About a month ago, I took part in a College Football Analytics panel at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The other participants were Penn State's James Franklin, ESPN's Tom Luginbill, and the NCAA's Oliver Luck, with Turner's Rachel Nichols as moderator. I wrote a little bit about it here.
It was a good weekend for the college football data community at the 2015 Sloan MIT Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The college football analytics panel, starring Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols, the NCAA's Oliver Luck, Penn State's James Franklin, ESPN's Tom Luginbill, and me, went well. Football Study Hall's Colin Davy, building off posts like this, won the HACKATHON competition. John Bessman won the opportunity to present a play-calling-and-risk-analysis research paper based on game charting data.
Our panel bounced around a series of topics, from the use of stats in the Playoff selection to recruiting and projection. As a starting point, I found it valuable. I was able to share my "three pieces to every team sport: talent acquisition, development, and deployment" line and point out how the stats the Playoff committee used could have been better.
The video is now available for free through the conference's 42analytics channel, so enjoy.