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I agree with you, maybe we can not tackle for as long as other schools can, but we have to do it to some degree. Instead of an hour and a half of tackling, maybe do 45 mins as an example.
I don't think Pendergast would have taken the DC position if it were any other way.
Been saying it all year: what's the point of avoiding injuries if the guys we want healthy are healthy, but AG like shit, and we lose?
Basic logic to me, the conservative practice defeats the purpose. Too bad it took a bad season to come to this, but credit to lk bc he did realize it. Get physical and play with who can play on Saturdays.
These are healthy 18-22 yes old kids they will be fine.
This is great news. I think Lane out-thought himself with how to handle the reduced numbers and is learning from his mistakes. Few want to hear it right now, but the last 12 months were a good thing for Lane and the program in my opinion. I think he's smart and self aware and willing to adapt to be successful in his role here.
But I also thought that EV, Ramsey, Thomas and Hatcher would sign with us today, so there's that.
the presser is up on the SC Ripsit blog now
Fight On! Leave No Doubt.
Best news I've heard all day!!!
I think to be totally fair, in respect to dealing successfully with sanctions, Kiffin is absolutely learning on-the-job. There really is no other coach who has successfully navigated these waters in this age. There will definitely be over thinking and adjustment on his part, and he won't always be successful with it. I think we have witnessed this with the lack-of tackling in practice. IMO, this single change would have made the difference in quite a few games last year, largely because of all of the unintended consequences that it caused.
This is a make or break season for Kiffin. He's fighting to keep his job. The biggest audition of his life, you might say. He knows tackling and toughness are required. It was obviously gonna HAVE to happen sanctions be damned.
And yes. We can all be counted on to bitch and moan immediately when some of our players (think Tre last summer) go down. If all else fails, we can be counted on for that!
Join the fight for YOUR liberty!
The problem with that was despite a few people who insisted it was a problem, we actually had very few serious injuries in practice, and almost none from tackling
Most of the criticism was directed at our conditioning program and pulled hamstrings
This post was edited by BlemBlam3 14 months ago
Most of those injuries happened in games
T Thomas and Sartz both season ending against Arkansas, Kevin Ellison on the game saving
play at ASU
Just as big a factor were Manny and Eric Wright being Dumasses
Tre Madden went down without being touched. Injuries will happen, if not in practice then in games. Practices must be tougher than games if you want to consistently win.
Good points Blem.
I thought Carlisle was good and Pete seems to agree as he has Carlisle with him in Seattle.
Pulled hamstrings are a rite of spring regardless of the conditioning program IMO.
I totally agree about the injuries to the knees being weird ones: Birdie cutting in a none-contact drill and tearing cruciate ligaments. Other weird none contact injuries taking players out. I guess one could blame conditioning but it also seems like just plain bad luck.
This post was edited by USC Outsider 14 months ago
The no tackling was needed during the first couple of years as we literally had a bunch of freshman and sophmores on the team. We have a lot more upcoming juniors now and have some players who the staff likes behind them. It is a good time to make the change. that being said, i hope everyone remembers just how many fn injuries this team suffered under PC when we went balls to the walls during practice, and most importantly how less deep and loaded we are now compared to then. Injuries are a part of the game, but there is a reason most NFL teams dont tackle during practice.
Fingayz of da decadez be poppin while fools be gettin fiyad!!!
I have been reading that in order to help Penn State with their depth issues due to sanctions, they are signing alot of players as "Run Ons"??
What is "Run on" and how is it different from a walk on???
This post was edited by 2SIDELINE2 14 months ago
There is no difference. It is just a "statement" the coach wants to make about his players, suggesting that they go all out rather than walk.
Oh ok, Thanks. So its just a glamorous way to get kids to pay for the opportunity to get run over on the practice field as scout team members for 4 years.
I thought it was some loop hole they were using. Thanks for the info.
This is actually an excellent post, and what you have said here is under appreciated by our fan base.
It would be very difficult, even for a very experienced head coach, to navigate the difficulties of dealing with any kind of sanctions. It would be more difficult when you are young, and the sanctions you deal with are unprecedented in scope.
Even before sanctions (under Pete, for example) we had situations where walk-ons had to start or play significant roles. Brad Walker, Ross Cumming, etc. are all examples of what happens when you have a string of injuries. So, I can see the staff thinking and hoping that going lighter in practice will avoid that. Then, they find out that there are a lot of negative consequences which arise from that plan which turn out to outweigh the importance of keeping the roster healthy. And they didn't really foresee the problems because this situation is literally unprecedented.
The impact of the sanctions is larger and broader than we really appreciate.
Thank goodness! We lacked physical toughness last year on both sides of the ball. I believed our OL suffered the most last season because of the no tackling policy. They were young and needed to develop that physical toughness that was obviously absent.
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