PORTLAND — There’s an old line from Bill Parcells, that master of wit and wisdom, about the benefits of being a coach and a general manager in the NFL.
“If they want you to make the dinner, they should let you shop for the groceries,” Parcells said.
Or something like that. I’m paraphrasing here. But Parcells’ sentiment points out why college basketball fans throughout the Pac-12 are starving.
Much has been made about the Pac-12’s season-long doldrums. The conference spent the winter being to basketball what Nickelback is to music, and that lack of talent has resulted in no Pac-12 teams making it past the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
Given the thrills that were doled out Saturday in the Rose Garden, with Indiana outlasting Virginia Commonwealth by two points and Louisville holding off New Mexico by three, that means we’re missing out. We’re missing out on top-notch college basketball, settling for a year in which Colorado’s lone NCAA victory is the conference’s crowning achievement for the season.