I only have two words to say: Go Bucks!
While you may scratch your head at the sentence above, let me explain how I have become the college basketball equivalent of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (if you haven’t seen the movie, he attends every Cleveland Indians game only to violently cheer against The Tribe).
It all revolves around the head of the program himself, Tommy Amaker. While Amaker is a nice guy, and he has led the program out of scandal and probation, the reality is that he has to be one of the worst coaches in college basketball. The players pretty much admit that the Wolverines run absolutely no set offense, giving them no chance to get themselves out of jams that often end up causing seven-minute streaks without field goals.
That’s why for about the last three years I have pulled for the Wolverines to lose, and lose and lose. While my
I admit that there are many other reasons why
The problem, however, is that the word on the street is that University President Mary Sue Coleman is a gigantic Amaker defender because she likes how the Amaker family represents the school. When Amaker first came to
Passion – While the Wolverines have played hard during Amaker’s tenure, the passion is certainly not there within the fan base. Attendance this season is at its lowest in 25 years and down almost ten percent from last season. The mystique is all gone from a program that was culturally relevant in the early 1990s.
Patience – Amaker and his crew have likely done the best in this area, considering they have thrown out their vaunted “point-a-minute” offense in big conference games (The Wolverines put up 44 against
But, to put
Be Honest – Year after year, Amaker has failed to be honest with himself in terms of putting his team in position to win. Amaker claims to call his offense a “motion” offense, whereas you would find better diagramed plays at
Have Fun – There are very few coaches that showcase less of their personality than Tommy Amaker. Ask a
The best example of this is that during an interview with the Detroit News a couple years ago, a reporter asked him what he likes to do in this spare time. After attempting at all costs to change the subject, saying that fans don’t care, he spoke about how he likes to fix old cars and how that is much like trying to fix the
If Mary Sue Coleman wants to create a school that makes other schools feel good about themselves, than Tommy Amaker is the right coach. Maybe next season they can give out teddy bears to opposing teams. But if she wants the school to really best represent the University, it’s time for the change direction now.
That is why I am cheering for the Buckeyes on Saturday. I have to cheer for the
I think I should stop before start reenacting the script