Chat with Ivan Maisel
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com college football writer Ivan Maisel stops by to chat about the offseason.
Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. In addition to covering college football for the site, he contributes to ESPN's SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine.
Send your questions now and join Maisel Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Ivan Maisel (2:07 PM)
Hi, everyone, sorry I'm late. Here we go:
So, you think Marve is going to lead Purdue to surprise the world next year? a bowl possibly?
Ivan Maisel (2:09 PM)
Yeah, I think Purdue will go to a bowl this year. I can't tell you how Marve will do up there but any team that rides the rollercoaster like that one did last year should learn a lot of lessons about playing at the end of the game.
Zach (San Diego ) [via mobile]
I am sure money us the reason, but wouldn't conference expansion make it more difficult for traditional powers to do win national titles. Instead of 2 or three really tough games a year they could have 5 or 6. Wouldn't they just beat up on each other like what happened in the Big xii south a couple of years ago. I think 2nd and maybe 3rd place conference teams would end up in the bcs title game.
Ivan Maisel (2:12 PM)
The computer just ate my answer. Let me try again: isn't that what happens in playoffs? Sometimes the championship game is betwee second- and third-place teams. Everyone who wants a playoff should realize that. As for playing five or six tough games, I still believe there will be a market for the haves to buy home games -- and wins -- from the have-nots.
Taylor (Logan UT)
I'm getting tired of all the expansion talk, especially here about Utah and BYU. My question: What do you expect out of Michigan this year? I'd like to see them get back to prominence, but I'm not sure I see them getting there anytime soon...
Ivan Maisel (2:14 PM)
Everyone is tired of the expansion talk but it's not going anywhere. I think Michigan will turn the corner this year. Rodriguez has won too many games at too many other places for me to believe that he's going to continue to struggle.
Jim Crozier (Boise, Idaho)
Ivan, I liked your article today on the shift in recruiting, but I think you downplayed a bit the controversy around recruiting rankings. As a fan of BSU, a school who never scores nationally ranked recruiting classes, I think the legitimacy of recruiting classes is a much more salient point than it is made out to be. Generally, everyone agrees with the top players at each position, but there's a LOT of margin of error beyond the very top and some schools take advantage of it more than others. Your thoughts?
Ivan Maisel (2:16 PM)
Thanks, Jim. I pointed out that recruiting rankings should be taken with a grain of salt, or at least I tried to. The point is, if they are inaccurate, and you assume that they are as inaccurate in the midwest as they are in the south, then that wouldn't affect the fact that more kids are being rated highly in the south (then again, I dropped a statistics class). As for Boise State, it's a great example of a coach knowing who will fit his system and a staff being really good at evaluating who is good enough and willing enough to play at BSU.
JB (PORTLAND, OR)
Ivan, thanks for reading this!! Will the Ducks be able to push USC aside again despite the lose of Masoli?? Could Oregon posibly play both Thomas and Costa??
Ivan Maisel (2:18 PM)
I have a hard time believing that Oregon will have trouble finding a quarterback or scoring points. Look at what then-OC Chip Kelly did with Masoli two years ago. Masoli went from fifth-string to first and the Ducks didn't slow down. Oregon could play Costa, Thomas, a combination and still be fine.
Who is your favorite Sports talk radio host? Just curious.
Ivan Maisel (2:20 PM)
I like Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Rusillo, Kornheiser, but I find that I listen to them more as podcasts than on the radio. I'm not in the car much.
Dennis (Airville, Pa)
Ivan: I know you're a fan of the college football regular season which argues against a playoff, but hasn't it really gotten to the point that the OOC schedules are so bad that the regular season, at least as far as OOC is concerned, is a joke?
Ivan Maisel (2:21 PM)
Never doubt a coach's ability to find a gray area in the rule book or the "system" and exploit it. As long as teams can get away with playing weak teams, especially if it means making more money, they will. But I don't know that a playoff would change that.
Jason Yee (Bay Area)
What do the Michigan self-inflicted sanctions mean for the USC ordeal?
Ivan Maisel (2:23 PM)
I don't know that there's a connection. We have to see whether the NCAA Infractions Committee accepts Michigan's version of events and its penalties, and, of course, see what the committee says about the Trojans. Even there, the USC case is basketball and football and involved players getting improper benefits. Michigan had only football and involved too much practice. Apples and oranges.
Loved the qualifier you threw in to explain why the Big 10 and its network are so popular. Without that your article would have seemed really stupid.
Ivan Maisel (2:24 PM)
Thanks, I think.
Do you think the BCS title game will ever be played in a cold weather city? We can always help the weather but i can't understand why when we have some control of keeping the odds in our favor anyone would opt for probably poor playing conditions. Let's have the NBA play outside in Chicago wind for the Championship or play the masters at the very beginning of golf tour season in staed of starting in Jan in Hawaii.
Ivan Maisel (2:26 PM)
Bowl games involve tradition. Theoretically, the commissioners could move the game to a cold-weather city. But the four bowls in the rotation right now would scream murder. They say that the one BCS national championship game allows them to make enough money to get through the other three years in the cycle. Plus there aren't manhy bowls in cold-weather cities, and certainly no major ones.
what are the chances Oregon state come out of their non conference schedule with a winning record?
Ivan Maisel (2:27 PM)
since Oregon State plays only three non-conference games, that would mean the Beavers beat TCU at Cowboys Stadium or win at Boise State. Mike Riley's teams are notoriously slow starters. I'd say the odds aren't that great.
But I thought that with the 2 dominant BCS wins plus bowl wins over LSU and Miami the Big 10 would stop having these ridiculous articles written about them.
Ivan Maisel (2:30 PM)
Adam, Adam, Adam. Don't sugarcoat it. Tell me what you think. Seriously, I tried to stick to the facts and figures regarding the economy, and I quote the Big Ten commissioner, college and high school coaches talking about the effect the economy has had on football in the region. I'm not jumping up and down and saying the Big Ten isn't any good. As Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman said, the Buckeyes are going to get their players. But it would seem that there are fewer to go around, especially when compared to the amount from the warm-weather states.
Do we have any indication of when the report against USC is going to come out, or is it just going to magically appear one day without warning?
Ivan Maisel (2:31 PM)
NCAA policy is to put out a release at 7 a.m. on the day of the release announcing that it's coming. So we don't get much advance warning. Sometimes a school will tip people the day before.
any chance the gators can beat alabama this year?
Ivan Maisel (2:32 PM)
Sure. But the game is in Tuscaloosa, and it's relatively early in the season, which are two strikes against a team as young as Florida is. I assume that Florida will play better than they did in Urban Meyer's last appearance at Bryant-Denny.
Robert (Tahlequah, OK)
What is the cap on scholarships a team can have? What is the max amount of players? How many coaches can a team have?
Ivan Maisel (2:33 PM)
The cap is 85, with no more than 25 signed in any one year. The team can have 105 players on roster, and once classes begin, more walk-ons can come out (I think that's how it works). There may be one head coach and nine assistant coaches
do you think the Tennessee Volunteers will be SEC champs in the next few years? why/why not?
Ivan Maisel (2:35 PM)
Not before 2013 and then only if Derek Dooley makes all the right moves. He isn't starting from scratch. But he's not far from scratch, either.
Bryan (Auburn, AL)
Hi Ivan, this may be a bit early, but here it goes. If Boise State ends up getting into the national title game what does that do to the BCS controversy?
Ivan Maisel (2:36 PM)
I think it will be Armageddon, cats lying down with dogs, possibly even the end of the world as we know it, if we is the SEC. Then again, I could be wrong.
Ivan,Is the fact that the USC announcement taking so long a good sign for them or a bad sign?
Ivan Maisel (2:37 PM)
I gave up trying to figure that out a couple of years ago.
Ryan (Austin, TX)
Hey Ivan, big fan. Living in Austin and hearing the hype about how amazing the Longhorns are going to be next season is annoying. I just don't see it. A new QB that made a few good throws in NC game last year is not going to be Colt McCoy from day 1. They are replacing some key defensive spots and their running game has not been great the last few years. The one thing I will give them is their out of conference schedule is a joke again, so they shoul dmake it through that, but I think they lose to Nebraska, Oklahoma, and A&M, with the possibility of Tech. Your thoughts?
Ivan Maisel (2:39 PM)
The question for me is how committed Greg Davis is to putting Gilbert under center and the two-back running game, how good Gilbert is under center, and how good the two backs are. I think there's enough talent on defense to sustain the Horns, even if the talent is a little young.
Matt (Spokane, WA)
WSU-- the worst BCS football program presently, or the worst of all time?
Ivan Maisel (2:40 PM)
I'd say it's the worst presently. Alltime? Those are fightin' words in Evanston. Go back and look at Northwestern from 1973 or so to 1993.
John (Roanoke, VA)
Virginia Tech has made small steps to start to get higher talent in recruiting.. Do you think my hokies will get to the point of being say top 15 in recruiting? (We are usually top 25... I think)
Ivan Maisel (2:42 PM)
I think the Hokies' free rein in the Tidewater is over. UVa hired Mike London in no small part because it believes he can open doors in areas where UVA has struggled in recent years.
If the SEC invites ACC members FSU, Miami, GT, Clemson, do you think all would say yes?
Ivan Maisel (2:42 PM)
Yes, I do. But I don't think it will come to that.
Ivan,If the Big 10 expands, is the Big East (as we know it) dead?
Ivan Maisel (2:44 PM)
If the Big Ten expands to the east, the Big East will have some tough decisions to make about keeping all its umpteen members together or trying to split into two leagues. If anyone tells you they know the answer, they're not being straight with you, beginning with whether the Big Ten will expand to the east.
Matt (Storrs, CT)
Ivan, how is it that all of the experts rank the Big East as the 6th best conf but the BCS data has it ranked much higher? Don't the BCS computers factor in SOS and such and would seemingly be more accurate and less affected by emotions? How long can a league stand by it's tradition and not produce before it starts being accurately ranked?
Ivan Maisel (2:47 PM)
Conference rankings often depend on having one team that is a national title contender. The Big East hasn't had one in the last couple of years. So the public perception follows that.
Miami/OSU, UNC/LSU, or VT/BSU which game would you rather be at and why?
Ivan Maisel (2:48 PM)
Virginia Tech-Boise State, because they will be the highest-ranked duo of those three games. And right now I'm penciled in to cover that game.....
Ivan Maisel (2:48 PM)
Thanks, everyone. Talk to you again soon.