VIEW FROM THE BENCH
The University of Miami football team is in hot water.
Yahoo Sports broke a huge story on violations committed between a booster and many players and coaches.
Dan Wetzel did a great job on this story.
A college basketball coach texted me and asked if Frank Haith, former head basketball coach at the ‘U’ and is now at Missouri should be fired? I’m not sure to tell you the truth. Didn’t Paul Biancardi get fired at Wright State for something that happened at Ohio State while he was an assistant coach?
Here’s my first thought in all of this; do the players and even boosters/alum know the rules set by the NCAA? During all these college and football games televised this season why not have a commercial or two from the NCAA on the rules?
Another thought to ponder; you’re a kid who grew up in poverty all your life. Your high school teammates drove cars, lived in a nice house and both parents work. Your single parent is unemployed, rent is overdue, bills haven’t been paid in months, and you are broke. Now you take your talents to a college and all of a sudden someone is giving you money. How do you turn that down?
This is a huge problem that may never go away…
Carlos Zambrano, a major league pitcher quit on his team, right? Gregg Doyel of CBS Sportsline on the MLB Union backing him. After watching this guy the past few years, would you want him to pitch for your team?
Who’s the greatest shortstop in Major League history? Wednesday night I was listening to sports talk radio out of NYC and a caller said Derek Jeter. A guy on my Facebook said Jeter is not even in the Top 10; he also added that he would put Nomar Garciaparra ahead of Jeter. You guessed it, the guy is a Boston Red Sox fan.
Speaking of sports talk shows, I really enjoy them. i-tunes has a feature where you can get different shows from all over the country. I jump from New York to Boston to LA when I have the time. It’s interesting listening to fans express their opinions. I also enjoy listening to the Dan Patrick Show but as of late it has been getting a bit too ‘Reality Show’ – like. On Wednesday, they had a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model in studio answering the phones (I think that’s what she was doing?) Now, a couple of problems I had with this was one, she doesn’t have anything to do with sports. Two, it was exploitation. In one segment they had the girl prance around in a tight-fitting football jersey while everyone watched her. I’m surprised she agreed to do something like this? What became annoying was every 30 seconds the camera would focus in on her while she typed on a computer; give me a break. Stick with sports discussions.
Also on the DP Show, former NFL coach Tony Dungy said, “Boosters and alumni are always going to be problematic.”
Did you see where the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team got into a rumble with a Chinese Pro team? Chairs were thrown along with foreign objects.
New University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has brought a ton of energy and passion to the Wolverine program. Love his mantra, “No Excuses.” It’s refreshing to see a coach not accept excuses.
Put out an A.P.B on New York Post basketball writer Pete Vecsey.
Ton of books being written and published every day. I’d love to see someone compose a book on hip hop music from back in the 1970′s and 80′s.