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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: NDSU Week
« on: September 26, 2022, 04:35:27 PM »
To have any chance we need to throw the ball to at least an average level. Without that I think we are doomed. Also we need to get our athletes in space, not in the clogged up middle. Our athletes are faster and with more moves than theirs  and we need to take advantage of our strength. But it is not easy if we have no pa$$ing game. I think our defense has a good chance against them, but the O worries me. And we need some imagination on offense that sure has not been there to help. If Crenshaw can't do anything, give MD a chance.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Kentucky Game!
« on: September 18, 2022, 08:01:28 PM »
I thought our Defense played as well as they could. Our zone defense is lacking with too many holes for receivers, but the man defense is good in my opinion. Both would be helped with a better pa$$ rush, but against a number 9 FBS team, you really can't expect that. Our D will be ok in my opinion, but they need help from the Offense, as does our team in general.

The Offense is lacking any pa$$ing threat. Unfortunately against a 9th ranked FBS team you can't expect our O line to give the QB lots of time. BUT our QB really stares down his primary receiver and is not all that accurate. If he is not going to be a part of our run game, Mitch Davidson would be a much better option in my opinion. Almost reminds me of the year that Hunter Wells was a forgotten QB, was inserted and we went to the NC game! Not saying that is in the cards this year, but in my opinion MD deserves a chance. And we lack a power back for short yardage situations like 1st and goal at the 2 yard line. No doubt we should have tried to run the ball on 1st down and forget the fade route in the end zone that seems to be our only pa$$ play in close. Every team knows that by now. Reminds me of when Bill Narduzzi was the coach and he had his favorite play, a quick kick on 3rd down.

In summary our defense is good enough for us to win more games than we lose, but the offense needs to get going soon or we will lose quite a few games.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Still bugs me
« on: September 11, 2022, 08:02:24 PM »
I don't know how other states fund their Universities, but Ohio is mostly based on attendance. YSU is not going to commit to Athletic budget increases as funding currently exists. I am concerned that we can stay where we are with the current decrease in enrollment. The University of Akron is firing tenured faculty due to budget shortfalls.

We had our chance with the MAC in the 90's and did not make it. Reason rummers persist about Akron and Kent not supporting us. Another version has us not making the financial commitment the MAC wanted for entry. I don't know what the truth is. I can believe either reason, but don't know for sure about any of that. I can see us competing in the MAC, but not many of the other conferences in FBS. Things may change with the power 5 schools changing what they want and knock the MAC down to our level. Then we have a chance.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Still bugs me
« on: September 11, 2022, 09:54:44 AM »
I think we just do not have the financial resources to go to FBS. Our region is not attracting more companies and thus more families and potential YSU students which is the main driving force for YSU income. Look at Poland schools as just one example of the lack of potential YSU students in our future. Need to work on improving our business climate to get more companies to want to locate here if you want YSU to grow to where we could think about FBS. Look at the trouble Akron U is having and their business climate is better than ours in my opinion. Remember Athletics is a losing proposition at all Ohio Universities except OSU when looking in financial terms.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Duquesne GameDay Thread
« on: September 04, 2022, 09:33:36 AM »
My take on the game. The Dline is improved against the run. Not much of a pa$$ rush though. The pa$$ defense was lacking for the 1st 3 quarters. The zone they played much of the time would let recievers run open as they stood in their a$$igned spot and then try to tackle them after an easy catch. And with little to no pa$$ rush that did not work. The 3 interceptions were encouraging and the result of the zone defense so maybe there is hope, especially if the pa$$ rush improves. The man defense was better, but not up to last year at the end of the year in my opinion. The Oline is better. Did some good run blocking, but the pa$$ protection was lacking, but may be better than last year. The QB never had time to really look over the field. The QB throwing did not look any different than last year, and for the most part our recievers were well covered. Tomzak was a bright spot. Much substitution on defense so by the end of the game I think Duquesne was gased. Our depth seems improved.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Duquesne GameDay Thread
« on: September 03, 2022, 12:28:36 PM »
I will be there watching with hope for a good year. On O I will be watching the Oline to see if they run block for 8 or if he needs to make runs on his own. Also will the pa$$ protection be good enough to allow the QB time to throw or run for his life. Will the QB throw well and will the receivers get open? On D our pa$$ coverage was good at the end of the season. But we lost the corner coach to Purdue. Will the coverage still be good? Will the Dline get any pressure on the QB? Will we be able to control the run with the Dline and linebackers which was poor last year. And have the running back not always falling forward when tackled. Those are the keys in my mind.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Tickets and Parking Pa$$es Arrived
« on: August 09, 2022, 06:05:59 PM »
Yes, mine came last week. I was a renewal in the chair back seats, Penguin Club.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Baseball
« on: June 10, 2022, 09:07:05 AM »
Saw where Wright State lost their first two games in the NCAA Tournament. First Game against Virginia Tech 15-9 and the elimination game 11-9 against Gonzaga. Scored enough runs to win, but the pitching was not up to those teamís hitters. Gives an idea of where we are as a D1 baseball team against the big schools.  We were fortunate this year to have some success against some of the big schools. But our games against the big schools were mostly against the other teams non weekend pitching. To be fair we used mostly non weekend pitching also. We did ok fielding a somewhat competitive team with a limited budget except for our losses in the portal. Will need to see how we do in the portal this coming year.

As for a new field on or near campus, that seems like a long shot at best these days of declining enrollment. Need to hope we can maintain where we are in all sports under difficult financial times.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Baseball
« on: May 29, 2022, 06:13:53 PM »
I doubt that we will get an on campus baseball facility any time soon. I remember reading a campus master plan that included a baseball facility in Smokey Hollow in 1975, but that sure hasn't happened. Too much cost for a facility that would still be lesser than Eastwood field and a large donor doesn't seem to be there to cover much of the cost. Unfortunately baseball is an expensive sport and could be cut if YSU gets into financial problems. Look at Cleveland State and Akron as of late; I understand Akron brought baseball back but had cut it for a few years just before that. I hope baseball stays but am concerned with our tough spring weather and the required expensive travel down south for a month or so at the beginning of the season.  Even during the season the away trips would seem to me to be extremely expensive with the number of players and the 3 games over 3 days the league is scheduling.

On another note I see that Matt Brosky had to sit out a year when he transferred from Ohio U. Yet we lost our top softball pitcher a few years ago to Illinois and she played the next year. This was before the portal and NIL etc., but don't understand how those two situations are different. I had thought that maybe only the major sports had the sit our rule, but not sure. Any thoughts?

YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU Baseball
« on: May 28, 2022, 06:58:12 PM »
The Horizon League tournament finished up today and Wright State beat Oakland in the championship game 24 -0! Unbelievable score. Wright State is above the rest of the league in baseball for sure. And the championship format demands many good pitchers for the 4 or more games most would need to play in the bracket. Wright State only played 3 games and won them all, getting the benefit of winning the regular season title. Oakland was 2nd. Oakland had played 3 and were in their 4th game so their pitching was thin. Oakland beat YSU twice by 2 -0 and 4 - 2. YSU beat Purdue Fort Wayne 6 - 0 and Northern Kentucky  11 - 7.  Our pitching was remarkably good in the tournament but our offense was lacking. One thing I noticed is that many of the teams had players from all over the map and we only had mostly somewhat local players. The transfer portal hurt us losing 5 players. Not sure what we got in return, but it did not measure up to our losses of talent. Need to work the portal better this coming season much like football, MBB, and WBB who did well in the portal. A new world in college sports these days. And probably our recruiting budget and overall budget is less than the other schools. All in all not a bad showing in the tournament. And Matt Brosky, our great starting pitcher, made the all-tournament team with a 3 hit complete game shutout in less than 100 pitches. He may get drafted as scouts were at the games.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Fresno State
« on: March 26, 2022, 10:34:31 AM »
Recruiting at our level is difficult. The east coast is not that far away that we can't recruit there. It usually takes a coach with ties to an area to recruit it. Look at our women's basketball team. Coach Andy Crane, who has since left, came from the Minnosota area. We had a long list of players at YSU WBB from that area, a 10 hour drive away. Chelsey Olson to name just one. It will probably dry up now that he is gone. But recruitiing is key at all levels and at times a good coach hire can get you into areas that previously were not open to you.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Baseball
« on: March 26, 2022, 10:29:11 AM »
The team fell apart yesterday, especially in the 2nd game. 11 stollen bases against us and 5 or so errors on a cold blustery day. Played with our backup catcher, which was a part of it, but the pitchers didn't do a good job of holding runners from getting great jumps. WV is a running team and they have that part of their game well-polished. It will give us things to work on for our future games.

The top line weekend pitching of the power 5 schools is really good and gave us experience aganst pitching a level higher than our league or mid week games of power 5 schools. Their starter in game 2 was often in the mid to high 90 mph range which is rare at our level. Good experience and hopefully we can grow from it.

Too bad about Garret. This entire tranfer portal along with NIL rules have really made it difficult for teams and coaches to hold on to players, especially at our level. I know that Garret was really close with Naz, visiting him often at Clemson, so that probably had something to do with it. Garret gave us so much so it is hard to be upset with him, but for college sports in general this entire situation is a game changer. Teams will need to learn to accept this system and see how to operate in it to be successful. Much like our baseball team loosing 5 players from last year, it really is hard to bring in players, coach up their skills, and then loose them to power 5 teams. I guess the recruiting of high school players will sure be different these days. The power 5 teams will get players from our level and some high school players will be left over that historically we did not get.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Fresno State
« on: March 24, 2022, 03:30:17 PM »
Their bigs were too much for us and with Akuchie gone in the 2nd half we were done. Played them closer than the talent of the teams would indicate so that is good. Unfortunately costly turnovers with careless pa$$es in the 2nd half really hurt us and were not due to a talent differnce in my opinion, just loosing focus and making some pa$$es that were easily intercepted. But the size difference was the major problem all game with them getting many easy baskets and causing us difficulty on offense.

Dwayne Cohill is the real deal; sure hope he stays.  Will Dunn can be significant with improvement and Mays can be a contributor. Not sure about the rest of our returning team and how much they can grow as players over the off season. Who stays and who goes and who comes in to supplement our group will be key for next year. It can happen as you look around basketball.  Look at the improvement of Cleveland State in a short time and look at St Peters in the NCAA; not much more of a recruiting environment than we have in my opinion. Maybe I am too optomistic but I sure hope we can do it.

Loosing Chelsey was a big disappointment and really hurt our team's chances against Kent. Her loyalty and committment to YSU womens basketball is outstanding and is very rare these days. She is from Minnasota and her family often if not always makes the nearly 10 hour drive to come to the games. And many of the other players from last year left and she could have also for a school closer to home. I feel bad for the way her time with us came to an end with the injury that I hope is only minor.  I wish her the best to her in her future, an outstanding player and an even better person.

From a team standpoint she seems to be our only player that can drive to the basket, pull up, and make short range jump shots. With her out of the lineup, our other outside players pa$$ the ball around hoping for an open 3 or try to drive to the basket to get layups. We have no mid range game. The other part of our game is Lilly inside which is also short range also. And the other teams double or triple team her when she gets the ball and don't get hurt by our other players. So other teams have us figured out. Defend the 3 and close to the basket and forget the rest of the floor. We need our players to develope that part of their game or get some new players that can do that for us to get to the next level. Naturally size is important and in most of our losses the other team was bigger than us on average. Kent sure had a size advantage on us and so did IUPUI. I understand that size is difficult to get at our level, but hopefully we can improve in that area.

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