Notes, quotes and opinions on the goings-on in the Jock Departments of our nation’s institutions of higher learning:
What is Miami thinking?
After proving it can win national championships without questionable characters, the Hurricanes are now poised to enroll standout linebacker Willie Williams, who in his young life has been arrested — get this — 11 times.
Is Miami thinking that the cleanup job Butch Davis started has built enough good will that it can take Williams?
It appears Miami president Donna Shalala doesn’t have the guts to do the right thing and say, not at my school.
With a rap sheet that long, Williams shouldn’t be at any highprofile program. His second chance should be at a Division I-AA school.
After his bonehead mistake at Alabama, coach Mike Price has to do penance by taking a job at Texas-El Paso; Arizona wouldn’t even give him an interview.
If the judicial system won’t punish Williams, the sports world should.
Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson ripped the NCAA baseball committee for selecting eight SEC teams and said the selection process is a bigger issue than standardizing the start of the season.
"They’re killing baseball in the Midwest," Anderson said after his team was eliminated from the postseason by Arizona State in the Fullerton Regional.
"I’ve had my program in the regionals now for 14 times and we’ve hosted once," he added. "Until you start to put regionals in other parts of the country, what are your odds (of succeeding)?"
WHAT’S THE PRIORITY?
Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane blasted Cal State Fullerton coach George Horton for having ace Jason Windsor throw 322 pitches in eight days at the College World Series.
Beane said Horton should have been more considerate of Windsor’s professional future.
There’s a point there. But Windsor signed with Fullerton to try to win the national championship along with developing into a pro prospect.
Is a coach supposed to think about a player’s pro future (of which there are no guarantees) one win away from doing the job for which he was hired?
I don’t know of any college coach who gets paid a performance bonus for the number of players he develops for the big leagues.
College basketball coaches’ proposal for a fifth year of eligibility sounds reasonable considering most Division I-A football players redshirt and stay five years at the school.
But unlike football, the culture of basketball is the freedom to leave at any time. Players have been geared to stay for four years maximum.
If this is supposed to keep players at the high-profile schools around to graduate, the coaches are awfully naive.
What the NCAA really needs to do (which it won’t) is make it tougher for players to transfer. All the players that transfer during the offseason are a constant reminder of why they’re in college in the first place — to play ball, not get an education. A fifth year of eligibility isn’t going to change that.