Rich coaches a part of NCAA’s problems

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Mike Krzyzewski, Duke, $7,299,666 total pay; John Calipari, Kentucky, $6,875,376 total pay; Sean Miller, Arizona, $4,945,664; followed by Bill Self, Kansas; Tom Izzo, Michigan State, and Bob Huggins, West Virginia.

College football: Tom Herman,$5.5 million a year; David Shaw, $5.7 million; Jimbo Fisher, $5.7 million; Rich Rodriguez, $6 million; Urban Meyer, $6.4 million; Jim Harbaugh, $7 million (how does Harbaugh make more than Meyer?); Dabo Swinney, $8.5 million, and to top things off Nick Saban, $11.1 million with his fellow SEC assistant coaches making millions.

Major college sports spent millions because they make millions for their universities via TV, Bowl Games, playoffs, March Madness. These are no longer student athletes, they should get paid. This is big business, big time.

The FBI has gotten involved mostly because the NCAA simply has not done their job and have been complacent, to say the least. And, they have always known about payoffs, which have been going on ever since I can remember in some way or another.

Even back in Ohio in the 40’s and 50’s and early 60’s we had a high school team called Massillon; they always somehow had the best players in the state via the school getting their fathers’ jobs at one of the steel mills. But where did it all start?

Knute Rockne, the famous Notre Dame teacher and head coach, (he was a chemist by the way) was one of the first to notice. He said college football was like show business and he went out to radio stations and newspapers promoting his team. Eventually he made $75K a year, which is still less than a million in today’s numbers.

Just one more thing, a tenured professor at one of these universities makes between $100K and $130K a year. These mostly socialist and communist professors are paid via money coming from capitalism, isn’t that ironic.

Sparty set for a run

College Basketball Conference Tournaments start this week on Wednesday with the Big Ten and will be played at Madison Square Garden, with the final on Sunday, March 4. The main players look to be Michigan State, as usual even with all their distractions, Michigan and Ohio State and Nebraska, who has been a great ATS money maker all season.

Favorites at -10 or higher have done very well of late going 13-3 ATS. Look for same season revenge dogs. Top seeds have gone 1-6 ATS when favored by 12 or more. Michigan State with Izzo at the helm is the most probable winner as Izzo remembers his first round loss last year. The Cornhuskers are looking like a dangerous team, especially when getting points.

On Thursday the Missouri Valley starts their conference tournament with Loyola Chicago looking good, the higher seeded teams have been the way to go in round one. With no Wichita State this year it looks like several teams could get hot here and win. Southern Illinois has been doing well of late.

The Horizon League starts on Friday, March 2, with the main four teams being Illinois Chicago, No. Kentucky, Wright State and Oakland, with Wisconsin Milwaukee surging late. We will look for some dogs in this tournament.

The West Coast gets under way also on Friday with Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s getting ready to hook up again. We would love to see San Francisco play BYU, who beat them two times this year. Revenge will be sweet if we get the matchup.

The Colonial Athletic Association gets under way on Saturday and ends on Tuesday with the main players being Northeastern, Charleston, Bill and Mary, and Hofstra with Towson on the outside looking in. One note: 3-seeds have gone 8-0 ATS as favorites of 4 or less points.

The college hoops play of the week comes on Friday with lowly Iowa State on the road in Sooner land. Oklahoma, sitting on the proverbial bubble, will be looking to blow out Iowa State who has gone 0-9 SU and 2-7 ATS on the Big 12 road; no cyclone in Norman tonight.

Horse sense

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Top horse play

This week’s horse play comes on Thursday in the 8th race as we get 4yo fillies and mares going a mile on the grass. No. 8 ALL NET, who exits our HTW list, gets her first start off the David Jacobson claim. He moves her up in class putting her back on the grass. We love that the hot riding Geovanni Franco gets on today.

The bottom line is just get out, play your favorite machines, make some horse and sports bets. You just never know, you could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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