Here’s what the blog host thinks:
> This past week, the nation’s top three volleyball teams — Loyola, Lewis and UC Irvine — all lost. Despite the parity/marketing wishes of the volleyball higher-ups, the MPSF is still the sport’s best league. The Warriors are in first place in the MPSF, a half-game ahead of Irvine, and will remain there for at least another two weeks because they have both a bye next weekend and fewer losses than everybody else in the MPSF. So first place in the MPSF, plus the top three teams in the nation losing … carry the three … according to calculations and logic, the No. 4 Warriors should be ranked No. 1 in tomorrow’s poll.
> UH should make a pitch to participate in a pay-for-play postseason basketball tournament. Sure, UH officials had said they wouldn’t do that. But that was before everyone was glued to a television or computer watching yesterday’s Big West title game. This isn’t about whether the team is deserving or not. It’s about marketing. There’s interest, momentum and marketable characters — elements the program has been trying to build all season. Keep it going.
> Benjy Taylor, of course, deserves to be next year’s coach. When the season started, UH had the negotiating advantage. The power has shifted to Taylor. He won 20-plus games, and that’s not easy, no matter the RPI. He is a pretty good X-and-O coach. And the way he loves his players and the program surely has to translate into strong recruiting. But too often, UH has rushed into trying to reward first-year success. Here’s the compromise: Offer a one-year contract but with a significant pay raise, say, $275,000 a year. In essence, give him the franchise tag. And if it works out next year, give him the multi-year contract.
> What Laura Beeman probably needs more than a personal raise is a raise for the program. Women’s basketball, like all UH sports, was asked to cut expenses by 5 percent. At the end of the regular season, that meant traveling a day before a road game instead of a two-day cushion. UH should restore the 5 percent. Every penny counts.