Before we get started with today’s news and notes, wanted to echo Rye’s post and wish a hearty congratulations to our friends at Building the Dam for their Beavers winning back to back NCs. They made Pac-10 and west coast baseball fans proud.
Moving on let’s start with football. A post over at Block U got my attention. Utah fans are marking up their game against UCLA as a loss:
Also on football Dohn wasn’t done answering questions this past weekend. He published a new set of answers in Part IV. And there are few I thought was bringing your attention to. First let’s start with the answer where he provided a stock answer to:
If Dorrell is not at UCLA, I think the only way Walker remains at the school is if he is made head coach. And for everyone with the pipe dreams of landing a Chris Peterson or equivalent, remember that UCLA does not pay its football head coach a bundle of money, and it is even more difficult to keep a well-run, cohesive staff together.
And I wouldn’t read too much into is answers on Chris Peterson. When Lavin was here we used to hear how coaches like Howland, Crean, Brey, Fey, or Williams were "pipe dreams" when it turned out that all of them were consideration when DG was going through his hiring process. So yeah Dohn is a little off on that one.
He wasn’t off in answering this:
Reggie Bush stonewalls, and USC is rewarded because the NCAA supposedly cannot find out any other way to get information? Carroll is sending limos to pick kids up and the NCAA looks the other way?
I’ll answer all your questions with this – the NCAA is a farce.
Forget USC for a moment, and think how Ohio State’s football program walked away from the Maurice Clarrett mess without a scratch. In my opinion, if a player does something wrong, or that is perceived against the rules, a la Bush or Clarrett, then the school should be penalized if those players do not cooperate with the NCAA.
Also, if you’re the NCAA and a high-profile school such as USC or Ohio State or Texas or Notre Dame break some rules, why would you punish them? Those schools are meal tickets to networks and the NCAA.
And then there was the question on academics:
From what I understand, USC does not have nearly the same type of trouble getting kids in as UCLA. Nick Young wanted to go to UCLA, but the Bruins couldn’t touch him because of academics. Ditto for several football players. I think once a kid is in school, it is basically the same at both places to keep them there. Each program has a tremendous support staff, and certain classes that can make it easier for an athlete to remain eligible. After all, UCLA has a bundle of history majors, but it seems every time I ask a kid, "What does a history major do after college?’’ it is often met with an "I don’t know.’’
Elsewhere, apparently TrOJan fans have been sending death threats to fellas over at BeatSC.com.
Stay classy South Central.