DENVER – Some sporting thoughts from a mile high …
>> My Friday column covers the Mike Wallace issue, or at least as much as anyone can hope to cover Wallace. It’s largely from the Denver perspective, which I found telling.
>> Had a request to interview John Elway turned down. I’m told he does that to pretty much everybody, but I still felt like Cleveland for being spurned by him.
>> Penn State finally made its choice by going with Bill O’Brien, New England’s offensive coordinator, late last night. I’ll reserve judgment on O’Brien, as I prefer to do in these situations, but I couldn’t help but be struck by O’Brien immediately making clear he’ll stay with the Patriots until they’re done. The Super Bowl is Feb. 5, and Letter of Intent Day is the day before.
I don’t like this at all. And really, not so much because of the recruiting class. I had no beef with Paul Chryst sticking with Wisconsin because of the specific circumstances at Pitt, where the players needed to see a coach demonstrate loyalty. That’s what Chryst was doing with the Badgers.
This Penn State circumstance is off the charts. The university, never mind the football team, already waited two months for the hire. Waiting as long as another five weeks only further postpones a lot of the healing, mending fences and other important work that needs to be done.
>> Astoundingly, the Pitt basketball team is 0-3 in Big East play after falling in DePaul, of all places. I saw none of this, obviously, so I can’t imagine what it must have been like watching it.
Credit to Jamie Dixon for shaking up his starting lineup by inserting John Johnson and Talib Zanna (16 points, eight boards), but this team clearly needs so much more.
The rest of the month, by the way: Rutgers, Marquette, Syracuse, Louisville, Providence, Georgetown and West Virginia. Don’t even try to guess what the Panthers’ record might be by then.
>> The chat transcript from yesterday.