Andrew Gilman

Should They or Shouldn’t They?

Should They or Shouldn’t They?

Everyone who watches sports is an expert.

Maybe some of us played. Maybe some of us didn’t, but anyone who’s invested – either as a fan, media member or just Twitter scroller – has opinions on what should and shouldn’t happen.

Your friend won’t stop talking about what should happen with Jason Garrett and the Cowboys or Lincoln Riley to the Cowboys. The 24-hour-always-on news cycle has you confused about the Thunder winning or whether it would be better if they didn’t.

So many opinions. Should they or shouldn’t they? I’ll decide.

Chuba Hubbard should not play in the Oklahoma State-Texas A&M bowl game coming up later this month. Trying to find a good reason the NFL prospect should play is more difficult than trying to find a reason why he should come back and play another season for OSU. We all know running backs don’t have the shelf life of a Twinkie. The clock has started on the third-year sophomore. He finished eighth in the Heisman voting. Hubbard was one of the best backs in the nation. There’s nothing left to prove. There is a lot to lose, however. On Sunday, Hubbard even tweeted out that he hasn’t made his decision yet. Not quite sure what he’s waiting for. Hubbard is going to be drafted, so might as well head out to California or Arizona or somewhere warm and start training for the upcoming April combine.

Speaking of staying or going, heard Chase Young of Ohio State say he hadn’t made up his mind yet about returning to college next year. Huh? Young should not do that. Maybe he was just being an anti-alarmist when he said it, but Young, who is the certain No. 1 or No. 2 pick, definitely shouldn’t even say such silliness.

Lincoln Riley should not go to the Dallas Cowboys. For so long, the assumption has been the pinnacle of football coaching is the NFL Not so sure that’s the case any more. College coaches at the top of their profession, like Riley is, can command bigger and better salaries, have just as much control and even have better job security, Meanwhile, none have to work for anyone who’s quite as hands-on as Jerry Jones is. There’s only one person who makes sense to coach the Cowboys, and it isn’t Riley or Urban Meyer. It’s a person who knows how to deal with Jones and never will, or have, spoken out of school when it comes to family matters that is the Cowboys. That person is Jason Garrett, and Jones is getting ready to send him on his way.

The NBA should adapt an in-season tournament. If you’re going to condone out-and-out tanking, which we’ve endured over the past decade, then at least give the fans something to pay attention to until the playoffs start. The players have already told us, with their actions, the regular season matters not. Coaches and executives are “all-in” on load management. That means less emphasis on November-April basketball. That means lower ratings, too. That means, the NBA better synthetically create some interest or none of us are going to watch until May. An in-season tournament could do that. Put everyone in a single-elimination bracket that starts at the beginning of the season. Draw the teams out randomly for the matchups and play the tournament games concurrent with the regular season, wrapping it up at the All-Star break. Easy fix. Plus, it gives teams that have no chance to win the actual NBA title, a chance to win some hardware. It would work.

Oklahoma should throw deep – a lot – against LSU in the upcoming College Football semifinal game. Of course, Lincoln Riley has had success turning this team into a ball-control, possession-style offense for the second half of this season, but Riley’s true success is being flexible. Remember, when he was hired, the thinking was Riley was going to be the kind of coach who would throw it all game, every game. Turns out, the Sooners have been content with running even with all the great passers and receivers the team has had. The semifinal game would be an excellent chance for OU and Riley to change things up once again. The defense being better also is a bit of a fall-back, too. Knowing you don’t have to score on every possession, thanks to a better defense means you can take more of a chance on offense. Show the run, but pass it deep. Obviously, you don’t want to stray too far from what you do best, but knowing Jalen Hurts is a capable enough of a passer and knowing CeeDee Lamb is one of the best pass catchers around, has to give Riley enough confidence that he could be successful with a one-game change of pace. Think back to Bob Stoops coaching Trevor Knight against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. No, it wasn’t for a playoff bid, but what Stoops did that game was something Knight hadn’t done all season – throw it deep. The Sooners were a massive (17-point) underdog that night in New Orleans and that team didn’t have Hurts and Lamb – two way-better options in the passing game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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