I may be squandering all my column material for the Monday throwdown, but it may get stale between now and Sunday/Monday a.m.:
- Dan D’Antoni won’t apologize for his jab at WVU/Bob Huggins last year, but … He’ll tell you his younger brother is more measured in his comments. Dan doesn’t have much of a filter, but what are you going to do? Fire him at 68? But after 40 years away from the MU athletic program, he needed to get a good lay of the land before poking Huggins. Now it stands as another instance of Marshall committing a PR blunder and WVU pouncing on it. (Hey to Dan Angel.)
- It’s Huggins’ world, and WVU officials merely live in it. He got the Capital Classic moved to December (some on both sides say that was good, though) and got next year’s game scrubbed. If you think that’s not the case, reply to this and show your work. I expect The Bowtie to remain silent on this matter … after all, he hopes the coach doesn’t fire him.
- New WVU AD Shane Lyons’ work is on hold. I can draw no other conclusion from this quote: “While we recognize there are fans who want to see the game return, our focus right now is on the Oklahoma State game this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Coliseum, and the remaining Big 12 schedule in the coming months.” Most ADs have 2 functions at basketball games: (1) Shake hands with important people and (b) watch the game like the rest of us.
- 6 WVU nonconference opponents have RPIs lower than that of Marshall. Hey to Northern Kentucky, Stetson, Bethune-Cookman, Kennesaw State, Louisiana-Monroe and Eastern Kentucky. With comments that Marshall does not help WVU’s strength of schedule, I expect this to be rectified next season. That starts with bringing somebody better than Western Carolina (202) to the Civic Center. Good luck getting 11K to that one.
- MU will do fine without this game, thank you: That was the headline on my column of August 29, 2011, of which the link has regrettably dropped. (The mysterious Highbeam.com has it, if you really want to buck up for that service.) With the folks up north playing the role of sore winner, I urged MU athletic officials to sever all ties with WVU and deal with people who treat them better.
That is easily one of my favorite columns, and it still rings true 3 1/2 years later. Time to move on, MU.