- Apparently people are down on Greg Schiano as Ohio State's defensive coordinator. That's fair since the defense was bad this year, but I've also seen this spun into he is simply a bad defensive coordinator and/or he is the reason the Buckeyes have missed the College Football Playoff the last two years. That's a pretty silly conclusion considering Oklahoma made the playoff with a significantly worse defense. How did the Sooners do it? Well their offense answered the bell every week, unlike Ohio State's offense. If the Buckeyes had lost 49-45 to Purdue instead of 49-20, they might be preparing for the playoffs as I type this. The offense also poured a lot of gas on the fire at Iowa the year before. That's not to excuse the defense for its failures but simply a reminder both of those games were total team failures.
- If you have a defensive scheme that can sustain players repeatedly blowing assignments, committing penalties or just flat losing one-on-one matchups and still work, I would love to see it. Of course the coaching staff is responsible for those mistakes, but that's a different issue. Greg Schiano is a good defensive coordinator and Greg Schiano made some costly mistakes this season can both be true.
- I'd been down on Kevin Durant lately, and then he went and totally redeemed himself! His quote about fanboy beat writers fawning over LeBron James might be one of my five favorite ever, but the entirely of Ric Bucher's story, "Why Doesn't Anyone Want to Play with LeBron Anymore?" is worth a read. Remember, kids, Michael Jordan made role players stars and LeBron makes stars role players (while winning half as much).
- Wow, watching "an inning or two" of postseason baseball made noted genius Joe Maddon realize the pace of play is slow enough maybe something should be done about it. Welcome aboard, Joe. READ MORE: Stark: What would happen if baseball killed the shift?
- West Virginia's Will Grier is the first notable quarterback to skip bowl game. This seems like this is a much worse look for a QB than anyone else since they are supposed to have more of a leadership role, but everyone's gotta do what's best for them I guess. Nonetheless, the PR person who wrote or at least approved Grier's statement that ends by thanking various folks "who taught me the true meaning of TEAM" should probably be looking for a job in another industry.
- SI.com warns, "Beware, college football: Bigger isn't always better," in a column would be a lot more useful to people in 1997 than it is now. The writer's complaints about how things have changed in regards to local versus national focus are valid, but also irrelevant for arguing the merits of a four-team playoff versus eight because that is all stuff that already happened. We're either deciding it on the field or we're not. The field of teams needs to be large enough to include all the plausible best teams if we are. Eight does this. Four does not because it leaves out at least one power league every year.
- Here is a ranking of most desirable number of teams to make the postseason championship round: 8, 0, 4, 2. Yes, just voting on the winner was better than forcing two teams into the BCS title game when there was no guarantee there were two and only two teams who qualified (it was often more but sometimes less).
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