The Mitchell Report: Commitment and predicitions
Posted January 6, 2013
This will serve as my weekly column for notes about things I find interesting outside the Triangle. Enjoy my insights. I will enjoy sharing them ..
O'Brien stays put
I was thrilled to see Bill O'Brien stay at Penn State. He could come up with so many reasons to get out of town as quickly as possible, but he didn't want to be a "one and done guy". That is outstanding to hear in a world of college football where coaches are usually jumping for the next big opportunity. Some will ask why he even chose to interview with NFL teams if he was interested. We all have to keep our options open and know what those options are. Sometimes it's just a case of wanting to feel wanted elsewhere. He shouldn't be faulted for that given the position he's in. That's why I give him great credit for teaching commitment by committing.
Rivera gets a chance
Speaking of the commitment, good for the Panthers for giving Ron Rivera another year. He's only been in Charlotte for two years and I am curious to see what he can do when the franchise hires another General Manager. If it doesn't work out in 2013, the new GM will know the situation, the personnel, and what personality would best fit the team. I also like it when improvement is rewarded. The Panthers looked pretty decent over the last 10 games. They actually became exciting to watch again. I'm glad they have a chance to take that momentum into a new year.
Count me as one of the many University of Florida alums who was rather embarrassed by the Gators loss in the Sugar Bowl. It wasn't so much the play on the field that bugged me, it was what happened after the game. The team, like so many college programs, has a tradition of standing and listening to the band play the Alma Mater. That happens after wins and losses. After the loss to Louisville, only one guy chose to take part in this tradition. Linebacker Darrin Kitchens stood there, alone, helmet held high, and listened. No other players. No other coaches. No head coach. What kind of message does this send to the players, Will Muschamp?
Missed on that
It's fun to go back and look at predictions when a season is over. I just took a peak at what SI.com thought about the upcoming college football season back in August. I was very surprised to see the National Title game selections.
LSU vs Oregon
Alabama vs Southern Cal
FSU vs Southern Cal
Apparently we were all in love with a team that ended up losing in the Sun Bowl. Alabama didn't sneak up on too many people, but good for Notre Dame for really coming out of nowhere. That's what makes the preseason so completely irrelevant and really fun.