Thursday, December 06, 2012

Coaches, Teams and ...Yay!

Well, since it is my blog, I am starting with Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins.
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Jim was an interesting, unusual and risky pick for the Bruins as their head coach.  On the one hand (the bad hand) he never coached at the college level, was a few years away from coaching at all and was a pretty unknown quantity.  On the other hand (the good hand) he made the right moves in assistant coaching, seemed to do a fine job at recruiting and was working to bring a good attitude to the team.
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And then the year came.  He did a great job.  Moving a mediocre UCLA team into a contender status from day 1.  And, to quote Crazy Lips Zellwiger, "You had me at Hello.. UCLA 38 - USC 28 - you big lug!"
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He did a great job with a young team, a red-shirt freshman quarterback and well... who cares.  He beat USC and most other teams (Stanford, on the other hand - not so much).  So we are going to a good bowl and life is cool.
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Over at Wisconsin, I was always a little envious of their coaching transition from Alverez to Bret Beliema.  It was easy and Beliema seemed to do a great job.  They are going to their 3rd straight Rose Bowl.  But with big wins comes big pressure, and Beliema wasn't doing as good as the Badgers expected.
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Then, last week, he skedaddled to Arkansas.  Well Barry Alverez, he of legendary fame, decided today to come back and coach the Rose Bowl as they search for a new Badger head coach.  If they win, it will be a great ride-to-the-rescue, if they lose it will be that RazorBack Beliema's fault.  Kind of a no lose proposition.  But they play Stanford.  Watch out, I say.  Those are some shifty trees.
The Stanford Tree

1 comment:

Prognosticator from Wisconsin said...

Let's hope it's a "no lose" situation all around:

Wisconsin: 28
Stanford: 24

Go Badgers!