Notes on a golf scorecard while waiting for the temperatures to surpass my scores (maybe I should just play a quick nine) …
… So, according to an article last week by SI.com, LSU has used its considerable influence to keep out-of-state schools from participating in satellite camps at Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana.
What is LSU supposed to do: voluntarily relinquish its rare and considerable monopoly as the only Power Five school in a state as rich in football talent as Kuwait is in oil? Invite schools like Michigan, Texas and Alabama to come in and cherrypick even more top players?
“Protecting the state of Louisiana is always going to be my job as the coach of LSU,” Orgeron was quoted as saying.
That it is.
I’d question Orgeron’s sanity, much less his standing as one of the nation’s top recruiters, if he wasn’t doing this. In case no one has noticed, college football isn’t a charitable enterprise. It’s win or get fired, and to do that, you need talent.
LAFAYETTE — Tulane is keeping things Louisiana with its satellite camps, and LSU is happy ab…
“Nobody is weeping for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Texas coach Tom Herman or Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, and nobody should,” write SI.com’s Pete Thamel and Michael Rosenberg. “But the losers in this whole affair are prospects in Louisiana, especially those who can’t afford to traverse the country to attend camps. Some of them may have earned scholarships to Texas, Michigan, Arkansas or Houston.”
While this may be true, it’s not as though Michigan and Texas are coming to Louisiana to try to land two-star fullbacks. They are after four- and five-star talent. Those guys aren’t going to go unnoticed.
As for the two- and three-star kids, a check of the clock on my computer tells me it’s 2017. The age when recruits had to mail out VHS tapes of themselves has long passed. There are plenty of online resources for them to get their talents noticed.
It will be a combination of maize, blue and green in June, with Michigan slated to join a sa…
There are also plenty of chances for Harbaugh to grab a headline.
“It’s definitely a strategy by several football factories to prevent competitors on their turf, the kids be darned,” Harbaugh said.
Still looking for the Harbaugh quote where he says he’d welcome LSU coaches taking part in a satellite camp in suburban Detroit.
… The Pelicans are bringing back general manager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry for the 2017-18 season despite a serious lack of success by either one.
Yes, there have been major injury issues for the Pelicans during Demps’ tenure, plus the matter of Jrue Holiday missing time because of his wife’s illness. This must be taken into account. But so must the fact that the Pelicans have two first-round playoff appearances and two winning seasons during his tenure.
Why did Saints/Pelicans President Mickey Loomis and owner Tom Benson do it? Three reasons come to mind:
1. Demps executed the DeMarcus Cousins trade late last season. After some fits and starts, this finally started to look promising, but whether Cousins can fit into Gentry’s uptempo style remains a huge question mark.
2. The NBA’s enormous TV contract, worth $2.66 billion per season, has made it much easier for teams to put non-competitive teams on the court. You can make money even if there are tumbleweeds rolling through your arena.
3. Benson, who will be 90 on July 12, isn’t a one-team owner. He’s got more invested in every sense with the Saints. He’s never shown much inclination to micromanage the Pelicans, so his patience is more considerable.
It’s hard to imagine another franchise where both Demps and Gentry would still be in place, but here they are. It has to be that they get just one more chance.
… Drew Brees said on the “Dan Patrick Show” last week that he might not tell his wife Brittany if he got a concussion.
“I wouldn’t want her to worry,” Brees said.
Brees’ admission underscores the potential iceberg of a problem that is unreported concussions in football.
A 2013 study by Harvard and Boston universities polled 730 college football players and reported that for every reported concussion there are 27 head injuries that go unreported. While that number seems unrealistically high on the face of it, it may not be considering the “play with pain” mentality that pervades the sport.
For the sport, and it’s players, to survive, that mentality has to change. It has to be OK to report concussions, even the “minor” ones. It’s the only way for progress on head injuries to take place.