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Disgraced – Doc Suggestion

Disgraced Baylor

With the fast-paced world, we live in today where the news cycles are constantly flipping over the year 2003 can seem like forever ago. The people at Baylor University would love for you act like that year never happened. A university’s athletic program that is no stranger to scandal had one its worst PR crisis’s that year. Now you may be thinking what could be as bad as the current sexual assault allegations, well there is murder.

In the summer of 2003, Patrick Dennehy was a basketball player who was murdered by his teammate Carlton Dotson. Dotson shot him two times in the head in field where the men would practice shooting guns. That is just the beginning of this crazy story. Airing on the Showtime Network is a documentary called “Disgraced” that takes a look at how all this mess started and insane fallout afterwards.

What led a young man on the basketball team to kill? Well even after watching the documentary I am not sure if you get a clear answer. What we do learn is that a lot people around Baylor University wanted this to go away as soon as possible and every want to cover their own hind parts. This is especially true for Head Coach Dave Bliss.

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Coach Bliss was concerned with the NCAA finding out who was paying Dennehy’s tuition since he was not on scholarship. If it were not for help of an assistant coach with some integrity who knows what would have happened to Dennehy’s reputation. Disgraced takes us on a journey through that tumultuous summer where one player ends up dead and we wonder how fair the trial was for his killer.

This film digs deep into one of the biggest scandals ever in college sports. There are interviews with family members, former teammates, friends and local law enforcement. There are still a lot of questions about what exactly happened out in that field in Texas but what we do know is there were a lot of moving parts in Waco, Texas that wanted this story to die.

Written By
Keith B. Holt

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There Too Many Bowls

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The college football season is over and now we are onto the bowl season. There will be 34 post season games to reward collegiate teams for having good seasons. The problem is there were not 68 teams that had good seasons. There are rarely going to be that many good schools considering that there are only 120 FBS schools to begin with. That means more than half the teams playing will get to go to postseason. The fact of the matter is that we have too many bowl games.

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Part of the problem is that when Division scheduled for FBS schools went from 11 to 12 games it allowed more opportunity for teams to become bowl eligible. Under the 11 game format teams that won at least 6 games qualified to play in a postseason game. That 6 game requirement was never adjusted when the schedule expanded which made it easier for teams to get in. One problem with that this is that there is no requirement that those 6 wins have to come against FBS schools. So a team that gets 2 quick victories against St Joes School for the Blind and Bozo The Clown State now only has to get by 4 out of the next 10 games.

The sight of some of these sad games is very unappealing. Looking at those empty stadiums is not a good sight only to see 2 mediocre teams play. The fans are not that interested in the lower tier bowl games because they are usually in some horrible locations. For instance this year Georgia Tech will be playing in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, TN. Now I don’t know how many alumni are interested in spending December 30th in Nashville. It’s not like it’s a warmer city then their hometown of Atlanta and doesn’t provide any real motivation for the out of town alums to travel. Not mention I am pretty sure the people of Nashville are breaking their necks to see two schools that they have no connection to play each other.

Maybe after we bring in the playoff system maybe we can wash out some of these irrelevant games. Until then enjoy that GoDaddy.com Bowl matchup of Ball State and Arkansas State. If you want to go I am sure there will plenty of 10 dollar tickets floating around Mobile, AL.

Written By
Keith B. Holt
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