Peterson: Bowl season gets a little muddied

The college football bowl season got underway the last couple of weeks with only a glitch or two.

One of the messups came in the Tulsa — Mississippi State game when both teams mixed it up in as good a brawl as you’re going to see in football.

This took place at, of all places, the Armed Forces Bowl.

There were many punches (some of the sucker variety) thrown. And even a karate kick by one MSU player that could have been in the same category as Cobra Kai.

To make it even worse, the Mississippi State Mike Leach said he told his players to “cut it out” while he was being interviewed after the game.

Leach referred to the mixup as “just dumb stuff” while offering little or no apology.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m the coach, I take a little stronger approach than Leach. Like offering some leadership.

And then you have the questionable deal with Clemson coach Dabo Swiney before his championship semifinal game with Ohio State.

Dabo put together his own Top Ten list, inserting the Buckeyes at No. 11 in the nation. That was below even Coastal Carolina and Northwestern.

I’m sure the Ohio State coaching staff had that one posted in the locker room before the print had even dried.

The result was a 49-28 licking put on the Tigers by OSU — in a game that clearly showed who was the better team.

Late Boston Celtics coaching legend Red Auerbach had a strict rule about his team giving the opposing team any ammunition before a big game.

Auerbach even fined a player or two for popping off prior to game time.

What Swiney did was something I never thought could be done, and that was have the entire Big 10 get behind Ohio State.

Now, the Buckeyes are not exactly a favorite of fellow league members. They’re a bit too haughty and they tend to pile on.

But when OSU tackles Alabama for all the marbles next week, you can bet they’ll have the support of all their brethren.


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