REALLY good point about the Mike Rice situation, made a Rutgers alum friend of mine in an interview with the AP:
“After the suicide of Tyler Clementi, I thought my alma mater would take the use of gay slurs by any member of the Rutgers community – students, faculty, administrators, or coaches – seriously,” said Debbie Hadley, a 1991 Rutgers graduate who is a naturalist in Jackson. “Clearly, Tim Pernetti did not. And yes, I believe he should be fired, too.”
via News from The Associated Press.
Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal is not holding back when it comes to Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik’s performance with the Demon Deacons…
So by everyone’s standards, Bzdelik’s first and foremost, the season that ended with last night’s loss to Maryland in the first round of the ACC Tournament was a failure — or in the rad lingo of the day, a fail. I’d call it a massive fail.
via Massive Fail – Winston-Salem Journal: My Take On Wake.
It does my heart good to see basketball trump football for once.
So the New Big East will have the name and MSG and a TV deal with Fox and a solid top-to-bottom membership. The Old Big East will be a wastleland, but at least we don’t have to call it the Big East anymore.
via Deadspin: The Big East Just Got Good Again.
Does my heart good to see programming decisions based on – and actually attaching a value to – quality college basketball.
The ESPN report sheds light on the major question in this Big East split: which would be worth more – a top flight basketball conference with no football attachment or a mediocre conference with football rights? Football has controlled realignment not just on the field, but in the offices of network executives. Football is the cash cow. Football is the driving force.
In spite of football’s dominance in college sports, the Catholic 7 led basketball league appears to be worth more than the full rights to the conference they would leave.
via Awful Announcing – Catholic 7 basketball reportedly worth more than Big East rights | February | 2013.
It is probably also worth noting that the so-called “Catholic 7″ will have a footprint in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington… significantly bigger and better media markets than what’s left of the Big East can reach.