Friday, May 28, 2010.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock was on Idaho SportsTalk yesterday. You have to hand it to the guy, agreeing to be a guest on the proverbial “small market talk show” with a presumably hostile audience. Hancock is polite and accommodating, yet he loves to make a point. In reacting to the “BCS discrimination chart” released Monday, his theme was: be careful what you wish for. What Hancock was insinuating is there could be a lot of charts created that spin those anti-BCS numbers an entirely different way. “What this system has done is given more revenue and more access to the non-AQ conferences than they ever would have had without the BCS,” Hancock said. If the cards fell into place for Boise State, you could have the Broncos make the BCS Championship Game. “Absolutely you could,” reiterated Hancock.
There’s been a lot of analysis of the BCS formula that determines automatic qualifying into BCS bowls as it pertains to how Boise State would affect the Mountain West’s chances. The consensus is usually that BSU in itself wouldn’t be enough to get the MWC over the hump. Well, Hancock should know the recipe as well as anyone. “I just can’t see how it would do anything but help the Mountain West in terms of their AQ status,” said Hancock. ”It will be very interesting to see how the four-year evaluation comes out after the next two seasons.”
Graham Watson at ESPN.com has stirred a different debate: should Boise State even accept an invitation to the Mountain West if it’s offered? To me, there’s no debate. The Broncos have to run—not walk—to the Mountain West if the opportunity arises. The MWC is much stronger top to bottom, especially in basketball. Who are the conference’s bottom-feeders in football? New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV? All three made the NCAA Tournament in hoops this year. Watson suggests that Boise State might wait until the other dominoes fall in conference realignment. Not a good idea. The Mountain West is in larger markets. It’s more stable and committed. If the Broncos get the offer (and that’s still a big “if”), they need to go to position themselves for whatever comes next.
Former Boise State standout Orlando Scandrick hopes to pick up in Dallas Cowboys training camp where he left off Tuesday, because nothing much is going to happen until then. Scandrick broke an index finger Tuesday while breaking up a pass in organized team activities and had surgery that night, taking him out of the rest of the Cowboys’ OTAs and their mini-camp. Scandrick described the finger as “shattered” to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News and will have a pin in it for the next three or four weeks. The former fifth-round draft pick is entering his third NFL season.
The WAC had three first-round picks in the NFL Draft. Could the conference have two first-rounders in the NBA Draft next month? ESPN's Chad Ford thinks so in his second mock draft. Ford projects former Nevada star Luke Babbitt, who left the Wolf Pack this spring following his sophomore season, going 12th overall to the Memphis Grizzlies. Ford writes: “Is he the next Adam Morrison or the next Chris Mullin? The Grizzlies are banking on the latter.” Fresno State's Paul George is predicted by Ford to be selected 16th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Davey Hamilton has been a part-time auto racer since returning to the sport in 2007. Very part-time. Hamilton admits that winning the Indianapolis 500 as such is not realistic. But he still has a goal of finishing in the top 10 when the 94th running of Indy hits the Brickyard Sunday. And with Davey starting in the No. 14 position, it’s not out of the question. It would be a great story for the guy who goes in as the oldest driver in the field. Hamilton is just appreciative of every lap he drives at Indy. “This Speedway is not something you take for granted, and I think anyone who was following Tony Kanaan’s drama (last) Sunday understands how difficult qualifying can be here,” said Hamilton. Kanaan, the 2004 Indy 500 champion, barely made the field on Bump Day.
Boise State’s Pichittra Thongdach ran into someone as inspired as she was yesterday in the second round of the NCAA Individual Tennis Championships in Athens, GA. Thongdach was ousted by Ellah Nze of Duke, 6-4, 7-6. Later in the day, Thongdach and Bronco teammate Lauren Megale fell in the first round of doubles. The pair went the distance with 17th-ranked Alexa Guarachi and Courtney McLane of Alabama before the Crimson Tide pair prevailed, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. One other tennis note: former BSU All-American Wesley Moodie and doubles partner Dick Norman still have not been able to play their first round match at the French Open, thanks to rain delays. Moodie and Norman, seeded fourth, are to face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Albert Montanes of Spain.
A double-switch involving two Boise Hawks yesterday resulted in one run for the Cubs and none for the Dodgers, and that made the difference in a 1-0 Chicago win at Wrigley Field. Manager Lou Piniella made the move in the eighth inning, bringing Tyler Colvin in to play leftfield and bat in the No. 9 spot, while putting Sean Marshall on the mound in a scoreless tie. Colvin drove in the game’s lone run in the bottom of the inning while Marshall was still the pitcher of record. It was Marshall’s fourth victory in the past 12 days as he improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.85. Colvin, meanwhile, is batting .309 in his rookie season with the Cubs.
This Day In Sports…May 28, 1957:
Many will never forgive them, but Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley and Giants owner Horace Stoneham receive unanimous approval from the National League to move from New York City to the West Coast. Both had long complained of dwindling attendance, outdated ballparks and lack of parking space. The following April, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants became major league baseball’s first franchises in California.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)