Sunday, April 24, 2005

The "talent" excuse again rears its ugly head

With four players drafted into the NFL and a 6-6 record Karl Dorrell did an amazingly incompetent job of getting the most out of his talent.

ESPN has conveniently added a feature whereby you can look up the number of players drafted by school. The Bruins, who some Blindos have labeled as lacking in talent, had four players drafted this weekend: Manuel White, Ben Emmanuel, Tab Perry, and Craig Bragg. By contrast, national champions $C had only five players drafted: Mike Williams, Mike Patterson, Shaun Cody, Lofa Totupu, and Matt Cassell. Here is a neat little reference of selected teams (CFN season ending top 25 and the rest of the Pac 10:

TEAM DRAFTEES RECORD WINS/DRAFTEES
UCLA 4 6-6 1.5
$C 5 13-0 2.6
Auburn 5 13-0 2.6
Oklahoma 11 12-1 1.09
Texas 3 11-1 3.67
Utah 5 12-0 2.4
Tennessee 3 10-3 3.33
Georgia 6 10-2 1.67
Va Tech 3 10-3 3.33
Miami 5 9-3 1.8
Louisville 6 11-1 1.83
Michigan 3 9-3 3
Iowa 5 10-2 2
LSU 3 9-3 3
Florida 3 7-5 2.33
Florida State 9 9-3 1
Texas A&M 3 7-5 2.33
Texas Tech 3 8-4 2.67
Cal 5 10-2 2
Boise St. 0 11-1 n/a
ASU 3 9-3 3
Wisconsin 7 9-3 1.29
Purdue 1 7-5 7
Ohio St. 3 7-4 2.33
Pitt 1 8-4 8
BC 0 9-3 n/a

Oregon St. 3 7-5 2.33
Oregon 2 5-6 2.5
WSU 3 5-6 1.67
Stanford 6 4-7 0.67
Arizona 0 3-8 n/a
UW 2 1-10 0.5

Teams bolded had a worse winning-efficiency for NFL-bound players. UCLA got 1.5 win for every draftee. National champion $C got 2.6 wins for every draftee, by contrast.

Only five teams did worse than Karl Dorrell. Two of those schools (UW and Stanford) fired their coaches. Two of those coaches, Stoops and Bowden, have won national championships, and until KD has a winning season, Barry Alvarez shouldn't be too worried about underachieving either.

So what do these numbers tell us?

Karl Dorrell dramatically underachieved with the NFL talent on his roster. With only three NFL draftees, oft-maligned Mack Brown managed 11 wins. Boise State won 11 with zero draftees. Boston College went 9-3 with no draftees. ASU went 9-3 with three.

Blindo just doesn't have the facts on his side. Again.

Karl Dorrell had more 2005 NFL draftees on his roster than the following teams: Texas, Tennesse, Virginia Tech, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Boise State, ASU, Purdue, Ohio St., Pitt, and Boston College, and Oregon State. All those schools won more games that Karl Dorrell did with more highly talented team (by this measure, anyway -- clearly, this measure is far from perfect, but unlike Blindo measurements, which always favor the incompetent Karl Dorrell, this one is objective).

Only Stanford, Cal, and $C had more players drafted this year than Dorrell.

No Pac 10 coach who retained his job was less efficient with his talent than Karl Dorrell.

Blindo continues to make excuses. The numbers say otherwise. Karl Dorrell is an abomination, and he must go.
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