Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 03 February 2009 14:34Coaches expect to be evaluated on the basis of wins and losses. In Tony Dungy’s case, his life supersedes an outstanding record.
I’ve never met Dungy, but I’ve always respected his coaching style. He has been described as thoughtful, classy and a winner to boot.
When he recently announced his resignation as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the accolades poured in. Dungy has 148 career wins, including the playoffs, and ranks 19th all-time in victories.
He was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, the first coach in league history to reach the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons, and the only coach to preside over six straight seasons of 12 wins or more.
But there’s far more to Dungy’s life than football, which is...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37Before the new year turns into an old year, here are some questions begging for answers.
n Now that former sports and entertainment celebrity O.J. Simpson is behind bars, who will pick up his ongoing quest to find the real killer of his wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman?
n How long will college football keep making teams wait a month or more from the end of the season until they play a bowl game? Is there anyone who seriously believes it’s logical to wait four or five weeks from the end of the regular season until some bowl games are played?
n Florida was the national champion in football, but are they really No. 1? Based on the current system they are, although Utah is the only team that doesn’t have to explain away a loss.
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 06 January 2009 14:17I don’t want to rush into another year without first bringing a number of critically important matters to my readers’ attention.
n With the government bailing out so many financial institutions, etc., will BCS change its name from Bowl Championship Series to Bailout Championship Series?
n According to one e-mail I received, if BCS logic had prevailed in determining the winner of World War II, Germany would have won and the United States would have finished fourth. Here’s how.
After determining the Big 12 championship game participants, the BCS computers were put to work on other major contests and today the BCS declared Germany to be the winner of World War II.
Germany put together an incredible number of victories beginning...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 23 December 2008 15:02The following men have a lot in common: Bill Self, Mark Mangino, Bill Snyder, Frank Martin, Darrel Knoll, Nathan Hiebert, Shawn Winter, Leonard Coryea, Mike Gottsch and Micah Ratzlaff. All are head coaches in football or basketball.
There’s also a lot they don’t have in common.
The first four are household names in Kansas. The last six are household names only in Hillsboro.
The first four hold regular press conferences and have TV or radio shows. The Hillsboro six are judged by local fans in the usual small-town way—downtown, in restaurants or anywhere two or three people with an interest in local sports are gathered.
On the surface, there are stark differences between the two groups. But in terms of making a difference in the...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 09 December 2008 14:36When it comes to diversity, America has come a long way, but not far enough.
Whether you liked the presidential election results or not, the election of Barack Obama is Exhibit A demonstrating that things are far different than they were a century, or even 25 years ago. But there are still some gross inequities in our world and the playing field isn’t level, notably in college football.
Following the dismissals of K-State’s Ron Prince and Washington’s Tyrone Willingham, and the resignation of Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State, there are only three African-American head college football coaches out of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, the lowest total since 1993.
According to a recent study by the Institute for...
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