Auburn University doesn’t care about black people. The big controversy this week is a result of the hiring of Gene Chizik, formerly of Iowa State, as the new head coach of the Auburn Tigers Football team. First of all, Tommy Tuberville (who the BCS robbed of a title shot in 2004) should still be the coach down there, but he resigned. Then the university hired a man with a losing record at a Big 12 school (5-19) and no reason to believe that he can run a successful SEC program. The controversy here is that there was a vastly more qualified person to take over this position, Turner Gill. The University of Buffalo coach, who took that program from one of the worst in the nation to a MAC championship over previously undefeated Ball State, happens to be black, and many pundits (love that word) are crying racism in this case. Gill called himself a “token interview” according to Charles Barkley (auburn Alum and all around blowhard) I don’t know that I disagree with them, even as a white guy (Joo) who is loathe to ever claim racism. Barkley, some random guy on the Auburn campus, most of the fans at Auburn and the relatively (other than the extreme east coast bias) objective folks at the Mothership are all questioning this call, and I’m declaring Shenanigans too.
The Celtics are really really good and so is Rajon Rondo. They have won 15 in a row, tied the record for best NBA start (23-2) and are dominating pretty much everyone. Last night Rondo had yet another first in his young career, 25 points, to lead the C’s to a 100-91 win over the Utah Latter Day Saints. What is bothering me though, is that John Hollinger of ESPN, in his daily NBA rankings, has the Celtics second to the Cavaliers. The most entertaining part of this is that the C’s may send four of their starters to wherever the NBA allstar game/groupie convention is this season. If Rondo doesn’t make it there is something severely wrong. Shenanigans.
Baseball News: Karl Ravech is reporting that Mark Teixeira is close to a decision on where he will play for the next 6-8 years. We don’t know where yet but we do know that he is expecting between $22 and $28 million per year. Why ESPN is calling this breaking news when there is nothing actually happening I do not know. Also, Rafael Furcal decided to go home to the Braves instead of taking a bigger offer from the A’s. Good for him.
Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray has a partial rupture of his hamstring and will not be participating in the National Title Game. This happened on the opening kickoff of the Big 12 Title Game. This makes the offense of Bob Stoops and Sam Bradford less explosive and removes an element of elusiveness from their arsenal. This is a big blow to the Sooners hopes because Murray was effectively a guy who the Gators would have had to game plan around due to his skills as a runner, receiver, and possibly most importantly a returner. Florida has to be favored even more now. I hate Tim Tebow.
I now know what inspirational poster Bill Belichick and all of his Patriots look at each morning after looking at the list of guys who have been lost to injury this season.