Thanks for making my point! Had the recognized leader been focused on coaching his team versuses his TV time or been looking for opportunities to better promote his sport, he might have advanced further. There is a time and place to talk tv and promote the sport. Not when in the middle of a tough competition. Cook wins when focused. Loses when stomping his foot.
Proved your point? Ummm… no. Looks like you’ve confirmed the petulant child question though… .
There is a time and a place to promote the sport… Most marketing geniuses will tell you it’s best done in front of TV cameras during promotional events known as “press conferences” (which is exactly what Cook did). Weird, I know. Almost like he knows what he’s doing???
Maybe your way would be just as effective — if there was an actual audience listening to the complaints. If a high profile coach whines about 10am weekday round of 16 games — without cameras, microphones, or a press audience — did he even say anything at all?
So you believe that we’d still be playing if not for Cook complaining about the 10am time slot? His insensitive, clueless decision caused a loss of focus which directly led to the loss to Oregon? Geez… time to make a coaching change , don’t you think? I mean, gosh. Oh wait… did he mention the 10am time slot beef prior to getting handled much more easily by Minnesota? No? Did the team listen to his comments and decide to mail it in because their coach chose to whine about a time slot instead of answering dozens of repetitive, numbing questions about the negative impact Kinzie Knuckles’ injury has had on the team’s play… ??? That seems to be your theory?
If next year the round of 16 games have a better time slot, and therefore a bigger audience, will you claim it’s just by chance? Seems like John Cook has been and continues to be instrumental in growing the sport at Nebraska and across the country… despite not following your wise counsel.