Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – December 20th, 2016

Football: FiveThirtyEight says The NFL Is Botching Kickoff Returns. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective predicted Gus Bradley Had the Highest Chance of Being Fired Heading Into Week 15.

College Football: FiveThirtyEight grades The Many, Many, Many College Football Bowls. Football Study Hall with an article on the art of spread QB eval. FiveThirtyEight on Why College Football’s New All-Time Rushing Leader Isn’t Really Its All-Time Rushing Leader.

Baseball: FanGraphs looks at if Exit Velocity Can Predict Second-Half Slumps, Rebounds. The Hardball Times writes about Scouting the Minors Pitch by Pitch: Power. Baseball Prospectus Baseball Therapy: The Questions We Can`t Answer by Russell A. Carleton. FanGraphs on Who Has and Hasn’t Avoided the Awful. Tom Tango’s Pre-Statcast Lab: groupings or single point estimates? FanGraphs offers A Quick Review of 12 Years of Projections.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus Visualizes lineup rotations for the Golden State Warriors. Nylon Calculus looks at Transition quantity versus quality.

College Basketball: ESPN Analytics using AAU stats for talent evaluation. Cornell College news release on student and professor using sports analytics to discover NCAA ranking patterns. Ken Pomeroy talks about A scoring explosion for the ages.

Hockey: HockeyAnalysis.com on the Limitations of Predictive Analytics in Player Evaluation. HockeyGraphs Applies CUSUM to hockey prediction models. Hockey Prospectus System Analysis: Digging deeper into Florida’s struggles.

Soccer: StatsBomb with a look at Leicester’s Drastically Changing Passing Patterns.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR offers up code to evaluate HOF Election — Trajectories of Adjusted Measures.

MOOCs: Wayne Winston’s Math behind Moneyball course has started up again on Coursera. Mr. Winston shares his Analytics Reading List.

Conferences: Hockey Graphs and Vancouver Canucks Co-Host Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference 2017 on March 11, 2017. The Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference to be held July 13 at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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