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Monday, July 24, 2006

This Weekend While I Was Battling the Plague

I was sick all weekend which made me fairly miserable but also granted me total control of the bedroom television all day. I was able to enjoy the full weekend coverage of the British Open and the Tour de France which both turned out to be American triumphs. In my last post I covered the emotional impact of Tiger Woods' victory at Royal Liverpool. Now on to the rest of the things I observed while trying to cough up my right lung. The British Open

  • I heard some golf analyst interviewed on 850 the Buzz last week who said that Sergio Garcia is still somewhat immune to criticism for not having delivered the goods since standing toe-to-toe with Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship. My question is can we criticize him now? Not only does Garcia break multiple fashion taboos out there he simply folds like a cheap lawn chair when he gets anywhere close to a lead in a major. On Saturday, Garcia blistered the front nine at 29 and moved within one shot of Woods at -11. With three negotiable par 5s left on the back nine Garcia produces one birdie and finished the day at -12. Woods was -13 and led to Garcia and Woods being paired together. Bad news for Sergio who bogeyed four holes on the front and took himself out of contention. One announcers said Sergio probably wishes "Tiger was 42, 43 years old." I am not sure even that would matter.
  • Let me just say I like Chris DiMarco. He almost matched Tiger shot for shot. I would have been interested to have seen how the round would have gone had they been paired together. It would have made for some epic golf I am sure. It was also a case of two grieving sons dueling each other for that "destiny" win for their father/mother. Tiger won that duel but no one would have minded if DiMarco had pulled it out.
  • "CAMERA PHONES!!!" That was Woods' cry on at least two occassions where he stepped away from his ball after being peturbed by the beeping of camera phones. It happened so often that Woods and Garcia were warned on the 10th for slow play. This led to an interesting discussion among the ABC announcers of whether the PGA would enforce a one stroke penalty if the slow play continued(BTW, they were slow, a full hole behind DiMarco/Els but then again they were the last group.) Yeah, riiiiiggghhhht. The PGA is going to dock Tiger a stroke on something as trivial as slow play when he is holding up no one behind him. A better idea would be the PGA removing anyone from the course who is brandishing a camera phone while the player is addressing the ball. I am sure the specter of being kicked out of the tournament would be enough of a deterrent for those amatuer photogs.
  • Someone on ESPN Radio this morning suggested that Woods' win was cheapened by the fact he chose to hit driver only once and instead hit three wood and 2 iron to keep the ball on the fairway and short of the pot bunkers. At times Woods was a full 100 yeards behind Els or Garcia on his drive but because he hits his irons so far and so well he can accomodate for the extra distance. It is no secret Tiger has not hit his driver accurately in a long time and his strategy at Hoylake was simple: Keep it in the fairway. In doing so Woods showed himself to be a brillant tactician as well as physically capable golf player. This theory is wrong for two reasons. First, it forces Tiger to hit a longer second shot which requires far more accuracy considering the speed of the greens and pin location on a links course. Woods essentially played to his strength which is not necessarily his drives but his approach shots. Not to mention, Woods' putting was dead on all weekend which illustrates putting the ball in birdie position does not matter if you are unable to put it in the hole(Just ask Sergio Garcia). The second point is the object of the game of golf which is to move the ball from the tee to hole in the fewest number of strokes over 72 holes. Nowhere in the rules of golf does it dictate certain clubs must be used to accomplish this task. Woods did what he needed to do to accomplish the goal which was shoot the lowest score. I could care less if he used a putter to do it and speaking of which I found it more disturbing guys were putting from the fairway onto the green than I did Woods not using driver. This guys was trying to trump up controversey to spark an on-air argument for ratings.
  • Finally it has been 39 years since the Open was played at Hoylake. What are the odds it will be another 39 years or when Tiger is out of his prime before it ends up there again.

Tour de France

  • Much to the chargrin of Frenchman another American won the Tour de France this weekend. Floyd Landis who was counted out after Stage 16 when he fell 8 minutes back(yeah he's done) came back in Stage 17 and close the gap back to 30 seconds, stayed put until the Stage 19 time trial which constitutes the last "real" stage on the Tour. Since Landis was far superior in the time trial than any of the overall leaders he concluded Saturday with a minute lead which would be enough to secure victory on Sunday. Why?
  • Because for some reason the last stage in Paris is a stage that is not really a stage. In other words your opponents are either unable to catch up to you because the stage occurs on the streets of Paris or out of some sense of sportmanship they refuse to try. Lance Armstrong said that it was cermonial for the most part except if you fell and broke a collarbone you could lose the Tour. This probably explains why Landis had teammates surrounding his bike for most of the stage. If you ask me it seems a little anti-climatic. If the stage counts when make the winner earn it. If the streets of Paris cannot accomodate real racing then leave Paris for the very end and have some real racing to determine the winner. This would be like a team winning their third game in the World Series and then handing them the next game in a slow pitch softball exhibition.
  • And the OLN announcers were good for the most part except for one depressing segment where they lamented Carlos Sastre who was close to the lead and then was blown away in the time trial. They kept using phrases like "he has lost everything" and "you have to feel for Sastre having rode so well only to lose now." First of all, stop the presses, we have never seen a case in the history of sports where someone leads a race or game all the way through and then fails at the end. The NCAA Tournament was made on stuff like that. Secondly, they make it sound so life altering as though Sastre is contemplating suicide for having failed so utterly in his pursuit of cycling's greatest prize. I have expected him to take a ride straight off a mountain since apparently life was no longer worth living.

And Tiger Cried...

Tiger Woods finished off a masterful performance Sunday winning the British Open at -18 two stokes ahead of fellow American Chris DiMarco. Woods, in his trademark final round red shirt, tapped in for par on 18, pump his fist in the air and then walked over, embrace his caddie and broke down in tears. It was the first time since losing his father that he had won a golf tournament. As he moved into the crowd he found solace in his wife's embrace and the tears fell freely. It was a incredible moment of raw emotions and a glimpse of humanity in a player who is known for his intensity on the course and a singular focus on winning. For any son who has lost a father, Tiger Woods' tears reminds us that grief needs only a perfect intersection of events to dominate our will. The moment we lose someone close to us we enter into a "new reality." We are forced unwilling by death to awake in the morning without that person in our life, without the benefit of hearing their voice or enjoying their company. Their counsel is forever lost and memories which begin to fade almost immediately are all we have. Grief comes in waves, at first like tidal tusnami's nearly drowning us in pain and sorrow. With each rising sun we adjust, we come to terms with their absence and understand that their legacy is our to protect and carry on in our own life. The grief with was a storm surge the day he died ebbs aways to small waves lapping our bare feet on the beach. There are those occassions, especially in that first year where the "firsts" make those waves stronger and bring us once more to a broken heart. The first birthday or Christmas, Father's Day or Thanksgiving all carry with them the sorrow of missing someone who had been a constant figure in our lives. Tiger Woods faced one of those "firsts" on Sunday. As he stepped off the 18th green he came to terms with the "new reality" of his life without his father. Earl Woods would not be amid the throng of well wishers to give him a hug nor could he pick up a phone and here his father congratulate him on another major win. It was the first time he had won without his father seeing it. And as he walked off that green into a new reality he found a caddie to absorb his tears and a wife to steady him against the torrent of grief newly rising. And the comfort for Tiger Woods is he has crossed one more barrier on the road grief would have him walk. He has come to terms with another part of the new normalcy he must live now. And it doesn't mean he won't look for his father the next time he wins before catching himself or shed a tear when he misses him now and again on an 18th green somewhere. But in many ways now he really can move on.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Tiger on the Prowl; ABC Rejoices

Undoubtedly the sound of unbridle joy heard this morning was coming from ABC executives who are positively giddy over the fact that Tiger Woods is at the top of the leaderboard going into the network's weekend coverage of the British Open. Tiger's disappointing outing at the U.S. Open where he failed to make the cut in his first tournament since his father's death has faded in favor of vintage Tiger who recorded an eagle two on the par 4 14th hole. At the time Woods was three strokes in front at -12 and since then Ernie Els has closed to within one in the clubhouse at -11. This is not surprising for two reasons: 1. Woods played well at the Western Open two weeks ago. He finished second and appeared to show signs that everything was clicking. Losing your father, as I found out, takes more than a week or two to deal with, in fact you never really deal with it you just adjust to a new reality. The crucial mistake for Woods was making the U.S. Open his first tournament back given the difficulty the USGA provides on the course during that tournament. In Woods' case his father's death is magnified by the fact that their relationship and golf were intertwined. Playing golf for the first time without his father watching, whether it be from afar or on the course was a difficult task. The same was true of Michael Jordan who retired from the game after his father died and anyone who does not think the two are related does not understand the grief process. 2. I think Tiger likes the course. Royal Liverpool has not been host to The Open since 1967. Not many of the golfers have seen it before and Tiger's first look at it was a week before play started. According to the analysts the course plays significantly shorter than it is listed because the ball rolls and skips so easily on the fairway. Also, when you drive the ball like Tiger does having par 5s in the mid to low 500 yard range is tatamount to handing him birdies and eagles which is precisely what happened in the first round when he finished the final three holes(pars 5-4-5) with birdie-par-eagle to get to -5. He will be paired with Ernie Els, a major winner in his own right, so it should make for compelling viewing tomorrow morning/early afternoon. Another reason to like the British Open. The rounds wrap up earlier in the day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Next ___________

On non-sports related item before I get into the real post. I caught a couple of episodes of the show JAG which is about lawyers in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's office investigating a variety of crimes and misdemeanors commited by sailors and Marines. I noticed that there are cases where some sailor commits some minor mistake that result in some major problem which is later resolved without harm to anyone but the sailor in question and his/her commanding officer get booted from the Navy or assigned to desk duty at Norfolk. However, at the same time the officers in the JAG corps who serve as the heroes of the show bend or break rules on a consistent basis only to receive minor slaps on the wrists for their indiscretions. Just a double standard I thought I would mention without having in relation to the post at hand. Anyway, ESPN will apparently continue to wallow in a pool of its own excrement and muck tonight debuting the "World Series of Darts" just before showing the "World Series of Poker" Dan Shanoff at ESPN.com's Daily Quickie wonders whether or not "Darts" will be the "next Poker" I am wondering when the madness will stop. First of all, poker is not a sport. I question whether horse racing is a sport(don't get me started on lead stories about Barbaro's condition, it's a horse! If he was 2nd in the Derby he would glue and dog food by now!) I know for sure guys sitting around playing a card game is most definitely not a sport. And do not give me silly arguments about strategy and mental prowess, you either have the cards or your don't and if you can get your opponents to fold by bluffing then that is a wonderful accomplishment but in no way is it a sport. Darts on the other hand is closer to being a sport since it requires physical motion and accuracy. Secondly, I take issue with Shanoff's contention that darts is the "next Poker." I have never been able to understand what the media obessesion is with find the "next" whatever. Anytime you have one person or sport/event catch fire with the public the media instantly begins looking for the next incarnation of that person or thing. During the late 1980's the media was hot to crown the "next Michael Jordan." USC's Harold Miner was dubbed "Baby Jordan" and was expected to be everything Jordan was only he was not. Why? Because he is not Jordan. When someone or something special comes along it become popular because it is unique. Americans do not like getting behind something they have already seen, we are fickled that way. That is why no one watches re-runs on TV. Jordan, as an example, was on a different level in almost every way than the rest of the league. His media presence and his play on the court made him a superstar. The other part of his mystique was that he as different than anything we had seen before. That is why Harold Miner was doomed from Day 1 because having another 6-6 guard with a shaved head and 46 inch vertical is not captivating. Also consider that the odds of a second individual coming along with exactly the same prowess and media attraction as Jordan during the same span of time is long anyway. In fact I would argue that LeBron James is the next top superstar in the league and is closer to emulating everything Jordan has done but at the same time James is a completely different player than Jordan plus three years younger when he became a rookie. My point is that finding the "next" something is always a bad point to start. The most basic method of finding out who or what is the next attraction for the public is to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. And whatever is left clinging to the plaster is not the "next" anything, it is it's own thing.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Quote of the Day

From Michelle Wie after shooting a six-over 77 in the first round of the PGA's John Deere Classic:

"It was very uncharacteristic," she said. "Considering that I had the water hazard penalties, considering that I had to call unplayable, considering that I hit my driver like 50 yards right, I felt like I played really well.

Um, OK, except she just described what happens when I play a round of golf. That would be like me saying, "Considering I got two traffic citations, considering I hit a parked car at the office, considering I kept running off the road on the interstate I feel like I had a good drive to work." I probably should cut her some slack since she is only 16 years old. One problem is that everyone in the media wants to act like she is mature beyond her years and posesses some sort of media savvy. She does not and this quote is evidence of that. When offering your own "spin" on a set of events it always helps to stay fairly close to the truth of what happened so the "spin" itself is credible. For Wie to say she felt she played well when her score and the actual events speak to the contrary illustrates so serious deficiencies where addressing the media is concerned. Of course if you are unable to "spin" the events to your liking just find a good scapegoat:

"I would like to say it didn't, but it bothered me a little bit," she said. "Bugs on me, I hate bugs, and I was starting to get a little aggravated like the fifth time I stepped out. I was a little aggravated, but I felt like I shook it off."
This is just another point that proves Wie would be better off devoting herself full time to the LPGA Tour honing both her golf and public relations skills hopefully in a bug free environment.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Trevor Hoffman's Big Night

I have spent the morning trying to figure out what kind of extravagant gift the American League Champion will send San Diego's Trevor Hoffman for essentially handing World Series home field advantage to the AL during the All Star Game last night. The National League was one out away from ending nine years of futility against the junior circuit when Hoffman gave up three consecutive hits, the last a two RBI triple by Texas Michael Young to put the AL up 3-2 in the top of the ninth. The Yankees' Mariano Rivera took care of the NL in the bottom half to give the AL 9-0-1 record in the last 10 contests and home field advantage in the World Series. Of course the ninth inning last night is precisely why HFA should not be determined by the All Star Game. Especially if you watched any part of the game last night you realized that neither team was taking the game as thought it mattered which is exactly how it should be played. It led to LA's Brian Penny throwing some serious gas in the 1st inning as well as some wild base stealing by the Met's Carlos Beltran and Washington's Alfonso Soriano. It was a fun game, with a quick pace, and some late game dramatics. However, it also has bearing on the how the World Series it played and that is flat wrong. The game is approached and played by everyone as though it is not consequential except that is consequential because Bud Selig overreacted to a tie a few years ago. If Selig's intent was for the managers to start managing the teams as though it was a real game then perhaps he should tell Fox not to interview them during the game or instruct them to actually run the game instead of telling the players to do pretty much what they want out there. It is an exhibition game and as such make sure it does not influence the way the championship of your sport is decided.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

All Star Caliber Thoughts

Well, not really. We have more insight into what drove France's Zinedine Zidane to head butt Italy's Marco Materazzi in the chest drawing a red card during the World (Non)Cup Final Sunday in Germany. Well actually we have conflicting accounts, one which says Materazzi called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore" and also told him to go engage himself in a sexual act which may or may not be anatomically possible. Materazzi has since denied the claim saying that he did insult him but did not call him a terrorist or presumably the offspring of one. The Italian clamied that he was not cultured and says he did not even know what an Islamic terrorist was. Are you kidding me? Does Itlay keep this guy in a bubble and only let him out to play World (Non)Cup games? Unless you have been absent from the planet or not living in a civilized modern society(which I am pretty sure includes Italy) you know what an Islamic terrorist is and you know that Islamic terrorism is a bit of a problem right now which means he knew exactly how horrible an insult it was. I actually think confessing to not knowing what an Islamic terrorist is in 2006 following three major attacks in the U.S., Spain, and Britain as well as two wars in the Middle East shows he may have fewer brain cells than Zidane did for cold cocking his culturally ignorant rear end onto the field of play. Materazzi obviously missed the first day of media savvy training which stipulates then when you deny having said something and you want to claim ignorance that ignorance has to be plausible on some level. Unless he has been underground or off the earth for the past six years then claiming ignorance on the definition of an Islamic terrorists is simply not credible. I am also marveling at the incredible cross-cultural power of insulting someone else's mother as a means of talking trashing during a sporting event. And here I thought that questioning another player's parentage or disparaging the loins from which they were conceived and birthed was solely an American art form and skill. This instance proves that insulting another person's mother not only has international appeal as an effective physchological technique but it also produces far more violent responses when employed against a European player versus some street baller in Harlem. It also shoule be noted that if there were more head butts of that variety during World (Non)Cup games, the ratings would be right up there with the NFL. And I will make brief mention of baseball's All Star Game which I used to enjoy but now not so much because (1) I do not believe an exhibition game should have any impact on how championships get decided such as determining home field advantage and (2) I also think preparation for this game or the game itself should influence the unfolding of the regular season as little as possible. In other words, managers should use whomever they want prior to the All Star Game and not have to worry about whether a pitcher will be available to start in an exhibition game on Tuesday if he pitches in a game which has actual bearing on the standings on Sunday. Players should play as little as possible during the game as to protect them from injury and not cause serious issues in their own teams pursuit of the pennant. This goes back to my first point which is removing the HFA factor from the All Star Game and allowing it to stand as an exhibition for the fans and not something that actually has any meaning. Sooner or later someone crucial to a first place team will get injured or a pitcher will blow out his elbow and then you will see some controversy.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Since Bashing the French is Cool...

....I think I will join in. Italy beat France on penalty kicks or some such nonsense as that to win the World Cup which is not actually a cup but a golden ball on top of some golden stand. I mean the Stanley Cup is an actual cup but now we find out the World Cup is not an actual cup but a trophy with a ball on top. Why not call it the World Ball or the World Trophy. World Cup? A tad misleading methinks. But I digress.... The real story of the other than the fact they once again kicked the ball around for 120 minutes only managed to score one goal each is the actions of the French captain Zinedine Zidane who was red carded and therefore ejected for headbutting an Italian player for reasons unknown to those watching the game(which did not include me, I was busy cleaning up after having a flooring crew in my house for three days.) The most shocking aspect of the headbutt was that I completely unaware that the French were capable of such unprovoked and egregious violence. Where was this spunk in 1939? The second most shocking aspect is the fervent protest Zidane gave to the referee for getting the red card as though he did nothing wrong. Though it should be noted that he is a French soccer player so protesting and whining about something he clearly did wrong is not a surprising as one might think. The best line concerning the final yesterday came from the Ace of Spades blog who said of the French: In fairness, they lasted longer against the Italian soccer team than they did against Hitler. Anyway, I am glad that is over.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Hot Dog!

Having now fully recovered from my harrowing run-in with that woman at the NC State Fairgrounds I caught up on some news from the holiday weekend which included the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The champion eater in what can be described as the most grotesque display of gluttony known to modern man is a Japanese guy named Takeru Kobayashi who ate 53 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minues beating out American Joey Chesnut who I am sure needed a complete replacement of his entire GI tract when he was finished. Deadspin pointed out that apparently Kobayashi regurgitated some of his hot dog at one point but the judges offered a quick ruling with this priceless quote:

The effluvia never touched the table. When the hot dog came up, and some of it came out his nose, Kobayashi sucked it back down. To me, that’s the testament of a champion and great athlete.

First of all, to anyone who finds it strange that an Asian man can woof down that much food I would point out my first hand experience with my adopted two year old Korean son who has been known to put away two plates at the Golden Corral buffet and not make a sound doing while at the same time maintaining 2% body fat. The boy can put some serious food down and still had 12 month shorts which are too big on his waist. Secondly, in order for any competition to be televised on ESPN as a sport it must have its own analysts and jargon which can be used in the on air conversation. The term "effluvia" as well as the fact they have some sort of rule pertaining to the regurgitation of food obviously gives eating contests a legitimate place in the pantheon of American sports. It also should be noted that, sadly enough, all it takes for such legitimacy is some sort of competition complimented with jargon and televisable commentary. I supposed the next step is team eating which leads to college and professional teams, tournaments, and a draft. Can you imagine what kind of comprehensive draft coverage we would get from ESPN? They would undoubtedly dredge up some Mel Kiper, Jr-type to discuss how some guy has the tremendous space between his gums and cheeks or has an incredible chew and swallow technique. I supposed they would adopt some kind of instant replay system to asceratin whether or not the "effluvia" actually touched the table or not. There is little doubt that some controversey would explode over someone deftly catching the "effluvia" on the back of his hand and sneaking it back in his mouth. Then as the money flows in so would the agents, the endorsment deals from Oscar Meyer, and that's right performancing enhancing drugs and/or some kind surgery to add more stomach space like NASCAR crew chiefs adding extra fuel cells to the car. I also think that Stephen A. Smith would be a natural at this, especially given the way he was downing Cheez Doodles during the NBA Draft two weeks ago as seen here. I also think that marketing the Spelling Bee would be far easier than this digusting ritual.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The ACC Football Schedule

Courtesy of Joe Ovies at 620 the Bull. Click on it to enlarge.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Fireworks at State Fairgrounds; Traffic Chaos Ensues

So for the Fourth of July, Tar Heel Fan took the Tar Heel Family out to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds to witness the most impressive fireworks display involving no more than two explosions at a time in the country. Of course extracting yourself afterwards is a complete disaster leading me to wonder why, after all these years, someone in the Raleigh PD or State Highway Patrol has not figured out how to empty the parking lots at the fairgrounds without total chaos. I actually had the kids and wife in the car before the fireworks ended but as soon as they were over every car made a move. We were in a parking lot by the fairgrounds of Trinity Rd and needed to get back on Trinity turning right and then left on Blue Ridge Rd to get back to Lake Boone Trail and the Beltline. So I was able to exit my row on the the road heading out to Trinity and so did pretty much everyone else which create a situation where about four cars where attempting to line up in the same spot. In addition to the traffic all of the people who were inside the fairgrounds started walking through creating a car/pedestrian nightmare. At this point I move my van up close to the side of another van to seal of my front and force the walkers to go elsewhere. Traffic is barely moving it at all and at one point I look to see this woman standing in front of my car as though she is directing the pedestrian traffic. As the cars move I am unable to since she is standing there and it permits an SVU to push in front of me keeping me in place. My wife gets out of the can and goes to ask the woman to move out of our way. She then says she was in the SVU that is now cutting in front of me and that we "came from behind" and was attempting to cut them off. A driver from behind me comes up to yell at the woman and says he would have hit her had he been in my place. Eventually a Raleigh cop who was walking around doing everything she could to earn her overtime pay told the woman to get back in her vehicle. A second driver told me he wished I would have hit her. Click on diagram to enlarge: Eventually we straighten out into two lanes with the Tar Heel Van behind SUV in question but the SUV's move proved to be bad one and the lane we are in is being pinched off and cannot move. So I starting pushing right and a very nice driver let me in allowing me to move into their lane which was having more success in getting onto Trinity Rd. We passed the SUV and exited the lot first claiming a small victory. So it's over right? Not entirely. When I get onto Trinity Rd there are two lanes moving down to the police controlled intersection at Blue Ridge Rd. I was unsure whether both lanes were turning left so I moved to the left lane from the right lane. About that time the right lane on Trinity moves up quite a bit because some drivers a turning right on Blue Ridge. The SUV, which has exited the lot, drives by in the right lane and the woman turns her head to stare at us the whole time they are passing by. At this point I could care less since the traffic would eventually move into Blue Ridge. We make it down to the light a turn left and traverse past Wade Ave where the left lane we are in really opens up and we pass numerous cars in the right lane(which is moving slowly) including the woman's SUV, who honks furiously at us as we go by!!!! Now in a situation like it is pure chaos. All you can do is protect the six inches around your vehicle, do your best to slide into the best space or lane available and hope that(like me) you get a nice person who will let you in their lane to get out. The question I would ask that woman now was whether gaining one spot ahead of my vehicle based on the notion that I was cutting in from behind worth acting like a complete jerk in front of her family and having countless numbers of people who witnessed her action walk away talking about what a completely worthless human being she was for standing in front of another vehicle to prevent them from moving so your vehicle could slide in ahead. I would think not and the results speak for themselves and because I did nothing to impunge my reputation with the drivers around me I was given a courtesy to move over and ultimately exited the lot ahead of someone who acted like idiot in the middle of total chaos. I do not believe in karma, but that looked an awful lot like it.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Changing Your Mind

During the N.C. State coaching search, one name that was bantered about was Gregg Marshall, head coach at Winthrop. Marshall had built a great low major program at Rock Hill with six NCAA appearances in eight years all via the automatic bid. Some thought he was ready for the move to the big stage at NC State but the Wolfpack went a different direction. So it was not surpising when he ended up being named head coach at the College of Charleston. CofC is a member of the Southern Conference(as is my alma mater UNCG) and is a step higher than the Big South Conference. Marshall went to Charleston had a press conference annoucing his hiring and then drove back to Rock Hill, called Winthrop's school president and asked for his old job back leaving C0fC in the lurch. So CofC just had a coach who accepted the job and even was introduced to the world as your coach only to have him quit the job to return to his previous employer. The next logical step? Hire a coach who did the same thing 13 years ago! Former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins is set to be named the head man at CofC. Cremins is a good coach who went to a Final Four in 1990 with Georgia Tech and his teams perpetually gave UNC fits during his tenure there. He also has the distinction of having taken the South Carolina job in 1993 only to renege on the deal and return to Atlanta. The good folks at the College of Charleston must be banking on the virtual impossibility of one man pulling the same stunt twice.