Quick Slants: Chasing publicity
You know, it was frantic enough when the sculptors of the Mount Rushmore of Self-Promoters went looking for mountain large enough for
In a strange twist, it seems as though the University of Missouri has taken matters into its own hands regarding all things postseason football awards. The athletic department, for the better part of the last year, has been responsible for the creation and updating of
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On some level, the University of Missouri is merely attempting to make its star player, and by extension its football program, more nationally known. For a school like Missouri, which has never been regarded as an athletics powerhouse, that's not necessarily a ridiculous concept. The intentions are true, and it's certainly a fine display of camaraderie in support of its program's players and successes.
However, something about the whole campaign feels a bit more obsequious than it should. It's a little too
I'll ask the obvious: While watching
I know, I know -- it sounds awfully inappropriate to direct any criticism towards such an iconic and revered coach, but watching Paterno in the booth as of late has been a plot in and of itself. Never, while wearing a headset, has Paterno been seen actually talking into a mouthpiece. In fact, most of the time, he doesn't even have a headset on, raising yet another reasonable question: How much can he actually be coaching?
Look, Paterno is set to turn 82 in two months. Spry or not, the man is a senior citizen. And contrary to popular belief, his wizardry isn't responsible for Penn State's sudden resurgence. It's a nice story and all, but it's not true. If the Lions had recognized earlier that
So, my proposal is that Penn State gives Paterno an honorary, figurehead contract with access to the suite of his choosing in Beaver Stadium. Let him recruit. Let him travel with the team. Give him a headset if he wants, even if it's tuned to
Either way, this charade that Joe Paterno is drinking from the fountain of youth needs to stop.
According to Clemson officials, football coach
(OK, so I made that last part up. But how else could he have avoided the axe for so long?)
Regardless, the dismissal of Bowden as Tigers coach was long overdue. In his 10 seasons at Clemson, Bowden tallied a record of 72-45, but failed to win an ACC title. This year was supposed to be his best chance at accomplishing such a feat, as his Tigers entered the year ranked ninth with (supposedly) the nation's premier rushing attack. But, uh, things did not work out. Clemson was annihilated in its opening game against Alabama -- which doesn't look as terrible with the Crimson Tide ranked No. 2-but then killed its chances of remaining relevant by dropping games against Maryland and Wake Forest. With Bowden's mark of 3-3, I give him credit for seeing the writing on the wall and exiting stage left.
It's certainly not the October that Tigers fans hoped for, but let's give Bowden credit for being smarter than the Clemson athletic department and realizing that he was not helping matters. Plus, by quitting now, Bowden preserves his integrity and avoids a messy offseason divorce that would've likely occurred. More importantly, he steers clear of any coup attempts by seething boosters and ensures that he'll always remain one prideful rung above his brother Jeff on the ladder of Bowden Brothers. And that's gotta count for something, doesn't it?
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