AN IRREVERENT LOOK AT ALL THINGS SAID, CONSIDERED, TWEETED, POSTED, PHOTOGRAPHED, PLAYED AND OTHERWISE GONE AMUCK IN COLLEGE SPORTS
Chip Kelly’s desperate desire to be a coaching recluse is completely working. The man who took the UCLA job in part to escape the limelight may be two or three more losses from being picked up, roadside, in the desert by Melvin Dummar.
Another dream came true for Kelly this week when the Pac 12 announced it was cutting its weekly media coaches’ call to every other Tuesday.
This was due, in part, to waning media interest and Chip Kelly receiving zero questions from reporters on a recent segment.
Kelly’s “Westwood Witness Protection” plan is going according to script. He has essentially made a killing in the stock market and purchased a get-away vacation home in the South of the Pacific Divisional Archipelago.
Cutting out a weekly media call is “inside industry” stuff for the average stiff and not a big deal except it’s just another indicator of flagging interest in Pac 12 football. The conference’s next move may be moving games to every other Saturday night.
Truth: Most coaches don’t like doing conference calls and Kelly was notoriously cryptic (terrible) on the call when he was head coach at Oregon.
One of his first moves at UCLA was to decline interviews with prominent national reporters while rolling out a tight, closed-practice, closed-mouth policy.
If it ever rained in L.A., Chip would likely be dancing like Gene Kelly over the conference’s call policy change.
I’m guessing most SEC coaches hate conference calls, too, but they also understand their responsibilities to their insatiable fanbases.
The SEC started this season with four days of media availability in a star-studded event in Atlanta.
The Pac 12, this summer, consolidated its two-day event into one.
SEC: “It Just Means More.”
Pac 12: “We’re Doing the Best We Can!”
Last summer, Stanford Coach David Shaw was the only Pac 12 coach to fly back East to do the annual “car wash” interviews with ESPN personnel in Bristol.
Media question for Pac 12 coaches: If you don’t care, why should we?
Conference Call, Part 2
Here’s a thought to increase interest in the Pac 12 coaches’ call.
You want questions? Dump Chip Kelly’s time slot and feature a starting Pac 12 quarterback’s father.
Michael Robinson, dad of Dorian Thompson-Robinson, ripped Kelly this week on Twitter after UCLA’s 38-14 loss to Fresno State in the Rose Bowl.
Mr. Robinson cited Kelly’s “lousy coaching and play calling… Coaching that is so bad it demands closed practices… Million dollar coach who bares [sic] no responsibility… Just random observations from a frustrated dad!”
Kelly, to his credit, cited Mr. Robinson’s First Amendment’s right to free speech.
“I mean, everybody’s entitled to their opinion; that’s what’s the great thing about sports,” Kelly told the L.A. Times.
When you win, people say good things and when you don’t win, people don’t say good things. That’s life, you know?
The LAT, earlier this summer, quoted the fathers of USC quarterbacks JT Daniels and Matt Fink in a story as those two battled for the starting job. The father of Jack Sears, the other QB in the hunt, was not quoted and Jack is the only one of the three QBs who has not taken a snap this season.
It wouldn’t be a “Broken Coverage” without checking in on Washington State Coach Mike Leach, who has proven you can have outside interests and still lead a team to a 3-0 start.
Leach was asked this week what kind of super power he would want most: He picked “flying.” The rest of his answer from the Seattle Times:
“You could cover a lot of ground. You could see a lot of stuff. Invisible is tempting. Super strong and all you are doing is bench pressing. Real fast and you’re just out on real fast jogs. Invisible would be fun. Ghosts have been doing it for years, they enjoy it.”
Thoughts on ESPN and Tom Rinaldi’s interview with Urban Meyer. Rinaldi, known more often for soft-lighted feature stories featuring violins and cellos, did an excellent job pinning Meyer down on specific questions regarding spousal abuse allegations involving his former assistant.
My two-words of advice to Meyer?