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new recruiter coming to ND with Freeman

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 08:27

Seems like a product of the job negotiation. "Defensive Director of Recruiting" -- brand new position at ND?


I've always wanted to thank his dad personally

by Jack @, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:20 @ Jay
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for trading Paul Konerko to the White Sox.


So will there be an offensive director, too?

by BPH, San Diego, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 09:46 @ Jay

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Loy says there probably will be

by Brendan @, The Chemical and Oil Refinery State, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:03 @ BPH

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"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy." - Yeats


I choose to take these titles literally

by Mike (bart), Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:28 @ BPH



makes sense

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 09:56 @ BPH

How many other jobs are we adding? Good question for the beat people to run down.


When I tried to compare the ND and LSU staffs (based on

by BillyGoat, At Thanksgiving with Joe Bethersontin, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:21 @ Jay

a post of yours, I think), there was a big gap in the analyst group between the two schools. I would assume we hire a couple people for that role, in addition to a couple recruiting people. Honestly, hiring these low level people only makes sense, and not just in the short term. Long term, when you need to hire your director of recruiting or player personnel, you have people out there with prior experience in your program.


And this was kind of my point I'd tried to make

by Domer99, John Wesley Powell's Expedition Island, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 11:04 @ BillyGoat
edited by Domer99, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 11:44

Perhaps, incoherently and unconvincingly, but Alabama is playing an entirely different game than anyone else.

By my count Alabama has 14 "analysts" and that doesn't count any other support staff that aren't given formal coaching titles. The real number of other coaches without a formal coaching title is well north of 20. Alabama's media guide does a great job of obfuscating a true breakdown of staff dedicated for football activities.

For instance, Butch Jones, a former "analyst," is listed as being a "Special Assistant to the Head Coach." However, if you go to Alabama's official coaching staff, there's no Butch to be found. But he also wouldn't be tallied in this year's "analyst" pool. But those who would be? Well, that's none other than Major Applewhite (former UT OC), Javier Arenas (NFL player from 2010-16), Charlie Strong (former UT HC), Mike Stoops (Former OU DC), to name a few.

I've made this point in terms of program/resources and overall talent. There's no doubt Alabama has had way more talent than any other program in college football. Part of that is there are also resources dedicated to this effort. But catching Alabama is so much more than waving a magic wand and accumulating more 5* skill players. Do you need that? Yeah, but you need 3x the number of staff and resources too. And nobody is really touching that. And frankly, I think it's a bigger meta question many D-1 programs need to answer. There doesn't appear to be anything untoward or illegal about what the Tide are doing. But where are they at on the spectrum of college athletics? Perhaps that's a bit too rhetorical but I do wonder how well they are upholding their academic part of the school's mission.


You want to talk about a different game?

by BPH, San Diego, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 11:16 @ Domer99

There seems to be a better-than-average chance that Saban will have not one, but two former NFL HEAD COACHES as offensive assistants next season: Bill O'Brien as OC and Doug Marrone as line coach.


these are state run enterprises

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 11:10 @ Domer99

Alabama Football is as important to Alabama as any government entity in the state. Maybe moreso. In fact Nick Saban should probably hold the title "Lieutenant Governor of Football".


It's certainly more important to them

by KGB, Belly o. the Beast, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:07 @ Jay

than their representation in the US Senate.


Maybe Tenuta can also come with Freeman and do that...

by BillyGoat, At Thanksgiving with Joe Bethersontin, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 09:54 @ BPH

recruits always found him rather offensive.


story on Bowden from last fall

by Jay ⌂, San Diego, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 08:31 @ Jay

Chad Bowden's 'crazy' ideas paying off for UC Bearcats football
Keith Jenkins
Cincinnati Enquirer

Chad Bowden arrives on campus no later than 6 a.m. He leaves around 9 p.m.

That's on a slow day.

Late nights and early mornings are the only option, at least in Bowden's eyes, for him to effectively do his job.

Bowden's job is the director of recruiting for head coach Luke Fickell and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football program.

It's a demanding role and a big responsibility, especially for someone who's only 26. But Bowden earned it. He's built for it.

"It's a little bit of how I was raised," he said. "I saw my dad go to work at 5:45 (a.m.), and I saw him get home at 10 (p.m.), and I'd hang out with him."

Bowden's dad is former Cincinnati Reds General Manager Jim Bowden. Jim took over the position with the Cincinnati Reds in 1992. At just 31 years old, Bowden, at the time, became the youngest general manager in the history of Major League Baseball.

Now, it's his son's turn to make history.

Chad Bowden admits he "grew up with a golden spoon" in his mouth, but that hasn't stopped him from putting in the work behind the scenes that has helped Fickell land the highest-rated recruits in program history.

Walkie-talkies, golden tickets, countdown clocks and an endless number of phone calls, Bowden is doing whatever it takes to help deliver the best football players to UC.

Bowden's passions first led him down the path of being a sports agent. After graduating from Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Bowden was "thrown into that world," working for sports agent Dan Lozano's MVP Sports Group in Los Angeles.

Bowden called the experience a "wake-up call."

"I finally realized while I was out in Los Angeles that I needed to get back into football because it's the only thing I really love," he said. "I was a water boy at Anderson High School from second grade all the way to eighth grade. It was the greatest time of my life. It was the only thing I loved. I didn't care about baseball at all. All I wanted to do was be a part of a football team and be a part of that culture."

Bowden left Los Angeles and returned to Cincinnati, where he shifted his sights to earning a degree in sports management at UC. He also started coaching linebackers at Oak Hills High School.

While Bowden was beginning his career at UC, so was Fickell.

During an internship with the Miami Dolphins, Bowden built a relationship with Dolphins Vice President of Football Administration Brandon Shore. Shore suggested Bowden build an even stronger bond with Fickell.

"I didn't know who he was three years ago," Fickell said of Bowden. "He was just this guy who kept running around the offices, and whatever you asked for inside of like a minute and a half, he'd be there."

Brian Mason, now UC's special teams coordinator, was the director of recruiting in Fickell's first year. Mason brought Bowden on as a recruiting intern.

UC finished 4-8 in Fickell's first season.

"I told Mase, 'Look, man, I just want to be a part of the football team more,' " Bowden said. " 'I want to be upstairs. I want to learn what Coach Fickell is saying in meetings. I want to be there with (defensive coordinator Marcus) Freeman and what he's saying.' "

Mason handed Bowden to Freeman.

Said Bowden: "That's where I really started to get to earn some of my respect, because I would sit there with Coach Freeman and I would tell him exactly how I felt and I wouldn't hold anything back."

Bowden began evaluating the linebackers with Freeman, but it was his ideas with recruiting that grabbed Freeman's attention.

"He's a crazy man, but that's what makes him special," Freeman said. "Chad's been really good at throwing out ideas. He pushes people outside their comfort zone."

Bowden, Director of On-Campus Recruiting Pat Lambert and Director of Scouting Austin Schaffer pulled out all the stops for 2020 recruit Evan Prater. Bowden and Lambert, a former defensive back for the Bearcats, dressed as "Blackcat Secret Service," donning suits, ties and walkie-talkies during Prater's visit. The former Wyoming High School quarterback and 2019 Ohio Mr. Football committed to UC. He is the highest-ranked recruit in program history.

"Little ideas like that. The parents laugh, the kids love it, they feel special and that's the most important thing," Bowden said. "Those ideas started to come out. And Year 3, that's when they were like, 'I need you to kind of quality control what's going on with recruiting.' ... This past year is when Coach Fick was like, 'We just need you to go down there and be the director and run it.' It's crazy how quick it really happened."

Verbal commitments for 2021 are rolling in, and Bowden got an immediate jump on the 2022 class. Bowden and his team launched the Midnight Pounce campaign at midnight on Tuesday morning, equipped with more than 800 graphics and a countdown clock. Tuesday was the first day coaches were able to communicate with 2022 recruits.

"That was something we spent all fall camp, even at Higher Ground, working on," Bowden said. "We had everything ready to go. We had videos ready. We did the countdown clock. That was something that was in preparation for three-to-four weeks. And right now, we're actually executing what we had planned for the week after because we didn't want to stop the momentum. And we have something prepared for next week, something no one's seen before. Nobody's done that. There are just some things that we're trying to prepare, trying to be different."

After tallying back-to-back 11-win seasons, Fickell signed an extension that has him at the helm of the UC football program through the 2026 season. Freeman also has stated he has no desire to leave Cincinnati. The two coaches, who put their faith in Bowden, have also put their faith in UC long-term. That makes Bowden's job much easier.

"We're going for championships," he said. "And we're recruiting the same way. We're recruiting to find the very best players in the country, and we're telling them this is the path, this is the direction we're going. And we're not afraid of anybody that we're recruiting against because we feel like we have the best team on the field.

"Everything here is set up to be so much more successful than just 11 wins. This thing could really take off. And that's the best thing about Fick – he wants to build a legacy. Not just something that gets overlooked. He wants to build it right here."


Huh, Jim Bowden's kid. That's nutty.

by KGB, Belly o. the Beast, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:28 @ Jay

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I like this a lot

by Turtlecrack, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 09:37 @ Jay

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