Friday, November 17, 2006

At least we are not in Kansas

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been uproar over the amount of money that Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano has made. But at least, state taxpayers and university staff have seen the benefits of paying the coach. Look around the college football landscape there are million dollar coaches all over and some of them might be some of the worst coaches in the country. This week USA Today did a special report on the cost of keeping a top quality coach at major university. According to the report there are approximately 41 coaches that make over a million dollars a year, and guess what Schiano is not one of them.
At the University of Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino makes $1.5 million a year to coach the football team. If you add the over million dollars a year that Bill Self makes to coach the basketball team, it appears that Kansas has the market corned on million dollar coaches that can not coach.
Michigan State is no better. For four years John L. Smith has lead the program into a state of disrepair. For all of work, including a melt down against the fighting Irish, Smith was scheduled to make $1.5 million a year
at $911,000 year Schiano appears to be on the best bargains is down. Look at the some of the great coaches that make more then him: Tommy West, Al Groh, Chuck Amato, Dirk Koetter, Glen Mason, Sylvester Croom, Ron Zook, and Joe Tiller.
See its not as bad as you think, if I was a tax payer in Kansas I think that I would try to impeach the governor for wasting taxpayers money on those two.

What a Difference a year makes

365 days, that is all it took for the basketball team at North College Hill High School, outside of Cincinnati, to go from world beaters to just another after school basketball team. Last year the team was gearing up to face the likes of Oak Hill Academy, the famous basketball factory in Virginia, now this year its back to normal of two of the county's best players have left the program. They were ranked in the preseason USA Today High School rankings last year, but this year North College Hill was nowhere to be found.

Earlier this year the standout forward Billy Walker was ruled ineligible after the state high school governing body had ruled that he had already played four years of high school basketball, Walker has since graduated earlier and will be a key part of Bob Huggins first year at Kansas State.

The other half of the star duo, O.J. Mayo has also moved on, but not to college but rather to Huntington High School in his home state of West Virginia. Now this year Huntington High School will be sight of the Mayo Circus. Good for them, during the year they will appear on national TV a couple of times and make tons of money, then next year when Mayo takes his traveling road show to the University of Southern California it will be back to normal at the school. The record of the school reads like a great list accomplishments for the duo, most points in a game, most fans, and most important most money made.

This brings up a bigger question, should schools like these two public schools; take on these type of talents for a couple of years, just to make their schools a couple of extra bucks. By bringing these types of players into your program you also bring sneaker companies and agents into the fray.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Lou Holtz & Lee Corso are the Anti-Christ

Ok I get it, you all at one point used to work a major university with big time college football programs and do not want to make anyone mad there. But this is getting out of hand. On Saturday on the ESPN family of networks, two of their biggest college football analysts sounded like homers.

First during College Gameday, Lee Corso showed what type of homer he could be. Fresh off the greatest victory in the history of the Rutgers, Corso decided to smash Rutgers and say that they were not worthy of being part of the title game picture. Fellow Gamedayers Chris and Kirk, who called the game on Thursday night, told the old man that he was making a mistake. Lets rewind a week, after the 'ville defeated West Virginia; Corso said that they should be part of the title game picture, what makes this so different. One reason Corso was the head coach at 'ville and even called in on during the 'ville vs. West Virginia game. At least we know that Lee Corso sports a merkin and its really lush.

Then that brings me to good ole coke bottle glasses Lou Holtz. At the end of College Gameday Final, people give their list of top one-loss teams. Of course Holtz, does what only Holtz can do, be a homer. He puts Notre Dame and Arkansas at the top of the list. Two former schools that he has coached. I would have bet he would have tried to make South Carolina one of them too, if he only could.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Youth is wasted on the Young

When a freshman first steps on a college campus, there is so much to learn. How do I get to class? Do I have to go to class? Where are the best underage bars? Where are the women at?

If you happen to play football there is so much more to learn, but around the country you are starting to see more true freshman quarterbacks take a starring role a schools in BCS conferences. On Saturday, two true freshmen made a huge impact on the National Title Race.

  1. Matthew Stafford, UGA: Earlier this year, head Coach Mark Richt was pulling him in and out of games. Now it appears that he has held on the job after he held lead Georgia to a win over Auburn yesterday.

  2. Josh Freeman, Kansas State: Ron Prince took over from the program builder in Bill Snyder, the first order of business was to make sure that Freeman found himself to the Little Apple. When the wildcats needed a play to a made on Saturday night in their win over defending national champion Texas, Freeman was there. With approximately a 1:30 to go in the game, Freeman rolled out and found an open receiver to salt away the game.