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#55: Recruiting Affinities Refresh | Other Affinities


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Hello Coaches!

 

Welcome to the second Dev Diary for 2022 on the new recruiting system for this coming season.

 

Recruiting Dev Diaries for 2022

Dev Diary 54: Recruiting Affinities Refresh | Close to Home

Dev Diary 55: Recruiting Affinities Refresh | Other Affinities

Dev Diary 56: Recruiting Efficiency Score

Dev Diary 57: Recruiting on the Interface

 

With this diary, I want to go over the cleaning run on affinities for the next season. The goal for this offseason was to look at all affinity assignments and make sure teams were getting bonuses that made sense and that the system overall was reflecting something close to reality. Specifically with the non-close to home affinities, the goal was to find a way to tie the affinity assignment into objective measurements as much as possible.

 

In some ways, the affinities aren't strictly objective qualities, but we made an effort as a working crew to find public reference points we can point coaches to, instead of 'well it just feels right'.

 

Academics

 

Academics is now tied to the 2022 US News Top 20.

 

 

 

AdditionsRemovals
FloridaGeorgia

 

 

 

Service

 

No changes were made to Service, as those are tied to the Service Academies, Army, Navy, and Air Force [iSPOILER]...and soon to be Space Force? [/iSPOILER]

 

Religion

 

No changes were made to Religion, as those are the 11 schools aligned with a specific religious institution:

 

Baylor (Baptist General Convention)

Boston College (Jesuit)

BYU (Mormon)

Duke (United Methodist Church)

Liberty (Jerry Falwell)

[iSPOILER]Nebraska (Corn)[/iSPOILER]

Notre Dame (Catholic)

SMU (United Methodist Church)

Syracuse (Nonsectarian, formerly United Methodist Church)

TCU (Disciples of Christ)

Tulsa (Presbyterian Church)

Wake Forest (Nonsectarian, formerly Baptist)

 

Large Crowds

 

Large Crowds was made to include schools with attendance capacity above 70,000 fans. 3 schools were removed. None added.

 

 

 

AdditionsRemovals
N/AMissouri (61,620)
SDSU (35,000)
UAB (47,100)

 

 

 

Small School

 

Small schools were pinned to enrollment data from US News. 7 schools were added, and 4 were removed.

 

 

 

AdditionsRemovals
AkronApp State
CMUIllinois
EMUMiami (OH)
HawaiiNew Mexico
NM State
NIU
Northwestern
Syracuse
Toledo

 

 

 

Frontrunner

 

Frontrunner was changed from the somewhat unknowable measure of team overall from before any games were played to a list of championship teams. These are the schools who won their conference championship and/or made the playoff. By changing this definition, it is also the first affinity in the sim tied directly to on the field results! 8 teams were added, 15 were removed.

 

 

 

AdditionsRemovals
BaylorAlabama
North TexasArizona
OhioArizona St
San Diego StCMU
OregonGeorgia Tech
Texas StLSU
Boston CollegeMichigan St
PurdueNotre Dame
Ohio St
Oklahoma
Oklahoma St
Oregon St
TCU
Wake Forest
Washington

 

 

 

Climate

 

Climate has been removed from affinities, because after review, it seemed like assignment was completely arbitrary and since we couldn't tie it to a specific reference point, it was therefore also unfair. 17 schools were removed, 5 of which had no other affinity.

 

 

 

Removals
Arizona*
Arizona St*
Cal
Clemson
Coastal Carolina
FIU*
Florida
Hawaii
Miami (FL)
SDSU
South Carolina
Stanford
Tennessee
UCF*
UCLA
USC
USF*

 

*No other affinity

 

 

 

Current Affinity Assignments

 

See this thread for current affinity assignments.

 

Here are the numer of affinities by school:

 

 

SchoolSUM of Total Affinities
Notre Dame4
Boston College4
Wisconsin3
Wake Forest3
Tulsa3
Duke3
Baylor3
Vanderbilt2
USC2
UCLA2
Tulane2
Texas2
TCU2
Syracuse2
Stanford2
SMU2
Rice2
Northwestern2
Navy2
Michigan2
Illinois2
Florida State2
Florida2
Army2
Air Force2
Wyoming1
Washington1
Virginia1
UAB1
Troy1
Toledo1
Texas State1
Texas A&M1
Tennessee1
Southern Miss1
South Carolina1
South Alabama1
San Diego State1
Purdue1
Penn State1
Oregon1
Oklahoma1
Ohio State1
Ohio1
Northern Illinois1
North Texas1
North Carolina1
New Mexico State1
Nebraska1
Michigan State1
Miami1
Marshall1
LSU1
Louisiana-Monroe1
Louisiana Tech1
Louisiana1
Liberty1
Kentucky1
Iowa1
Hawaii1
Georgia Tech1
Georgia1
Eastern Michigan1
Coastal Carolina1
Clemson1
Central Michigan1
California1
BYU1
Bowling Green1
Auburn1
Arkansas State1
Arkansas1
Alabama1
Akron1
Western Michigan0
Western Kentucky0
West Virginia0
Washington State0
Virginia Tech0
UTSA0
UTEP0
Utah State0
Utah0
USF0
UNLV0
UMass0
UCF0
Texas Tech0
Temple0
San Jose State0
Rutgers0
Pittsburgh0
Oregon State0
Old Dominion0
Oklahoma State0
New Mexico0
Nevada0
NC State0
Missouri0
Mississippi State0
Mississippi0
Minnesota0
Middle Tennessee0
Miami (OH)0
Memphis0
Maryland0
Louisville0
Kent State0
Kansas State0
Kansas0
Iowa State0
Indiana0
Houston0
Georgia State0
Georgia Southern0
Fresno State0
Florida Atlantic0
FIU0
East Carolina0
Connecticut0
Colorado State0
Colorado0
Cincinnati0
Charlotte0
Buffalo0
Boise State0
Ball State0
Arizona State0
Arizona0
Appalachian State0

 

 

 

Future Affinity Plans and Ideas

For those 5 schools schools who lost out on their affinity, and for any other coaches that find themselves either out of affinities or are down one - there's no need to fret quite yet! Our next dev diary will go into the ways that affinities are being reworked in the actual recruiting process. You'll have to stay tuned to hear the specifics, but in general expect affinities to have ~5-10% boost to recruits as opposed to the ~900% boost possible when gaming the previous system in the most efficient way possible.

 

As a team, we also floated some new affinity ideas, but with recruiting moving entirely into the interface and a pretty substantial recruiting process overhaul, we've left the affinity additions out of this next recruiting cycle.

 

Here are some of the ideas floated out by team members in the past, that are under consideration:

 

Party School

Schools were the students party pretty hard. Issue with adding is that's arguably any school.

 

Urban/Rural Schools

Schools located in urban areas could get a boost with kids who want to live the city life, rural school the opposite. Issue with adding is having to find the delineation between urban and rural - especially with so many schools being in bedroom communities around larger metro areas. Is Northwestern urban because Chicago or rural because Evanstown is a "small town"? Probably not, because it's pretty clearly part of the metropolitan area. What about Ames and Des Moines or Bloomington and Indianapolis?

 

Large School

This is the corollary to the small school affinity already listed. Issue with adding is whether this really does anything different than the large crowds affinity.

 

With the move into the interface, there's also long-term potential to tie affinities into on-field performance in a more direct manner. Some of the affinities suggested that fall into that category are:

 

Play Style

Players could get an affinity match with schools who have particular schemes assigned. Issue here is how to measure that, and what happens to teams that change scheme - is it fair to penalize a team for switching scheme? What even defines a scheme?

 

 

NIL Opportunities

Players could get an affinity match with schools who have large endowments and high enrollments. Issue with adding is similar to a Large School affinity. Does it really add anything different or just reinforce that affinity?

 

Playing Time

Certain players look for where they will start immediately. Issue with adding is how that would be measured without becoming a particularly hairy evaluation each recruiting week.

 

Play with a Legendary (QB/RB/WR/TE/OL/DL/LB/CB/S/K/P/Coach)

Players with this type of affinity want to commit to a school where a particular position player or coach is at - and they want to learn or be in the same position group room as the best of the best. Issue here is how discerning how it's different from the frontrunner affinity, and it also has the same challenge as the playing time affinity. Evaluating anything over 130 rosters could become hairy very quickly.

 

Feel free to suggest your own affinity ideas here as we will use the 2022 season to start planning recruiting changes in 2023.

 

Wrap Up

 

I asked some users to help out with this job, and special thanks need to go to @PoopyRhinoPickle @subsequent @TuscanSota @Rocketcan @tsweezy for their help and especially to @PoopyRhinoPickle as this dev diary would probably have been posted a month from now without his help compiling all of the changes.

Edited by alexfall862
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