Coach­ing de­ci­sions off lim­its for Stern


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co­or­di­na­tor was back and Ma­jor Applewhite got pro­moted to of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

3. Got to side with Gregg Popovich on rest­ing his main Spurs af­ter play­ing four games in five days and skip­ping the Mi­ami Heat game, but wish he’d cho­sen to by­pass a game in the West rather than his club’s only trip to Mi­ami. David Stern was off base for fin­ing the fran­chise $250,000 for do­ing what’s best for its team. The NBA com­mish risks a dan­ger­ous prece­dent by wad­ing into the area of coach­ing de­ci­sions based on health/fa­tigue. That’s not in his area of ju­ris­dic­tion. The real is­sue is ob­scene sched­ul­ing.

4. The Sugar Bowl was cho­sen over the Cot­ton Bowl as the site of the Cham­pi­ons Bowl (aka Run­ner-up Bowl) be­tween the win­ners — wink, wink — of the SEC and the Big 12, I’m told, partly be­cause of the high price of tick­ets the Cot­ton Bowl was go­ing to charge but mostly be­cause Mike Slive runs col­lege foot­ball. ( Just don’t tell Jim De­lany.) The truth of the mat­ter is the Cot­ton Bowl might be bet­ter off be­cause it stands a bet­ter chance of host­ing the first na­tional cham­pi­onship game when the play­off is in­sti­tuted in 2014 and be­ing in the reg­u­lar ro­ta­tion of the ti­tle game and semi­fi­nals any­way. Oh, and I guess you no­ticed the SEC messed with the Ag­gies and rail­roaded them into a lesser bowl. A&M’s the new kid on the block but de­served bet­ter, with all due re­spect to the ex­pertly run Cot­ton Bowl.

5. Thought Jets start­ing quar­ter­back Mark Sanchez had a classy re­sponse to get­ting benched in the third quar­ter against the Car­di­nals. Went over and pat­ted backup Greg McEl­roy — it’s Alabama’s world; we’re just liv­ing in it — on the hel­met with a good-luck ges­ture.

6. The Kansas State game was yet an­other re­minder that Texas has as many of­fen­sive weapons as any Top 25 team but still has trou­ble us­ing them. No greater ex­am­ples than burner D.J. Mon­roe, who had three touches Satur­day for 56 yards, and speed­ster Daje John­son, who had six plays for 99 yards. Mon­roe got one or no touches in seven games; John­son touched the ball three or fewer times in four games. Un­ac­cept­able.

7. Tweet of the Week comes from Daniel Mizell ■ @vin­nyshow­down: “David Stern is cur­rently try­ing to fine the Na­tion­als for sit­ting Strasburg af­ter 180 in­nings last sea­son.”

8. Won­der­ing where former Longhorn safety Ricky Church­man is. He was as tough as they come.

9. Rented “Lawless” with high ex­pec­ta­tions that were not met. Strong cast but one of the sil­li­est gun­bat­tle scenes ever — al­most com­i­cal. Plus, the movie re­de­fines the phrase “It’s just a flesh wound.” Very dis­ap­point­ing end­ing, more suit­able for Wal­tons than dan­ger­ous boot­leg­gers. Gave it five ducks.

10. One crazy pre­dic­tion: The SEC will win all nine of its bowl games.

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