Author: Mark Blaudschun

An early holiday gift for BC

(An outsiders observations about what is going on at Boston College, aka The Heights) They did most of the things a sellout crowd is expected to do when the No. 1 team in the country is upset. They rose from their seats and waited for the final seconds to tick off, posting a result no Boston College basketball fan had seen in almost a decade–a victory over Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils. Then they swarmed onto the court, not sure what to do. After all, no Eagle team had walked off the court with a win over even a team ranked in the Top 25 in nearly two dozen previous encounters. So on the first snowy Saturday of a winter that is still a few weeks away from officially arriving, Boston College and its fans celebrated at Conte Forum as the Eagles posted an 89-84 victory over No. 1 Duke. No matter what happens the remainder of the season, BC fans will have this one to cherish for awhile because it was a glimpse into the future that Coach Jim Christian’s team had never quite achieved. Hell, neither had Steve Donahue’s team before that. BC finally played a 40 minute game of basketball in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Not 30 minutes, not 35 minutes, but a full 40 minutes. The Eagles are now a healthy 7-3 going into the final portion...

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CFB again proves it is more business than sport

Another “Silly Season” in college football is almost over. Thank heavens. Oh, there are a few gaps that must still be filled-Oregon looking for a replacement for Willie Taggart and SMU searching for someone to follow Chad Morris, but for the most part, college football can now concentrate on the insanity of recruiting and the glut of 40 bowl games that will soon be upon us. But let’s take a look at some of the events of the past few weeks in which the myth of football being a game for the benefit of the “student-athletes” was unmasked in a world dominated by huge salaries for coaches, disregard for contracts and an assortment of other “”are you kidding me” moments. Six new (almost half of the league) coaches in the Southeastern Conference, which remains the benchmark for influence in college football. In an inmates running the asylum moment at Tennessee, bloggers, tweeters and a fan base took control of the kingdom for a few days. There was a palace coup in which the athletic director was fired for doing his job. Fiscal irresponsibility ran rampant, resulting in Tennessee playing nearly 20 million in salaries for coaches and administrators who were fired and the school will also probably wind up paying for a coach who wasn’t hired (at least not officially) The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to...

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TMG Newsmaker of The Week: New Mexico State

They came not by the hundreds, but by the thousands, to see something special. They came to celebrate not the end of another college football season, but the continuation of one  that extended past Christmas. And many among the crowd of 26,268 came to Aggie Memorial Stadium last Saturday to see New Mexico State face South Alabama to witness something they had not seen in their life time. And when the final seconds ticked off the clock and New Mexico State had secured a 22-17 victory, the fans rushed onto the field to celebrate. Why was this such a big deal in the remote college football outpost of Las Cruces, New Mexico? Well, the last time the Aggies played in a post season game was 57 years ago. By beating South Alabama, New Mexico, which finished last season with a 3-9 record and had managed only 10 victories in Coach Doug Martin’s first four seasons as the Aggies coach, finished with a 6-6 record. making  it bowl eligible for the first time since 1960, which also meant that the longest bowl-less streak among the 128 FBS schools was about to come to an end. “”It was crazy,” said former Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani with a laugh, “”people were coming out of the stands and just Thanking us.” Spaziani has been part of Martin’s coaching staff (as his defensive coordinator) for the past two...

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Houston: (Actually, Columbus or Tuscaloosa) We have a problem

Yes, we will have controversy later on Sunday when the Selection Committee announces which four teams it has selected to participate in the four team College Football Playoff semifinals. And every expert, pundit, analyst in college football can analyze,  criticize, praise and attempt to explain the decision why either Ohio State or Alabama was left out of the Final Four. But there is NO solution. FIVE does NOT DIVIDE EQUALLY INTO FOUR. Not even Coach Albert Einstein or Director of Athletics Isaac Newton could solve that equation. Neither will the committee later on Sunday when the announcement and bowl pairings are made. There will be arguments (valid) about Ohio State being a conference champion and having more quality wins (and more damaging losses, including a second loss, which NO team in the four year history of the playoffs has brought to the table). There will be arguments (valid) about Alabama being one of the four “best” teams in college football, which should be considered. There will be arguments about the “eye” test. If you compare the two teams, who do you think is better? Who looks better in the minds of the committee, including the five former head football coaches on the committee? Make no mistake, THEIR voices are heard in the discussion room. The”eye” test  was used last season when the committee chose a conference runner up (Ohio...

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Tennessee athletics has become a situation comedy

Back  in the days when big time college football was more about  W’s and L’s and there was even the slightest semblance of order during the craziest of situations, there was a situation comedy on television about a stumbling, bungling bunch of soldiers and Indians called F Troop In watching what has unfolded at the University of Tennessee the past several days UT-Troop seems like a good fit in Knoxville. How else to explain an assortment of events that has resulted in the Volunteers interviewing 6 different candidates as a replacement for Butch Jones as the football coach, a social media implosion dictated by both boosters and buffoons, which hit another new low on Friday when the man given the responsibility for finding the new Volunteer coach, athletic director John Currie, was fired? Were this mere entertainment it would be bad enough, but all of these mistakes and decisions could likely cost UT more than $19 million dollars in buying out contracts and perhaps settling potential law suits. This circus started on Sunday when Currie, who had an excellent reputation as an athletic director at Kansas State, settled on Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano as his choice. Schiano’s credentials –11 seasons in which he turned Rutgers into a respectable football program, a brief (unsuccessful) stop as the head coach of the NFL’s Tampa  Bay Bucs and the last few years reviving...

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