Daily Archives: January 15, 2010

“College Football Carousel”

Brian Kelly, Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Skip Holtz, Tommy Tuberville, and I could continue..

All aboard and welcome to the carousel that is coaching in big time college football.  Once the regular season comes to a close in the beginning/middle of December, college football become likes  a rollercoaster at an amusement park for coaches.  They never know when to stop or go.  There is little if no job security.  Teams are busy preparing for bowl games.  There is one big difference between the college football coaching carousel and a typical rollercoaster at an amusement park though..

Rollercoasters at amusement parks cannot lie.  If they are not safe, they are shut down without hesitation.  How often do you here of an accident on a rollercoaster at a Six Flags Amusement Park?  It just doesn’t happen.  On the other hand, college football coaches consistently lie to their players, schools, and the cities they coach in.  Where is the integrity?  Why can’t coaches just be honest with their aspirations and future plans?

Well welcome to big time college athletics.   National signing day is rapidly approaching and is set for February 3rd.  This day is a key component and really the lifeblood to the success of all college football programs.  If you do not recruit solid players to your institution, then you will not have a successful program.  I do not care if you are Houdini.  It is a must to get talented players who will work towards the goals that you set out for them as a coach.

So is there a solution to this problem that can help prevent the heartbreak that schools such as Cincinnati, USC, and Tennessee felt this offseason?  Well there is one idea that comes to mind for me that would definitely of helped a school like Cincinnati this year.  Move the signing day back to March.  Just move it back one month.  By doing this, coaches like Brian Kelly could stay and coach the bowl game and not feel like they blew their shot at nabbing some key players to their new program last minute.  I mean people will still be frustrated.  But as a player, you want to play for the man that was your head coach the whole year and led you to your respective bowl game.  It is tough for any interim coach to step in and lead a team to a victory in a big time bowl atmosphere.

I mean moving the signing date may not prevent the lying that goes on from these head coaches that make more than all of the faculty and staff at their respective institutions combined, but it will at least give coaches the leeway to finish their season right before jumping ship.

So what are your thoughts on this problem that seems to occur every year somewhere in the country?  Is there a solution and a way to prevent the heartbreak?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.


“My TV Debut”

So tonight I am going to take a break from talking about the breaking news going on in the sporting stratosphere.  Though I love talking about the sporting world, I am going to take a one day hiatus.   I am going to talk about the Kraze (me).  This evening my debut as a sports anchor on a UC News show aired on the UC network channel.  The show is also easily accessible through Youtube.

So I know that I have a lot of work to do to become good in this industry.  But it felt so good doing it.  I thoroughly enjoyed writing my script, and I loved the filming part.  I mean who does not love talking about sports.  This just seems to be such a natural thing and I mean who would not love to talk about sports for a profession. 

I mean there are plenty of other professions for instance what I did today.. 

Today I arrived at work at Deloitte, which is an outstanding accounting firm at 7:30.  I left the office at 7 in the evening.  It was a long day of accounting.  There was not to much sport involved.  Now do not get me wrong, I love to do accounting and file taxes.  But nothing compares to talking sports.  There is just something about sports that nothing else in this world seems to possess.  They are always fun and exciting to me no matter what. 

Please watch the video and give me your insight.  I am open to criticism and will  utilize your thoughts to improve.  I will get back to talking sports tomorrow.

Here is the link to watch the show…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjeeJ_FHABA

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.