watch list? (bdub13 - Hall of Famer - 4:19 PM)

Thanks, I'll forward that along as well.

Great job on HD 2.0. Whats the next BIG thing you are working on? (zactex - Hall of Famer - 4:21 PM)

Thanks. WNBA Dynasty is on the schedule for release on April 1st. Ok, not really, the additional content to fill in the right side bar - the majority of which was not available under the old HD interface.

Who do you think will be in this year's Final Four? (csherwood - Hall of Famer - 4:22 PM)!

How many tickets has VandyDave sent in about the change already? (az4lifenotr - Hall of Famer - 4:22 PM)

The internal office over/under was set to 5. If you took the under, you'd be correct.

Any chance of adding a team photo or at least the head shots of each player in the roster section? It would be grea to be able to see the faces of all of your players on one page. (blazor - Hall of Famer - 4:25 PM)

I can forward along although I'm not sure if that's going to happen.

Will there be a major marketing promotion during the NT? Can we expect a major influx of new users as a result? (Weena - Hall of Famer - 4:25 PM)

Yes, there will be HD ads in college magazines along with a join promotion with Fox Sports Bracket Challenge game. In addition, there will be an email campaign. Whether that qualifies as major or not, I'm not sure - we're not going to be hiring super hot chicks ala Go Daddy if that's what you're asking.

Will the player potential be similar to HBD or will we have to gleen info from AC emails only? (Weena - Hall of Famer - 4:26 PM)

We have a good design as to how it will work behind the scenes. How we relay (and how much) that information along to you, the coach, has not been nailed down.

Also in future changes, are the rankings going to get overhauled and improved? Making them better then they are now? (elmossle - Hall of Famer - 4:27 PM)

Yes, rankings are on the list.

One of the things I liked in the old version of the practice plan page was the ability to see whether or not a player's ratings were going up or down on the same page. This seems to be gone now. Any chance of that coming back? (pdmoore63 - Hall of Famer - 4:29 PM)

Thanks for the note. We're looking at a couple of different options with regards to the practice plan. I'm not sure how it will change just yet, but we're certainly listening to all feedback.

I've noticed If I click on two recruits profiles, both do not open, rather the second one I click opens in place of the original. Also, players who we have recruited on a previous team, show up as being recruited by an ID number instead of a name (dherz_263 - Hall of Famer - 4:30 PM)

Thanks. Both issues have already been fixed and will be included in today's release.

Love the new look to the Job page and overall to the entire HD. You mentioned that there is no difference in the current engine as far as job promotion goes. Is that correct? Will that hold in future engine releases? (mainou - Hall of Famer - 4:32 PM)

Correct - as it stands today, that it still the same (same advice, same promotion logic). We've already developed a new model for defining coach success which will translate into improved hirings (and firings). You'll start to see many of these enhancements incorporated once things calm down from the HD 2.0 release.

Can you talk some about the schedule in Smith? You say that everything will pick up tomorrow evening, but the deadline is tonight at 11:59. How is that going to settle out? (anadeau24 - Hall of Famer - 4:36 PM)

Thanks for the note. The job deadline has been extended until 3/17 at 11:59 pm ET.

do think we will have have recruits consider user teams before recruiting? (bosox1113 - All-Star - 4:38 PM)

That's already possible if you've previously recruited the player and he goes JUCO or decides to transfer. We don't have any plans to just randomly have players considering schools as that can have a big impact (e.g. I have a great player already considering me so now I can spend double the money on a SG I want).

Is there a fix for the player stats not showing in the individual player pages?? (xcaliber715 - Hall of Famer - 4:38 PM)

Do you have an example of a player that's happening to?

Are you guys going to add things a little at a time or all at once with the future improvements? (elmossle - Hall of Famer - 4:39 PM)

You'll probably see quite a few fixes with this next release. After that it will be very incremental.

Any chance of getting statistical leaders for conference games in addition to the totals - in real life, folks care about who leads the league in stuff (mamxet - Hall of Famer - 4:39 PM)

Good suggestion, I'll forward along for review.

I read somewhere that there will be a comparison grid for recruits. When will that be available? (johncannon - Hall of Famer - 4:42 PM)

Optimistically next week. Realistically it will depend on numerous other factors such as bugs, tickets, etc.

ummm.....all of my players. All of my aliases' players. (xcaliber715 - Hall of Famer - 4:43 PM)

You should open a ticket and make sure to include your browser and version. I'm not seeing any issues with player stats in Firefox, IE 7 or IE 6.

Smith and Allen recruiting is currently scheduled a day apart. I can deal with Tark being concurrent, but could we get a little more spacing between other worlds? (cbriese - Hall of Famer - 4:45 PM)

Yes, Smith has been pushed back to begin recruiting on 3/20 to allow time for jobs to conclude.

Can I ask that instead of zeros on a player's stat page it is written whether he was a redshirt or inelgible? Also, it seems that on a player's stat page and game logit is showing offensive and defensive rebounds, rather than offensive and total rebounds - is that going to be changed? (acn24 - Hall of Famer - 4:47 PM)

Thanks. I believe both have already been fixed in the next release.

do you think that you could change the recruiting interface to add more distance intervals ex. 50-100 instead of 100-200 (bosox1113 - All-Star - 4:49 PM)

Actually there is very little difference in cost between 50 and 150 miles.

Is the Durability rating going to be correlated better in the future? Right now that is a throwaway since a 72 DU has the same likelihood of an injury as a 7. (jetsons - Hall of Famer - 4:50 PM)

I think that's just a point of misunderstanding. Durability is not a predictor of injury frequency (injuries are by their nature random). What durability does is decrease the likelihood of a major injury and in increases the rate at which a player recovers.

Can we get a team "game log" like the individual one? It would be great when scouting a team to see what games they shot really well or poorly. You could also see what games they turned it over a lot, and see if it was against particular defenses. (johncannon - Hall of Famer - 4:52 PM)

Sure, good suggestion, I'll forward along.

The new "Notes" section is pretty worthless. I have 4 teams so needed the space to list my Off & Def as well as positions to recruit and attributes for my specific Off & Def. Now all I can really do is show "Have a Nice Day" in the box. (av84aal - Hall of Famer - 4:52 PM)

It will be expanded to allow for more text.

On the coach stat page, could we get a tab for the coaches within a conference? (cyoress1 - Hall of Famer - 4:53 PM)

I don't follow what you're suggesting but if you could open a ticket with more details, that would be great.

What's the big upgrade on the pbp? (mainou - Hall of Famer - 4:55 PM)

Both the pbp and the rankings/RPI have been reformatted. The biggest change to the PBP is that you'll see stats updated every 4 minutes for the players in the game, e.g. at the 4 minute mark of the 1st half you'd see that G. Oden has 16 pts, 9 reb and 3 blk.

Nice use of team colors. My Northwestern St. Team page has the right team colors. Mississippi Valley State should be green and red. Any chance for a change for the Delta Devils. (mredge - Hall of Famer - 4:56 PM)

Sure, just open a ticket and we'll be happy to correct them. It was not easy researching and keeping straight 984 schools so your help is certainly appreciated.

If I try tracking a player that I recruited and didn't get by clicking on his name in an e-mail, it says that he doesn't exist in the world. I would like to see how they develop but don't remember where they ended up. (jetsons - Hall of Famer - 4:57 PM)

Thanks, not sure we can fix that issue, but I'll forward along for review.

fyi. Also having issues seeing info in player boxes at work in IE6. No issues on home PC, also IE6. (dmurphy104 - Hall of Famer - 4:58 PM)

Definitely open a ticket. Just make sure to include your browser, version and resolution.

You know you've handled the big stuff when you're getting comments on the "notes" section, but how do you delete a note? (johncannon - Hall of Famer - 4:58 PM)

You can just hit 'save' with nothing in the box.

Love the new look but I notice I can no longer maximize the boxscore? Why? Any chance we can get that ability back? Scrolling is no help. (av84aal - Hall of Famer - 5:00 PM)

Sorry, I'm not following as to why scrolling doesn't help.

This is a great addition -- especially the sort feature. Can you expand a little on the jobs section? Specifically about better looks at coaching resumes? (ben3149 - Hall of Famer - 5:00 PM)

Sorry, I'm not following what you're asking.

Also, when I was trying to look at Juco players in Allen they wouldn't open up? (elmossle - Hall of Famer - 5:01 PM)

Thanks, we'll check into it.

I think I found something that hasn't been caught by anyone else yet. In the player profiles, when you click on "Game Log" and sort by "Date" the dates aren't in order. It goes, "March 1" then "March 12" "March 13" and then back to "March 2." (ehartz - All-Star - 5:02 PM)

Thanks, good catch. I believe that has been fixed but I'll forward along just in case.

When I click on someone's resume, it shows what school they coached at, but doesn't allow for a link to their current or former school's profile. Any way to bring that back? (rockyg13 - Hall of Famer - 5:02 PM)

Yes, that has been re-added and will be included in the next release.

admin, my question about the book earlier. I checked later in the day and it appeared fine. Thanks. (taz21 - Hall of Famer - 5:03 PM)

Great, thanks for the follow up.

In the individual player game logs, the REB column appears to show defensive rebounds only. The REB columns on the game box score, team stats and player stats appear to be OK, its just the game log feature where this appears. (hermrats - Veteran - 5:03 PM)

Thanks, I'll check into it.

I love that you can adjust all practice minutes from a single screen. However, would it be possible to add each player's class (FR, SO, etc.) to the practice screen? The player's class plays a large role in how many study hall minutes to allocate. (mniven - Hall of Famer - 5:04 PM)

Yes, that has been included in the next release.

So far, the only thing I miss is the clickable, pop-up menu at the bottom of the page that allowed you to jump easily to different pages without having to scroll all the way back up to the top. Can that be brought back? (raiderguy8 - Hall of Famer - 5:04 PM)

I'm not sure, but I'll add to the list.

As always, thanks for taking the time to post your questions, comments and suggestions!

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