It’s a new year and it’s time to either set some New Year’s resolutions or make predictions. Let’s be honest, it’s probably easier to set some predictions. Here’s five that quickly jumped into my mind.
1. Penn State’s new coach won’t last more than a season.
Any coach who accepts the Penn State job is going to realize they’ve bit off more than they can chew. While it’s an appealing job for a number of reasons (storied program, winning program, great school academically, top athletic program for the school, strong alum network), the football program has problems.
A lot of problems.
The new coach will have to deal with lawsuits, exiting recruits, finding recruits, new coaches, a scrutinizing NCAA, lost revenues and rebuilding a program.
While I think Penn State will get a quality coach, this next one won’t stick around for the long haul.
2. Ohio State will not win the NCAA Basketball Championship.
Ohio State is a talented team with Jared Sullinger, William Buford and Aaron Craft. With its loss against Indiana, which is showing that they could be for real, and its earlier one against Kansas, it has exposed some of their weaknesses.
Once Ohio State gets away from its conference competitors in March (obviously they’ll go to the tournament), it will find additional challenges from ACC and Big East teams. And there’s always the Cinderella team.
They’ll have success in March Madness but they won’t win it all.
3. Denard Robinson will stay at Michigan for one more year.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has filed paperwork with the NFL to explore his options for the 2012 draft and now he’s waiting for a response. While he had a stellar year in his rookie season, Robinson’s numbers dropped off this season thanks to a different offensive scheme and some problems with a staph infection.
He’s a talented quarterback but he needs to work on his passing skills (see the Iowa game) for a pass-dominate NFL. He’s not ready for the big leagues and should wait one more year to improve his standing.
4. Mike Martz will return to the Bears.
After the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler went down, the team imploded under Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown. These two didn’t solely cause the Bears’ multiple losses; they were just pieces of the puzzle. Many have said offensive coordinator Mike Martz will be the fall guy for this season’s woes but I disagree.
I think he’ll be back next season.
Why? It’s simple: the Bears’ organization doesn’t like change.
5. The Chicago Bulls will lose in the Championship.
I know that prediction doesn’t make me sound like a Chicago Bulls fan but I am a fan. A big fan.
I was disappointed with last season’s outcome and have confidence that the team will find success this year. I think Rip Hamilton is a good addition so far but I am not sure he’s the answer to the Bulls’ problems.
I expect another great season but for some reason, I don’t think the Bulls will win it all.