Did Chip Kelly just start a chain reaction that will destroy the football universe?
This was originally a post about the state of Pac-12 basketball, but then of course, this happened, and then this happened. And then, just to keep us all on our toes... this happened! The passing of Joe Paterno is a difficult thing for me to wrap my head around. His legacy, to say the least, is much more complicated than it was just a few months ago. But today is the day to focus on the all the good, lots and lots of good, that Joe Pa did. As far as Chip Kelly is concerned, wow, that was nearly a game changer in the Pac-12. In the coaching world, every departure leaves a vacancy that will usually be filled by yet another departure, like an endless line of tumbling dominoes. So who would have been the next to fall? Looks like people in Boise were getting kinda nervous. It turns out Chip really isn't pulling a "Pete Carroll" after all. Either way, I still can't see Petersen leaving a good thing in Boise. Also you gotta wonder, do the Ducks believe all their talk about not expecting to face any NCAA sanctions? Chip Kelly's actions would seem to indicate they do. Now, where was I... oh yeah, Pac-12 hoops...
Another week, another massacre.
This week brought more carnage and chaos in Pac-12 Basketball. Of course, this time we got to play the role of the firing squad in this proverbial massacre as we dispatched both Stanford and Cal who came into the Palouse leading the conference. Meanwhile UCLA got swept on the Oregon Trail, Colorado was last seen Razing Arizona and Sparky suffered frostbite as Tempe froze over after the Utes beat ASU by… 21 points. Now that I’ve exceeded my quota of puns for the year, lets try and sort it all out. You know what you gotta do...
When I look at the standings what occurs to me is that while many of the individual game results do not make sense, the overall conference standings do seem to make sense. I am so thoroughly stunned every time I see Pac-12 scores scroll along the bottom of the screen that this really surprised me. Nobody has separated themselves yet, which you can expect from a conference full of mediocre teams, but the bottom three teams are starting to fall away (they should be the bottom three as evidenced by their non-conference records). Then you have the other 9 teams that can fairly clearly be categorized as a top four who are vying for the regular season title, and a middle five who are still battling for some kind of post season tourney. Though I worry the Pac-12 may be barred from participation in the NCAA tournament this year, I can see how there are 7 or so more wins possible to net an NIT bid. Its a reach, but its out there at least. Last week I was ready to just bag the season and go with a full on Youth Movement, but the wise Sutra came along and pointed out that the PAc-12 was in such a state even the team who lost to Utah and was unable to secure a single rebound against the Caple's, still had somethig to play for. After the improbable sweep of the schools by the Bay, it appears the Sutra is right. In my defense, you must understand that Amieable and I were AT the game where we lost to Utah. Witnessing something like that is bound to put a dent in one's optimism. So are we back to Puppies and Rainbows again?
Sorry, no. What I saw this week was a team that is completely dependent on ludicrous shooting from Faisel Aden, something I don't expect to see more than a handful of times for the remainder of the year. I am impressed that we were able to improve in some other areas, namely out-rebounding Cal, but the fact remains that Faisel was our offense and we all know that it will vanish as fast as it appeared. This weekend we go on the road to the Zona's who are reelling after going a combined 1-3 against Utah and Colorado last week. If these Cougs can keep up their winning ways on the road and accomplish something rarely seen in the Bone era, a conference win streak longer than 2 games, I may indeed reclaim my title as Senior Associate Blogoptimist. In the meantime I am very happy to be back in "wait and see" mode which is quite a few notches above the "awwww f-ck it Im done with basketball" place I was before last week. Well done Cougs, you got me trending in the right direction.
Have a great Monday everyone!
P.S. - And another thing! Have we ever seen BOTH Super Bowl teams fall bass ackwards into the big game on choke jobs by their opponents in the conference championships? Discuss.
Some won't be convinced of anything until we beat a good P12 team. Problem is....that's impossible. There is no good P12 team. There's only bad, worse and more worse......(ok i know that's just wrong)
Faisal Aden scored a lot of points this weekend driving to the hoop, not the long-range 3's I sorta thought was all he did. If he can maintain that balance, perhaps he can average 20 per game for the remainder of the season. I hope so.
I heard about the premature death announcement and good only think of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh8mNjeuyV4 . "I am not dead yet!" Sorry, Joe. Death is something we shouldn't joke about particularly if someone isn't eternally secure.
With regard to the Cougs, let's not all forget how bad the Pac was last year. Sure we had 2 less teams and got 4 teams including a bad 19-14 USC team! Yet our Cougs with a dominate post player and a lottery pick found themselves in 6th place.
I must say this is the 1st time in the Bone era where I thought he overachieved and actually made some coaching decisions that mattered, like playing Abe significant minutes in the 2nd half. Sure he beat the poochies 2 of 3 last yr, but I believe we had superior talent and a couple of the key positions.
Here's to beating AZ, or at least creaming ASU. Remember we lost to ASU last year at ASU who had lost 11 straight games and was missing the majority of its starting lineup.
No Chip to Tampa. I can't say I'm glad he stayed. That said, I have no idea how his brand of football could have translated to the NFL. I just don't think it would work. The defenses are too fast and too good to be fooled or run down. And Chip would have to get Tampa turned around in just a couple years or he would be out the door on his keister. You don't get five years to build a team like in college--oh wait, cancel that last part.
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Looks like we just landed some help in the trenches. Jake Worthen is reporting that Niu Sale who visited last week has committed.
JakeWorthen Jake Worthen Los Angeles (Calif.) Harbor JC OL Niu Sale has committed to #WSU… bit.ly/xHHaEU
And like clockwork, there goes Cougfan with the beef reference. Its enough to make me a vegetarian. ack!
I always wondered how the recruits felt about the beef thing. Sounds a little insulting to me...
I saw that we had a JC defensive tackle visiting over the weekend. Would love to get the guy; he's 310 pounds.
I am actually glad Chipper is staying as well. I really want to see him and Leach go at it a few times. While it would have been nice to see Oregon fall and their fans brought down a notch, it would have only resulted in UW fans getting even more delusions of grandeur.
As for basketball, well, I'm in the wait and see mind as well. I have yet to see a Bone coached team be consistant at anything. With this crappy Pac-12 season, who knows what can happen. I do like Aden driving the lane though, it adds a whole other dimension to this team.
Chip Kelly is good for this conference. I love the way he coaches. Go for it on 4th down? Go for the 2 point conversion when we don't have to? Don't use any time outs? That all makes for really fun football, and is why I'm so excited about how Leach coaches.
I was reading a lot of comments regarding Kelly leaving the Ducks over on Addicted to Quack last night. Holy cow were they freaked out, the same way we all were back when TB was leaving us. So yeah, I'd say they got taken down a notch or two!!
I think Stanford may drop a bit this coming year, but Oregon and USC should remain at an elite level. If we can get 2 teams into BCS bowls each year, that's a huge boost to the conference. We'll be one of those 2 teams at some point, but not just yet...
If the Pac-12 was any good, there would be NO reason to have any faith. But its not, so we can all enjoy things. Personally, I think this weekend's trip to Arizona will be really telling. Not only is Zona a team that we'd have to beat in the Crap-12 journey, we also have to see whether we can beat a CRAPPY team like Arizona State away from home. Again, this team has very little shot at making a run for the upper third in the regular season. But, if Fades continues to attack the rack, it has a chance at making a tourney run.
Elsewhere, count me as glad that Chip Kelly is staying at Oregon. As SeanHawk told me last night, the news that he was leaving felt like Rick Petino to the Boston Celtics. There are just some coaches who need to be in college. And personally, I want the chance to see Leach and Kelly go at it over the next few years. Its a part of the joy of Big time Football.
Great job by the way, LB. Great job,
@Sutra I am also happy to see Chip stay. I really think the Pac-12 has the potential to take the college football world by storm the next couple years and Chippers Ducks are a big part of that. Nothing like kicking off a hugely hyped new TV deal with fan friendly match-ups of Leach vs Kelly, Sark vs Rich Rod, etc.
On the B-ball front, i think i need to just enjoy the fact that while this team is never going to be consistent at least they are going to have their nights. This is really nothing like Graham ball, no matter how much people want to make that comparison.
Somewhere, somehow, we all have to have SOME kind of faith, hope, charity, drunken stupor...I don't know. All I know is this team can peek my interest in hoops only to dash it against the wall, then revive it when they actually look as if they can play the game...at least sometimes.
How long to spring football???????