Tag:Central Florida
Posted on: December 20, 2010 7:44 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 7:52 pm
 

The Poll Attacks

It was wrong to rank Cleveland State last week.

Now it's inexplicable.

Let's do some Poll Attacks.

Associated Press poll: Cleveland State got 15 points in last week's AP poll and just one this week, which means everybody who was voting for the Vikings despite the fact that they had no notable wins stopped voting for them after Saturday's double-digit loss to West Virginia. Except for Steve Deshazo from the Free Lance-Star in Virginia. He had Cleveland State 25th on his ballot this week despite the fact that they -- stop me if you've heard this before -- have no notable wins ... and a double-digit loss to West Virginia.

Seriously, what has Cleveland State done to be ranked?

The Vikings aren't propped up by preseason expectations (like Memphis and Baylor), and they haven't done anything in the season (like UCF) to warrant votes. All they've done is beat bad teams and lose by 11 points to West Virginia. And yet Steve has the Vikings ranked 25th.

And do you want to know the best part?

He didn't rank West Virginia at all.

You know, West Virginia, the team that just beat Cleveland State by 11.

You know, West Virginia, the only good team Cleveland State has played.

Coaches poll: I used this space last week to compliment the coaches and their very reasonable coaches poll, and it took them exactly one week to revert to idiocy. No UCF? Really? I'll be honest, I didn't think the Knights would be good this season, either. I mean, they've never really been good. But at some point -- and that point is now -- you have to credit teams who have success, and UCF has been successful.

The Knights are 10-0.

They have a win over a Florida team that's ranked 19th thanks to wins over No. 11 Kansas State and Florida State. They also have a win over a Miami team that's beaten West Virginia and Ole Miss, and played No. 17 Memphis to the final minute. In other words, UCF is undefeated with two quality wins, and that should be enough to get ranked.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 7:24 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 1:29 pm
 

The Poll Attacks

Somebody ranked Florida 16th after a loss to UCF. Same somebody didn't even rank undefeated UCF. And that voter from the Daily Progress isn't progressing well at all. That's too bad for him. But it's great for the Poll Attacks.

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)

Associated Press poll: Florida returned five starters from a roster that made the NCAA tournament, and the Gators added a McDonald's All-American to the bunch. So ranking them high in the preseason made some sense. I even did it myself. But now the season has started, and the Gators are 6-2. Their losses are a lopsided loss at home to Ohio State that didn't really bother me and a surprising loss on the road to UCF that bothered me quite a bit.

But you know who wasn't bothered by it?

Scott Mansch from the Great Falls Tribune in Montana.

It didn't bother him at all.

Dude had the Gators 16th last week and 16th again this week.

(Worth noting: Florida didn't make the Top 25 (and one) or actual AP poll.)

Needless to say, this was startling. So I decided to further examine Scott's AP ballots from last week and this week and compare the two. Here's what I found: He dropped Missouri five spots for losing in overtime to No. 9 Georgetown, dropped Michigan State two spots for losing by five points on the road to No. 1 Duke. (More on this below.) But Florida? Scott kept the Gators right where they were last week on his ballot after the loss at UCF. And what makes it even sillier is that Scott didn't rank undefeated UCF at all. So he apparently believes losses to teams he and everybody else has ranked are worse than losses to unranked teams. That's all I can figure.

(Moving on …)

Does anybody know Whitelaw Reid from the Daily Progress in Virginia?

We have to sit this guy down, ASAP.

I busted him up in last week's Poll Attacks, and I thought he might listen and adjust. Alas, he did not. My man still has Villanova ranked No. 8 and Tennessee unranked despite the fact that Tennessee is undefeated with a neutral court win over Villanova. He still has Connecticut behind Michigan State, Kentucky and Washington despite the fact that Connecticut is undefeated with wins over Michigan State and Kentucky, both of which beat Washington. And he still has Missouri ahead of Georgetown despite the fact that Georgetown is undefeated with a win over -- you'll never guess -- Missouri.

That last game, a thriller, happened last Tuesday.

Do you think Whitelaw heard about it?

Do you think Whitelaw even knows the season is underway?

Coaches poll: There are lots of things I hate about how people vote in polls -- that's sort of how I stumbled into doing this every Monday -- but there's nothing I hate more than when teams drop for losing competitive games to higher-ranked teams, especially on the road. By definition, a team ranked No. 1 is supposed to beat a team ranked No. 6, particularly when the game is on the top-ranked team's home court. So it should've surprised nobody when No. 1 Duke beat No. 6 Michigan State 84-79 last week at Cameron Indoor Stadium. What's surprising is that the Spartans dropped from No. 6 to No. 8 in the coaches poll because of the loss.

Seriously, why?

What did anybody see in that loss at Duke to make them think MSU wasn't worthy of its ranking?

How many teams would've or even could've won that game in that building on that night?

So stupid.

If you want to rank Michigan State eighth, that's fine. Or put the Spartans 12th. I don't care. My point is only that there isn't a single thing that happened over the past week that should've diminished anybody's opinion of Michigan State. So wherever a voter had the Spartans last week is, at worst, where that voter should've had them this week.

For instance, I had Michigan State No. 5 last week.

Same thing this week.

Because a five-point loss on the road to the No. 1 team is no reason to drop them.
Posted on: June 17, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Big East denies Orlando TV report about expansion


An Orlando TV station report that Memphis and Central Florida could both receive Big East invitations "as soon as next week" has been refuted by the league, associate commissioner John Paquette told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

"We are officially denying the Orlando station's report," Paquette said.

The station described the invitations as "highly likely" to happen.

The station's sources were characterized as "multiple college football sources."

Meantime, the Orlando Sentinel described the Orlando station's report as "premature" but added that Big East officials will privately discuss expansion during a Thursday teleconference. This all comes five days after CBSSports.com reported that Memphis could receive an invitation to join the Big East "soon." That report came while other media reports detailed the Pac-10's plan to expand to 16 schools and eliminate the Big 12, which would've likely created a slew of movement throughout the rest of the nation. On Monday, however, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe convinced the 10 remaining Big 12 members to commit to his league. That led to the Pac-10 only inviting Utah and, almost certainly, halting expansion at 12 members, which most believe will prevent the Big Ten from raiding the Big East in an attempt to reach 16 members and by extension prevent the Big East from having to recover.

Utah is expected to accept an invitation to join the Pac-10 on Thursday afternoon.

The Big East currently features eight football-playing members and 16 schools that compete in men's basketball. The additions of Memphis and Central Florida would give the Big East 10 football-playing members and 18 schools to compete in men's basketball -- plus two notable television markets, the nation's third-largest university (UCF), and another nationally relevant basketball program (Memphis).
Posted on: March 28, 2010 11:54 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Marshall's Jones headed to UCF


Marshall's Donnie Jones has agreed in principle to be Central Florida's next coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

An official announcement is expected Monday.

Jones is leaving one C-USA program for another, but there's a chance UCF could turn into a Big East job with conference realignment almost certainly on the way. That combined with incredible facilities by C-USA standards, a new deal with Nike and the possibility to get back to the state of Florida -- where Jones was an assistant for both of Billy Donovan's national title teams -- makes the move sensible for Jones, who spent three seasons at Marshall.

UCF fired Kirk Speraw earlier this month.

The Knights finished 15-17 overall this season.
Posted on: March 22, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:07 pm
 

ECU to hire Lebo


The East Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to approve late Monday the hiring of former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo as the school's next basketball coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

A formal introduction could come Tuesday.

Auburn fired Lebo earlier this month after six seasons at the school.

This development fills one opening in Conference USA, but two remain. Houston coach Tom Penders has been forced into resignation after six seasons despite taking the Cougars to the 2010 NCAA tournament. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a possibility to replace him. Meantime, UCF is conducting a search to find a replacement for Kirk Speraw, who was fired last week. Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson has emerged as a serious candidate at UCF at least partly because of his relationship with Michael Jordan. One of Jordan's sons, Marcus Jordan, plays for UCF. Also worth noting is that the school just signed an apparel deal with Nike.
 
 
 
 
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