By Gregory Moore
The Valero Alamo Bowl is usually one of the best bang for your buck college games in the country.
Since its inception, the bowl game has provided college football fans with an entertaining game and pageantry that has allowed it to become one of ESPN’s favorite broadcasts.
Yet this year’s game was something that was anything but entertaining.
With two programs steeped in controversy, the Alamo City and the bowl game was thrust into a news cycle that overshadowed two good football teams and that is something that both conferences and their respective schools should apologize for.
The Michigan State scandal in which ten players were unceremoniously suspended isn’t as big as the Mike Leach story that engulfed this bowl game.
Whatever internal issues Texas Tech had with its then head coach should have been handled far and away from this event and it wasn’t.
Whether Adam James, has father Craig, and others were looking to steal the spotlight or were just trying to bring attention to a potentially dangerous situation isn’t the case here. It is the fact that a media circus ensued on an event that was known about at least two to three weeks prior and that is what makes this situation intolerable for many fans.
The bottom line is that bowl games are supposed to be about the competition and not about the individuals involved.
On Jan. 2nd, the ESPN broadcast was a good 75% about Mike Leach, Adam James, Craig James and other ‘stuff’.
Only in the last eight to ten minutes did the broadcast crew focus on how well those young men were playing and on how well of a job interim head coach Ruffin McNeil was doing in spite of the headlines surrounding the Texas Tech program.
That should never have happened and those involved need to apologize to the fans, the bowl committee and most importantly, those players.
A negative spotlight is not something any bowl game deserves; especially one that is not created by the bowl game itself.
USC self imposes ‘death penalty’ but Mayo needs to reimburse the school
The University of Southern California basketball program is going to be on a death march and once again it is the participants of years past that get off with a free pass while the current roster suffers.
If you have been following the story about former Trojan O.J. Mayo and his affiliation with an agent runner by the name of Rodney Guillory in which Guillory gave Mayo cash and gifts while attending USC.
This story comes also at a time where the football program is now getting a heavy spotlight for alleged improprieties by former USC running back Reggie Bush.
Here’s the problem with these guys getting off the hook; the school suffers.
In Mayo’s case the athletic program is giving back the money it received during that time for tournament play and is forfeiting the 2007-08 season. It is also now hamstringing the current team by a reduction in scholarships, recruiting days and not playing in any post-season play for this season.
Mayo is off making millions on a subpar pro career in the NBA and the current roster for the men’s program is marching to a dirge that normally wreaks havoc on sports programs.
How is that fair?
Those who bring shame to college programs need to reimburse the school for their actions.
Mayo needs to write a fat check to the endowment fund for his actions.
The NBA should be investigating him and fining him for his actions because he misrepresented what he was to the NCAA.
But he won’t and the league won’t do anything either.
Which is the ultimate tragedy because it only shows that for some, it’s all about the greed and ability to use a school for personal gain outside of the true definition of being a student athlete.
In Mayo’s case, his actions are just par for the course and sooner, rather than later, his actions will catch up to him.