Friday, January 15, 2010

Weekend Ramblings

Can UC stop the bleeding? The Bearcats host Notre Dame in what now becomes a must-win. Deonta Vaughn figures UC needs to win at least 10 games the rest of the way to have a shot at the NCAA tournament. They have 13 regular season games plus the Big East tournament. So if they are going to win 10, they're going to have to steal a game or two from the big boys. If the Bearcats keep turning the ball over, they can forget about it.

Dayton at Xavier should be fun Saturday. It's unbelievable that Dayton has not beaten Xavier in Cincinnati since the 1980-81 season. That loss came at Riverfront Coliseum, 74-72 on January 10, 1981. A lot of Xavier home games were still played at Schmidt Fieldhouse that season. The 150th meeting between these rivals features a couple of long streak, and neither of them favor Dayton. Xavier has won its last 25 Atlantic 10 games at home, and the Musketeers have won the last 24 meetings with UD played in Cincinnati. But Dayton owns the overall edge in the series, 81-68.

Chad Ochocinco to the Pro Bowl is a little stunning. 20th in the league in receiving yards, 26th in receptions, but he did tie for 10th in touchdown receptions. Chad would not be my pick as the Bengals lone Pro Bowl player, but that's the way it worked out with the numbers at the receiver position.

The more I think about it, the more I think college football could fix the coaching mess with a LATER signing date, and not an earlier one. I would make the signing date for football in April. There would be less urgency to get coaches in place in December because of the recruiting crush. Do not allow coaches to leave their schools until after the bowl season is complete. Then everyone has plenty of time to recover, 4 months in fact, before the signing date. No incoming freshman can take part in spring practices or enroll before summer quarters with scholarship money. I know that hurts the kids, and the coaches will scream bloody murder, but the coaches abused the current system so it's time for the NCAA to regain control of the annual December farce of musical chairs.

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