Connecticut Sports Talk, June 28

On this edition of the show, Rob and Don kick things off (that’s a football metaphor) by discussing the one-year elimination of Connecticut’s 50-point scoring management rule.

Rob has a been a critic of the idea (then again, hasn’t everyone) since it first came to life in 2006. Don also has criticism of the concept that a football team can’t win by more than 50 points. The winning coach was then subject to a one-game suspension unless appealed.

According to the CIAC, the rule that had euphemistically called “The Jack Cochran Rule” is taking at least a year off. In 2016, officials will begin using a running clock if the score difference in 42 points or more in the third quarter, and 35 or more in the fourth quarter.

Danny Melzer, head coach of New Canaan’s boys basketball team, joins the guys via phone to discuss why he chose to leave Stamford, where he had been a player and coach. He also talks about what the FCIAC will be like in 2016, though admittedly, we’re months away from the opening tipoff.

Also, the guys take a moment to remember both Pat Summitt, the former Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach (and UConn rival) and Buddy Ryan, the defensive innovator whose “46 defense” made the Chicago Bears into Super Bowl champions.

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