What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
EDITOR’S NOTE: Boyd Bergquist was the sports director at KETS-TV in East Tree Stump, Nebraska for almost 40 years. Known across the Husker state as the voice of the Boy’s High School Basketball Tournament, Bergquist was a four-time winner of the Marv J. Butz “Golden Cob” Award For Excellence In Nebraska Broadcast Journalism. That background, along with his quick if not cliché-riddled wit and love of single-malt scotch makes Bergquist a perfect fit to be our “Question” guy.
What is the deal between Auburn and their football coach Gus Malzahn?
~The Seminal Seminole
You have to understand that big-time football programs have a serious case of “club mentality.” Since I’ve been covering Nebraska football since Bob Devaney, I can see what happened in Lincoln, and there’s a lot of similarities at Auburn.
Realistic or not, both places have expectations, at Auburn, the head coaches’ job is to a) beat Alabama and b) be in a New Year’s Day or better bowl game every year. Both Nebraska and Auburn have histories of firing guys for only having 10-win seasons, and while Nebraska now would love to have the seasons Gus Malzahn is having, 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the SEC ain’t going to cut it at Auburn.
Gene Chizik won two major bowl games and a national championship in his first three years at Auburn, but going 3-9 in year four got him a bus ticket out of town. Gus Malzahn took that 3-9 squad to a national championship game the next year, but overall, he’s not had the level of success that got Chizik fired. Malzahn is pretty damn good football coach, but he’s not sexy, he’s not flashy, and realistic or not, he’s not living up to Auburn expectations.
Malzahn will eventually be fired for the same reason the two guys before him did; same for the two guys who come after him. None of them are Nick Saban.
When an NFL releases a guy because of criminal charges, why do other teams pick him up? And doesn’t that tell tell you Colin Kaepernick got black-balled?
~ Hugh Jass
I’m guessing you’re talking about the Reuben Foster situation, because what just happened with Kareem Hunt didn’t involve criminal charges. The story the Chiefs are selling about that is they knew about what Hunt did before the video surfaced, but that he was “not truthful” when discussing the matter with the team.
But to be honest, none of that matters. It may not be what people want to hear, and it certainly isn’t “warm and fuzzy,” but NFL teams don’t give a damn about off-field behavior of players if it won’t keep those players off the field. The people who manage and coach NFL teams only care about winning. That’s the one thing coaches and general managers get hired and fired for.
You don’t have to like it, but you have to accept it because it’s reality. Tune in any NFL game and start web-searching the names of the players. You will quickly discover that NFL might as well stand for “National Felon League.” The Washington Redskins claimed Foster off waivers for the same reason the 49ers waited until his third domestic violence arrest to release him; the guy can play. Just look at any NFL roster and tell me how many guys on it have criminal records?
The reverse applies to Kaepernick. Foster got claimed because he can play; Kaepernick didn’t because he can’t. It really is that simple.
Isn’t it time to expand the college football play-off to 8 teams?
~Seriously, Football Sucks
Way back when, J-Dub came up with a plan for a 16-team play-off, but it will never happen because it involves breaking up the conference system as we know it. The four-team model was depending on the death of the Big 12, meaning the play-off would simple be the winners of the four conference championship games. But the Big 12 refused to roll over, and for that fact alone something needs to be tweaked.
Let me tell you why what happened with this play-off is going to drive a change. This is the first time we have a play-off in which the B1G Ten is not represented. You can argue all day long about about this in terms of the on-the-field product, but I will tell you right now that Chambers of commerce in those bowl-hosting cities want BiG Ten teams in their games because those schools have huge fan-bases who travel and spend en masse. Those merchants are going to be all over their respective bowl committees, who will in turn put pressure on the powers-that-be for the college football play-off.
The 8-team format may not happen next season, but it’s going to happen.
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I don’t know if we’re at the point yet of reaching an 8-team playoffs. To play devil’s advocate, who other than maybe Ohio State (and UCF?) deserves a chance to be in this thing?
I didn’t think the committee would have the balls to keep the Buckeyes out of the Annual Nick Saban/Urban Meyer Invitational… but they did, meaning they are giving validation to a team’s entire body of work.
I’m still okay with that. For now.
In this year’s case, let’s just stick to “Who can beat Alabama?”
In the immortal words of Judge Smails – “Well, we’re waiting!”
If they do expand to eight, and keep the whole thing in January (not December when they should play it, with the title game on Jan. 1), I am sensing that they someday want to expand it to 32 in the not-too-distant future, start it in early January, and have the title game the first Monday in February to get in on sweeps month.