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.
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 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.
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.
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.