All posts by Andrew Kahn

Coach Suspended After 161-2 Win

A girls high school basketball team recently won a game 161-2, a result that led to a suspension for the winning team’s coach. Was this fair? Share your opinion below.

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Weekend Recap: Top Teams Survive Scares

It was a weekend of near upsets in college basketball, as several top teams narrowly escaped against unranked foes. Iowa State was not one of them, falling to Texas Tech on Saturday, but the other favorites held on for victory.

To read about close victories by Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Maryland, read my latest CBS Local story.

Andy Dalton: Your Average Pro Bowler

Andy Dalton was added to the Pro Bowl roster yesterday. In fairness to the selection process, nobody really wanted this to happen.  The NFL decided the two teams should have a total of six quarterbacks, and originally chose Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Tony Romo. Manning, Rodgers, and Roethlisberger are injured and won’t play; Brady has a slightly more important game to prepare for.

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Big Ten Basketball Woes

Even Tom Izzo had to admit the top of the Big Ten isn’t all that strong. “This year, there’s no question that it’s been Wisconsin and the rest,” he told me yesterday. “Maryland is now proving to be in that class. But the strength at the top isn’t as good as last year or some of the other conferences.” For that reason, the conference as a whole has dipped considerably this season.

For a more in-depth look at the league’s struggles, read my latest for CBS Local.

Fred Wilpon: Finance Expert

epic fail The title of this post may seem like a joke, and it should be, but according to Major League Baseball, it is not. Continue reading Fred Wilpon: Finance Expert

He Came to Play School

“The NFL, after three [college] games, was really out of the question for me.”
–Cardale Jones at his press conference earlier today

Or was it? At first or even second glance, a quarterback declaring for the NFL draft after just three starts seems absurd. And for someone with two years of college eligibility remaining, as Jones has, it would be unprecedented. But quarterbacks with little playing time have been drafted and succeeded at the next level.

Matt Cassel had no choice but to leave USC in 2004; he had exhausted his four years of eligibility. Even though he’d spent his college career as a back-up, the Patriots drafted him in the seventh round. For all they knew at the time, Cassel could have been among the top quarterbacks in the country — after all, he backed up Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. A strong pre-draft showing was enough for New England to take a chance on a player who hadn’t started a game since high school. While far from a star, Cassel has proved to be a solid NFL quarterback.

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Yawn in 60 Seconds

When do 60 seconds last 10 minutes? Unfortunately, this isn’t a riddle. The answer is “the end of a close college basketball game.” A parade of replay reviews, timeouts, and free throws can turn what should be an exciting finish into a mind-numbing crawl. The game needs fixing, but coaches don’t recognize that it’s broken.

I spoke with more than 10 coaches this past week about the final minute of close games and found a near-unanimous approval of the status quo as it relates to replay reviews and timeouts. Only one voiced dissent about replays (perhaps not coincidentally, the lone assistant interviewed) and just one other would be in favor of fewer timeouts.

Read the rest of the story on CBS Local: San Francisco.