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Nobody asked me but...

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Nobody asked me but...the Sikeston football program is at a pivotal point in time after the announced resignation of head coach Jerry Dement.

What direction will Sikeston take with the open position? Will they stay in-

house and promote from within or look outside the program for a new coach? One thing is for sure, it should be interesting.

* The SEMO Conference Tournament is under way and the semifinals are set with Sikeston facing Jackson and Charleston meeting Notre Dame.

The opening round of the tourney has been lackluster with four teams dominating the action. In fact, I am of the firm belief that Charleston, Jackson, Notre Dame and Sikeston are clearly the best in the area and everyone else is fighting for fifth best.

With all the blowouts early in the tourney, I have a solution, revoke the membership of Caruthersville, Dexter and Kennett. It is not so much of a question of competition, just one of numbers.

Before everybody throws a fit, hear me out.

All three participate in other conference tourneys with Caruthersville and Kennett in the Bootheel Conference and Dexter in the Stoddard County Conference. I believe one conference tourney is enough.

What is with the 5:30 p.m. start time for the Sikeston-Jackson game? With only two games on tap for Thursday, it could've easily been pushed back. I hope everyone can arrive for the tip. However, I expect an L.A. Laker crowd to begin the game, lots of empty seats but full by the half.

* Jackson has the size to create problems for Sikeston and the Indians could upset the Bulldogs. It is possible. But I'm taking the Bulldogs.

In the other semifinal, Notre Dame will have some issues against the "The Factory." While Notre Dame was beating up teams in the weak Woodland Tournament, Charleston was getting its mettle tested in the Riverbend Classic.

The championship final should be a great matchup between rivals. The Bluejays have looked salty in the early going even without Jamarcus Williams. The guard combo of Shawn Sherrell and Antonio Riggens can not be touched. Justin Clark is beast on the perimeter and Brian Parham is turning heads in the post.

"The Factory" usually plays its best game against Sikeston and for that reason, I will take the 'Jays.

* Anybody have the phone number for basketball coach Jay Spoonhour? SEMO needs it. The Scott Edgar era has started and the Indians (I refuse to call them the "Redhawks") are struggling. What happened to the up and down action promised by Edgar? If you guys can't find Spoonhour's number, I can get in touch with Lennies McFerren at Scott Central in a flash.

And finally, nobody asked me but...Mizzou basketball is 9-0 after playing the creamiest of a cream puff schedule. The Arkansas win was impressive, but by and large the wins will not make Dickie V sit up and take notice.

Despite the lack of quality opponents, I like the scheduling of Mizzou. Let's face it, Mizzou had reached the bottom of the barrel with head coach Quinn Snyder and the program had no buzz. Build the program back like Kansas State did with their football program, schedule easy teams and slowly build your way back to respectability.