Unexpectedly, Bob Knight's reign at Texas Tech has come to a close. The winningest coach in Division I men's history resigned Monday, leaving the program in the hands of his youngest son, Pat.
There's no denying Knight's place in the lexicon of college basketball with his 902 victories, three national championships and enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. Yet, it was the personality that all too often overshadowed the on-court accomplishments. Brash, opinionated and controversial, his temper spawned legend and doomed him at Indiana. There was the infamous chair toss in 1985 against Purdue -- and the choking incident that ultimately led to his being fired from Indiana in 2000 for a "pattern of unacceptable behavior." He spent 29 seasons in Bloomington.
He popped up in Lubbock, Texas, a year after his dismissal from IU and while he was never able to duplicate the level of success he had at Indiana, he did lead the Red Raiders to five 20-win seasons, including a Sweet 16 run in 2005.
Often willing to go toe-to-toe with the media, he sometimes flashed his soft side. Following an Ohio State-Texas Tech game in 2004, Knight came off the Schottenstein Center court and after begrudgingly answering questions in the press conference, he was hounded by a small group of reporters looking for one last word. Telling them he was done, he walked away form the group and was approached by a local radio reporter who had multiple sclerosis. Knight put his arm around the visibly nervous reporter and took him aside and patiently walked him through the interview. The two then spent the better part of 10 minutes talking.
How will you remember Knight? Will it be for the legendary temper or for his ability to win with players who may not have been highly recruited but were willing to buy into a proven system? Whether you focus on the anger of the accolades, there's no denying there was only one Bob Knight?
There is no southern comfort for Jim Tressel and Ohio State.
It was like '06 all over again. Once again the Buckeyes struck first – and once again an SEC team took complete control of the game as LSU gave the conference a second consecutive BCS title game win over Ohio State.
It wasn’t exactly 41-14 (last year’s score in Florida’s win over OSU) but the conference that everyone can’t help but fawn over has again flexed its collective muscle on the game’s biggest stage with the Tigers’ 38-24 win -- a flexing that gets all the more Schwarzenegger-esque when you add in the beat down Georgia put on Hawaii, in the same building LSU won in, no less.
After Ohio State rode Chris “Beanie” Wells’ BCS title-game record 65-yard touchdown run and a Ryan Pretorius’ field goal to a 10-0 lead, LSU took complete control as the Buckeyes were hounded by penalties (7 for 83 yards) and turnovers (three total). Whether you think the correct teams were in the Superdome on Monday night or not, it’s hard to deny that this was simply another coronation for the SEC, which has now won six national championships in the last 15 seasons.
Tressel may have defied logic in returning to the BCS title game despite losing the likes of Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez but another disappointing showing does nothing to change those theories that have hounded the Buckeyes and the Big Ten since last season.
So a season full of upsets, a season full of seemingly weekly “we shocked the world” moments ends with the conference that was king of the hill before the season hanging onto its place as Les Miles hoisted the crystal football.
But are the Tigers really the nation's best or is it conference rival Georgia or USC? What's your take and what are your thoughs on the BCS title game?
Tebow beat two-time runner-up Darren McFadden of Arkansas by 254 points, while Hawaii's Colt Brennan was third and Missouri's Chase Daniel finished fourth.
Tebow, who accounted for 51 touchdowns, was the first major college player to run for 20 TDs and pass for 20 in the same season, received 462 first-place votes. He is the third Florida player to win, following Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and Steve Spurrier in 1966.
Does Tebow's win signal a shift in the 73-year-old trophy's voting or was Saturday simply an aberration? So many underclassmen have been denied a place in the exclusive fraternity in the past (Herschel Walker, Rex Grossman, Adrian Peterson) but could Tebow's breakthrough finally mean we'll never have to worry about those age vs. achievement debates that have haunted past Heimsan votes (i.e. Eric Crouch vs. Grossman in 2001)?
What's your take: What does Tebow's win mean to the future of the Heisman and what will it mean for Tebow? How many Heismans will he win? Will or can he ever live up the expectations that will undoubtedly follow him as a Heisman winner, something that put possibly unfair pressure on Oklahoma's Jason White and USC's Matt Leinart?
So this is how we'll end a season marred by 13 top-five teams falling to unranked opponents? This will be the culmination of a year that's seen seven No. 2s stumble? We're back to the two teams that held the No. 1 ranking longer than anyone else?
Parity be damned.
After the dust settled, it's Ohio State and LSU that finished Nos. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings to earn a spot in the national championship game Jan. 7 in the Superdome -- though there are a few other teams that will argue that all you have to do is take the C out of BCS to sum up their feelings on the subject.
Georgia (10-2), Kansas (11-1), Virginia Tech (11-2), USC (10-2) and Oklahoma (11-2) could all make cases why they should be prepping for a title shot. While Ohio State was a logical winner in Saturday's losses by No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia, sliding up from No. 3 to the top spot, LSU's rise is bound to ruffle some feathers.
But the Tigers' body of work, which includes a conference title (something the Bulldogs and Jayhawks are missing), a 41-point drubbing of ACC champ Virginia Tech and two losses against winning teams in triple OT (USC lost to 4-8 Stanford, Oklahoma fell to 6-6 Colorado) -- was enough to get the support of voters and earn them a date with Chris Wells (right) and the Buckeyes.
Unfair? What would a season in the BCS era be without a huge helping of chaos?
Here's the matchups for the BCS bowls:
BCS National Championship Game
Jan. 7, New Orleans
No. 1 Ohio State (11-1) vs. No. 2 LSU (11-2)
Jan. 3, Miami
Virginia Tech (11-2) vs. Kansas (11-1)
Jan. 2, Tempe, Ariz.
Oklahoma (11-2) vs. West Virginia (10-2)
Jan. 1, New Orleans
Georgia (10-2) vs. Hawaii (12-0)
Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.
USC (10-2) vs. Illinois (9-3)
So what's your take, did the BCS get it right or should someone else be playing for the national title?