Tag:West Virginia
Posted on: March 26, 2008 8:37 pm

Rich Rod's chances in court

One man's opinion on the pending Rich Rodriguez appearance next month in West Virginia regarding the lawsuit. West Virginia is suing Rod Rodriguez over a $4 million buyout clause in his contract. I ran into Chris Davis here in Phoenix. Davis (West Virginia Law 1994) is a lawyer and Mountaineers fan watching his team in the West Regional and offered this analysis on how the proceedings with play out.

"We're (school) owed money. Whether or not that full $4 million can be proved as sort of a punitive damage thing ... that's up to a jury. But in contract law, I don't know if we're going to get the full $4 million. I think we'll probably get sever million --- $2 million to $3 million, maybe.

There are a lot of hard feelings till. I'm surprised he's going to go forward with his deposition, personally ... I just think it's going to look bad."


Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 24, 2008 6:34 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2008 9:54 pm

The conspiracy numbers from the second round

Officials continue to call NCAA Tournament games like they are the Battle for Faluja.

In the second round almost half the games (seven of 16) were bogged down by a foul-a-minute pace. The Tennessee-Butler game had a tournament-high 49 fouls. Taking into account the overtime, there was a foul call every 55 seconds in that game. The worst ratio was in the West Virginia-Duke game which featured a whistle every 50 seconds.

Going into the Sweet 16, three of every eight games (18 of 48, 37.5 percent) are being called at, at least a foul-a-minute rate (minimum 40 fouls in a 40 minutes). The second-round games averaged almost a foul out per game (14 DQs in 16 games). The average fouls per game were 37.125.  

So what, you say? Those of you who attended these games (like me)  were so pissed at the end you wanted to strangle someone.

I'll say it again. A mandate has been handed down by someone to call these games close. It takes away from the appeal of the tournament -- the players. We don't come to see officials, we come to see great ball.


Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 22, 2008 4:00 pm


... which is another name for Omaha which has been a great host for this corner of the Midwest Regional.

Just bought at Omaha Steakburger here at the Qwest Center. The rest of you have to order them by mail. Here, they're $5.50 a pop.

Best quote of the week comes from Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan who responded this way when asked to describe his swing offense:

"(It's) $99.99, there's a DVD. I can give you the address -- come on, I put my kids through college on the money that I made from the videos that we put out."

Getting ready to go out on the court for Kansas State-Wisconsin and it hit me: It took Duke and the officials in that second-round game to make Bob Huggins a sympathetic figure. His Mountaineers got screwed by the officials in the first half against the Dookies.


Category: NCAAF
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