Still trying to catch up on questions!
Q: Karrillo said:
Some people seemed to think that Jim Harbaugh traded Taylor Mays because Mays was one of Pete Carroll’s players but the 49ers had Nick Howell, Chilo Rachal, Ronald Johnson and CJ Gable on their roster – the last two having been signed when Harbaugh was in charge.
I’ve heard Mays’ technique being questioned but that seems to be something that can be taught and I’ve never heard his attitude, effort or intelligence being criticized. What is it about Mays that Harbaugh didn’t like so much?
A: Since you wrote, Howell and Gable were cut but your question still is valid. I think Harbaugh just intensely disliked Mays’ style of play and saw him in college and decided he did not want him on the team. During his college career, Mays was sometimes criticized for not making enough plays or interceptions. One reason was Pete Carroll usually had him line up 18 yards from the line of scrimmage. But I think Harbaugh believed he saw enough of Mays to decide he didn’t want him around even before they started practicing. It was unusual the way it was handled.
Q: LanceKiffin said:
Is your editorial goal to be the Deadspin of the various USC beat writers/blogs around town? For example, you devote a blog entry to the video board implying that it will not be ready and then a single line at the bottom of the print edition when it looks like it is on track. Same thing with the closed practice, a blog entry stating Kiffin is copying Sark and then when it turns out it was a day off/surprise pool party, one line buried in the morning briefing. Instead we get a photo of Carroll shaking hands with John Fox that made no sense to me.
A: No, my goal is not to be Deadspin, mainly because I’ve rarely read it so I wouldn’t know how to emulate it. There is a difference between my blog and the newspaper, however. Since the blog started, I’ve stated that it does contain more of my personality, which means more opinion and/or sarcasm. Sometimes, however, the differences in the items you mention are simply a matter of timing. I might write something in the morning and then when I write on the same topic for the paper later that day, events have changed.
Q: marvgoux said:
Why did star sophomore outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana suddenly leave the team and do you think her loss will cost the Ladies of Troy the chance to beat Penn State out for another NCAA women’s volleyball crown?
A: She was academically ineligible and I do believe her loss will hurt the team because she had a successful freshman season. The volleyball nearly upset Penn State at State College so they are still one of the top teams in the nation. Maybe someone else will step up and fill her role. But still it’s a big loss.