Random Thoughts: Scheduling isn’t always about revenge

By Tom Zulewski

Collegiate athletic directors already have a hard-enough job when it comes to scheduling football games. It’s no different at Southern Utah, who recently announced games against Utah – in 2022 and 2024.

But there’s an account out there of how SUU and UNLV announced there will be a game played in Las Vegas to open the 2019 season. Words like “revenge” were being used to describe the potential reasons to put the programs on the same field once again.

Considering for just a moment how the last meeting between the teams happened in 2011 – a full eight years ago – let’s put any “revenge” talk for a game that’s still two full years away right now.

UNLV’s head coach at the time of the Rebels’ 41-16 loss was Bobby Hauck. He was the same coach who couldn’t get his success at Big Sky school Montana (80-17 overall in seven years, three trips to the FCS national title game) to translate to the big boys of Division I.

In five years in Las Vegas, Hauck had a 15-49 record and only one winning season before stepping down in 2014. He was hired at San Diego State in 2015 as the special team’s coordinator.

By the time this game gets played, it will have been five full years since Hauck left. No revenge exists here, and players on the rosters will probably have little to no memory of that night where the T-Birds basically beat up the Rebels on their turf.

We know the drill on how SUU will collect a nice check once again for playing UNLV, but whoever will step on the field at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2019 will have their own motivations for doing well.

Revenge won’t be part of the equation.

-As good as Randy Onwuasor was at Southern Utah in his only season in 2017, it’s hardly shocking he announced his intention to transfer again after coming over from Texas Tech. Onwuasor led the Big Sky in scoring at 23.6 points per game, but the T-Birds were 6-27 overall.

Sources have reported Oregon, Gonzaga, and South Carolina are among the schools interested in the 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Inglewood, Calif.

It’s no coincidence all three of those schools reached this year’s Final Four at the NCAA Tournament. If Onwuasor latches on to any of them, it’ll be a clear case of going from the basement to a Park Avenue penthouse with all the trimmings.

-Jordan Spieth had one of the crazier back-nine finishes to any major in recent memory, but it was good enough to hang on and earn the third major of his career Sunday at The Open at Royal Birkdale.

If you were up and awake to watch the drama, it was really a small part of the big picture.

Spieth turns 24 years old Thursday and already has the first three legs of golf’s career Grand Slam and can complete it next month when the PGA Championship is played at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.

When you can do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true, it only adds to how amazing Spieth’s achievement was.

Three trophies down, one to go.

Follow Tom Zulewski on Twitter @TommyZee81 or email tominator19@yahoo.com.


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