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Delany fires back February 17, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Big Ten, bonehead, Jim Delany.
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Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany has overreacted to criticism in the past but this one is warranted, especially after reading this Chicago Sun Times writer by raking the Big Ten over the coals – with support from Tom Lemming, who makes money doing this type of thing – becasue the league had a “down” bowl season and subsequent recruiting year:

Delany penned this response, titled “To fans of the Big Ten and college football:

“I wish we had six teams among the top 10 recruiting classes every year, but winning our way requires some discipline and restraint with the recruitment process…Fortunately, we have been able to balance our athletic and academic mission so that we can compete successfully and keep faith with our academic standards.”

Case in point (courtsey of some good research over at mgoblog): Georgia versus Michigan. According to Rivals, Georgia plummets from 2nd to 7th when you factor out number of recruits [29, 25, 21, 19, 28, 23; ave: 24] as compared to, say Michigan [22, 17, 22, 23, 19, 20; ave: 20.5]. What’s up with that? How can Georgia have 22 more scholarships used over the last six years?).

Just my opinion, but if Myles Brand dropped dead right now and Delany took his job over, the NCAA would be much better off.

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OT: Schottenheimer canned February 13, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in bonehead, coaching circus, off-topic.
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GM-coach rift aside, Marty Shottenheimer should have been fired earlier after one of the worst coaching moves of the year that cost the Chargers a home playoff game they should have won against New England.
You proabaly remember the sequence: San Diego was leading New England with inside 4:00 left, the clock rolling, San Diego throws and gets into 2nd-and-4. Shottenheimer then takes the ball out of L.T.’s hands, who was having another L.T.-esque game to that point, and has Philip Rivers throw twice (only god knows why). The second pass was almost picked, neither had a remote chance to be completed, and the Chargers eventually punted and let Tom Brady do his thing.
Why, why, why would you not run the ball 10 times with L.T. in that situation and cement the win? He had about 170 yards and two touchdowns. He has two carries to get four yards, and San Diego waltzes to Indianapolis. Why would you put the game in the hands of Philip Rivers?
Shottenheimer wouldn’t be coaching my team (or Jerry Miller’s) after that debacle. I don’t care about 14-2. You don’t blow you team playoff games by taking the ball away from the most dominant player of our era. L.T. was livid after the game, and I bet most of that was because of Shottenheimer, not at the Pats celebrating. At least two of us agree on this.

Update: Proabaly no suprise Shottenheimer is 5-13 in the playoffs, and a big 0-for-his-last-5.