It all boils down to philosophy when determining end-of-the-year awards. When it comes to coach and player of the year, there are many schools of thought.
Is it the coach who is guiding the top team in the country? Is it the coach who wins the conference championship or national championship? Is it the coach whom nobody thought of as being any good and at season’s end was turning heads? Is it the coach who has accomplished a lot with what many assume to be a little?
You get the point. There are many different thoughts on this topic. But remember one thing: It is called Coach of the Year. Not Coach of the Conference Championship or Coach of the National Championship.
No disrespect to Georgetown coach Tommy Hunter, who guided his squad to a victory at the Big East Conference Championship as the No. 11 seed in the 12-team league. Hunter was named Big East Coach of the Year.
Georgetown was ranked outside the top 200 and its best finish all season was a tie for sixth.
The voting for these events should be done before the start of a conference championship and only tweaked if the tally was close. Same deal with selecting national Coach of the Year. If they are not on the short list at the start of the week, they can’t possibly be on there for one week’s worth of work.
And please, let’s try to avoid co-coaches of the year. Which brings me to another topic: Player of the Year.
The same logic applies here. If you win the conference championship, great! You have the trophy and will be able to talk about it forever. But don’t automatically make the conference champ the one to whom you give the Player of the Year award.
And one more thing: Let’s try to avoid handing out co-awards. You mean to tell me there is no one who stands just a bit above the others, whether it’s for coach or player of the year award?
The Pac-10 Conference announced its season-ending awards on Tuesday. They handed out co-player of the year (Nick Taylor of Washington and Eugene Wong of Oregon) and co-freshman of the year (Washington’s Chris Williams and USC’s T.J. Vogel).
This wasn’t a one-time deal in this league. Rather, it’s more like the norm. The Pac-10 Conference has named co-players of the year several times in recent history.
I am left scratching my head here. Pick one, for crying out loud. This is not tee ball, where every player gets a trophy.
After all, I thought the Pac-10 Conference was known as the conference of champions. Maybe we should call it the conference of co-champions.