Publicity than probably any tourney outside of b1G or ncaas? A tournament i also think that PSU would win. That doesnt suggest that his motives are "limelight" oriented, to me.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
There are Leaders like J Robinson and Mike Manning ("we know it is not the best for our teams but it is the best for wrestling") and then there are these:
"A lot of details need be ironed out before we jump into it, said Cael."
"I think that it's going to be a great success and we look forward to being involved if we are invited in the upcoming years (Pariano)."
"I think it's a great concept, a great idea," said Santoro. "I just want to see how it plays out for a couple years."
There is nothing wrong with keeping your team from the National Duals. Its the coaches decision plain and simple. The NCAA should pick this up and make it sanctioned and that would change the entire game as far as a National Dual Team Championship is concerned.
But, the topic of this thread is what we are talking about. It once again shows the double standard that Iowa has to adhere to. Not that the Iowa fans care or the coaches, but there should be outrage that State Penn is not going to National Duals this year. Iowa and Brands had to listen to it from fans, and other coaches all last year and continue to get ridiculed for what others perceive as their actions on the mat. All of this is crap.......As far as im concerned, the State Penn Head Coaches actions over his career have spoken volumes and they are not positive. Still waiting for Kolls outrage about State Penn not attending.
I think Koll is insubstantial because his team wasn't going to win it this year. I think Cael and Toms teams missing takes away from the legitimacy of the tournament is all and is my biggest issue. By saying things like "I don't like the format" and "I want to see how it develops the next couple years" reminds me of the Stone Soup fable where no one has any food to share one person brings a stone and drops it in the water, then another a carrot, then celery. When of course it's ALL done, then everyone wants in on the stew. Penn State this year was the beef in the beef stew and last year it was Iowa. It's an unfinished product without them there.
As far as criticism, I think it's fair to criticize if we are specifics with the criticism. Iowa gets more than their fair share, it's true but in a way it's legitimizing their program and their history. It's a tribute of sorts.
"Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak."
Until it is formalized and becomes the official, real thing, it is purely a voluntary event. Let's remember also that teams are not required to go to conference tournaments or the NCAA tourney at the end of the year. Of course, teams want to go, but I'm not sure teams would complain so much. J Rob might just say thanks for bumping my team up one spot.
The format thing is not trivial as some are suggesting.
The organizers need to commit up front where the rounds will be (and I agree, a single weekend event would be best. Maybe a match Friday evening, a couple on Saturday and one or two Sunday?
The cost of the 2-weekend format is formidable (I'd expect around $75k for both weekends, depending on distance). Keep in mind that there might be one wrestling team in the country that breaks even. The rest lose money, and this format will be an even bigger loss.
What happens on the second weekend to the teams that don't make it out of the region? Are they stuck with an open weekend?
I'd prefer a single-weekend event. The teams are announced in late December and the event is in January. The Virginia Duals are the same weekend (just like before). That way, the top 40 or so teams know they will go to one or the other that weekend. Think NCAA and NIT tournaments....