Ault’s Nevada teams outperform expectations

I have long believed that a good measure of a college football or basketball coach is his record against the point spread. By using the point spread, one can determine if a coach’s team outperforms or underperforms their expected results on the field.

By that barometer, University of Nevada football coach Chris Ault is an unquestioned winner.
Since taking over again as head coach at Nevada in 2004, the Wolf Pack have gone 19-4 as home favorites against the point spread, according to The Gold Sheet. Impressive, to say the least.

Not that there is any doubt about Ault’s qualifications. Ault is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame before John Robinson, the former Rams, USC and UNLV football coach, by the way.

Nevada hosts Colorado State on Saturday.

The Wolf Pack lost to Colorado State 35-20 last year in Fort Collins. Main reason? Five Nevada turnovers which led directly to 28 CSU points.

After Colorado State beat Nevada last year in that embarrassing performance by the Wolf Pack, a friend told me, “Colorado State is a pretty good football team.”

The win over Nevada gave CSU a 3-0 record. But let’s examine that record. The Rams beat rival Colorado by six points (23-17) in their opener. Good for CSU. I always root for the Rams against Colorado. But Colorado wound up 3-9 last season.

CSU’s second win was by one point (24-23) over 1-AA Weber State. And then the win over Nevada via the five Wolf Pack turnovers.

Colorado State then proceeded to lose its next nine games to finish 3-9. A pretty good football team indeed.

I understated Serra High School’s list of distinguished athletic alumni recently in an e-mail post, mentioning only Barry Bonds as having played there.

Serra, BTW, had lost to future Bishop Gorman High School football opponent De La Salle, 45-7, last week.

(Bishop Gorman football coach Tony Sanchez scouted that game.)
Other Serra athletic alumni include New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Lynn Swann, Jim Fregosi and the aforementioned John Robinson. Pretty impressive, eh?

OK, OK, so the list doesn’t include Steve Stallworth, the former UNLV quarterback and South Point arena manager. But Serra can’t claim every sports celebrity.

That’s because Stallworth was a Criminal. That’s right, Stallworth was a Criminal. Don’t panic. I’m not libeling the guy everybody — literally everybody — in Las Vegas likes and respects the heck out of.
Stallworth was the QB at Yuma (Ariz.) High School where the nickname is the “Criminals.”

Speaking of Bonds, he went on to Arizona State, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the San Francisco Giants and Steroid State.

(To steal the ending from the esteemed Michael Katz)