Howdy folks, it’s your boy The Rowdy One and we’re back for another week of Out of Bounds. When we last met up, the NFL Playoffs were beginning with Wild Card Weekend. We also looked at the hiring of Pete Carroll as the new head coach for the Seattle Seahawks, Mark McGwire’s steroids admission and Gilbert Arenas’ gun situation. Well it’s deja vu all over again because the news continues about those same topics.
I will say this, as much of a rivalry USC and Stanford has in collegiate sports, there’s one former Stanford student who’s happy that USC has been in the sports news this week. As we already know, Pete Carroll was the head coach of the USC Trojans football team. Then you have Mark McGwire who played baseball for USC. So what does this have to do with Stanford? When’s the last time you heard Tiger Wood’s name mentioned on ESPN? I know he’s as happy as a fat kid in a candy store right now with some of that media attention off his back at the moment. He probably sent a lovely fruit basket to McGwire’s and Carroll’s house as a token of his appreciation for getting some of the heat off of his back. I’m just sayin.
Let’s look at the Pete Carroll hiring. With the Seahawks hiring Carroll, there’s a new door opening for college coaches to come to the pro level. There was a time in the NFL where teams were looking to coaches from the college levels to run their teams on the field. Instead of an assistant coach or fired coach currently in the NFL, GMs and owners wanted to take a chance with new faces and fresh ideas from accomplished names from the collegiate ranks. It makes sense when you think about it because at the time, the league was getting younger with the talent that was being drafted or signed. Young players were starting right away on teams that needed help. What better person to have coach these types of teams than a coach who is experienced in the field in not only coaching but teaching these young players on the skills needed to play the game.
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