Monday Morning Quarterback for March 24th

With the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments in full swing and NCAA Football teams well into their Spring practices, one can think about all of the money these sports generate for their schools.  What about the Academic side of things?  These kids are Student-Athletes, correct?

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I do not have to tell you about all of the stories in which academics take a back seat to athletics, but I found an article on the Daily Oklahoman Website on an upcoming HBO episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, which debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday which discusses the never ending story of athletes and academics.  The article that I have sited, features experiences of four different athletes and how their degrees, or lack there of, has not helped them in their post graduate career.  Here is a description from the article on the show.

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The segment, reported by Bernard Goldberg, investigates how decreased admission standards with higher graduation requirements led to many schools pushing players through with diplomas that did nothing to help them after their playing days were over.

Check out the article, and if you have HBO, check out the Real Sports episode this Tuesday.

Have a good week!

Monday Morning Quarterback for February 10th

Team on a hot streak.

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The Union College Men’s Basketball team under 2nd year Coach Kevin Burton are poised to claim a spot in the NAIA Div II National Tourney in Branson, MO, here in a few weeks.

Here are the current AAC Standings (as of 2/9/14).

Union  14-1

Reinhardt  9-4

Tennessee Wesleyan  10-5

Bryan  9-5

Milligan  9-6

Virginia Intermont  7-8

Montreat  6-9

Point  4-11

Truett-McConnell  3-12

St. Andrews  2-12

Union has won 13 games in a row, they are 23-3 on the season.  In fact, the Bulldogs have not lost a game in 2014.  Union has clinch at least a tie for the conference title.  One more Union win or Reinhardt loss and Union clinches the title outright and an automatic berth in then National Tourney.

Local fans have only one more chance to see this team in action this season (Wednesday, February 19th, at 7:30pm).  Come check them out live, or listen to all of the action at www.ucbulldogs.com with the Voice of the Bulldogs Jon North.

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What’s on tap for tonight’s show

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Tonight we take a look at what is happening around the 13th Region with Les Dixon, plus we talk with Knox Central Panther’s Girls Basketball Coach Darrin Mills.

And as always, we go around campus, discuss sport’s items with the crew and we will have a new Stud Corner.

Join us LIVE tonight for the show!!!

What is on tap for this morning’s show

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the show from Thursday night to This morning from 10am-11am.

 

Today, we have two guest interviews.

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First we have Mr. John Stepp of Inside Tri-County sports who will share his thoughts on this year’s teams around the 13th Region.

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Then we have football contributor Ashley Gulick who will update us on the recent NCAA Senior Bowl from this past weekend.  Plus our regular segments with on regular crew.

Join us at www.blogtalkradio.com for the show tonight at 7pm est.

What’s on tap for tonight’s Steve Black Show

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

More basketball on tap on tonight’s show.  I will interview both the Men’s and Women’s Coaches of the Union College (KY) Bulldogs, Kevin Burton and Tim Curry.

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Both teams are currently at the top in their conference standing.  We will discuss what it will take to stay at the top in the very tough NAIA Division II AAC Conference.

We will also have our regular segments with our regular guests.  Join us at www.blogtalkradio.com for tonight’s show.  It will be LIVE at 7pm eastern.

What’s on Tap for Tonight’s Steve Black Show 1/16/14

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

As basketball season in the Bluegrass is in full swing, The Steve Black Show will begin a new series of spotlighting schools in the 13th Region.

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On tonight’s show, we will spotlight the North Laurel High School Jaguar basketball programs.  We have scheduled interviews with Coach’s Brad Sizemore (boys) and Eddie Mahan (girls).  We will discuss the progress of their teams so far this season and their chances of success as they approach the District/Regional Playoffs.

In other segments of the show, we will give you our latest Top 5 13th Region Basketball Rankings, recap top games from last week, preview top match ups for the upcoming week, go around campus with our college updates and of course, the Steve Black Shot Clock round table discussion on some of the top sports issues of the day.

You can join us LIVE tonight at 7pm eastern on The Steve Black Show, the ONLY Uncensored, Unbiased and Unpredictable Show Around!!!!

A Special Steve Black Show Shout Out to my Niece, Claudia Renee Black who turns 11 today.  Happy Birthday Claudia!!  Uncle Steve loves you very much!!!!!

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Claudia is on the right……

Monday Morning Quarterback for January 13th

BCS

After a 16 year run, the NCAA Football Bowl Championship Series (BCS) has come to an end.  There were many opinions as to whether the BCS got it right or not.  I believe for the most part, they got it right.  In saying that, I do believe that It is time for the BCS to go.  I am looking forward to the playoff format that will begin next season.  I will tell you one thing, I think most will agree that the BCS went out with a BANG!!!  Maybe the best overall set of BCS games in its history.  Here is a recap.

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO

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The game featured the Champions of the PAC 12 and the BIG 10 (#4 Stanford vs. #5 Michigan State.  This was a very tough, close game throughout.  With Stanford down 24-20 and driving late in the contest facing a fourth and 1. It was Kyler Elsworth, who stuffed Stanford fullback Ryan Hewitt on that fourth and-1 play with 1:34 left and the ball at Stanford’s 34-yard line to preserve the win for the Spartans.  Nice game to begin the last BCS.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

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This game featured the Champions of the BIG 12 and the American Athletic Conference (#6 Baylor vs. #15 UCF).  UCF started out with a 14 point lead, but Baylor cut the lead to 14-13.  It became a scoring fest as both teams combining for over 1,000 yards of total offense, but behind a great performance from UCF’s Quarterback Blake Bortles, the Knights prevailed 52-42.  This was the second win in a row in the BCS for the AAC (Formerly he Big East), to finish out the BCS era.

The All State Sugar Bowl

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This was a match up of two traditional college football powers (#3 Alabama vs. #11 Oklahoma).  Just four plays into the ballgame, Alabama had a 7-0 lead and most people were thinking a Bama blowout, but with Oklahoma taking advantage of three Bama turnovers, went into the half with a 34-17 halftime lead.  Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the second half resulting in a 45-31 Sooner victory.  This game saw the emergence of two future college superstars:  Alabama’s freshman running back Derrick Henry (8 carries for 100 yards and 2 touchdown-one on a 61 yard reception) and Oklahoma’s Redshirt Freshman Trevor Knight (32/44 passing for 348 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception).  Alabama’s AJ McCarron finished a great college career going 19/30 passing, with 387 yards; 2 touchdowns and two picks.  It was not the ending he wanted, but McCarron finishes a great career that saw him getting three National Championship Rings for the Crimson Tide.  Being a life long Sooner fan, I personally enjoyed this win.  I am definitely looking forward to next season for Boomer Sooner!!!

The Fed Ex Orange Bowl

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This game featured two at large programs (#7 Ohio State vs. #12 Clemson).  The game was another back and forth contest, but it was a late touchdown from Clemson’s Taj Boyd to Sammy Watkins, plus a Clemson interception of Ohio State’s Braxton Miller on the following drive to seal a 40-35 Tiger victory.  This was the second loss in a roll for the Buckeyes after winning their first 24 games in the two year Urban Myer era.

VIZIO National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Stadium

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This was a match up between the only unbeaten teams in college football.  (ACC Champ and #1 Florida State vs. SEC Champ and #2 Auburn).  It looked like Auburn was going to make it 8 in a row for the Mighty SEC, as they powered their way to a 21-3 late first half lead.  Florida St, on the strength of a fake punt on a forth and one play, managed to score a touchdown late to cut the lead to 21-10 at the half.  FSU managed only a field goal in the 3rd quarter to cut the Tiger lead to 21-13, but the scoring picked up for both teams in the pivotal 4th quarter.  FSU outscored Auburn 21-10 in the forth with both teams exchanging touchdowns late in the contest.  Tre Mason’s 37 yard touchdown run with 1:19 left put Auburn on top 31-27.  FSU followed that score with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Heisman winner Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining to seal the Championship for the Seminloes.  The Championship was the second for FSU in the BCS era, preventing Auburn from getting their 2nd title in the last four years.

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Well the final BCS has come to an end.  As for BCS games go, 2014 was probably the best BCS season ever.  All games were exciting to watch, as most of the games came down to the last minutes of the game before a winner was determined.  All of these schools were winners and deserved to be there, but if you are keeping score at home, here are the final conference records in the 2014 BCS:  ACC was 2-0, AAC was 1-0, BIG 12 and BIG 12 were 1-1, PAC 12 was 0-1 and the SEC was 0-2.

To some, it was a fitting end to the SEC dominance over the last 7 years, but no one can deny that the SEC was the true winner during the BCS era.  The SEC scored 9 National Champions during the BCS era (Bama (3), LSU and Florida (2 each), Auburn and Tennessee (1 each).  The other five conferences combined for 8 Championships (ACC and BIG 12 with 2 a piece (FSU with 2, Oklahoma and Texas with 1 each); (BIG East/AAC, BIG 10 and PAC 12 with 1 a piece (Miami, Ohio State and Southern California*).

*USC’s title in 2005 was vacated due to NCAA Sanctions.

As for the stipulation for Notre Dame and Non Qualifying Conferences in the BCS, that stipulation never really emerged with Notre Dame as the only school outside of the Big Six Conferences to make it to a National Title Game, getting blown out by Alabama in last year’s Title Game.

The Non-Qualifying Conferences did send teams to the BCS with decent results.  Boise State and Utah both went 2-0 in their only BCS appearances, TCU went 1-1 and Hawaii and Northern Illinois lost in their only BCS appearance.  Notre Dame went 0-3 in their only other BCS appearances outside of last year’s title game.

I am definitely looking forward to what the new 4 team playoff system has to offer next season.  Late August will be here quicker than what you think.

Have a great week!!!!

On Tonight’s Show……….1/9/14

NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

It is January 2014, so it time for the Steve Black Show to focus on the Roads to Rupp Arena and Diddle Arena for the boys and girls high school basketball teams of the 13th Region in the State of Kentucky.  We will preview the schools of the 49th, 50th, 51st and 52nd Districts that make up the 13th Region.

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Special Guests includes Les Dixon of the Corbin Times Tribune, as well as possible interviews from local coaches (TBA).

We will also go around campus as we continue to focus on Union College (Barbourville), University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg) and the University of Kentucky.

We will also discuss the issues of the day with the Steve Black Show “Shot Clock” Segment.

Frequent contributers to the show for basketball season will include George Carter, Bo Kidd, John Gotto, Donney Jackson, Jon North, Kris Mills, Scott Cummings, Ashley Gulick and Dustin Adams among others.

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The Steve Black Show is LIVE on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern.  Check us out!!!!

Tuesday Thoughts: Predicting the future of NCAA Football 2014

Let me look into the crystal ball and forecast the future of NCAA football in the year 2014!

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Trending Upward:  UCLA

Jim Mora has done an excellent job as head coach of the Bruins in his first two seasons. He finished 9-5 in year one and 10-3 this past season. The year before he took over the Bruins finished 6-8….yes you read that correctly…6-8. He is 2-0 in the battle for the victory bell over rival USC. The year before he arrived on campus the Bruins lost to the Trojans by the score of 50 to zero.

The Bruins defense put Virginia Tech on lock down in the Sun Bowl. Junior quarterback Brett Hundley will return and already has the attention of NFL scouts. I look for UCLA to win the Pacific-12 next season and be in the four team national championship playoff.

 

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Trending downward: Louisville

Louisville loses both, Junior Teddy Bridgewater to the NFL and coach Charlie Strong to Texas. I was not surprised to hear of Bridgewater leaving as his numbers were sure to be far less in the ACC next season as compared to playing in the “fake big east” this season. However, I was surprised that Strong left for Austin. Louisville is a great college athletic program and a great city. With the program moving to a tougher conference in which the Cards can eventually compete in and thus make a legitimate case for the national title playoffs, I thought Strong would stay in The Ville. If Louisville finishes 6-6 next season I would consider it a good season.

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On the Hot Seat…..

With the “resigning” of Mack Brown from Texas this season and the “resigning” of Bobby Bowden from Florida State after two national titles, the landscape of NCAA football coaches shows no regard for tenure and accomplishments. The same holds true for newer coaches such as Auburn’s former head coach Gene Chizik, who has fired 2 seasons after leading the Tigers to the national championship. In other words, no coach is safe.

Even though he is the winningest coach currently in college football, as well as, the longest tenured coach, Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech will be on the hot seat next season.

In 2012 the Hokies were 7-6 and finished 8-5 in 2013. Television commentators have made comments about the lack of talent on the sideline in Blacksburg. People are noticing the decline to top recruiting prospects signing with the Hokies.  A third season of not living up to the standard Beamer created with 7 conference championships, 13 ten plus win seasons, and 8 BCS caliber bowl appearances may cost him his job.

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And the Heisman goes to…..

Trevor Knight of Oklahoma smoked the Alabama secondary in the Sugar Bowl. Most critics said Oklahoma would not win due to Nick Saban having time to prepare the Tide. That did not affect Knight who tossed 4 touchdowns passes. He has experience as a starter in a stellar conference, so I look for 2014 to be the year of the Crimson and Cream Knight!!