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Thursday, 12/28/06

Sir Knight

In all likelihood, Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight will pass the legendary Dean Smith for the all-time wins record tonight, when his team takes on UNLV. For such a distinguished record, there should be more fanfare than there is. But there's not, beacuse of who is breaking it. As you know, Coach Knight and the media have not always seen eye-to-eye, despite the fact the coach gives some of the best quotes annually. You see, many in the media don't like Knight bullying them or disapprove of the way he talks to people. And what does that have to do with the record? Bobby Knight is what he is and frankly, doesn't seem to be the type I would be friends with. That being said, since when does a coach's personality impact his career achievements? You don't think some of the top coaches in the history of the games--all sports--were buttheads and treated people with scorn? Go behind the soundbites and press conferences into a practice and you'll see the true colors of a coach. They are all not as great as they seem. Bobby Knight has won almost 1,000 games, without cheating and without having kids make up a 20% graduation rate. I don't care if he is a ----- Players know what they are going to get from him when they sign their letter of intent, so they are to blame when they complain. We in the media should be celebrating Knight's historic achievement but we can't--because we are too caught up in how he makes his players feel--and us.

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Friday, 12/22/06

The Holiday Edition

Christmas is upon us and Hanukah is coming to an end, not to mention the celebrations of all religions around the world. But I am going to resist the temptation to use this week as a time to reflect and look back on 2006. Rather, I am going to honor the week by treating it as just any other week. So a few random thoughts...

Yes, the Florida-Ohio State basketball game on Saturday will be big, but it won't mean much. The Gators' Al Horford apparently won't play so it will be hard to tell just which team is better, when one of them is without a big piece of the puzzle. Regular season games are for hype, not for much else, and this game has the hype because of the January 8th football date....

....Sticking with hoops, UCLA is a very quiet #1. Why is that? We haven't heard much about them, they haven't been getting glaring reviews and they generally have gone under the radar which is hard to do when you are #1....

...On to football, there were many football coaching moves in recent days. Tom O'Brien going to NC State is a coup for AD Lee Fowler and the Wolfpack. Stanford made a great hire in Jim Harbaugh as did Tulane in getting former UCLA head man Bob Toledo. Who knows what will happen at Alabama?

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Sunday, 12/10/06

Some Sunday Thoughts

Let's start with the Heisman Trophy. To know one's surpise, Ohio State's Troy Smith ran away with the 2006 Trophy. I mean, this thing wasn't even close. That's part of the reason I decided to skip this year's event. I've gone the past few years and at least the star wattage was bright or there was some suspense. This year--not much. The biggest surprise of the night to me was seeing Arkansas' Darren McFadden finish second. Don't get me wrong, that kid is a stud and deserved it, I'm just surprised that enough Heisman voters saw what many of us have seen all year. You feel bad for Brady Quinn, but not too bad. He'll still be at the top of the draft and is a QB. Next year's Heisman race is already well underway. In addition to McFadden, how about the possibility of Steve Slaton or Mike Hart or John David Booty or DeSean Jackson or JaMarcus Russell or Pat White or Colt McCoy or Ray Rice or Ian Johnson or a dozen other guys (assuming all return)?

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Sunday, 12/03/06

I Love This Game!

No Taking Issue episode that we have aired has created more of a stir than last week's show focused on the BCS and a potential playoff. The emails have been pouring in from all over, arguing how wrong college football has it or how critics of the BCS system are missing the point. One of our guests, Scott Ramsey, Chairman of the Football Bowl Association, proclaimed that a playoff would likely be the death bell for most of the bowls. I am sure the local communities might feel a little pinch but how much of a drop off do you really expect? I mean, for most bowl games, the only parties who care are the two schools involved the the bowl community. I don't think a playoff can do much harm. On the flip side, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo prosposes an eight-team playoff using existing bowls. He might be on the right track, but will that really end the debate? Won't regular season games be made that much less meaningful and what about debates over who's in and who's out and seeding and home games? Yesterday's incredible day in college football has created a buzz for tonight's BCS announcement on Fox. To me, either Michigan or Florida is deserving. In my AP ballot last night, I put Michigan at #2. Here's what is great about the BCS. If we had an 8-team playoff, it is very likely that USC, despite its loss on Saturday to UCLA, would still have a shot at the national title. The BCS title game makes that virtually impossible.

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