I’m busy this morning and wasn’t going to take a whole lot of time to post anything. But, every article/topic that I clicked on this morning in my reading provided me something on which to comment. So, I’m just going to hit some high points real quick.
* As a super follow up to this entry regarding the strength of the ACC, Dave Sez does some number crunching and adds some comments that are perfectly complimentary to our entry.
* As a little further clarification regarding one of the criteria that I use to analyze strength of conferences:
I think one of the best ways to determine the strength of a conference is by dropping an identical, hypothetical team into each conference and projecting that teamâ€™s record.
I think that if you took a team and dropped them into both the Pac 10 and the ACC that the team would end up with a better record in the Pac 10 than in the ACC. Therefore the ACC is tougher.
I think that the depth and breadth of the statistical rankings help bear out this point.
* There were some AWESOME college basketball games last night. None more amazing than the Texas @ Oklahoma State game. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the 3 overtime thriller.
* I had my eye on the Maryland-Virginia game last night more than most people. Virginia beat Maryland last night in what I considered to be a ‘must win’ for the Cavs. UVa effectively staved off complete elimination from NCAA Tournament consideration with the win. Maryland effectively moved themselves a little closer to an NCAA bubble than they would like to be at this point of the season. (Update: Again, Dave Sez hammers important points regarding this game saying the Hoos “Had to have it”)
* The Charlotte Observer doesn’t normally add much insightful analysis to the universe. They break even less exclusive news. But, this front page article today discussing the importance of depth is definitely good…and very relevant to NC State.
Four teams in the ACC (Boston College, Duke, Maryland and N.C. State) entered the week with fewer than nine players averaging at least 10 minutes. Boston College was the only team among them with a winning ACC record entering Tuesday.
“The way it seems now, you have to have depth,” said N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe, whose team doesn’t have that luxury. “Because a lot of teams do. Teams are playing eight, nine, 10 guys, so you have to have it. It’s not the same as it used to be.”
* Over the last couple of years I must have heard one hundred times just how wonderful Marvin Sanders is and how he is one of the best coaches in all of America. I appreciate Dave Glenn’s work, but I have heard Glenn extol Sanders to almost saint hood on the radio since Sanders was brought to Chapel Hill. NOW…with Butch Davis in town…Sanders has been relieved of his duties. What you won’t read in the N&O is WHY Sanders has been released and what is going on in the background. We have definitely heard some things…but, would love to hear what some of you may have heard.
* A lot is being made of the economics behind Nick Saban’s move to Alabama. This article discusses the topic, but I thought that one of the more interesting items from the article was the recognition of the impact of sports off the field.
…additional exposure from football may help officials meet school president Robert Witt’s goal of boosting the university’s enrollment to 28,000 students by 2013, a nearly 40 percent boost from a decade earlier.
“The message is getting out that we offer a quality education, and that Monday through Friday our students work hard with a focus on academics,” said Mary Spiegel, head of undergraduate admissions.
“But there is also that component of Southeastern Conference athletics on the weekend: Football, basketball, gymnastics, all those things,” she said. “Can I say that Saban being here will not help recruitment? I cannot.”
* Why isn’t Charlie Weiss in trouble? It is a question that I had not pondered until I reviewed this entry. Don’t misconstrue the basis that Weiss SHOULD be in trouble under normal circumstances. I don’t think that almost any coach should be in trouble after just two years on the job. BUT, the difference is that Notre Dame has behaved so irrationally in the past that they have served to set their own standard. By judging Weiss against their pre-determined standard then the question is legitmate.