The Newb of Newbies Topic

Been considering doing this for over a year now, finally decided to go ahead and give it a shot.  So far I've been trying to figure everything out on the fly and I can tell I've wasted some valuable recruiting money doing so (me not reading all the rules of only 6 players in a class and taking a team with 8 open scholarships so as to build something from scratch basically).  Any advice would be helpful as I've picked up a good bit just from reading through the forums.
9/1/2012 11:01 PM
feel free to site mail me with any questions..... reading the forums is the best way to get quick answers though
9/1/2012 11:15 PM
Brianxavier is a great resource. Use him! He helped me a ton, especially early on. Was in a conference with him which was excellent learning experience. Take advantage of his willingness to help ;)
9/2/2012 10:34 PM
So this question is more for future reference, but I had 8 openings for this season, and I went and spent almost a third of my recruiting budget on getting a single player.  Granted he is over a 600 rating but he is also transferring in as a senior, I feel like I went a bit overboard when going after him.
9/3/2012 6:38 PM
I'm not exactly sure what the question was, but yes, you probably overspent on a guy you're only going to get for 1 year.  Brianxavier can help you much more than I can, but with 8 openings, you should and try and redshirt one player and get a couple of JUCOs/Transfers to start balancing your classes.  Having that many openings every 4 years often means your team is going to be very good when they're Jrs/Srs but very bad when they're Fr/So.
9/3/2012 6:50 PM
that is certainly an easy situation to find oneself in....  It is not uncommon to spend a lot of cash on one player when in a battle.  it really comes down to how much each party is willing to spend.  that said, a player like Mr. Wright will certainly help your team immediately - especially since he has the correct IQ to match your  offense and defense.... and I see that almost all the upper-classmen you signed are like that.  this should help your team a lot this year (although I didn't look at your returning players to see how good your overall team will be). 

really it all comes down to what you are trying to accomplish - do you want to be good this year?  then maybe you should grab a bunch of jucos and transfers if you able.  Or are you trying to build a 'dynasty' and be good every year?  then you need to balance your classes out.... eventually you can do both - be good every year and have mostly balanced classes. 

way back in the day, I was told a good coach can go to the NT every year.  I agree with this.  It's probably harder though if you are top heavy and a less experienced coach though since you can't make many recruiting gaffs and win with a bunch of freshmen and sophomores.

whatever you decide, this is still a learning year.  you have 6 seniors leaving after this season too, so you can re-set a little bit and learn from your experiences.

like real life, it seems that most coaches who win the national title do so with 4 year players.  sometimes they bring in a player or two to compliment things, but it probably just depends on their need and availability.  there are some coaches that do well with more jucos and transfers too but I think it's  a little more difficult given the IQ issue.

9/3/2012 10:32 PM
Well I guess I am doing something right since I had the #2 ranked recruiting class for DIII, or maybe I got a bit lucky.
9/5/2012 2:25 AM
Keep in mind that the recruit class rankings don't look at what class a guy is in, so mostly your class is ranked because you pulled in some upperclassmen to boost the average ratings of your recruits.

I would not have signed the two freshman PF's that you signed because of their terrible ATH.  I am sorry to tell you, but ATH wins games maybe more than any other category.
9/7/2012 5:33 PM
I'm still learning all these nuiances about the game, I figure it will take 2 or 3 seasons before I really know what I'm doing, then 2 or 3 more seasons to "fix" my mistakes from the first couple of seasons.  But I am enjoying playing as this game is right up my alley in the kind of games I like to play and that's what is important to me, being successful and winning is secondary to me.
9/8/2012 3:16 PM
we're glad to have new players and happy to help in any way.  part of the enjoyment is figuring it out of course, but you are right in that it takes a few seasons to get the hang of it. there's tons of information on the forums and lots of players willing to help.  it can be addicting.  I keep myself to just 2 teams so that I don't get too carried away (family wouldn't like that). 
9/8/2012 8:07 PM
Egijr, I am sorry if my message about your signings came off as harsh or jerky or anything like that.  Not my intent, was just giving a candid view.

Yes, this is a great game and we always want new coaches to stick around!  Add me to the list of coaches that you can send sitemail if you want opinions or advice.  I know I do some things that are unconventional with my team but have had some success, so I think have good reasons for some of the quirks.
9/9/2012 12:20 PM
Its all good, I tend to be rather blunt at times about stuff when I know what I'm doing and someone else doesn't.
9/9/2012 1:48 PM
Does a coach take any hit in presitge or anything like that if a player decides to transfer?
9/30/2012 1:08 PM
I think it's a reputation hit, which impacts future job consideration.  anyone else know if it does anything besides that?
9/30/2012 7:34 PM
Nope, I think that's all it does is a rep hit to the coach. Not sure how much the drop is or if it's different from just cutting a guy. I've never successfully managed to run anyone out of town except my ex-wife. 

9/30/2012 8:27 PM
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