Posted by brianxavier on 4/17/2013 2:03:00 PM (view original):
I haven't read all the posts --- but I don't understand how one can not be influenced by having mutiple teams in one world.
Obviously it's all about the scouting. Even if I have my teams scout the same states, there is still the knowledge gained by knowing which states to NOT scout for the other team in that world. There is the advantage of seeing more states scouted, and knowing which states to avoid with each school.
For example: let's say I have a team in Florida (D3 school) and California (D1 school). California school scouts the entire western side of the county. The Florida schools scouts the Southwest. Florida school sees a 'gem' in West (which he didn't scout). Decides to scout West state of said 'gem' player. He says - 'hey it's fair - I scouted that state with both teams!"
The only way I see it working is that each school limits recruiting to a specific area (that don't overlap) and before recruiting starts determine what states will be alloted to each school. That way the knowledge gained as soon as the "blind is broken" cannot influence the actions of the other school.
my rule for myself in d1 has been for many years, to never scout the same team with both, and to only recruit players ive scouted. so i see your point. but d1 to d3... i mean really, you HAVE to be trying to cheat. you dont look through d1 recruits and find d3 players, or visa versa. maybe if you were talking about two d1 schools, or even a d1 mid major and d2, i could buy it. its a conscious decision though. like i mentioned in that other thread that started all this, twice ive wanted to naturally battle the same school with both my d1 schols, but i had to choose. all the time in d1, with a d2 team or no, ill find a player and go - man, that would be a great pickup for some d2 school. in tark, i have a d2 school. so you can stop and mark that player in your mind or just continue to breeze through, and by the time you finish going through all the players for an area, you dont even remember. at least i dont. especially using the HD recruiting interface, scouting through several hundred players quickly, i cant even remember the guys i like for the team im looking for! i mean, ill remember like, there was that guard i really liked... but not his name or where hes from.
anyway, thats just my experience, and im SURE there are people who abuse it, given the hundreds of ghost shipped free HD teams who existed theoretically for FSS sharing and FSS sharing only. but i do think honest coaches can go through with very, very minimal "unintentional advantages" if you will. the place i feel the unintentional advantage comes into play a bit is learning about the tendencies of other coaches. ill coach near a guy on one d1 team, and then he moves near my other, and now i know stuff about him i otherwise wouldnt. its happened a few times and i think that is the biggest unintentional advantage ive gained (although he can basically know more about me than he should, too, which basically cancels it out - and is basically equivalent to playing near each other in another world). at one point when i was really into the game, i felt that was important enough, that i dropped my 2nd d1 tark team when it got close to the first (i felt a low mid major and a+ BCS were still ok). but when i stopped watching things like a hawk, i picked one back up. its definitely a grey area, but i think when you are looking at a for-fun game like HD, if there is something that makes the game massively more fun, with extremely minor nit picks of unintentional advantages, the making the for-fun game more fun is more important. especially when there are a bunch of similar nit pick disadvantages to the situation to balance them out.