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goblue

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No one is taking away from what she has done at Michigan - and to assert anyone has is unfortunate and inaccurate.


There is a theme here that she has somehow brought down the rest of her league by promoting her coaching tree and women, and that this has made her path to winning the conference easier.
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The Big 10 is an old girls network when it come to softball. I think it’s held the league back not always interviewing the best candidate at the time and having unofficial preset hiring practices.

All that said all I have ever heard about Hutchins being the cause of this practice is rumor and innuendo. I have never heard any real facts to back those rumors.
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I've been involved with the Big Ten Softball with two kids. I'm just guessing, but Big Ten programs put a really high priority on developing their players academically. Their hires tend to go to Coaches that stress their desire to maintain the character and academic standards over winning softball games. Not that other conferences don't but I believe that a lot of the males come to the table with the wrong sales pitch.

As for Hutch, I really believe that she puts a tremendous amount of time and effort into promoting female coaches. I don't think she necessarily wants to compete against male coaches in the Big Ten, but it's not to dumb down the competition. She's just extremely adept at positioning quality females to take over programs. To believe that she holds sway over Big Ten Athletic Directors is asinine. There will be better coaching in the conference going forward .. look at what Perry, Stanton, and Allister were able to do .. but the improvement will be incremental.
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Stanton was a good hire but they lost Allister to a better conference. There are a lot of terrible Big 10 programs right now ( PSU, PU and UM) and when the time comes for another hire they will never consider a man. It’s to bad because those schools have no excuse with their facilities to continue to be non competitive.
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I would look for Stanton’s name to be on the shortlist of several Midwest power five openings this summer
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I would look for Stanton’s name to be on the shortlist of several Midwest power five openings this summer


May be on the list but she stayed at Marshall for 17-18 years. I would be shocked if she left Indiana after one year.
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Name one of the coaches from Hutch's tree that has ever finished higher than UM in the B1G? She's got them right where she wants them. 

I think now that there are some females that aren't from her tree we may start to see some competition. It's a real shame Allister left, that was starting to get good. 
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I think Stanton believes that she can build IU into a perennial top 25 program.  I would be truly shocked if she chooses to leave IU after a single year.  What Midwest Power 5 openings do you see this summer?
goblue

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Name one of the coaches from Hutch's tree that has ever finished higher than UM in the B1G? She's got them right where she wants them. 

I think now that there are some females that aren't from her tree we may start to see some competition. It's a real shame Allister left, that was starting to get good. 


Jessica Merchant was on the staff at Minnesota last year. I Just dont get this whole argument lol, but whatever. 
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Mizzou is already open.

She would do great there.
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Final - Rutgers 3, Indiana 0.  
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Final - Rutgers 5, Indiana 4
goblue

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PSU 2 Minny 1... Michigan clinches share of title
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PSU 2 Minny 1... Michigan clinches share of title


Such an unbelievably deep conference.  Land mines everywhere.    
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Was hoping someone would appreciate that one. 🙂
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Should have let it go to see if awrong agreed
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Great stuff
BigTenSoftball

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There are a lot of former Michigan softball players in administrative roles at several big ten schools....
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And right on cue Terp the man hater shows up with her $.02. Surprised it took her this long.
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TheNarrator

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Her advice has done wonders for Maryland.

I believe she favored Wright over Kirk Walker because he was “just an assistant”
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Terpalum - “Greedy. Why don't you try and earn it instead of whining?! Go play men's fastpitch. If you are not qualified because you did not play softball move on to a sport you did play. Let the softball players coach as their ladder. Or is it easier to whine from the couch?!”

Tim Walton did not play fastpitch. Pat Murphy did not play fastpitch. They have National titles and prove that playing softball is not a requirement to being successful. I didn’t say women can’t coach. I just said the Big 10 is limiting their searches for top coaches and other conferences are not. The SEC has made the biggest investment in softball with budgets and facilities. They are not limiting coaching searches to just woman. They have some outstanding coaches of both genders. They are committed to winning. I’m not sure what the Big10 is committed to doing.
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Her advice has done wonders for Maryland.

I believe she favored Wright over Kirk Walker because he was “just an assistant”


And has done wonders for Purdue and Penn State who both have fantastic facilities. Coach Boo was a typical Big 10 “old girls system” hire. She had very little success At Arkansas as a PC and was “just an assistant”.
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Minny bounces back from that terrible loss and crushes Penn State 19-0 in 5
goblue

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Michigan wins Big Ten outright with 8-0 win over OSU in 5 innings.
Nextyear

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Has the Big 10 ever been this bad in the last 10 years?
goblue

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Has the Big 10 ever been this bad in the last 10 years?


It's pretty par for the course.. 1 or 2 ranked teams and a lot in the receiving votes range.... Rutgers and Maryland didn't help. Nebraska may actually be hurt by moving to the Big 10 because there generally are more competitive teams than in the big 12... much like football they havent been able to just coast into the top 3 most years.
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Tera Blanco getting positively shelled. Also some pretty bad defense by both teams.  This game is tough to watch.  
34sDad

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I don't recall a time when the B1G has ever had more competitive softball teams than the Big 12.  Even now with twice the teams they don't have as many competitive ones.  This year we basically have MN and MI and Big 12 has OU, OSU, Baylor and maybe Texas.  
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Interesting biased analogy considering,  OSU, Northwestern and Illinois have right about the same amount as wins as the teams you mentioned and Nebraska has more wins than Texas ?
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