FODDER: Is Carter to blame for weak schedule
March 9, 2012
Sports fodder for a Friday morning … Should we blame coach David Carter for underestimating his Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team this year? Is the marshmallow schedule that Carter put together this year the reason why the Pack is supposedly already out of the running for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid? Carter was very defensive this week when asked about the softness of the Pack’s schedule. He said that when he put together the schedule, he expected some of the opponents to be a little better than they turned out. He said he would have liked to play tougher teams but that those teams wouldn’t play the Pack.
Well, OK. Whatever.
The bottom line is that this was a ridiculously soft schedule and, yes, it is the reason why the Pack is probably already out of the running for an at-large bid. When you schedule the likes of Prairie View A&M, UC Riverside, Portland, Cedarville, Missouri State, Montana, Nebraska-Omaha, Bradley, Longwood and Cal State Bakersfield, on top of a terribly weak conference schedule, well, that doesn’t happen by accident. But there’s nothing wrong with Carter’s scheduling this year. It is exactly what this Pack basketball program needed. He shouldn’t feel defensive about it at all. This schedule pumped life – not to mention a bushel load of victories – into the program. It was a masterful job of scheduling a young team into a 25-5 record heading into the postseason.
Since we are on the subject of masterful scheduling jobs, we also need to give the Pack football program and head coach Chris Ault a pat on the back. How does a 10-2 regular season sound? Even the so-called big-name schools on the schedule (Cal and Boise) aren’t all that scary anymore. Cal was a powerhouse in the 1920s, but nobody plays in leather helmets anymore. And Boise is going to drop back down to earth this year now that Kellen Moore will be off selling insurance. There are also four games the Pack can’t possibly lose (Northwestern State, UNLV, New Mexico and Texas State) and six that merely require that the Pack plays reasonably well and doesn’t lock quarterback Cody Fajardo in the men’s room at kickoff (South Florida, San Diego State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Hawaii and Air Force).
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