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We've got an extra-long weekend of college sports, so we thought we'd give you an extra edition of the roundtable, with this week's coaches, Pat Dye, George Welsh, Terry Donahue and LaVell Edwards. Who's going to face Ohio State in the national title game? Can Arkansas sneak in with wins over LSU and Florida? Will Michigan get a rematch? Or is USC a lock to win out and secure a spot?
We're pleased to present the first "official" episode of the Legends Roundtable podcast. This week we're talking college football with Terry Donahue, Pat Dye, George Welsh and Lavell Edwards. We've got stories about how they dealt with their own archrivals -- and with the expectations of fans and alumni to win those big rivalry games.
I had just posted the comments from Bo Schembechler on the Michigan-Ohio St. rivalry, when I learned that Coach Schembechler died this morning, after collapsing during a taping session for a TV show. Our condolences at the Legends Channel go out to everyone who knew Coach Schembechler and loved him. He was truly one of the greats of college athletics. Here's a really nice story, posted at the MCS Poll message boards, about his arrival at Michigan, and the start of his rivalry with Ohio St. I suppose the media conference call from earlier this week was probably his final public interview.
Update: During the media call, a reporter asked Coach Schembechler about the Columbus punk band, The Dead Schembechlers. Here's his response. He obviously kept his sense of humor despite the health troubles that were bothering him.
Update 2: The Dead Schembechlers have announced that tonight's show will be their final show under their current name. If they continue playing, they'll do it under a new name. Proceeds from tonight's show will go to charity.
This week's Roundtable audio comes from a phone-in media conference with several national sports media folks. You'll hear some beeps and static as people join the call, but rather than wait, we wanted to get this stuff up for you right away. We've got John Cooper, Bo Schembechler and RC Slocum looking ahead to Ohio St. vs. Michigan this weekend. Hardcore Wolverines and Buckeyes, don't get too upset, but Cooper and Schembechler actually agree on some things!
I was reminded yesterday why I’m not a big fan of the computer polls when it comes to the BCS. The computers had Rutgers ranked at No. 2, ahead of Ohio State. Is there any level, other than mathematics, where that makes sense?
Get rid of the computers, bring back the strength of schedule component, and add another poll: The Master Coaches Survey. This panel of former coaches, including Pat Dye, Vince Dooley, Gene Stallings, and Bo Schembechler, are studying games on Monday and Tuesday and then meeting each Wednesday to make their picks. Their expertise is an element that is currently lacking in the process.
We couldn't have said it any better ourselves!! Check out the Master Coaches Poll each week released Sunday nights by 9 PM ET.
Don Nehlen breaks down the Big East showdown on Thursday night between his former team, No. 3 West Virginia, and No. 6 Louisville, alongside fellow Legends Don James and LaVell Edwards, in this week's Roundtable.