11/11/2013 6:03 PM
someone needs to take certain coaches by the shoulders and shake said coaches like an english nanny. i just can't believe how some coaches - at the d2 level - can be so bad at one of the easiest and important facets of the game. for example, why would a coach EVER schedule a home game against a sim?

(coaches that take part in intra-conference challenges are the only acceptable exceptions to this complaint)
11/11/2013 6:10 PM
I on occasion will schedule a home game against a sim - you are welcome to tell me I don't know what I'm doing.
11/11/2013 6:49 PM
Me too.
11/11/2013 8:12 PM
well, lets say that you think a SIM team will win a lot of games and you think that your team can beat them but maybe not - and you decide that with home court advantage you will feel confident in the win?  hmm, I've done that.
11/11/2013 8:25 PM
To get and maintain an a+ home court advantage - against projected good sims (ie human left last season and few seniors, consistently strong rpi, stacked with seniors etc).
11/11/2013 8:29 PM
Home and away doesn't really matter much anymore, because RPI has largely been taken out of the NT equation. Scheduling sim's at home can be a smart thing to do.
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11/11/2013 8:35 PM
I don't schedule SIMs, unless no one wants to play against me.

11/11/2013 10:32 PM
Posted by jsajsa on 11/11/2013 6:10:00 PM (view original):
I on occasion will schedule a home game against a sim - you are welcome to tell me I don't know what I'm doing.
you have another id with a d2 team?
11/11/2013 10:32 PM
Posted by jgsolari3 on 11/11/2013 8:25:00 PM (view original):
To get and maintain an a+ home court advantage - against projected good sims (ie human left last season and few seniors, consistently strong rpi, stacked with seniors etc).
no such thing as an A+ hca @ d2.
11/11/2013 10:39 PM
Posted by colonels19 on 11/11/2013 8:29:00 PM (view original):
Didn't see this backlash coming eh, Jonathan Taylor Thomas?
don't see it as backlash as people responding to something i didn't say. maybe i wasn't clear. maybe i'm wrong. but in any event, to respond / address the points brought up:

at the d2 level the hca is so negligible, that anyone relying on the hca to beat a sim is better served by scheduling a different sim to lock up the win. there are so many sim coached teams at d2 (this is based on the 3 worlds i'm in - maybe in other worlds d2 is filled?), that its easy to cherry pick at least 15 beatable sim coached successful teams every season. that sos is still a factor in projection and seeding, the away bonus should be factored in and taken advantage of.

if this is different at d1, its good to know. if i ever get my train wreck of a d1 team to a point where i am concerned about maintaining my a+, this will come in handy.
11/11/2013 10:45 PM
..and yes, re-reading it, i realize its not clear at all that i was specifically referring to d2 and it comes off as an after thought. but i really don't know $h!t about d1 - or even d3 -and wouldn't presume to comment on either.

 
11/12/2013 4:49 AM
If they are a team that is well rounded and loaded with upperclassmen, and I know they'll win a good amount of games, I'll play them at home and not take any chance on the away rng ... mainly, if I'm not too confident with my projected team. If I know a Sim is going to have 17+ wins, and end up as a 1-99 rpi, no way would I pass up on playing them at home for another scrub sim away. I've done it, and will continue to do it given the situation. It's worked for me greatly, and I do it strategically, because it is one of the most "important facets of the game" and something I don't take too lightly. If someone is going to grab my shoulders and shake me like an English nanny for it, they'll get a nice swift kick to the nuts. Anyhow, that's why, but generally, I agree with you, but there are times when it will greatly benefit you to play a sim at home.
11/14/2013 1:14 PM
Winning is critical here and in rl.  In addition to money, the rl big schools play lesser schools at home because it doesn't hurt them.  With the new projection report I think it's more important to increase the odds of a win at home versus a slightly lower chance on the road perhaps against a lower or similar team.  1/4 of games end in an upset if the spread is less than 10 points.  WIS was said to try and mirror that claim.

IMO, HCA can be worth up to 10+ point swing, so it's pretty important, even at DIII, more so at DII and obviously at DI.  Total wins, too affect HCA so when playing at home against a good conference opponent having a C+ HCA versus a C HCA could mean the difference between a 3 point loss and a 3 point win.



11/14/2013 1:36 PM
In regards to prestige at DII and DIII, a good record is equally, if not more,important than post-season success.  I've seen teams go 28-2 with an SOS of 250+ and move from C+ to A-
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