Sports Medley: UCLA
Hires Chip Kelly 27 Nov 17
by Tony Medley
UCLAís hiring of Chip
Kelly as the new football coach seems to be the smartest move
beleaguered Athletic Director Dan Guerrero has ever made since accepting
his more than $750,000/year job more than a decade ago. He is the
PAC-12ís top paid AD, but his dismal performance in hiring football and
basketball coaches has not justified such a salary.
Although Kelly was a
failure in the NFL at both Philadelphia and San Francisco, coaching in
college is an entirely different ball or wax. Pete Carroll was a failure
at New England but blossomed at USC. Unlike Carroll before he arrived at
USC, Kelly was highly successful as a college coach at Oregon so is a
Former Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is yet another budding Hubie
Brown-equivalent commenting on NFL games. Like Foxís Charles Davis whom
I recommended two weeks ago, Romo knows the game inside out and actually
predicts what is going to happen, just as Hubie Brown does for the NBA.
Listening to Romo is an excellent way to learn the game and know whatís
really going on on the field.
Anti-West Coast Bias:
Given the lack of respect of west coast teams, a great disservice is
about to occur when Stanfordís Bryce Love does not get the Heisman
Trophy. As Iíve said here before, Love is the best college runner Iíve
ever seen, and Iíve seen most of them over more than a half century. I
never saw Barry Sanders play at Oklahoma State, but I saw him a lot in
the NFL and I rate him above Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as the best ever.
Love is in Sandersí league.
Speaking of performances, I have rarely seen a more dismal outing than
that exhibited by Michigan quarterback John OíKorn against Ohio State.
He missed receivers by wide margins. Even on short little swing passes
to running backs in the backfield where the ball only travelled a few
yards, he would miss the receiver by more than 5 yards.
Coach Jim Harbaugh
has come in for a lot of criticism by Wolverine faithfuls this year, but
considering the lack of quality he has to work with at quarterback, heís
done a pretty good job. Despite OíKornís feeble performance, Michigan
played Ohio State even until the end of the game.
The best football game of the year so far was the Auburn upset of
Alabama. The difference in the game was Auburn quarterback Jarrett
Stidham, who has come into his own. Both teams have terrific defenses,
but Alabamaís quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is more of a runner than a
passer, just couldnít compete with Stidhamís accurate clutch passing.
USCís Loss is LSUís
Congratulations to Ed Orgeron for such a successful season as the Head
Football Coach at LSU. Orgeron led his team to a 9-3 record in the
toughest football conference in the country, the SEC, including beating
Auburn which is today, in my opinion, the best team in the country. USC
made a huge mistake in not retaining Orgeron after he took over when
Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Lane Kiffin in 2013 after losing two
of the first five games. Orgeron turned things around and led the team
to a 7-2 record to finish out the season. Everybody loved Orgeron, even
me, and Iím a UCLA guy. But the clueless Haden stunned everybody by
rewarding Orgeron for the terrific job he did by firing him and hiring
an alcoholic from Washington to replace him, and USC is still paying for