Thursday, December 8, 2011

Isaiah Pead Wins Big East POY Award - Give Me a Break!

Big East coaches voted Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead the conference "Player of the Year"—Yea right. Pead certainly had a good year—no question about it—but did he have a year worthy of being singled out as the best player in the Big East?

Not by a long shot.

Pead wasn't the Big East's leading rusher—long considered the hallmark for a running back to win POY—and most argue that Pead wasn't even the best player on the Bearcats roster.

I realize comparing the stats of quarterbacks and running backs is like comparing apples and oranges but still the numbers show how Big East Player of the Year award actually was totally out-of-wack.

Geno Smith 483 314 3,978 25 7 331.5

Isaiah Pead 186 1,102 11 94.7 33 305

Geno Smith, on the other hand, clearly earned the Big East "Player of the Year" award.

Geno set career records for WVU in Passing Yards (3,978), Pass Completions (314), and Pass Attempts (483). Smith also lead the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and BCS berth while leading the Big East in passing yards (3,978), passing efficiency (148.4), touchdown passes (25) and total offense (3,919).

So what happened? How did Pead win the award over Smith?

Maybe it had something to do with West Virginia bolting the Big East for the Big 12; or maybe it was that WVU sued the Big East.

The vote was clearly rigged no matter the reason and Geno Smith was cheated out of an award that should have been his.

Smith, much to his credit, points out that Stedman Bailey may have been WVU's most valuable player and deserved the award as much, if not more, than he did.

Geno went on to say via Twitter that his goal isn't individual accolades but winning games.

Good for Geno and bad for the Big East for rigging the post-season awards.

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