The mess known as LSU, USC and BCS
Another outrageous weekend of sports went into the books this past weekend, capped off by Louisiana State University’s victory over Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl (aka the Bowl Championship Series’ title game).
The victory by the Tigers, coupled with the University of Southern Cal’s dismantling of my Michigan Wolverines, assured the ‘two national champions’ scenario that the BCS committee feared would take place.
Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, the coordinator of the BCS this season as part of a rotation among the six major football conferences, admitted, ‘We made a mistake.’
One possibility to fix the problem, Tranghese said, was to eliminate computers from the equation. Another would be to add an additional BCS game. Most likely a committee will be formed to take the top six BCS teams and decide who plays for the national title.
I think the BCS should take its No. 1 versus the No. 4 club on a Thursday and then Nos. 2 and 3 square off that Saturday. The winners play for all the marbles the following Saturday night.
They’ll never do it, mainly because it makes too much sense.
And, in case you are wondering, I think USC would win in a battle against LSU.
— Speaking of LSU, there was a Harrison County connection to the national championship game. Matt Mauck, quarterback for the victorious Tigers, is the son of Roger Mauck, who graduated from Corydon Central High School and later played at the University of Evansville.
— How about those Colts? Just a few weeks after being batted around by Denver, quarterback Payton Manning and his band of Indy thoroughbreds whitewashed the bumbling Broncos in the opening round of the playoffs on Sunday, 41-10.
Manning, the NFL’s co-MVP, had the fourth-ever perfect quarterback rating (158.3) in playoff history and the first in two decades, finishing 22 of 26 for 377 yards and five TDs for Indianapolis.
In a day and age of apathy by professional athletes, it was refreshing to see the Manning and the Colts suck it up, play with Hoosier pride and stick it to the Broncs.
— Corydon Central graduate Lynne Johnson scored the 1,000th-point of her collegiate career Friday night.
She took last season off to have a baby, a son, Clay, and many folks in the county said she’d never make it back to the hardwood, much less find time to finish her classes.
That was the wrong thing to think or say about a gal that had known nothing but winning over the course of her career.
Johnson is one of the leading scorers for the No. 11-ranked (NCAA DII) Lady Knights at just over 16 points a game. She needed seven points to reach 1,000 and did exactly that, with 24 seconds left in the game against St. Joseph’s. A couple of nights later, she scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds in a 82-73 victory over 15th-ranked University of Indianapolis.
Fans from Harrison County may want to take a night off from high school hoops and see Johnson ‘ plus former South Central superstar Craig Schoen ‘ this Saturday night at Knights Hall in Louisville. Bellarmine’s women take to the floor against Kentucky Wesleyan at 5:45 p.m. and the men begin about a half-hour after the conclusion of the womens’ game.
n I’m still undecided on whether or not I like the boys-girls varsity double-dip that was played Saturday in Lanesville.
In Kentucky, it’s common practice for the girls varsity to precede the boys varsity games on Friday and Saturday evenings. It’s a somewhat new setting here in the Hoosier state, with a handful of teams testing the format.
On the positive side, fans get to see two varsity clubs on one night; it’s a chance for girls to play in front of a larger crowd (albeit only slightly), and the two most dreaded words in a sports writer’s mind, ‘jayvee overtime,’ are avoided.
Conversely, trying to get quotes from coaches while warm-ups for the second game are going on is difficult especially if there is a band jamming in the background (thanks to the Lanesville music-makers. You all did great!). Also, I noticed the scorekeepers for the girls game were still finishing up their calculations while the boys scorekeepers were trying to get their pregame work started.
And dare I mention there’s no time to eat nachos between games?
— The fuss over my attire never ceases to amaze me: Some hoops fans who took in the South Central-Lanesville double-header probably saw me wearing a shirt with a giant purple ‘L’ during the boys game.
Just for the record, I wasn’t trying to appease a Lanesville ‘Live Wire’ caller. The L, which did happen to bare an uncanny resemblance to the same font ‘L’ that’s on the baseline at Lanesville, stands for Lipscomb (as in the University). It’s a shirt given to me by the aforementioned Schoen while he attended L.U.