Changes to Hopkins' Future Schedules?
Johns Hopkins Coach Dave Pietramala said today he wants to change his team's future schedules by adding games against smaller programs, possibly at the expense of at least one or two of the sport's heavyweights.
The Blue Jays (3-5) have lost five consecutive games, the longest single-season streak since the program began in 1883. It is the third consecutive year the Blue Jays have had at least four losses by mid-April.
The losses this year have come against No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia, No. 8 North Carolina and No. 20 Hofstra.
The remaining games include No. 6 Navy and No. 7 Maryland, plus in-state rivals Towson and Loyola College. The Blue Jays defeated No. 9 UMBC on March 4.
"Our schedule has to change," Pietramala said. "We have to allow for some easier games. That was our intention when we scheduled Albany [starting in 2002], but look at that game now. And Duke, the first year we played them [in 2003], we won [19-6]. They clearly are not the same now. And Carolina. The last few years haven't been easy, but it had been a win until the past two.
"These three games have changed. Where is our reprieve?...We have to change the schedule. But we don't want to change it so dramatically that we don't have a good strength of schedule."
Virginia also has a tough strength of schedule--it plays five of the teams currently ranked in the top 10. Maryland plays six. The Blue Jays play seven.
TFBO2F thinks the schedule changes, as long as they are not sweeping ones, are well overdue. A few of the series have run their course.
Notre Dame football faced a similarly tough schedule for years before changing. As an independent, it and Navy use the "4-4-4" system: Four games against extremely difficult opponents, four against similar opponents and four against teams that are a bit below par.
In Hopkins's case, it is naive to think that overscheduling is somehow noble or good for the game. It isn't. It's suicide.
What do the readers think? Which teams would you want to see Hopkins drop or add? Or should they even make the changes?
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