By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
A Coaching Clinic
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-Football rules.
And, when it is football season, nothing else really matters.
Besides, no one really cares about college basketball anymore.
Especially, doing the regular season.
College basketball, in fact, is only watched and followed closely during March Madness, which, simply, is the most thrilling tournament on television.
And with the additional 1billion dollar cash prize being offered by Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s fourth-largest mortgage lender, for the person who successfully picks all 64 team brackets in the tournament this year, it has gotten even better.
With that said, college basketball, sadly to say, is a game which over the years, has become more about the coaches than the players, who have walked the long journey to a short path of “ONE and DONE’ to the NBA.
While the coaches, on the other hand, stick around for years and establish legacies at their chosen Universities.
As a result, most of us couldn’t name the starting line-ups for any college basketball team even in the top ten.
And, even sadder than that, the only players worth talking about are Kansas Jayhawks’ Andrew Wiggins and DUKE’s Jabari Parker, who are both mediocre AT BEST, despite all the hype and headlines surrounding their names.
Why? Because, as I said before, college basketball is about the head coaches. And, unfortunately, the aging Dick Vitale can’t hype the players up anymore with his “color” commentator, because his style is out-dated and his lingo lackadaisical and uninspiring, especially for this new generation of ballers and sneaker-heads.
Therefore, the focus is on Rick Pitino in Louisville, John Calipari in KENTUCKY, Tom Izzo in MICHIGAN state, MikeKrzyzewski in Duke, Bill Self in KANSAS, Jim Boeheim in Syracuse, Bill Donovan in Florida, Thad Matta in Ohio State and SHAKA Smart AT VCU.
So, don’t be surprised to see all of them in the Sweet 16 during this year’s tournament, getting interviewed, while the players sit on the bench and watch.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Managing Editor of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com