Chat with Rece Davis
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN studio host Rece Davis stops by to chat about the college football and basketball seasons.
The versatile Davis hosts studio shows for both ESPN's college football and basketball coverage, including College GameDay's basketball road show. Davis, who joined ESPN in 1995, also has hosted SportsCenter and on ESPN Radio and called ESPN's Thursday night college football games.
This season, Davis is working with the Capital One Cup, an NCAA Division I athletics award that honors the top men's and women's college programs in the country. Teams compete to earn points based on the final standings and polls across 39 sports. The winners get the Capital One Cup trophy and $400,000 for student-athlete scholarships.
Send your questions now and join Davis Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:32 PM)
We've got Rece!
Melissa (Penn State)
How important is the basketball season in the race for the Capital One Cup?
Rece Davis (2:33 PM)
I think any time you have 60 points at stake for trying to win a major championship as basketball will be on the men's and women's side, it's very important. We've seen schools rack up major points just by finishing in the top 10. I think every sport is important, but the sports that people pay most attention to might carry extra weight.
How do you think this year's FSU team stacks up against previous BCS winners?
Rece Davis (2:34 PM)
I think it stacks up very favorably. They were a team that was contructed in the manner as the Alabama teams. When you combine that with the unique playmaking ability of guys like Winston and Benjamin, they stack up. I don't know if you can get into the greatest of all time, but they are very favorable in the BCS era.
Mike P (Greater KC Metro)
Working with great Coaches in Phelps, Corso and Holtz, other than coordinating highlighter to tie or the proper way to hold a pencil, what have these great coaches taught you the most.
Rece Davis (2:36 PM)
What I've learned from those guys is that to achieve at the highest level, no matter what you do, you have to have a relentless commitment to excellence. It sounds cliche, but you have a much higher chance to succeed at a higher level. It's a great lesson for those of us who should already know it, but when you see those guys doing what they do at this stage of their career, it's something you should pay attention to.
What are your thoughts on Louisville hiring Bobby Petrino? I know he can coach, especially on the offensive side of the ball, but can he continue the quality of Student-Athlete that Charlie Strong was recruiting and turning out? Thank you and keep up the good work.
Rece Davis (2:39 PM)
Charlie did a wonderful job in recruiting. In fairness, Charlie, no pun intended, is probably a stronger recruiter. Bob was a good recruiter. He's a brilliant offensive coach. The question is now how much of his baggage will be used against him in the recruiting world. I don't think it will be terribly detrimental, as I think our society is a forgiving one. But it shows what everybody should know. There are a lot of other important things in a major college program. It's not win at all costs, but winning is at the top of the list. If you are uniquely talented, like Bobby is, you'll get a second chance, even at a place that made you really, really mad. I like how Louisville handled it and made Bobby tell them that he's a changed man. He's getting a real good second chance.
How hard is it for you to keep up with the college basketball season while still performing your football duties?
Rece Davis (2:40 PM)
There are only so many hours in a day. You have to prioritize. And now they have switched. I wouldn't look at it as something that's difficult. I would keep up with the pulse of sports anyway. If I were a doctor, car saleman, president, etc. I'd still follow.
Rece Davis (2:40 PM)
BTW, I'd love to be president. You get to fly privately everywhere. But it doesn't pay very well.
Now that we're getting ready for the spring sports season, which schools do you think have positioned themselves well in the Capital One Cup standings for the second semester?
Rece Davis (2:42 PM)
I think any team that accumulates points in areas in which they're not traditionally strong always puts themselves in a good position in the race. If you're traditionally a basketball school or your baseball program is strong and you got some points in men's or women's soccer, that always helps. Michigan State has put themselves in a good point. They got 42 points from football and they have a really good opportunity to get points from basketball. As good as South Carolina has been in baseball, they're in 10th place, come spring season they could be in a good spot as well.
Rece Davis (2:42 PM)
UConn already has points on the women's side and we haven't counted the basketball points yet. That bodes well.
Is this year a sign of the things to come for the SEC or will they be back to dominant again next season?
Rece Davis (2:45 PM)
I don't think they were as good as they've been, but they were fairly dominant this year. They had the No. 1 team in the country until late in the season. You're not going to have the champion come from one league every year. They won more than half of the BCS titles. That was the first loss in the BCS title game to someone outside of the SEC. I don't think we'll see a league win 7 in a row. What it's done is raise the level of other schools to get to that level. FSU did that. It's something that Texas will aspire to do. We've seen several teams in the Pac-12 raise up. If you define dominant as winning 7 titles in a row, then the SEC is dead. If you define it as having contenders year in and year out, then the SEC is as strong as it ever was.
Ed (Queens Village)
Is Villanova going to runaway with Big East?
Rece Davis (2:46 PM)
Not if they have to go to Creighton, and I think they still do. I am going to say that they will not. No. Coming up in 9 days they play then about a month after that, they have to go to Creighton. They're really good. But Xavier is good too.
Rece Davis (2:47 PM)
I want you to continue to keep up with the Capital One Cup. And watch GameDay on Saturdays. We've got a home game this weekend. Then our road show begins a week from Saturday.
Buzzmaster (2:47 PM)
Thanks for chatting Rece!