Random Thoughts: I Go Away for a Few Days...

daCoach took a few days off to fulfil some local sports commitments, and all H*** broke loose around Evanston, the State of Illinois and elsewhere in the World of the Northwestern Wildcats...

There's a joke among certain radio talk show hosts...
That whenever they try to tak a few days off, world events seem to change radically and they're not there to talk about it and try to make sense of it to their audiences.

There also was a time during the cold war when it seemed the Soviet Union never did anything during the World Series because nobody would pay attention anyway.

Well that hasn't happened to our Wildcats while I was off coaching and mediaing an American Legion State Championship, and being Media Director for the Little League Senior Softball World Series.

I turn my back and a basketball player gets arrested, two announce they're not returning to NU, we get another football commit, Barry Alvarez announces his retirement, and many of the guys we thought were close to NU, now aren't.

On that roundball scene, I suspect that Bill Carmody just might have another commit come in before classes start. I also don't expect another football commit soon. It seems that Walker gets them in bunches, usually after official visits. I expect that trend to continue.

Talking to the Indiana folks at the Softball World Series, I'd be surprised if Indiana coach Mike Davis is around next year this time. He was hired originally because he could recruit, and they don't think he has.

At least they're giving Terry Hoeppner [Football] the benefit of the doubt, altho one sports reporter here at the series couldn't believe they changed coaches that fast. Neither did I.

I guess the good news is that my Legion Team, the Sussex West Patriots, won the Delaware State Title and now is off to the regionals, altho I can't go because of other commitments. Our new Delaware State Champs have enough pitching to make it to the next level, but they've got to really play with fire now.

Yes, I'm still planning to be at the football scrimmage on the 20th - I'll also have time to poke around Evanston too. Watch for the reports. I expect to have lots of interviews.

Now if it just doesn't rain for the next 3 days.....
-- da Coach

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