28.3.17

LEARNING CURVES.

Tallahassee Democrat sports pundit Corey Clark has good wishes for former Northern Illinois and Wisconsin assistant coach Sue Semrau, whose Florida State squad finished play last night.
I want Sue Semrau to get to a Final Four. The Florida State head coach won the 400th game of her career on Sunday night — officially she’s at 378 because the NCAA vacated 22 of her victories because of that wide-ranging academic scandal from a decade ago.

But vacating wins is moronic. And I don’t recognize it. Because when Semrau’s Seminoles trounced Missouri 77-55 at the Tucker Civic Center on Sunday night to advance to the Sweet 16, it was the 400th time she walked off the court with more points than the other team.

Hence, it was her 400th win.

And man I’m hoping she gets to at least 402 this season.

Not just because she’s been so nice and considerate and patient with me over the years (and trust me, I ask some really dumb questions), but because she deserves it. She’s accomplished virtually everything else a college coach can accomplish.

Elite Eights, National Coach of Year awards, Sweet 16s, regular-season ACC titles.
There's nothing easy about the getting there. Mr Clark continues,
It didn’t happen overnight. Heaven knows. There were plenty of down times as she was building this thing. Some painful losses, some painful seasons, some painful lessons.
Twenty seasons on one job, where even in the non-revenue sports headquarters' impatience often manifests itself.  Northern Illinois are on their fifth head coach since Sue Semrau and Jane Albright headed to Madison to develop Badgerball.

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