The NCAA is stupid.

So is USC, but I will touch on that momentarily. The NCAA’s rules regarding coaches is absolutely ridiculous. If there are any rules at all. Some hires are legitimate, but far too many leave programs and players in shambles with nowhere to go. I don’t care what a coach has proven – and in Kiffin’s case, that’s next to nothing. The fact that the NCAA has no restrictions whatsoever on coaches jumping from school to school while keeping all the restrictions on the players is regrettable, to say the least.
The NCAA is supposed to help its student-athletes. Instead, they let their coaches do whatever they want after making empty promises to the kids they’re supposed to be looking out for. I understand the fact that coaches have the right to do what’s best for themselves and their family. But why don’t the kids have the same freedom to do so? If a student-athlete is having a tough time at a school and wants to transfer, the NCAA makes him or her sit out a year in almost every case. For coaches, they get the big pay-day, have their new employer pay the buy-out on their contracts and get straight to work as if nothing happened. Something has to be done about it. But, knowing the NCAA, it’s unlikely.
And, as for USC’s hiring: What are they thinking? Maybe it’s because they reportedly got turned down by the likes of Jack Del Rio and Steve Sarkisian, among others. But what does Kiffin really bring to the table? He was a great recruiter and an impressive assistant coach. But that was under Pete Carroll. Pete Carroll is as good as there is in college football. Say what you want about him running up the score and all that sportsmanship stuff, but he’s an unbelievable college coach. Kiffin’s head coaching resume? 5-15 in less than two seasons with the Raiders. 7-6 at Tennessee with his marquee game being a two-point loss to Alabama. So that’s 12-21 with absolutely no impressive wins whatsoever.
ESPN’s Pat Forde puts it into legitimate perspective as he points out how Kiffin has done nothing. Just a bit here:

“Paris Hilton has paid more dues than Lane Kiffin.
Kiffin comes across as a guy who was born on third base and acts as if he hit a triple — but given the way people have thrown good jobs and big money at him, it’s hard to blame him for thinking he’s the next Knute Rockne.”

But, hey, let’s wish him the best at USC, eh? He’s assembling an all-star coaching staff – the only thing he’s legitimately done well in his head coaching career. He knows the terrain. He was an unbelievable recruiter before and he has the cream of the crop to recruit in California, as well as a top-tier program. There’s reason to believe he could be successful. It’s just a shame he never got to really “embrace the traditions” at UT…

Now let’s move on to the NFL. Peyton Manning wins the MVP. Hats off to him, but what a freaking joke. He had a great season and led his team to a 14-2 regular season record and top seed in the AFC. That’s good enough most years. And Drew Brees had a brilliant year in New Orleans, too, doing the same thing in the NFC. But how can anyone justify the fact that Chris Johnson didn’t get a vote? He was ten times more deserving than both Manning and Brees.
How many quarterbacks have had really good seasons and led their teams to the playoffs? You couldn’t count them, but I will name at least ten (past and present): Manning, Brees, Brady, Romo, Rivers, Young, Marino, Montana, Theisman, Favre (yes, I group him with the “past” because he is old), Aikman. That’s ten names just off the top of my head.
Now, let’s do a quick count of the NFL’s 2000-yard rushers: O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis and Chris Johnson. That’s only six. Ever. In the history of football. I could not care less if Chris Johnson’s Titans didn’t make the post-season. How does he not win the MVP? Even worse, how does he get zero MVP votes? People are way too obsessed with QBs nowadays. I understand they are the glamour boys of the NFL, but there is a lot more to football than the man under center. Chris Johnson deserved the MVP, and the fact that he got no consideration whatsoever is laughable.
But CJ did get some recognition, winning the AP Offensive Player of the Year in a landslide. 38.5 out of the 50 votes (who is the douche that split his vote?). How does someone who wins the Offensive POY by such a margin get no votes for MVP? It makes absolutely no sense. It’s like Toby Gerhart winning the award for the nation’s best college RB but Mark Ingram winning the Heisman. It’s stupid.
I’m over Adrian Peterson. Consider me on the CJ train.

How about the college basketball so far this week? Two great games on Big Monday and then two more classics for Super Tuesday. All highlighted by some big time games for big time players. College basketball is the bee’s knees, the cat’s meow, the crème de la crème…it’s the best thing ever. I love every minute of the college basketball season.
-Let’s start on Monday in Freedom Hall. The unranked Louisville Cardinals open up a 17-point advantage over #4 Villanova in the first half. Scottie Reynolds and the Wildcats fight all the way back, and do so quickly enough that they never trail after the 14 minute mark. Reynolds goes 9-10 from the field, including 5-5 from behind the arc, en route to a game-high 36 points and a 4-0 conference start for ‘Nova.
The downside about this game? 67 fouls and 94 free throws. I don’t care how physical a game may be, there is no chance in hell that there should be 67 fouls called. That’s an average of just under 17 fouls per team, per half. Some referees need to get over themselves. No one is there to watch you. Even so, what a game.
-After ESPN finally got away from the ‘Nova/UofL game an hour late (thanks to the aforementioned foul situation), it went to Norman to watch the slugfest between in-state rivals Oklahoma and OK State. After OU jumped out to an 8-0 lead, the Cowboys rallied back and it was as close as possible all throughout the game. After overtime, OU finally came out on top, 62-57. Still, you have to wonder what would’ve happened if James Anderson hadn’t been injured in the second half. Even with his limited playing time, the Big 12’s leading scorer still posted a game-high 18 points. But that’s all speculation. In the end, the Sooners got the win behind Willy Warren’s 15 points and, more notably, Tiny Gallons 13 points and 18 boards. And check out “Tiny.” I haven’t seen this in years…

-We move ahead to Tuesday, when Purdue looked to avoid dropping its second straight as it hosted Ohio State. It was a tale of two halves and, more specifically, two players. The first half belonged to the Boilermakers’ Robbie Hummel. Hummel tied a school-record with eight three-pointers and dropped 29 in the first half – as much as the entire Buckeyes squad scored. But OSU had an answer for Hummel in the second half. His name is Evan Turner. The junior guard dismantled Purdue’s vaunted defense for 23 second-half points on his way to a career-high 32, putting the Buckeyes on his back to cap off a dramatic come-from-behind win in Mackey Arena. The kid is good. Really good. Ohio State is a different team with him on the floor.
-Speaking of kids who are really good: John Wall is two years younger than me. I feel like a failure. The nightcap of Super Tuesday had Wall and the second-ranked, undefeated Kentucky Wildcats paying a visit to Florida. Only the second real road game of the season for a young UK squad. It showed early, as Florida was all over the place, flustering Kentucky and jumping out to an early 7-0 lead. Florida held on to the lead for a lot of the half, but UK finally took over toward the end of the first 20 minutes. Florida fought back hard in the second half and had multiple chances to take the lead, but Kentucky never let it happen. They took control late with a quick spurt to put the game away to stay perfect at 17-0.
A lot of people question this UK squad’s lack of experience. I hate UK a lot…a whole lot. But, after watching them, it’s easy to see they are legit. John Wall is scary good. 19 points and 6 assists last night, and he couldn’t hit an outside shot to save his life. Even so, he’s got 17 or more in the last three. And, especially when he’s hitting, how good of an inside-outside combo are he and Patrick Patterson? It’s scary to think about. And, as they proved last night, they are a well-rounded team with a lot of scoring threats. Eric Bledsoe led the way with 25 points, and three other Wildcat starters scored in double figures. UK is scary good. How good? A perfect season after a brutal non-conference slate and after SEC play isn’t out of the question…not by a long shot.
-I hate kU, but this little showing at practice last week was pretty cool.

The Bengals kept Zim. Thank God. That’s the first step toward continuing the success they had this season. As a Cincinnati sports fan, I’m always skeptical. But I still can’t help but be excited for next season, especially if they make some key additions on the offensive side of the ball.
The guys over at WDR give us a checklist of what they WhoDeys need to do this off-season. It seems pretty simple and obvious, but it’s pretty much spot on.

I’m about done with this whole Conan O’Brien/Jay Leno saga. Leno is an attention whore douche bag who realized what a horrible decision he made last year, so now he’s whining. The worst thing is that the NBC executives are giving in. I don’t watch a whole lot of late night TV, but I have watched enough to know that Conan is funny and Jay Leno is not. NBC is making a terrible mistake.
But really, in the grand scheme of things, how ridiculous is this. Craig Ferguson put it perfectly:

“At the end of the day, it’s a bunch of middle-aged white guys arguing about who will get X-million dollars — who gives a shit?”

I wish I had something funny to leave you with, but I’ve got nothing really. So I will go with something that we were quoting for most of our two weeks abroad.

Altiora.

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~ by nchaney3 on January 13, 2010.

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