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Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Commitment and predicitions

Posted January 6, 2013

Cam Newton taks a snap in the Panthers vs. Saints game at Bank of America Stadium Sunday, Sept. 16.

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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.

Embarrassed Gator

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.

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  • baldchip Jan 9, 11:45 a.m.

    Mandy-I think your Gator program is on life support(compared to previous years-seems to have no respect for each other-time for a new coach). Treating player, coaches, and fans with respect sends a valuable message to all-one of respectfor all, reason, and balance. The balance is gone.

    The Panthers have shown some spark late this season. The have potential-maybe not Super Bowl potential yet-but certainly enough to keep Caoch Rivera around. I'm concerned about the firings as these coaches are key to improvement.

    Go PACK!!! Mandy-many of us live for the next 3 months-ACC HOOPS!! It's great to have State back in the hunt. It's been a while! And UNC's weakness-well humility is non existant in Chapel Hill- but they could use some. WE've certanly learned that on Hillsborough St.

  • Hokies94 Jan 7, 3:25 p.m.

    I am extremely pleased that Rivera is being given another year. He sounds like a credible guy in his interviews, and I think that the players like and respect him. Two years isn't long enough to prove yourself as a solid coach and leader. I was proud that they never quit down the stretch this season and they looked like a solid team. Losing the lead in the 4th quarter in 4 games really hurt them.

    Sorry about your Gators. I watched some clips on ESPN with Muschamp berating, yelling, and screaming at one player on the sideline. This is not good for any coach, and the player was totally embarrassed. No need for this. I lost respect for him after this situation.

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