As you watch(ed) the 2010 NCAA Tournament Regional Finals on Sunday, we thought we would take a quick look back to some past entries on the blog that had particular relevancy today.
First, let’s take a moment and draw your attention to this entry from April 15, 2009.
It is a good entry in general. But, on a day that Baylor is getting ready to play Duke for the opportunity to advance to the Final Four, I don’t mind tooting our horn and highlighting the following:
While we are discussing Baylor, can I just say Scott Drew to get it on the record now? This guy is going places.
An entire year ago as the Baylor Bears were heading into a season where they were to be chosen to finish 10th in the Big XII conference. But, we were giving you something to watch.
And…just to note…we didn’t stop there. If I may take a moment to highlight WHY you should be spending regular time on our Message Forums — it would be this detailed conversation on Scott Drew over three months ago.
Thank you for allowing us to indulge for a moment. We choose to be a little more ‘out there’ with opinion and perspective than you get from most of the more static sites that seem to be scared of their own shadows as it relates to forming an opinion. So, it is important to us to highlight some of our differentiating factors.
We also have noticed a big spike in visitors who are struggling with reading comprehension and drawing accurate conclusions even when they are clearly told something to the contrary. Just so we don’t get sideways on the topic of Scott Drew…please note that we are no endorsing him for anything.
One of the names I enjoy following has been Scott Drew at Baylor. If you are not familiar with the horrible mess that Drew inherited when he accepted the job then you should do a little researching & reading. (Forget for a moment that Waco, TX and the Baptist school of Baylor is one of the less fun and more miserable places on the face of the planet).
Now…please note I said that I enjoy following him; I did not say that I had necessarily held him in high regard. I just think he sits more in my realm of awareness because I lived in Texas at the time of the Dave Bliss scandal and I think it is fascinating that anyone would coach at Baylor, let alone be successful.
Secondly, in March of 2008 we took a similar look back at comments that Jeff made on the blog in 2005:
I’ve been watching Pearl and his program from the periphery over the last couple of years and have been more than just a little impressed with what I have seen. Therefore, I wanted to go on record as recognizing this as a great hire for UT. It will be interesting to watch their program develop.
For kicks…I will predict that within four years from today, the Tennessee basketball program will have very strong momentum after appearing in at least two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and will be obviously established at the top of the 2nd tier of SEC Basketball schools just under Kentucky and Florida- a tier currently inhabited by Alabama, Mississippi State, and LSU.
Ok…maybe he hedged a little. As convinced as SFN was in Pearl’s ability to succeed, we admit that we cushioned more than was needed in our prediction of his success. Pearl is in his 5th season at Tennessee; and is currently participating in his fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament. He is 62-28 against SEC competition, compiling a winning record against every program in the conference except Kentucky.