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Perhaps it was fitting that it ended this way.Perhaps it was fitting that a year that has been characterised by Englands positive style of play ended with a defeat brought about by reckless batting.As if Jonny Bairstows dismissal, caught at deep midwicket - yes, deep midwicket - was not bad enough as England battled for a draw, Moeen Ali then wasted his previous efforts with an absurd attempt to loft Ravindra Jadeja over the top. The ball only made it as far as mid-on.Suddenly, the door that was almost closed on India was opened once more. England lost their last six wickets for just 15 runs.Defeat means they have lost four Tests in succession, five out of seven on this tour and six out of their last eight. It also means they have equalled their record for most defeats - eight - in a calendar year. It cant keep being an aberration.Losing to India is no disgrace, of course. Just as losing to Bangladesh in Dhaka was no disgrace. Playing in Asia may well be the toughest test for England players and there was probably no combination of players available to England that would have won this series against a fine side.But the manner of some of these defeats is a concern. Just as losing 10 wickets for 64 runs in a session in Dhaka, or 10 for 83 in the second innings in Vizag or six for 15 in Mumbai should not be accepted with a phlegmatic shrug, nor should this collapse.It came, after all, on a surface on which England laboured for more than 190 overs for seven wickets. And it came with the hard work almost done.But England seem to have lost the ability to bat time. They seem to have forgotten that defence is every bit as important as attack in Test cricket. They seem to have concluded that the way to deal with every challenge thrown their way in Test cricket is to smash it into the stands.It wasnt just Moeen and Bairstow here. Joe Root was leg before attempting to sweep and Adil Rashid was caught at point attempting to flick into the leg side. Straight bat strokes might not have been as positive, but they would have been safer.You would have thought India had taught them by example. You would have thought they had proved that it is not 70s or 80s that win Tests, but 100s and 200s and even 300s. England have to be hungrier. They have to be greedier. They have to be prepared to grind and graft as well as thrash and bash.Why would Moeen be trying to hit over the top in these circumstances? Why, with no hope of setting India a target, would such an aggressive approach be appropriate or helpful? The answer is that it wasnt appropriate and it may well have been a manifestation of a lack of belief in his own defensive technique. It was a point picked up by Virat Kohli in mid-series. England try to run because they know they cant walk.It would be a mistake in such a situation to look for quick fixes. England have a structural problem when it comes to dealing with Asian conditions and it is probably beyond the whit of any individual in a captaincy or coaching position to change that. Alastair Cook may be the current target for those wanting change, but his sacking will alter almost nothing. It certainly wont conjure two brilliant spinners out of the ether and it might overburden Root, who already plays all three formats and is still learning his trade as a batsman.But it wont do to ring our hands and say nothing can be done. For half the Test world play in these conditions (the Caribbean, increasingly, offers low, slow surfaces). These pitches were far from extreme and England had the advantage of winning the toss in four Tests. Unless England are to settle for a future where they mug sides at home on green pitches - as they did for much of the Sri Lanka series - and struggle away, they have to find a way to combat such surfaces.Part of the problem here may well be the messages coming from the coach. Trevor Bayliss has made no secret of his view that he prefers attacking-style batters and that, at times this series, he feels England have suffered for being too defensive with the bat. When we have been a little bit more defensive, we look like wickets waiting to happen, he said in mid-series. As soon as were a little bit more positive, rotating the strike and hitting a boundary when the opportunity comes, it puts pressure on the opposition. Yes, it might get you out once or twice. But with the batting order weve got, theres going to be a number of guys that do score runs.This is puzzling. You would have thought that a coach would want to point out that each batsman has to take responsibility to get the job done. As Moeen proved here, life for the new man can be far more difficult. Bayliss somewhat gung-ho approach seems to risk leaving the job to the next man. It doesnt seem especially responsible.Indeed, increasingly Bayliss whole approach to Test cricket looks naive. It may well be fine for limited-overs cricket, where uncompromised aggression seems to have become the order of the day. But more subtlety is required in the longer-format and Bayliss hasnt demonstrated much of that.The problem with his laissez-faire approach - he is well known for saying little and interfering less - is that sometimes a coach needs to interfere. As Australia have shown in recent times, creating a cosy dressing room environment is fine up to a point, but when the ball starts to swing or spin, a coach also need to be able to help with technique. Otherwise they are just a bystander.It would be premature to say we are in this category with Bayliss. He really wasnt dealt a handful of aces on this tour and it isnt so long since England were a win or two away from becoming the top-ranked Test side.But, if he doesnt know the players from county cricket, he cant really select. And if he really is wedded to this aggressive approach with the bat, he isnt going to help many of the batsmen. Meanwhile, since he took over and dispensed with fielding coaches to take on the responsibility himself, England have dropped a series of vital chances. And with an attack that creates so few, that is costing them dearly. His recent comment that the team havent got a lot of natural athletes sounds dangerously like a workman blaming his tools.It is an irony that one of the positive of this tour for England has been the emergence of two new options for batsmen at the top of the order. Both Haseeb Hameed and, to a lesser extent, Keaton Jennings have impressed as old-school openers, not the aggressive type that Bayliss professes to prefer. It would be no surprise if both of them featured in the top three when England next play Test cricket in July.Bayliss cant really take credit for either of them. He had never seen Jennings bat until they reached Mumbai and he preferred Ben Duckett to Hameed at the start of the tour. Indeed, if you question which of the Test players have progressed due to his input, answers are not immediately obvious. Maybe, just maybe, it is time to consider appointing a different coach for the Test and limited-overs teams? Englands schedule is ridiculous. It might make life better for all concerned.There seems little chance that will happen in the short term. Andrew Strauss has too much staked on Bayliss and, to be fair, Englands limited-overs resurgence might vindicate his appointment. Its the main reason he was hired and he is making a success it.But Englands Test squad leave India with many more questions than answers. They need to work out how to bowl on flat surfaces - in particular, how to gain lateral movement - and how to bat against the spinning ball. They need to develop spinners and start thinking about replacements for an ageing seam attack. And they need to decide if their coach and captain are the men to lead their progress. None of the answers are obvious. Cheap Air Jordans From China . -- About a third of the way through the regular season, the Washington Wizards are at . Wholesale Jordans Authentic . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal. Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review? Why was this overturned? 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This story appears in ESPN The Magazines Dec. 12 NFL Chemistry Issue. Subscribe today!YOU HAVE TO be all in. Were all in times 10.Its a chilly October Saturday. In his suite at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is talking about the schools commitment to its football team, which will rise as high as third in the country before losing to Houston in November. He keeps talking while Lamar Jackson, the sophomore quarterback who won this years Heisman Trophy, squirts through an opening and gallops over half the field before someone brings him down. Its nothing Jurich hasnt seen before.Louisvilles opponent is no patsy. The previous week, NC State had nearly upset Clemson. The week before, it beat Notre Dame. Still, the Wolfpack have as much chance of halting Bobby Petrinos offense as grounding the UPS planes that seem to leave nearby Louisville International every two minutes. At halftime, Louisville leads 44-0.When Jurich arrived at Louisville in 1997, football was an embarrassment. The Cardinals were in the midst of a 1-10 season. The last AD had imported Howard Schnellenberger to work the magic hed worked at Miami, but after more than 100 games and a losing record, Schnellenberger fled for Oklahoma. Thered been talk at one point of dropping football, says Billy Reed, the former Courier-Journal columnist and unofficial U of L historian.Instead, Jurich went all in. He scheduled games for Tuesdays and Wednesdays to get on television. He courted wealthy donors, with or without school ties. He hired Petrino, whod concocted a powerhouse offense at Auburn. And then, after Petrino left for a succession of jobs -- one of which ended with his being fired following an illicit relationship with an employee -- Jurich hired him again.Thats one way to succeed at college football, where field houses can feel like luxury hotels and the offensive coordinator often earns more than the governor. The other? Get real. Know who you are. Of the 128 universities in the NCAAs Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, perhaps a hundred have no shot at No. 1. Even in the Power 5 conferences, says Jim Livengood, the former AD at UNLV, Arizona and Washington State, there are teams that will eventually struggle to keep up.If those schools cant devote the necessary resources to FBS football, Livengood insists, they need to wean themselves from it before it bankrupts them. Football has brought dozens of FBS athletic departments to the precipice of fiscal mismanagement as they try to compete with the 16 percent of athletic departments that actually turn a profit, even as the cost of facilities, coaches and travel grows exponentially.Among the 128, one has waved the white flag. After being booted from the Sun Belt Conference, the University of Idaho announced this past spring that it was taking the unprecedented step of leaving the FBS. In 2018, it will rejoin the Big Sky, which plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, what used to be known as Division I-AA. Its coach? Bobby Petrinos brother.Idaho never fit in the Sun Belt. Trips to the Deep South for Troy and South Alabama bumped rivals Montana and Idaho State off the schedule. But if that was a hard road, staying solvent without bowl ties and TV revenue would be even harder. Idaho has gone 1-11 or 2-10 five times in the past decade. Its fan base is clustered five hours south in Boise. Its corporate donors are nearly nonexistent. Its athletic budget is $15 million, about one-sixth of Louisvilles $94 million. For head football coach Paul Petrino to have a chance of success, AD Rob Spear notes, the school needs to invest $5 million in his program.We cant pay that, he says. And maybe we shouldnt.LETS COUNT THE journalists in attendance for Paul Petrinos Tuesday afternoon news conference. Theres one. And another, the kid in front. Is that a third, in the fleece? Nah, shes the SID. Theyll ask Petrino questions in a 150-seat auditorium, but they could have done it in his pickup on the way to lunch.It isnt that college football is unpopular in Moscow, Idaho. Were passionate, city council member Gina Taruscio says. Some of us to a fault. There just arent many media outlets on the Palouse, as the fertile land that rolls south and east from Spokane is called. There arent many people either. Moscow and Pullman, Washington, separated by 8 miles of nothing and a state line, combine for a population of about 55,000, not including students. Pullman has Washington State, which plays in the Pac-12. And where does that leave Idaho? In a tough spot, Jurich says. Severely handcuffed because of geography.It makes you wonder what the Vandals were thinking when they decided to play Division I football. Boise State, says Mark Schlereth, the ESPN analyst who played football at Idaho in the 1980s. Plain and simple.A junior college until 1965, Boise had the good fortune to be located in the capital, where the people are -- as well as the Albertsons money, from the grocery chain that was founded there. It had a blue turf field and enough ambition for two universities. What it didnt have was a good football team. A dozen straight years, from 1982 to 1993, the Vandals beat the Broncos. I played in the Big Sky, says Jurich, who kicked at Northern Arizona. Idaho was the premier team. Boise State was an afterthought.If Boise State could hang with Americas best teams, the feeling was, surely Idaho could. So when the Broncos announced their intention to join the Big West in 1994, Idaho followed. I thought they were crazy, Schlereth says now. In Boise, you have the community, the infrastructure and the money to make this work. You can recruit a bunch of these kids who would have been Pac-10 players but couldnt get eligible at Cal, at Stanford, at USC. We dont have the facilities. We dont have the infrastructure. We dont have the money. Were doomed to fail. I get why they did it. I just never thought it was a great idea.Paul Petrino was already there in 1994, coaching receivers and running backs, when the announcement was made. Hed been hired on the recommendation of his brother, who worked at Idaho before heading up the ladder to Arizona State. Before that, Paul had followed Bobby, who is six years older, to Capital High in Helena, Montana, as an option quarterback. Then he spurned interest from Air Force and followed him to Carroll College, where their father, Bob Petrino, coached. As a coachs kid, you understand that your family is happy or sad a lot of times based on whether Dads team wins, he says. I knew that by playing for him, we were going to win. So my dad was going to be happy.Bob Sr. hadnt planned on a career at Carroll. He lobbied for the Montana and Montana State jobs, but his own ladder extended only so high. I dont think his ambition was any different than my brothers or mine, Paul says. It just turned out different. Bob planted a flag in Helena, a city about Moscows size. He won 15 conference championships, reached the NAIA semifinals three times with Paul at quarterback and set in motion a program that would win six national titles in a decade. The greatest statement I ever heard my dad make, says Bobby Petrino, was You make the big time wherever youre at.Think those words are echoing now? Paul followed his brother from job to job, Idaho to Louisville to the Atlanta Falcons to Arkansas, working as an assistant when Bobby was a coordinator, a coordinator when Bobby was head coach. They were a great team, the two of them. Hes an unbelievable coach, Bobby says. A great motivator. His style, his aggressiveness, the way he goes about his business on the practice field. I wish I was with him every day. But Paul and his wife, Maya, had a timetable. By the time the twins were ready for high school, hed have a team to run. We missed it by a year, Paul says.When Spear called in 2013, Paul remembered Idaho as the friendly place hed left two decades before. And sure, the students still hang out at the beer bars along Main Street and play Frisbee on the lawn that runs the length of campus. But college football had changed irrevocably, and it left Idaho behind. The Kibbie Domes 16,000 capacity is the FBSs second smallest, about one-seventh the size of Michigans Big House. Ticket sales when he arrived grossed less than $500,000, compared with top programs that were making more than $30 million. Morale was low; the teams GPA was lower. I didnt know it was going to be as hard as it was, Paul says. Its been as hard as anything you ever do in your life.At Louisville and Arkansas, the Petrinos set their sights on becoming No. 1. That isnt happening at Idaho. At best you go to a bowl, which the Vandals have done twice before this season, in 1998 and 2009. Each time, they traveled to Boise for the Humanitarian Bowl, where they dont exactly hand out leis. This year, after an 8-4 finish, the Vandals again headed to Boise, to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Thursday. A real bowl experience, the kind you tell your grandkids about, was Pauls goal.So when university president Chuck Staben summoned him to break the news about the FCS, Paul took it hard. Hed come here to be a [FBS] coach, Maya says. Then he heard his fathers words. Pauls own son, one of those twins, is playing for him at Idaho. The other twin, his daughter, plays softball at Montana, which in the scheme of things isnt far.dddddddddddd And although Bobby would hire him back in a heartbeat -- Louisvilles current offensive coordinator makes nearly $200,000 more than Pauls $417,000 salary -- Paul looks in the mirror and sees a head coach.He leaned forward and told his president: Then I will win you a national championship in the FCS.MAKE THE BIG TIME where you are. Jurich understands. They thought hed lost his mind in 1997 when he left Colorado State, and a stable home in the Western Athletic Conference, for Louisville. The phone calls I got, he says, shaking his head. Tom, youre going to the graveyard.When Jurich arrived, the Cardinals played in something called Conference USA, which was a step up after two decades of no conference. In its last home game of 1997, Louisville had drawn 12,850, less than the crowd at the season-ending game at Idaho that year.Now it has a $94 million athletic budget. Earlier this year, it fit a record 55,642 fans into Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium for the Florida State game. Construction on a $55 million addition began as soon as the regular season ended. This past summer, Petrinos contract rolled into a seven-year extension that could pay him more than $30 million.Three years ago, Louisvilles baseball team reached the College World Series, womens basketball played in the NCAA final, the men won a national championship and the football team beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The ultimate validation of an FBS title wont happen this year after that unexpected loss at Houston. But this seasons heights -- a lofty ranking, a Heisman for Jackson -- only reaffirm that the Cardinals are on the precipice of college footballs upper echelon. Jurichs vision is confirmed, and the financial commitment will continue to strengthen. Were close, Petrino says. Were right there.At first glance, Idaho seems like the outlier. In reality, its Louisville that has capitalized on a singular situation, one that isnt likely to be replicated. Jurich, who might be the best athletic director in America, saw potential in a metro area of 1.2 million. The city had no big league franchise, which meant that the Cardinals could be the outlet for civic pride. If the NBAs Grizzlies had moved to Louisville instead of Memphis in 2001, notes Larry Benz, the chairman of the universitys board of trustees, there probably wouldnt have been enough oxygen left to start the fire.For years, Louisville had been a commuter school, so the wealthy businessmen and lawyers with U of L degrees had mostly grown up in town. They were locals who stayed local, creating a rich donor base. (One donor alone, John Schnatter of Papa Johns, has given more than $27 million to the school, apart from his pizza chains sponsorship contracts. And he isnt even an alum.)Still, little would have happened if the administration hadnt been set on building a winner, whatever the cost. The president gave me free rein, Jurich says, the flexibility that I needed.He hired John L. Smith, whod made his name at Idaho, beating Boise State all those years. Smith commandeered Petrino to run the offense. With Chris Redman throwing 45 passes a game, the Cardinals lit up Thursday nights. People in this town criticized us severely, Jurich says. What are you doing playing on a weeknight? Saturday afternoons at 4 is when we play. But if you want to build a program, you have to do it this way.Petrino stayed a year, then kept climbing. In 2003, after Smith bolted for Michigan State, Jurich offered to make Petrino a head coach. With Paul as his deputy, Bobby went 11-1 in 2004 and 12-1 in 2006. But soon he was gone again, despite a 10-year contract -- to the NFL and then Arkansas 11 months later.He stayed in Arkansas four years, making a bad team good. He might be there still if a motorcycle accident hadnt uncovered an affair with a young fundraiser in the football office. Arkansas fired him. In 2014, after his soft landing at Western Kentucky, Jurich came calling.To keep the engine of Louisville athletics humming, Jurich knew, he needed to win. Every school has to look at their mission statement, he says. What do they want to be? Where do they want to go? He gave Petrino a $3 million annual salary with a $450,000 payout for a national title. It was, everyone conceded, the going rate.ON A FRIDAY afternoon in Wenatchee, Washington, Scott Marboe throws a bag in the trunk and sets off toward Moscow. Its four hours of two-lane across the prairie, he says. But thats better than his friends journey from Boise: What they call the Goat Trail, along the Salmon River through the mountains and the snow.Marboes father played for Idaho. He did too. So did his son, though Louisville -- of all places -- recruited him. Marboe makes the trip for almost every home game. If hes going to travel that far, he wants to see top competition. When the decision was made to join the Big Sky, he felt angry. My friends feel the same, he says. Staben, Idahos president, heard it in the letters and emails he received from alumni: I will never go to another game.But Marboes are rare. Attendance at the Kibbie Dome remains disappointing; last season the Vandals ranked 123rd out of 127 in the FBS. As for road games, imagine the trip from Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport to San Marcos, Texas. Were going to Texas State in November, Staben says. I believe weve sold 28 of our allotted tickets. Even Marboe understands that the current situation is unsustainable. I dont want to see it, but I get it, he says. You cant win the arms race. Not at Idaho.The cost of doing business at college footballs highest level has led athletic departments deep into the red. They compensate by dipping into general funds, taking money meant for academic scholarships or concert halls, or with sponsorships and donations. Marboe and his buddies give and give, but in the end it makes little difference. We dont have a Papa Johns, Marboe says. We dont have a booster like Boone Pickens to come in and write a check, as Pickens did for his own alma mater, Oklahoma State. Wish we did, but we dont.Big Sky schools, Staben argues, dont need Boone Pickens. According to the NCAAs Report on Finances, the median cost of a student-athlete is $110,000 in the FBS but under $40,000 in the FCS. FCS teams sacrifice TV money and the chance for high-payout games at places like USC and LSU. But their competition doesnt pay $1.5 million to offensive coordinators.And with Montana and other regional rivals back on the schedule, the casual fan has incentive to make the journey. Honestly, I couldnt even tell you where Troy State is, says Schlereth, who supports the move back to the Big Sky. Montana, Montana State, Idaho State, those are big to me. Two years ago, the Vandals basketball team won a stirring double-overtime game against the Grizzlies. On the way out, Spear was accosted by a man in a Montana jacket. This is why you need to be in our league, he told Spear. You see how fun this was?Paul Petrino appreciates the emotion inherent in Big Sky showdowns. He just didnt sign up to coach them. Idaho couldnt have landed him, Spear understands, if it already had decided to drop down. Now who knows how long hell stay? Winning under these circumstances is likely to make Petrino a coveted property, especially after making Idaho bowl-eligible. Thats pretty amazing, Jurich says.But if Petrino has national aspirations, he wouldnt have stayed long in Moscow anyway. In that sense, Staben believes, hes doing Petrino a favor. In the Big Sky, he can amass a gaudy record. Hes not going to get the Louisville job by winning half his games at the University of Idaho, Staben says.One recent night, with winter in the air, Paul arrives at a barbecue joint off Main for his weekly radio show. Spear has shown up too, and a few boosters in Vandals sweatshirts, and drinkers at the bar who were there when everyone arrived and will remain when theyre gone.The UL Lafayette game is Saturday. Most of the listeners probably cant envision Lafayette, Louisiana, but Paul plays it up like Ohio State-Michigan. Soon Maya comes in with their 9-year-old, Ava, known for racing down from the stands to give her father a hug, win or lose. Thats part of the payoff, people like to believe, of coaching at a place like Idaho.Idaho was the first university to fully realize the cost of such intimacy. The difficulties of competing in the FBS make it probable that others will follow. Since the WACs Brigham Young in 1984, no school from outside a current Power 5 conference has won a national title. So if they have no chance of winning, why invest so much in the effort?Paul Petrino has no answers. Soon, though, hell need to decide how much those hugs are worth and whether his career path will follow his fathers or his brothers. He spots Maya and Ava and sends them a smile, then looks them toward an empty table. Throughout the course of your life, you end up in different places, not always by your choice, he says. Wherever it is, you make the best of it. If thats a half-full barbecue joint on a cold night in Idaho, well, its his big time for now. ' ' '

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