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For 39 years, Bob Miller has been the television voice of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team in southern California. He started doing Kings games in 1973, and like everyone else associated with the franchise, had never seen the team win the Stanley Cup.
Until Monday night, that is. While 73-year-old Miller didn't work the game for a live broadcast because of NBC's contract with the National Hockey League, he did do a play-by-play for posterity, which will be marketed soon by the Kings, perhaps as a DVD.
Miller began his broadcasting career as a University of Iowa student in 1960, covering Hawkeye football and baseball games. He graduated from Iowa in communication studies. He began his professional career in Wisconsin and was the radio voice of the Wisconsin Badgers in football, basketball and hockey.
From there he joined the Kings, and a love affair was born between the team's fans and its announcer. The Staples Center press box is named after him. He got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was an inaugural member of the Kings' Hall of Fame. He has been named Southern California's top television play-by-play announcer seven times. He is in the California Sports Hall of Fame.
Not bad for a kid from Chicago who came to the U. of Iowa to learn how to be a broadcaster, huh?
For a Tuesday morning podcast of Miller's appearance on an ESPN Los Angeles 710 radio show Tuesday morning, click here. Another Los Angeles broadcasting legend, the Dodgerts' Vin Scully, called in at the 28-minute mark.
-- Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com has a look at the money FBS programs spent on recruiting in 2011.
Northwestern is a private school and thus didn't have to report its numbers. Pennsylvania schools aren't subject to open records laws, so there is no data from Penn State.
But of the 10 other Big Ten members, Iowa was just eighth in spending at $307,226. Given the relatively few major-college prospects in Iowa compared to several other Big Ten states, I was surprised the Hawkeyes didn't have to spend more. Texas Tech, in isolated Lubbock, spent over $611,000 recruiting last year.
Michigan tops the 10 Big Ten teams that were required to give figures, with $577,663, Illinois was a close second. Wisconsin, at $204,187, was 10th.
-- Ohio State's new offensive coordinator is Tom Herman, who came to Columbus from Iowa State to join Urban Meyer.
In this the-ozone.net story, Herman speaks confidently about the offense the Buckeyes are going to unleash on the Big Ten.
“Nowadays, most offenses have some form of the zone read,” Herman said.
“I think we do it about as good, if not better than everybody else in the country. We're so focused on it, we believe in it so much, our staff is aligned. Our kids believe in it, and it is a physical, physical run play for us.”
“I think it's an offense based on using the entire width and length of the football field,” Herman said.
“The field is 120 yards long and 54 yards wide. And in our opinion the defense only has 11 human beings to cover that much grass, and so we're going to use space and numbers to our advantage.”
-- CBSsports.com's Jeff Goodman looks at the 55 est nonconference college basketball games of the 2012-2013 season.
None involve Iowa.
Some better news for Hawkeyes basketball. CBSsports.com's Jeff Borzello looks at Big Ten basketball in the year ahead and pegs Iowa's as the fifth-best recrui for fifth in a loaded Big Ten.
Fifth in the Big Ten would mean an NCAA Tournament trip.
-- The following isn't fun stuff to read, but it's important stuff. Two columnists offer essays from Tuesday's trial involving former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Maureen Dowd of the New York Times had this ending to her essay, entitled "American Horror Story.":
It's hard to believe that a monster like Sandusky was harbored by Happy Valley for so long. It was an open joke in Penn State football circles that you shouldn't drop your soap in the shower when Jerry was around.
Only the boys in the shower weren't laughing.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports wrote about former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary trying to repair his own reputation with his Tuesday testimony while further damaging Sandusky's.
Tuesday, on the second floor of Centre County Courthouse, he finally spoke publicly, under oath and in front of Sandusky, the man he stumbled upon showering and, McQueary alleges, sexually assaulting a boy in the Penn State locker room late one February night over a decade ago.
It came just as stories continue to break that the state attorney general is in possession of emails between some of the men McQueary told about the incident: Penn State's president, vice president and athletic director.
According to NBC, those emails not only show McQueary was clear in his reporting of the incident (the Penn State officials originally insinuated he wasn't) but that the officials made the potentially criminal decision to not turn the information over to social services or law enforcement in an effort to be "humane" to Sandusky.
That's what McQueary was unknowingly dealing with: a bankrupt culture he should've never trusted.
Wetzel adds later in the piece that McQueary "could have and should have" done more. But he goes on to add this in a fine column (typical for Wetzel).
Mike McQueary, who for a decade did more than any other person at Penn State, any other person in Centre County, to stop Jerry Sandusky, must continue to answer for not doing more.
If his bosses had followed the law, he'd be lauded. If he'd said nothing, he'd be as anonymous as anyone else that turned a blind eye.