On CFB Notes

On Switching Coaches
The situation involving Brian Kelly leaving Cincinnati for Notre Dame is a signal of what is wrong with college football. I simply ask these questions: Do contracts matter? Does finishing the season matter? Obviously the answers are no, and Cincinnati seems to be doing the same thing to Central Michigan, but that doesn’t make it right.

On Brian Kelly
Since arriving at ND, Brian Kelly professes that he did everything right in this transition out of town. Interestingly, Coach Kelly is a great PR guy for a program and demanded the media pay attention as soon as he got to town. On the other hand, not only did he leave town by refusing to talk to the media, he and AD Mike Thomas made players available to the media before the team banquet (and before the players officially knew) while be unavailable. Sorry coach, you don’t put college athletes in that position.

On the BCS Championship Game
Nebraska had Texas between the proverbial rock and hard place, and then decided to take a humanitarian approach and help the Longhorns. After all, a Cornhusker win would put the college football fans and the BCS committee in the unfortunate pickle of selecting one from the unannointed group of Boise, Cincinnati, and TCU. See this recent George Will column.

On the Big 10
The Big Can’t Count is considering expanding from 11 to 12 teams – and I assuming keeping the Big 10 moniker. The move is about dollars as a 12th team means a conference championship game. Besides, stealing one more a Big East team will help disrupt the Big East and push the Big East out of the BCS alignment. Why you ask? Dollars.

On the Last Game
There are many great rivalries in college football, but even in today’s BCS glitz, none can top the game of what college football should be all about: Army-Navy.

On Final Week College Football Tidbits

On the BCS Series
Sure the BCS Championship committee is licking their chops for Texas vs. Alabama/Florida. Think they will lose sleep if Nebraska beats Texas this weekend? Would they be stuck selecting a team they really don’t want to pick? Would a Nebraska win bump a worthy non-BCS conference school? What if Cincinnati loses to Pitt? What UC be out of the big BCS bowls? Whoa! What if both Nebraska and Pitt win? Bottom line – It’s more about the dollars instead of determining a champion.

On the Notre Dame Job
Coaching the Fighting Irish is one of the most prestigious jobs in the game. Here are a few interesting facts to keep in mind:

  • ND has one of the highest graduation rates in the country; thus academically marginal play elsewhere.
  • ND seldom redshirts players.
  • The last three ND coaches fired had an overall winning record.
  • Coaching ND is pressure packed, but lucrative.

On Brian Kelly
The national media has made it seem that UC football wasn’t on the map until he arrived. Wow – what a misconception! Sure he has taken the Bearcats to the next level, but the program was already moving forward.

Last season the defense had 10 seniors – many of in the NFL. By the way, Brian Kelly didn’t recruit any of them – nor did he recruit any of this year’s seniors. As a matter of fact, his first recruiting class would be juniors without a redshirt – thus most likely sophomores. And how many of his recruits are currently impact players?

There’s no question he can win with Mark Dantonio’s recruits – but the unanswered question is can he win with his own recruits? Time will only tell if he stays at UC – thus why I think he’s bound for South Bend.

On the Bama Bonehead
There’s no doubt in my mind that Alabama is one of the better teams in the country. But the fact they played a nonD1 so late in the season is an insult to the game – simply down-right pathetic!