Wednesday, April 3, 2013

RU Kidding?

To me Rutgers athletics is similar to the Mets and Jets. Yawn city, the ultimate in where creativity lacks and let's be honest, what do you get after ripping these subjects? I thought I was over it but it was brought to my attention that I should take a stand on the recent Mike Rice Rutgers basketball incident. Ok here we go.

I don't think the Rutgers basketball job, big east or big ten, is a desirable job. It's been since 1993 since Rutgers made an NCAA appearance. I think. I don't really know because that's how irrelevant RU has been. The last good memory I have was the Billet kid going a little zany in the 99 big east tourney. Or was it 2000? Then the other Billet kid transfers to Virginia. I saw Rutgers lose to Vermont in 09 at the RAC, to which Vermont went to the NCAA's and Rosario(1st Rutgers McDonald's All American) transfers to Florida and Echinique transfers to Creighton. So, needless to say, bless the heart of the guy who one day makes Rutgers basketball relevant. I won't get into how the head job is tough but it's tough. I'll say this about Mike Rice, hey Mike camping is intense, how bout some decaf. In my opinion he's a classic case of when trying too hard goes wrong. Overcoaching 101. To me a detail oriented control freak and sets the example for coaches who claim, "they're really trying because they're under a lot of "pressure" ". Garbage, look at Enfield, a breath of fresh air and the complete opposite of overcooked rice. Granted, you can't fault trying but for an outside guy looking in it looked like forced trying which doesn't get you anywhere. But I think the coach signing up for the Rutgers job should know this going in. Pernetti, the AD, to me, despite making cash for the university, knowing the Imus incident, shouldn't get a pass. But hey, that's why I'm blogging and not doing what he does. I'll never understand Rutgers athletics. Still sour over the Weber State loss at the buzzer to East Carolina.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Enfield to USC-George Mason-Weber State

A little less than a month ago while starting Modblog I had the pleasure of watching the Atlantic Sun conference championship game. Florida Gulf Coast wound up winning and was fascinated with the program, especially the head coach. What an insane journey! Well, if you're a SoCal fan like me it just got better. Andy Enfield left Florida Gulf Coast to become the new head basketball coach at USC. That's a win win for me. Look, USC has a very limited basketball tradition(Al telling rambling wreck to go inside, beat Trojans at buzzer with 3 at Bradley Center/Losing to VCU in "First Four" game, VCU to Final Four/OJ Mayo) so they have nowhere to go but up. In fact I think it's house money. Alford to UCLA may be good but is just so typical. USC pulled the hottest coach to Troy and hopefully will build a basketball program. As far as it stands today, USC basketball will get better and as long as they beat the UCLA suits, Enfield is the best hire.

Failed to mention yesterday that George Mason has also had a successful post season run. Unlike the postseason tournament, the Patriots are playing the Santa Clara Broncos in the College Baskeball Invitational which is a 3 game series. Different format and not a bad one either. Mason lost last night in California but have the next game(game 3 if necessary) in Virginia. Wound up looping for Coach Hewitt(George Mason Head Coach) this past labor day. Good guy and am rooting for him and the Patriots. In fact Coach Hewitt was responsible for making sure Kerry Kittles didn't decommit from Villanova after Rollie and his staff were let go. Hewitt was an assistant with Lappas before heading to Georgia Tech and now George Mason. Also, George Mason will be switching conferences leaving the colonial to head to the Atlantic 10.

Friendly reminder that tonight Weber State Basketball plays host to the Pirates of East Carolina on CBS Sports Network tonight at 8 eastern. Weber State Weber State Great Great Great

10 year anniversary of the best regional semi and final performance I have ever seen. Courtesy of Bill and Raft of course!

Enjoy these clips

Best intro-2:10 Kiss-The Rest, AWESOME

Monday, April 1, 2013

Final Four 2013 Pt.1

First things first. After losing a painful Big Sky Conference championship game in Montana, YOUR Weber State Wildcats will be playing in the postseason tournament championship game tomorrow night. Weber State became the FIRST team in Big Sky history to win 30 games in a season. Kudos to Coach Rahe and the program. Consider Rahe's seven seasons at Weber and he pretty much wins. After winning the Big Sky and an NCAA bid in his first year(thanks Coach Cravens) Rahe has won another regular season title and lost in three Big Sky title games with a 150-72 record overall and 95-26 mark in Big Sky conference play through seven seasons. With the exception of his second year, Rahe has led to 'Cats to post season play. Despite losing three Big Sky title games Coach Rahe has done tremendous program building at Weber State. I think there will be no question who the NBA's rookie of the year will be. He went to Weber State. SOO.....The 'Cats will play host to the Pirates of East Carolina at 6pm Tuesday at the Dee Events Center(O-TOWN) in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Tune in and watch. Hopefully Weber State will bring home a championship to Ogden Utah.

The 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament has been great. As expected. But Florida Gulf Coast expected? Alley-oop expected when you're "supposed" to kill clock because it's Georgetown. Harvard expected? New Mexico buried me early and the Mountain West did for that matter. Colorado State was the most fun team to watch this year Mountain West wise and hey, they lost to eventual champion Louisville. Too soon? Getting back to the Lobos, what have you done for me lately. Alford couldn't get outta there quicker after signing his extension. UCLA because it's UCLA? Good luck. My opinion, New Mexico is the better job. Why not be the first coach to lead the Lobos past the sweet sixteen? South Dakota State nothwithstanding, the Pit is an extremely hostile enviornment. You can look up the records. But hey have fun at UCLA zzzzzzzzzzz. Wheat Shockers expected? Well, I did have them losing in the Elite 8 but come on! Great story. Well, casual/average fan I guess you'll have time to find out what a Wheat Shocker is. Since I Don't watch much of ESPN anymore(very limited), I'm sure they'll send out Mayne or Reilly to Kansas and show you. Don't get any pathetic ideas ESPN, they're mine. Felt bad for St. Louis. They were a squad, along with Colorado State I followed more with detail. They couldn't throw it in the ocean against Oregon. Too bad but at least they won the A-10 tournament. Majerus would be proud. Florida, my pick to win it all played about a bad a game that can be played in yesterdays loss to Michigan. Wait, Kansas did that in the previous game with the worst final 2 minutes this side of Jason Williams. Syracuse, people surprised? Why, they have length, athletes, and wait a minute, they're Syracuse. Love the haters. Last time I checked Jimmy wasn't retiring but still was winning. That's to be expected.