Thursday, May 22, 2008

PETE ROSE: BAD NAME

Virginia Tech recruit Peter Rose, who faces felony charges from an undercover drug operation at his high school, has had his scholarship offer withdrawn by the Hokies.

"Each scholarship offer we make is contingent upon a number of requirements, one of which is maintaining the high standards required of each recruit in their community, school and on the football field," Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer said in a statement Monday. "I am disappointed that this action was necessary."

Beamer said he would have no additional comment.

Rose, a first-team quarterback and AP Group AA player of the year for 2007 out of Lynchburg's Amherst High School, was charged along with six other students after what police said Saturday was an undercover operation at the school over the past 10 months.

The 18-year-old Rose is charged with two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of distribution of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office said during the course of the investigation, 18 purchases of drugs were made from students, including seven that were made within 1,000 feet of school property.

Actually, they took back the scholarship because, like the baseball version of Pete Rose, the kid is a MORON (some would say MORAN). Yes, I have a scholarship to a major D1 school to play QB, how can I screw this up? I love myself, let's go sell some crack!
(Marion Barry fans will get a laugh out of that one...)

STOP US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE…

Florida State receiver Preston Parker will have to sit out the first two games of the 2008 season after pleading guilty Monday to two misdemeanor charges.

The 21-year-old Parker, the Seminoles' most versatile player last season, was arrested in April on a felony charge for allegedly having a loaded .45-caliber pistol in the dashboard of his car. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

At the time of his arrest, Parker was also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, to which he also pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County.

"Preston made a very serious mistake, and there are consequences when one of our boys gets in trouble," head coach Bobby Bowden said in a statement. "Preston will have the opportunity to continue as a student and as an athlete at Florida State, but he will have to earn that right."

Parker will be a junior in the upcoming season. He is set to sit out games against Western Carolina and Chattanooga, and return to play against Wake Forest.

Now, that's some serious punishment right there...Western Carolina -- we hear their corners are MONSTERS!
Yeah, right...

A LINEBACKER WALKS INTO A BAR…

Suspended Clemson linebacker Cortney Vincent (#45) will not return for the 2008 season.
Vincent was suspended for spring practice for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Tommy Bowden said in a news release Monday that Vincent would have been academically eligible to compete in the fall, but did not meet goals set by the team for the spring.
Vincent started 12 games last season and had 68 tackles and two sacks.
He would have been a fifth-year senior in the fall and will have to transfer to a Division II or Division III school to play this season.

Clemson also announced that wide receiver Jeff Ogren will transfer to another school. Ogren played in four games last year and had one reception for eight yards.

SEMINOLE SETS RECORD (NOT CRIMINAL)

Buster Posey was all over the field (and not in jail) for Florida State.

The Seminoles catcher played all nine defensive positions -- and hit a grand slam -- in a 10-0 seven-inning victory over Savannah State on Monday.

Posey, a junior who's expected to be a high pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft in June, became the fourth Seminoles player under coach Mike Martin to play all nine positions. Mike Martin Jr., the coach's son, was the last to perform the feat in 1994.

After the game FSU's most famous senior citizen said, "Yeah, but can he throw a dad gum pigskin?"

ACC DOMINATES BASEBALL POLL

…NCAA sanctions sure to follow.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25
1. NORTH CAROLINA (19) (45-10)
2. MIAMI FL (9) (43-8)
3. FLORIDA ST (1) (46-9)
4. ARIZONA ST (2) (44-9)
5. RICE (42-11)
6. OKLAHOMA ST (40-15)
7. NEBRASKA (39-12-1)
8. CS FULLERTON (35-17)
9. GEORGIA (35-19-1)
10. TEXAS A&M (42-14)

TWO ACC SQUADS IN LAX FINAL FOUR

From ESPN:

Cinderella wasn't invited to college lacrosse's championship weekend in Boston. Four of the top five seeds -- all annual title contenders -- made it to the semifinals. No. 1 seed Duke, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Syracuse and the defending champion, No. 5 Johns Hopkins, will compete in front of 50,000 fans at Foxborough Stadium on Saturday (ESPN2).

What was the most impressive quarterfinal performance?
Duke's first-quarter, nine-goal run against Ohio State was an example of total dominance. They made any type of shot they wanted. This Duke attack is reminiscent of the Johns Hopkins teams of the 1980s, the Syracuse teams of the late '80s and the 2006 Virginia championship team.

What are the keys for each team in the semifinals?
Syracuse vs. VirginiaThe individual matchup to watch in Saturday's first semifinal will be Syracuse's Mike Leveille vs. Virginia's Ken Clausen. Both are outstanding players. Thanks to Danny Brennan, Syracuse has the advantage at the faceoff X. Brennan leads the nation in faceoff percentage and was 19-for-30 when the teams met in March -- an overtime 14-13 win for the Cavs. Virginia has a slight edge in overall experience: the Cavs play in the ACC and won four overtime games.

Johns Hopkins vs. Duke This is a rematch of the 2005 and 2007 national championship games -- both losses for the Blue Devils. Duke enters this matchup heavily favored and very hungry. When these teams met in early April, Duke walked out with a commanding 17-6 win.

Since then, Hopkins' Stephen Peyser has become a commanding presence on the faceoff X, and goalie Michael Gvozden has improved both his save percentage and his goals against average.

Overall, Hopkins is a much better defensive team than it was in the teams' first meeting. This game will come down to tempo: Duke's defense will come out and get you, while Hopkins' offense likes long possessions that frustrate opposing offenses. The Blue Jays will have to play a near-perfect game to upset Duke.

(Photos by Doug Kapustin and John Mecionis for the Baltimore Sun)

ANOTHER TAR HEEL LEAVING

This one for sure...

North Carolina forward Alex Stepheson is transferring because he wants to be closer to his family in California.

Stepheson said Friday in a statement that his family is facing unspecified health concerns.

Stepheson is a Los Angeles native who was the backup to Deon Thompson at power forward. In two years he averaged 3.16 points and 3.36 rebounds per game.

Coach Roy Williams said he is disappointed but understands Stepheson's decision because "by being closer to home, he will be able to provide the necessary support and help his family needs."

School officials said they have granted Stepheson's request for a release, a move that permits him to contact other programs.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MUST BE MONACO...A woman sunbathing, looks at Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during the first practice session for the upcoming Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco on Thursday May 22,2008.

(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WHAT CAN BIG BROWN DO FOR YOU...? How about win the damn Triple Crown? Here, Kent Desormeaux celebrates in the winner's circle after riding Big Brown to win the 133rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course May 17, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

REF SCHOOL...Chinese referees watch athletes compete in the Women's 100m Hurdles the Good Luck Beijing 2008 China Athetics Open at the National Stadium, better known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing on May 22, 2008. The Bird's Nest will host its first event the Good Luck Beijing 2008 China Athletics Open from May 22 to 25.

The event is part of the 'Good Luck Beijing' series of test events being held to test Olympic venues ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


(Photo by Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images)

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