Did Akoy Agau contemplate a move to a high school in Maryland for his senior year to enhance his resume? Or to get miles away from Harry Husker Hoops fan?
It's a moot point now. Agau will stay at Omaha Central for his senior year, his coaches told The World-Herald on Monday. But the fact that this was a news item in Omaha — and the lead item here, for that matter — speaks to the unusual nature of this story.
And that is: I can't remember a high school basketball star in this city — or state — whose recruitment caused this kind of buzz. There haven't been many players, if any, who had the opportunity to move and play at a high school hoops factory on the East Coast.
Throw in the summer coach who acts like a spokesman for the kid. Welcome to the world of big-time hoops, Nebraska.
Fact is, there isn't a college coach alive who doesn't know about Agau or what he can do with a basketball. Moving to Hoop Factory High in Maryland wouldn't increase his exposure to a great extent at this point.
I wonder if a more plausible reason is that the noise from anxious Husker fans around Agau is getting loud. And about to get louder, now that's he staying.
Agau is a special talent. He doesn't necessarily look like the kind of kid who is going to dominate college basketball. However, he can and will play anywhere.
But is he the kind of big name on the national hoop circuit that NU coach Tim Miles needs to jump-start his program? Ab-so-lute-ly.
Cue the Husker fans, hungry not only for a winning program but a local star to climb aboard. Hope Agau has some ear plugs.
Take it easy on the kid, folks. Yes, he could change Husker Hoops. Agau has already done us one favor. He's made sure that Nebraska high school basketball is interesting this season.
>> So Augusta National admitted two women to the club. What should I tell my daughters about that?
Well, if they grow up to be rich and powerful, become secretary of state or CEO of a huge corporation or bank, that they can join the most famous all-men's golf club in the world.
Especially if that club is tired of being harassed about not having women members.
This was the right move. But only if Augusta National felt that it was right. As a private club, it has the right to invite whoever it wants.
Is this a victory for women's rights or women's golf? Not necessarily. I don't look for other all-male clubs around the country to start opening their doors to women. Augusta National was targeted because it holds the most visible golf tournament in the world.
And unless the Masters starts inviting women to play in the tourney, a few rich ladies in green jackets sipping drinks on the veranda isn't going to change the world.
Women playing in the Masters? Now that's a dream I can sell my girls.
>> Maybe it's the playoff that looms ahead, but college football preseason rankings mean less and less. USC coach Lane Kiffin admits that he blew his vote for the coaches' poll and stops voting. Even the Associated Press loses its bite, now that it doesn't factor into the national champion.
And yet, something that my friend Pat Forde of Yahoo.com wrote caught my attention on Monday. Forde came out with a top 25 and didn't include dear ol' Nebraska U. I emailed him to ask why. Here's his reply:
“It was a tough call — I had the Cornhuskers in the top 25 in an earlier version, then dropped them out. Why?
“Didn't like the way their offense bogged down last year and I believe Big Ten defenses will be all the more ready for Taylor Martinez this time around. There are two losable road games (Michigan State and Ohio State notably, but also Northwestern, Iowa and UCLA are not gimmes).
“Of course, me leaving them out probably clinches Nebraska as the champion of the Legends Division. So I'm actually doing the Huskers a favor. Beat the rush and thank me now.”
>> Kudos to Creighton “futbol” coach Elmar Bolowich for scheduling UNO's second-year program in an exhibition game on Sunday. But Bolowich's good will is only starting. The coach told me on Monday that he wants to share opponents with UNO in the future, as well as try to schedule so neither team is home on the same date.
Coach Elmar survived another trip into the Alaskan wilderness this summer, flying up to the Brooks Range, at the top of Alaska near the Arctic Circle, and dropping himself off in the middle of nowhere. He and a friend made their way down a river 150 miles, in two weeks, to the pick-up point.
“There were all the usual animals you see,” Bolowich said. “The biggest problems were beavers building dams. You had to climb out of the boat and go around them.”
>> I felt bad for the Kearney kids after they lost their first two games in the double-elimination Little League World Series. But apparently that puts you in the consolation bracket, where “Nebraska” beat a team from Germany 17-1. Well done, lads. Better save some of those runs, though.
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