Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Cuban, coaches and the Chase

Posted January 19, 2014
Updated February 6, 2014

Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.

Coach's Raises

I continue to be amazed with raises and contract extensions college football coaches get. Let me first say I completely understand why schools feel the need to extend a guy, say, four years. It's a recruiting thing. That's obvious. But it always seems schools are so quick to tack on hundreds of thousands of dollars to contracts of coaches who are not exactly "hot". Philip Fulmer used to get these kinds of deals at Tennessee. Who was coming after him? This week, Dabo Swinney got an 8-year extension and about a million dollar raise. The guy has done great work at Clemson. I know he got the Tigers to a BCS bowl this season and won, but who was coming after Dabo? I think we can all agree the salaries for college coaches have gotten way too big to begin with. I think schools need to do a better job of understanding supply and demand before they jack up the price on themselves for no reason.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is one of my favorite people in all of sports. I know he's arrogant and brash. I love that about him because that's exactly how I want the owner of my favorite teams to be. Cuban is in the news this week for his latest fine of $100,000 for once again having a run-in with officials. He vowed to get one more fine before David Stern retires and he accomplished that. He even went on twitter to brag about it after. I like an owner who sits courtside and yells at the refs. That's what the fans do and that's why the fans love Cuban. I'm looking forward to his fights with the next NBA commissioner.

Chase changes

I am on the fence about the supposed changes to the Chase for the Championship. In a way, I am happy the sport is doing something to further reward winning. It's ridiculous to simply have to be "consistent" to be in contention for a title. I like the elimination proposals because it adds more drama. What I don't like is the pressure it puts on the final race at Homestead. That will give drivers who do well at that track an advantage every season. Overall I really wish the sport would move the final race of the year to Daytona or rotate it. I know that goes against tradition, but is NASCAR really worried about tradition right now? If you are going to make a "winner take all" race, the location should move to make it less about strategy for one track every year.

Worth reading

Ever wonder which venues NBA scouts like best and why? Here's a great article detailing the business. Duke and Mike Krzyzewski get high marks.

A cool story about Richard Petty.


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  • Rerun Jan 26, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    I understand your point about raising a salary for what one would deem an unnecessary reason. It is a point well taken. But you know better than anybody that the money in college sports is more representative of the program and institution than the coach. The college sports program is hedging on a future for its investment.
    To me college coach salaries and the easy money will cease if just one thing changes. Pay the student athletes. I know at this moment, you are laughing your but off but shared money from the pot will make schools think twice about so so coaches. No, pay all the student athletes; track, field hockey, ice hockey, whatever.
    OK, this is more than the Food Lion's two cents.
    This is more like a session from the Wizard of Oz.
    Take care.

  • mmitchell4 Jan 25, 2014

    This is a reply to @rsadcox2...Completely agree with you that NASCAR needs better competition. The rules changes have gotten a bit silly.

    I think you missed my point on Coach's and paychecks. I have no problem paying the guys lots of money at all. It's a huge money business. I just think schools could save money by not offering extensions too soon. Pay Nick Saban because everyone in America is after him...Save the cash on coaches who aren't so hot.

  • vt94hokies Jan 21, 2014

    I have appreciated WRAL Sports since Tom Suiter put this channel on the map for us that keep up. I met him in front of my high school, and he gave out the honor of the best athlete of the week.

    Mandy Mitchell is the best of all on WRAL Sportsfan. She doesn't have any problem in speaking and projecting like a few others. Some have a problem in reading. Looking forward to Mandy leading this team one day.

  • Rerun Jan 21, 2014

    OK Mandy,
    I don't get it.
    1. Money follows success in all phases of business. College football no exception.
    2. You want an owner like Cuban. Get real, his antics are annoying and they take away from the game. By the way, he is rolling in championships after all the money he spends. Spurs own Texas.
    3. NASCAR and rules do not belong in the same sentence. The "sport" needs better competition period. I say if you don't finish in the top ten of the race you get no points. I say you get bonus points for the amount of lead you have if you win the race. I say if you finish a lap down from the leader you get no points whether you are in the top ten or not. I say rotate the last five races of the season to different venues each season.

    Just like the Food Lion say's " That's just my two cents"

  • vt94hokies Jan 20, 2014

    The salaries of Div I coaches has been out of whack for way too many years now. No way a coach should make all of these millions of dollars. Dabo was at the right place at the opportune time. He slipped in when Bowden was let go. He has done the job down there, but these long contracts and monies just keep growing. Makes no sense.

  • StunGunn Jan 20, 2014

    Coaches salaries are ridiculous, especially when compared to those of professors, but that's the way it is.

    I would think schools would do everything in their power to rollout the red carpet and accommodate scouts; after all, they want the best feedback for their players. I'm surprised Carolina doesn't go out of their way with all the players they've put in the NBA over the years.

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