The Confidential Bracket Update: FINAL STANDINGS, April 9, 2014

Well, another bracket contest comes to an end.  Congrats to Andrew, whose HermanHarriedsHero entry won!

Thanks to all who entered!

1
41
114
27
141
2
43
116
22
138
3
42
113
22
135
4
40
108
26
134
5
42
115
18
133
6
39
106
26
132
7
39
99
26
125
8
38
102
22
124
9
38
104
18
122
10
36
98
23
121
11
39
106
14
120
12
38
101
18
119
13
40
108
10
118
14
39
102
14
116
15
37
94
20
114

 

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Student-Athletes and Sub-Par Academics

As is often the case, the devil is in the details.  As a lawyer, it is notable that most commentary on legal issues in public is done by persons without the legal savvy to fully understand it.  Folks remember that woman who received the huge verdict from McDonald’s for burning herself with hot coffee.  Few realize the true facts of the case make even this grizzled civil defense attorney think that the case had some merit worthy of an atypical judgment/settlement.  The long and short of it is that people would be well advised to know the actual facts (to the extent possible) and read the actual rulings by judges with a legal eye before criticizing same.  Such may be the case with the recent Northwestern-union issue, where the idea of student-athletes as employees seems far-fetched… until you analyze the facts, the legal standard for what an “employee” is, and the ruling itself.

Indeed, it was disappointing to read that the academically-successful Northwestern student-athletes may have been discouraged from taking the courses that they wanted to take.  At the other extreme, however, are the discussions about how some student-athletes have academic skills that are so far below those of their college peers.  The purported North Carolina essay that is making the rounds on the Internet is one example of that story.  The Confidential believes that it may be appropriate to consider an alternative track for the at-risk student-athlete with subpar academic skills.

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Why James Michael McAdoo Declared for the Draft

When news broke yesterday that junior forward James Michael McAdoo was forgoing his final season of eligibility and declaring for the NBA Draft, there was a lot of anger and confusion among North Carolina fans. Why now? Why not return for one more year? It seemed obvious on the surface. He’s not projected to be a first round pick in most mock drafts, so why leave when he could stay and improve his chances? It’s easy for fans to say that because they’re not in his shoes, but things are never that simple. Even though his decision could be viewed as impulsive and ill advised, that doesn’t mean that it actually is. Here are a few of the reasons why McAdoo might not be returning next season-

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The ACC Basketball Coaching Tree: Two Polls!

The ACC basketball coaching community is growing in talent with the addition of Buzz Williams.  There are historical greats with national championships: Coach K, Boeheim, Pitino, and Roy Williams.  There is the next tier of Bennett, Larranaga, Brey, Buzz Williams, Hamilton, Gottfried, and Dixon, all of whom are awaiting their first national championship as a coach.  And all Mark Gottfried has done is go to three straight Big Dances at North Carolina State.

Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory is from the Tom Izzo line, and had great success at Dayton, but has not done much yet for the Yellow Jackets.  Brad Brownell is also doing good things at Clemson.  Boston College and Wake Forest are set to announce new moves soon enough and, in the mean time, remain unknowns.  Still, that is a very proven set of 11 coaches.

You could have an interesting debate ranking the historical greats, 1-2-3-4, based on their all-time cumulative performance.  So let’s do a poll!  Look, Coach K is going to be most people’s #1 all-time, so half of the options have him at #1.  Try not to be a homer.

But here is another great question… you have an elimination game to win and get to pick one coach at his current level of performance–who would YOU take?   Again, try not to be a homer.  And let everyone know why you picked who you picked.

Comments encouraged!

ACC to 16…Navy to Get Notre Dame-esque Scheduling Deal From ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference did not drive the recent expansion like the Big 10, but it has been very very involved nonetheless.  Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Louisville are full members.  Maryland is exiting.  Notre Dame has a quasi-membership for football and a full-membership otherwise.  In a move that is somewhat shocking, but perhaps not VERY shocking, the reports are that Navy will be joining the ACC in a deal akin to Notre Dame’s, only with far less compensation.  See link to article below.

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The Confidential Bracket Update: March 30, 2014

Just three games left to decide it all.  But YOUR big question is… who is winning the Confidential bracket contest?

Well, see below:

Standings

Rank
Owner
Bracket
Correct Picks
(winner)
Points
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
41 (Florida)
114
27
141
2
43 (Florida)
116
22
138
3
42 (Creighton)
113
22
135
4
40 (Louisville)
108
26
134
5
42 (Florida)
115
18
133
6
39 (Florida)
106
26
132
7
39 (Louisville)
99
26
125
8
38 (Louisville)
102
22
124
9
38 (Louisville)
104
18
122
10
36 (Wisconsin)
98
23
121
11
39 (Florida)
106
14
120
12
38 (Florida)
101
18
119
13
40 (Wichita St)
108
10
118
14
39 (Duke)
102
14
116
15
37 (Louisville)
94
20
114
16
35 (Florida)
98
14
112
17
36 (Arizona)
91
20
111
18
35 (Florida)
92
18
110
19
38 (Michigan)
101
8
109
20
36 (Florida)
96
12
108

The Confidential Bracket Update: March 29, 2014

The ACC is done as we hit the Elite Eight.  Kudos to Dayton, Kentucky, UConn, and the 5 seeded teams that are still alive.  But who is winning the Confidential bracket contest?  See below:

Rank
Owner
Bracket
Correct Picks
Points
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
42
108
22
130
2
41
105
22
127
3
39
100
26
126
4
41
107
18
125
4
39
99
26
125
6
39
98
26
124
6
38
98
26
124
8
39
102
14
116
8
37
94
22
116
10
37
96
18
114
11
38
98
14
112
11
35
90
22
112
13
37
93
18
111
13
36
91
20
111
15
39
100
10
110
16
36
86
20
106
17
34
90
14
104
18
36
89
14
103
19
34
84
18
102
20
37
93
8
101