Read last night the rumblings among the modest Mean Green nation about quarterback Giovanni Vizza's sudden check-out, and figured what the heck. Might as well weigh in, too.
A number of pro-Vizzas, including his father, Matt, are under the impression Gio was dealt some kind of injustice by Todd Dodge and company these past two seasons. During that time, 100 or so other players suffered through 3-21, but the ones who quit didn't send Dad to do their dirty work.
Other than being defeat-worn, it's uncertain what afflicted Vizza so emotionally the past year or so, but he was given basically two years to show UNT's coaching staff that he was THE GUY. If Dodge felt other than what he publicly heaped on Vizza weekly as a player, worker and leader, consider that going out of your way to the next state to protect your quarterback. Doesn't make you starter for life.
Was Vizza told he'd have to compete for his job this spring? Probably. Has he known for two years it might come down to him versus the coach's son? Surely. Does a sitting coach have every right and prerogative to consider all options (even the ones sharing his physical address) that could be in his program's best interests when he's won three games in two years? Green light all the way.
The bottom line here, and it's uncertain whether either Vizza accepts this, is that being quarterback basically stinks. Factors, circumstances, lousy breaks and bad defenses be damned, being an ineffective quarterback just doesn't fly in the FBS these days, much less for most of 20 starts and 22 career games. Knowing Riley Dodge, he would have traded in a second being pitted against Vizza this spring to see him win games and lead UNT back to New Orleans bowls all along. If you see conspiracies, please remove head from rear end now. A few more points: