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Bill Connelly on Chuck Martin

by Mike (bart), Thursday, March 05, 2015, 07:34

http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/3/5/8149041/miami-ohio-football-2015-prev...

Offense, this sounds very 2013 ND:


The Redhawks were a little too reliant on big plays, however. Down-to-down consistency was nowhere to be found, either via run (3.4 yards per carry on first down) or pass (48 percent completion rate), and the result was plenty of second-and-longs and three-and-outs. And as you see above, when Miami needed yards in the fourth quarter, they were rarely anywhere to be found.

Recruiting:

6. The 2015 class was awfully impressive

Chuck Martin did what he could in putting together his 2014 recruiting class, but from a rankings perspective, the results were sketchy: the class ranked 117th via Rivals and 123rd via the 247Sports Composite.

Given a year to sign his first full class, he proved what he could do. Miami's 2015 class ranked 81st via the Composite and 84th via Rivals, second and third in the MAC, respectively. Even with the absurd job that WMU's P.J. Fleck is doing in this department, Martin is challenging more established programs like NIU, Toledo, and BGSU for second-place superiority.

Big Picture:

Miami is one of the most storied programs in the MAC, the self-proclaimed Cradle of Coaches that employed everybody from Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Bill Arnsparger and Bo Schembechler to Jim Tressel, Randy Walker, Terry Hoeppner, and Sean Payton.

Since Hoeppner left for Indiana following 2004, the downfall has been staggering. Miami went 7-4 in 2005 but has managed just the one winning season in nine years and has won two or fewer games five times. In engineering first-year improvement then signing an exciting recruiting class, Martin is hinting that he's the guy to turn things around for the Redhawks.

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