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Position Change Time

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If some of you haven’t already, it’s that point in the season to make a position change or changes. In most states, you must meet a certain criteria to make the playoffs. Here in Illinois, that criteria is 6 wins. 6 wins guarantees you’re in the playoffs. 5 MIGHT get you in, depends on what we call “playoff points.” That’s another story – we can cover that another time. The point is, if you’re sitting at 2-2, 1-3, or heaven forbid 0-4, you’ve gotta figure out if there’s ANYTHING you can do to make your team a little bit better. For example, do you have a backup fullback sittin’ on the bench that could really help you at guard? Do you have a guy playing linebacker that is probably your best running back, but you don’t want to play him both ways? Do you have a running back who is just not quick enough but he could help you at tight end? These are just some examples of the many possible scenarios that each coach faces. Have you given a senior every chance to play but his junior or even sophomore backup looks better in practice or when you bring him in a game? Hey, this is the time to do what you’ve gotta do. Best way to make a position change? Well, I’m sure each of you has his own procedure but I found that a good thing to do is bring a guy in before or after practice and sit him down and explain what you’re thinking and how this will help the team and the athlete involved. Not always an easy conversation but it’s part of the job. How and when do you do it? I’d like to know…AND THAT’S MY TAKE!

I get a kick out of all the college football fans that think THEIR team should be national champs or at least contenders every year. Hey – there can only be 1 champ, it’s really hard to do. There are a lot of tough teams and really good coaches out there. But here goes my list of teams that their fans think they should be national champs all the time and if not – FIRE THE COACH!

I’ll start with the Big 10. Nebraska – sorry guys, you’re simply not what you used to be. Michigan – Wolverine fans think they are anointed to be national champs. Sorry. Penn St. 8-4 seasons do not make Penn St. fans happy. Ohio State. As good as you’ve been, it’s still hard to get to the top. SEC. They ALL think they should be national champs every year. OK, I’m exaggerating but certainly Alabama fans. Oh, and Georgia fans? They tell me it’s been since ’82. They’re in tears. LSU? Oh, yeah, they think they should win it most of the time. And poor Arkansas, where or where is Frank Broyles? We should be great every year. Then there’s Tennessee. They fired Phil Fullmer cause he was only going 9-2. We at Tennessee should be better! Auburn? I don’t know if they expect to win it all every year but they sure don’t wanna lose to Bama. Florida. Yep, they’re gonna fire coaches til they win it all. That brings us to two other Florida schools. Florida State. They are appalled at how quickly it’s gone downhill. They shoud definitely be champs every year. Just ask ’em. Miami. They had a great run and it spoiled their fans. Clemson. They expext to win it every year and right now – they are. Oklahoma. They’ve been so good for so long they expect to win it or be in the final 4 every year. Texas. The eyes of Texas are upon you – and you wanna win it all again so bad you can taste it. Notre Dame. Need I say more? Southern Cal. The great football factory really thinks they should be in it every year. That’s all I can think of for now, did I leave anyone out? That’s 18 schools that their fans think should be national champs every year – or almost. If not, fire the coach.

One more thing…I’m a big baseball fan and I kinda live and die with the St. Louis Cardinals. I’m goin nuts right now – the Brewers have won about 100 games in a row. Can we hold ’em off one more weekend? groannnnn

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Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2   50. Vermont -1.7   49. North Dakota 3.3   48. Wyoming 5.2  47. Rhode Island 8.4   46. District of Columbia 8.4   45. Delaware 14.7   44. South Dakota 15.3   43. New Hampshire 16.7   42. Montana 19.2  41. Maine 19.5   40. New Mexico 20.5  39. Oregon 24.2  38. West Virginia 26.3  37. Nevada 31.2  36. Idaho 32.2  35. Nebraska 32.6  34. New York 33.0  33. Iowa 34.4  32. Minnesota 35.9   31. Kentucky 36.3   30. Hawaii 36.5  29. Connecticut 37.3  28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9  26. Virginia 40.8  25. Oklahoma 41.5  24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9  21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4  18. South Carolina 44.61  17. New Jersey 44.63  16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8  12. Utah 46.0  11. North Carolina 46.7  10. Missouri 49.0  9. Pennsylvania 49.9  8. Illinois 50.3  7. Louisiana 51.9  6. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.