Notable about the UA win over Tempe Normal

Tempe Normal’s Herb Sendek is 5-0 against Arizona’s INTERIM coaches, but 0-3 against the regular HC’s (Olson, Miller).

That says volumes about Tempe Normal’s program – that it can jack it up against the interims but completely shuts down against the heavy guns. Oh, and by the way, Lute Olson’s record against ASU: 43-6. Miller’s record against ASU: 2-1 (includes 1-1 as Xavier HC). So, that’s a 45-7 record by Arizona HC’s (not counting interims) against ASU HC’s in the last 27 years.

Yes, that’s SEVEN wins over Arizona HC’s in 27 years. That five-game win streak in the last two was fool’s gold since it was over the interim HCs. Nothing against Russ Pennell and Kevin O’Neill, but it’s hard to recruit talent to a school when you have the “interim” tag over your head.

Playoff time

In 3A, Window Rock and Parker made it in the playoffs – even I knew WR was a long shot to make it, but the chips fell the right way and in they are.

But Parker was a complete surprise. Coach JP called for a win over River Valley, but I didn’t think the stars would align correctly to get Parker in – they had a lot of help from bonus points from other teams.

Over in 2A, Red Mesa is getting a home date in the first round and that will probably be the difference in their game – travelling up to Red Mesa from Cochise County is Willcox – that’s almost an 8 hr drive.

The heavyweights in 2A are all on the same side of the bracket too – Benson, St. Johns, Scottsdale Christian, Valley Christian, and underseeded Thatcher are all going to have to eliminate each other to get out of the bracket, with Benson having the easiest path as the #2 seed.

Now I’m working on a football playoff committee proposal. Hopefully it will address these issues and make things right in the future.

Show Low Makes the Paper

The Arizona Republic finally got wind of the Show Low debacle and interviewed Coach Ricedorff and several other prominent coaches.

Ricedorff is actually quoted as saying “In the fourth quarter, we were going to score again whether we ran the ball or threw the ball.”

DUH. You threw the ball, you scored. Obviousman to the rescue!

You’re also FULL OF SHIT. Run four dive plays up the middle and you’ll turn the ball over on downs.

The final quote of the entire article is once again Ricedorff: “It’s not necessarily about Rathen being my son. It’s about Show Low football.”

If I was a Show Low fan, I’d be upset – I didn’t know that Show Low football was about breaking records and rolling over teams regardless of sportsmanship. I didn’t know that Show Low football somehow turned into the Coaches’ Son’s Team. I didn’t know that the AIA’s “Victory With Honor” did not apply to Show Low.

In fact, I didn’t know that the Show Low coach was a EMBARRASSING LOON.

Multiple coaches, including one from Ricedorff’s own division, are quoted as saying that running up the score is bad. In fact, one, Valley Christian’s Bill Morgan, even goes so far to say “I have told my son that it’s not as much about his individual goals as it is about our team doing well.” St. Johns’ Mike Morgan chimes in, “It doesn’t send a good message, beating up on lesser talent.” And Blue Ridge’s Paul Moro calls Show Low’s record “audacious”.

That means “brazen, impudent, or insolent boldness” for you, Coach Ricedorff.

There will always been fans that are, well, fanatical to the point of narcissism. I get that. But for the rest of you, if you have even one shred of decency, especially alumni, you should be asking yourself why you’re allowing Coach Ricedorff to make a mockery of the tradition of Show Low football.

After all, this incident is going to follow Show Low forever. 10 years from now, people will still equate “bad sportsmanship” with Show Low football, even though it’s not deserved. And Coach Ricedorff, well, he’ll be gone long before that (probably the moment his son graduates).

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The Republic placed a poll on the article to gather opinion on the whole thing. I already did that the week this took place on the DKC website. The poll question was Did the Show Low coach show good sportsmanship by letting his starting QB play in all four quarters?. The results? 89.2% of the readers said NO at the time.

That same poll has been reinstated on the DKC website, so if you’re inclined, go ahead and check it out.

ASU Gives Up on Local Talent

So apparently Tempe Normal coach Herb Sendek didn’t hear what he wanted after a quick meeting this past weekend with Phoenix North HS player Daniel Bejarano. Bejarano had decommitted from Texas last week and immediately was visited by University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller.

Sendek, instead of trying to meet immediately and possibly getting to Bejarano first, decided to wait until after Miller’s meeting and met with Bejarano over the weekend with a scholarship offer.

Yesterday, Tempe Normal announced it was no longer pursuing Bejarano and rescinded its offer. Miller’s assistants met with Bejarano last night after the announcement.

Bejarano is a highly regarded recruit – ranked as high as #43 in some recruiting circles – and a local talent in Tempe Normal’s backyard.

The Tempe Normal fans immediately got on the internet spouting off on how Miller is picking up “sloppy seconds” and that Bejarano won’t even academically qualify anyway. They claim that Sendek is simply moving on to better prospects and that there’s still a 5-0 streak going on.

Funny that.

Miller doesn’t have a history of recruiting kids who don’t qualify, and I’m not sure Sendek had anything really to offer Bejarano since Sendek’s style of play is not a fast-paced up-and-down like Miller’s. Bejarano wants to run, and Miller’s style of play suits him.

Miller, in the span of a summer, has done what Sendek in two years hasn’t – recruit top talent locally and nationally.

Tempe Normal does have one thing right – they are still riding a 5-0 win streak over Arizona. However, their fan base doesn’t want to face facts. The fact is that they were pwned for the previous 25 years and have a win streak only because they faced interim coaches in the last two seasons. And even then, Arizona still went on to the Big Dance both years. Tempe Normal, one appearance (last year) and one first-round flameout (last year).

Lastly, how does Sendek “move on” to “better prospects” if the local talent is already ranked in the top 50? Do the Tempe Normal fans truly believe that Sendek is going to land someone ranked higher than Bejarano for 2010? Meaning, that some kid out there with a top 50 talent is going to actually choose Sendek’s slow-it-down style of play over a top school like Duke, North Carolina, or Kentucky? Some kid is going to choose Tempe Normal and its woeful NBA draft history (4 players in the last ten years) over Arizona and its rich tradition (15 players in the same timespan)?

If the goal of a kid is to get to the NBA, the path clearly does not go through Tempe Normal. Perhaps Bejarano realized this and that’s why he didn’t give a committment to Sendek right there and then this past weekend. And perhaps that’s why Sendek pulled the offer Monday morning.

Or maybe Tempe Normal realized it wasn’t going to win that recruiting battle against Arizona after all. Just another win for Miller even before the season starts.

Cave City HS Knows the Definition of “Class”

A complete contrast from last Friday’s ignominious record-setting game is one played in the Deep South, where two teams (Cave City and Yelleville-Summit) battled and one showed just how much class a high school football team could have.

In a game that was in hand after three quarters against an undermanned team, Cave City had every right to score on its final possession (a kickoff return) with only seconds remaining in a 34-16 game.

Except it didn’t. The D-I prospect returning the kickoff, Thamail Morgan, easily blew through Yelleville-Summit’s kicking team and headed for the endzone… and stopped at the 2, backed up three yards, and took a knee.

Morgan’s coach and teammates were yelling at him from the sidelines telling him not to score. Morgan admits to hearing them yell, but that wasn’t really a factor in his decision to take a knee. “We did not want to come out in a game like this and not show any class… I knew that scoring was not the right thing to do,” said Morgan.

Classy from the top down – the coaches set the example, and the kids follow.

The coaching crew in a certain mountaintop high school could use a refresher course from Cave City.