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Friday Wakeup Call: The genius of Bill O'Brien

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media columnist

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Friday column boldly forecasts collegiate greatness for a 7-foot center who went 0-for-0 from the field and 0-for-0 from the stripe in 24 minutes of action the other day.

That, of course, is Pitt’s Steven Adams.

Very interested to hear from those of you who have paid close attention to the Panthers to date.

>> The chat transcript from yesterday covered a smorgasbord of sporting stuff from Steelers to Sutters to other silliness, including someone calling me Bob.

>> Bill O’Brien is a genius.

No, really, I can’t concoct another scenario to explain how word floats out that he interviewed for the Browns’ opening, only to have it pay off with a handsome reward to stay at Penn State by late last night. Seemingly in the snap of a finger, O’Brien not only goes from hero to goat to hero, but he also solidifies the public perception that he’s not going anywhere and makes himself a big pile of money.

Love it.

That man could run my military-style baseball camp any day of the week.

I am all about Bill O’Brien.

And Michael Mauti, too. I am all about Bill O’Brien and Michael Mauti.

>> The people involved in the NHL talks care a lot more about themselves than they do about the game. No other way anyone could look at the actual positions of these two sides and see anything other than pure personality conflicts at this point.

None of these suits, including the commissioner, should ever set foot in an NHL rink again.

>> I was asked by Baseball America — and accepted the offer — to write a feature for their mid-January issue about the Pirates’ ‘Hoka Hey’ stuff. It apparently will run in conjunction with their annual top-10 prospects lists for the National League Central.

Nothing new or earth-shattering in there, but I thought I’d share this one small segment about Mike Leuzinger, the excellent Texas scout who recently quit because the Pirates wouldn’t promote him.

Huntington acknowledged in a mid-December interview with a group of bloggers that Leuzinger was “one of our best area scouts” and that Leuzinger had “expressed some disappointment at being passed over a couple times” to become a supervisor.

Huntington’s explanation for that: “For whatever reason, we made a decision — reasons I support — we made a decision to hire Scout X or Scout Y as a supervisor over Mike.”

I am all about Scout X or Scout Y. Whichever one was promoted over the best scout on the staff.

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