Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Doing it Right

ODU does it again!

More than a year before the Old Dominion University football team was resurrected, I starting writing about how excited we should be about this event.

ODU's inaugural season of 2009 turned out better than expected.

The team went 9-2 and sold out every game at home months in advance.

The school created an instant campus atmosphere enjoyed by current students and alumni alike.

And ODU showed everyone that a bad economy or lack of Heisman candidates is no excuse. Planned properly, there is NO REASON why a school can't reap huge benefits from football at the FCS level.

Jeez, people by the millions are watching cruddy reality shows starring botoxed and tattooed freaks... why schools can't coax Americans to have a good time at a real football game is beyond me.

ODU proved it can be done.

And in a very fitting development, ODU has just announced that it is accepting two transfers from the failed Hofstra program that shut down two weeks ago.

One of the players was Ronnie Cameron, an academic all-conference player who is alos a 6"2 278-pound defensive tackle. It's possible the Ivies lost one here.

The other is defensive end Deron Mayo, Mayo, who attended nearby, (to ODU), Hampton's Kecoughtan High, had 48 tackles and 11-1/2 tackles for losses last season at Hofstra.

Mayo's older brother Jerod plays linebacker for the New England Patriots, while his younger brother Derek Mayo is a linebacker at U. Richmond.

Those players will now learn first-hand that anything is possible when you act creatively and work hard.

Now that's a lesson worth the cost of college tuition.

(That's to Bruce Wood for alerting me to the ODU transfer news)

PENN Dumps Miller

ODU does it right, and it seems like Penn basketball doesn't.

The Quakers have fired the once-highly regarded Coach Glen Miller before even midseason.

I can still remember the angry cries when Penn hired Miller away from Brown, where he was making great strides with that program.

But the fans at Penn, who have been used to basketball greatness year after year for generations, quickly turned on him.

Jerome Allen, a great Quaker player in the mid 1990's, takes over as interim coach.


At Tue Dec 15, 04:23:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Philly. Miller never connected with the Big 5/Philadelhia fans. Giannini at Lasalle is not a Philly guy, either, but he fit in, Miller never did. Plus, the primary Miller got there in the first place was because Bilsky pushed Dunphy out the door, he didn't like Dunphy's popularity.

At Tue Dec 15, 04:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bilsky should fire himself. Miller is a good coach; his record at Brown proved it. Penn has a nasty bunch of fans who require instant gratification and started screaming for Miller's scalp when he had a few mediocre years and some tough breaks with injuries.

At Tue Dec 15, 07:35:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We at Brown would be more than ecstatic to welcome him back.

At Wed Dec 16, 08:37:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miller is a good coach, he just did not do a great job connecting with the hard to please Penn/Big 5 community.

And you are right, Bilsky is the problem. his ego is why Dunphy left in first place. He couldn't handle it that Dunphy, a Lasalle guy, was more popular than him....


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