Posted on: March 20, 2008 8:34 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2008 8:43 pm

Live from Omaha...

Just as I expected, Omaha is cool. The arena here, the Qwest Center, is still fairly new. It has great sight lines and, most of all, it's clean.

I was at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. While everyone has to go to the Garden once in their lives, it ain't much to look at. It's more about the people in the arena. My 11-year-old's ears were scorching when he heard a couple of f-bombs after a bad Rangers power play.

While we're on the subject, don't ever go to NY's St. Patricks' Day parade unless you're drunk. It makes it a lot easier when you're trapped in a crowd and feel like you're about to be smothered. 

Tuesday as a dream: Lunch with Rutgers SID Jason Baum at Cafe 31 across the street from the Garden. A short tour of the new CBS College Sports Television studios at Chelsea Piers. Then, the Rangers. All with my best buddy and wing man, Jack.

Back to Omaha: The media hotel is so close you don't have to go outside to cover this sucker. There's a covered bridge from the hotel to the arena. Even the cops are cool which, if you remember my trashing of the Ohio State Nazis a few years back, is key.

 To the basketball: Boring, isn't it? In the day session here, Kansas blasted Portland State (expected) and UNLV ripped Kent State (not so expected). Props to Kent State which did the MAC proud by scoring 10 first-half points. That ties the NCAA tournament record.

Someone, please give us an upset.

 With UCLA still to go on Thursday, No. 1 seeds are 93-0 against No. 16s all-time.

"I love being a No. 1 seed," Kansas' Bill Self said. "But I will tell you this: It is going to happen some time (a No. 1 losing). And when it does, it's going to be the forever highlight that you're always reminded of."

 The L.A. media is here in Omaha, which looks kind of weird. The last time that happened was ... September, actually, when USC played at Nebraska.

 Sighting: NCAA selection committee Mike Slive who has to be one of the hardest working men in show business. He was in Indianapolis with the committee on Friday when the tornado hit his tournament in Atlanta. He was up until 4:30 a.m. working with his staff on moving the games to Georgia Tech. Then he had to be up bright and early continue his selection duties.

Posted on: March 15, 2008 1:37 pm

Rutgers stuck with Schiano

I made mention of Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano last week in the Joe Paterno column. Something about Schiano being willing to "crawl" to Penn State if and when JoePa ever leaves.

Don't freak, Scarlet Knights. Your boy is staying. Contracts don't exactly bind coaches these days but I'll say it again: Schiano's contract runs midway into the next decade. He is building a house on campus. Also, don't forget that Schiano has turned down Miami and Michigan. Schiano probably believes that his national championship chances are better right now at Rutgers than those places.

Throw in his monster recruiting and all adds up to Schiano staying for the long term at Rutgers. If you want a juicy name, try UConn's Randy Edsall. Now, back to March Madness...

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Rutgers, UConn
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