Look, I enjoy reading Tony Barnhart as much as the next guy, and he certainly has his moments… but this isn’t one of them.
… I am a big believer in talent and that the team with the best players usually wins. But when it comes to winning championships, I am also a big believer in the intangibles. Look at Kentucky’s basketball team. Look at Duke’s basketball team. Yesterday five Kentucky players (four freshmen) said they would enter the NBA Draft and all will do well. But Duke cut down the nets in Indianapolis. Duke has really good players but not five NBA draft picks. The intangibles matter when it comes to winning championships.
He then goes on to say this.
… The point is that what’s required of a college quarterback is a completely different than an NFL quarterback. The NFL places a premium on the physical characteristics of a potential quarterback: Height, weight, and arm strength. But to win a championship in college football, the quarterback has to be more of a manager of the game and a distributor of the ball. I believe that in college football a championship quarterback is not defined by what he does. He is defined by what he DOESN’T do (turn the ball over). Both games are great. College football is just different…
In other words, you can’t judge a college football player’s talent by what the NFL looks for, but you can judge a college basketball player’s talent by what the NBA wants.
By the way, North Carolina leads all men’s basketball teams with 57 McDonald’s All-Americans. Duke is second with 45.