notes on government, sports and popular culture
.....I didn't know what to make of Rob Daniels' column in this morning's N&R. I came away with the feeling that he has a problem with former college basketball coaches serving as ESPN analysts.
I see his point about Steve Lavin, where Daniels believes ESPN, with its pocketbook, is keeping quality coaches off the bench. I also see his point about Rick Majerus, when Daniels writes it'll "take big cash, great climate, winning situation — to lure him."
But then he knocks one of the best coaches in the game:
"While Ol' Roy is speaking to sauced middle-aged executive types at Rams club functions for three weeks on end this spring, Lavin's sunning in Malibu.
"Let's see here: trying to put a fresh coat of paint on a tall tale you heard from your mentors three decades ago, — and doing it for the benefit of people who curse your name 30 nights a year — or relaxing on the beach."
Tar Heel fans, this your coach he's writing about. I'm sure Roy Williams is doing fine, financially speaking
. He still chooses to work hard for his money. Besides, he's paid his dues, as have college coaches who even in a position to become a TV analyst.
If that's what Williams wants to do someday, then he can do it. ESPN would pay well to have him in the studio.