Tag Archives: Jimbo Fisher

Alleva Needs To Alleviate LSU Coaching Scrutiny

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Coaching Drama Now Annual Thanksgiving Tradition

Louisianans can be excused for backing away from the Thanksgiving feast in front of them for the second consecutive year. Just like 2015, the turkey and cranberry was again served this year with a large helping of drama, courtesy of the LSU head football coaching position. Continue reading

Jones Needs To Go

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New Basketball Hire Key To Alleva Longevity

By John Ventola

Hey Joe Alleva, even though it may be tempting to send Johnny Jones packing after LSU’s recent three-game conference swoon, just go ahead and give the former Bengal basketballer the rest of the season. As painful as it is to watch Jones send out the nation’s top recruit and some other talented cagers with no direction game after game, why not give the Dale Brown protégé a few more games to firmly establish Jones’ legacy as possibly the worst coach to ever lead the Tigers. Continue reading

LSU Victory Provided More Than Drama And Emotion

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Miles Survives While Richt Is Fired

By John Ventola

In what will go down as the most tumultuous month in LSU athletics history, Tigers football Coach Les Miles was criticized, scrutinized, and given a supposed last game victory ride off the field on the shoulders of his players. The win, and the vocal support of the Tiger Stadium home crowd Saturday, forced a locker room job reprieve from LSU president King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva. Continue reading

Athletes Need To Be Held To Higher Behavior Requirements

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 Pro and College Conduct Policies Need To Be Read And Enforced

By John Ventola

While the USA national debt and crime rate are rising at an alarming rate, standards of conduct, particularly those of our nation’s professional and collegiate athletes, are definitely in a freefall, coming down faster than a South Carolina Confederate flag. Seems not a day goes by without an athlete arrested and charged for some type of criminal offense. When one considers these players are possible role models for today’s youth, it becomes quite alarming. Continue reading

Oh My Oregon And Ohio State To Clash For CFP Championship

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Bowl Season Reveals SEC No Longer Dominant

By John Ventola

This much is clear after watching the bowl games through New Year’s Day. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has taken a major hit to the league’s reputation, and the first College Football Playoff (CFP) national champion will be a big, fat O. Continue reading

CFP Selection Committee Had Many Variables To Compare

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High Noon On Pearl Harbor Date Should Prove Interesting

By John Ventola

“I heard it through the Grapevine. Oh and I’m just about to lose my mind.” With apologies to Marvin Gaye for borrowing a couple of lines from his famous hit song, the lyrics seem fitting as there are football fans all over America waking up this morning and wondering what four teams the College Football Playoff selection committee came up with after late night Saturday and early morning Sunday balloting. The 12-member committee gathered in Grapevine, Texas to watch college football’s final week of games and had the tough task of picking four semi-final teams from six deserving squads.

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Coaches Need To Also Weed Out Bad Off-Field Players

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Let True Student-Athletes Determine Championships

By John Ventola

The overwhelming need to win at almost any cost continues to grow in professional and college football. Professional players, coaches, and team executives have their livelihoods on the line while their collegiate counterparts have lucrative pro contracts, their coaching jobs, and athletic directorships dependent on their individual and team performances. This has been a year to uncover unscrupulous off field behavior and enforce some rules, particularly at the professional level, but there is still too much leniency and inconsistency at the college level. Championships at any cost seem to be the mantra. Double talk or non-specific conversations to protect dubious character is distasteful, if not downright disgusting. Continue reading