Saturday, April 16, 2011

ACC Spring Football Game Links

Cliff Tucker (Baltimore Sun Photo by Gene Sweeny, Jr.)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

+Georgia Tech is starting to get some clarity at the B-back position.

+Catching a football is a bit different from catching a basketball, but Maryland's Cliff Tucker is showing promise.

+Clemson took another step closer to upgrading its facilities.

+Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson will end the spring as a backup.

+NC State linebacker Audie Cole knows he has some big shoes to fill in the middle.

+Maryland is still trying to sort out Nigel King's NCAA Clearinghouse issues.

+UVA's Ausar Walcott is back after a suspension, but he's not at the same position.

+The memory of Mike James' late mother goes everywhere with him.

+Here's a look at what to watch in FSU's spring game.

+Virginia Tech defensive line coach Charley Wiles has an updated view of his rebuilding group.

+Gotta love Paul Johnson's bluntness. Thanks to his unimpressive offensive line, the B-backs "don't really have much of a chance, if you want to know the truth." Ouch.

Tyrod Taylor
+FSU coach Jimbo Fisher found a guy with "girth" to help the defensive line.

+The Terps seem to like the position changes coach Randy Edsall has made, especially with the linebackers.

+Darryl Slater has the scoop on the Hokies' latest mini-scrimmage.

+There have been some tweaks to Virginia's roster.

+And yet there still aren't a lot of answers coming out of Charlottesville.

+If you haven't seen them already, here are Miami's spring game rosters.

+Speaking of behind the scenes ... check out what former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is going through in his quest to be an NFL quarterback.

+Five more things we learned about Clemson.

ACC LAX Scoreboard

NORTH CAROLINA 15, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 5 – Ten different players scored goals and 34 saw action as North Carolina's ninth-ranked men's lacrosse team defeated Presbyterian College 15-5 Thursday night at Fetzer Field. Billy Bitter recorded his 15th career hat trick and freshman Nicky Galasso had a game-high four points with two goals and two assists.

The Tar Heels improved to 8-4 on the season as UNC head coach Joe Breschi was able to play his complete roster. After Carolina surged to a 10-3 lead with more than six minute left in the second quarter reserve players went most of the rest of the way for the Tar Heels with several first-time players making key contributions.

Pictures Of The Day

Bulls, Bul Sung Hee and Tae San, push their heads against each other in a bullfighting festival in Cheongdo, southeast of Seoul, South Korea.  More than 100 bulls are taking part in the five-day competition.  (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)
Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera celebrates his goal with Marcus Johansson as Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers show his dismay during Game 2 of their first-round NHL playoff series.  The Caps won 2-0 and lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/SI)

Friday, April 15, 2011

One And Really Done?

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

More Things That Make You Go…Hmmm.

Josh Shelby is going pro.


Kansas guard Josh Shelby tweeted yesterday that he’s opting into the NBA draft.

Straight up, high school hype aside, this would be like Larry Drew II declaring eligibility for the draft.

Selby, the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2010 according to, had a disappointing season at KU. He missed the first nine games of the season due to a Suits In Indianapolis' suspension. Then he sustained an injury in January that hampered the rest of his season.  In the end, Shelby averaged just 7.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds.

"I want to thank all the ku fans who supported me through everything and all the fans who doubting me. I will miss the the fieldhouse. But it's a new journey in my life now. I will not return to Kansas next year. Making my dream a reality. NBA baby."

Spoken like a true college kid…or Dick Vitale, we aren’t sure which.

Selby, a Baltimore native (should have been a Terp?), is projected to be picked No. 27 overall by – whoever they are.

Now this can work.  There are guys in the NBA who didn’t have great freshmen college seasons and who are quality NBA players.  According to the hoop blog, The Dagger, Derrick Favors or Avery Bradley are two such good players who accomplished little in college. 

We believe this as we have never heard of either one and thus consulted said Dagger for info on this type of transaction. 

Nobody said being an NBA GM was easy…

UNC Point Guard Kendal Marshall Takes The “Cinnamon Challenge”

John Henson and Harrison Barnes test their freshman point guard.

Can he do it? 

To find out, click here

More Rumors: The Hoop Report Says Barnes Staying At UNC

Things That Make You Go…

"Contains 1 large rat"


So even the chief cook and bottle washer for the giant media conglomerate – T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC – has to run the occasional errand. 

So last night when both of the Editor/Publisher's assistants…what? We only have one assistant?  Hmmm.

Anyway, last night when the (as we have just been informed) only assistant to the Publisher/Editor/Chief Writer/Photo Editor (one assistant, really?) was nowhere to be found, a trip to Petco for frog food was in order.

"Fish gotta swim, frogs gotta eat"...or something like that.

This is a relatively easy task as there is a refrigerator (or so we had been told) at the back of the store with frozen shrimp, blood worms, etc.

Well it was the “etc.” that caught our eye…


Pictures Of The Day

Clemson v. Duke?  No, Kochi Tuskers Kerala's batsman Brendon Mccullum (R) plays a shot as Mumbai Indians wicket keeper Davy Jacobs watches during the IPL Twenty20 match between Mumbai Indians and Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Wankhede cricket stadium in Mumbai on April 15, 2011.  (Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP Photo)
Kevin Na set a PBA record yesterday when he shot a 16 on a par 4 at the Texas Open in San Antonio, TX.  His problems included an unplayable lie from the tee, a two-stroke penalty after the ball ricocheted off a tree and struck him, and five consecutive strokes from the woods.  Na ended the first round thinking he shot a 15 on the hole. But another stroke was added after Na reviewed the video replay before signing his scorecard. He finished the round with an 8-over 80.  Now, it’s not like he’s a chump golfer as this photo was taken last week at the Masters where bad golfers aren’t invited unless they are previous champs and really old.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Evidently, they don’t have NASCAR or Indy racing in Turkey.  Here, Samson vintage cars are driven at the oval velodrome during a vintage car and motorcycle show in Budapest Hungary.  (AP Photo)
Water polo gone wrong?  Here, Aurora, a one-year-old polar bear cub, plays in a swimming pool which was filled with water for the first time this spring, at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Russian’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.  (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rumor Alert: Harrison Barnes Announcement Iminent

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
UNC freshman Harrison Barnes is reportedly enrolling in summer classes at Carolina, adding to widespread speculation that he’ll be returning to the Tar Heels next season.

The website is reporting that Barnes will announce his return “no later than Thursday,” though that report is unconfirmed.

Barnes led the Heels with 15.7 points per game in his freshman year. 

Numerous analysts have projected he’d be a top-5 pick in the NBA Draft if he elected to turn pro.

Not to be outdone by their rivals over in Durham, UNC published a letter to Barnes in the Daily Tar Heel encouraging him to stay:  You are a competitor like Michael Jordan was — not satisfied with not winning. The loss in the Elite Eight should spur on the desire to go all the way. Let the fire in you help lead us to another championship!

There is nothing — ask anyone who is a Tar Heel — sweeter than a spring day on the Hill and nothing sweeter than the night we win the championship.

What could be sweeter, too, than to sweep the Dookies and win another ACC title?

Not nearly as snarky as the one to Kyrie Irving in the Duke Chronicle

Things That Make You Go…


When you publish a world famous blog and manage a worldwide media company you receive press releases daily.  Some are quite drab, boring and useless (such as the one from the National Corn Growers Association, the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Coalition for Ethanol in response to Thursday’s Policy Forum on Corn Ethanol Policy in the 112th Congress….zzzzzz) while others immediately catch the eye.

How about this one we got yesterday morning titled:  Big Ass Fan Company® introduces the smashingly durable Yellow Jacket®.

Now that’s what we’re talkin’ about!

Who doesn’t click on that link…really?

Apparently, there is in fact a Big Ass Fan Company located in Lexington, KY and they manufacture and sell…well, what else: big ass fans.

Rumor is that this "residential" model costs $2,800.
In the video below they beat up their new supposedly indestructible Yellow Jacket no doubt named after Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck which has been around since 1908.  That said, it could just be a coincidence….

Check out their products and their website by clicking here and don’t miss the page called “Genius Not At Work.”  If you watch the video, move it ahead.  They bring out the big guns near the end.

Hurricanes Starring On ESPNU

(Marice Cohn Band/Miami Herald)
According to the Palm Beach Post and others, the University of Miami and ESPNU are discussing a 30-minute special that would be a behind-the-scenes look at the Hurricanes during football practice in August.

The proposed show, a college football version of HBO's Hard Knocks, is part of coach Al Golden's effort to increase the visibility of UM's football program.

It's unclear when that program would run.

Currently, fans wanting a closer look at the Hurricanes will get that chance this month when ESPNU airs three programs - as part of the network's College Football Spring Blitz - that include all-access videos of UM practices and scrimmages this spring.

On Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. ESPNU will show a re-edited version of the Hurricanes' first spring practice under Golden.  

The Hurricanes' first scrimmage, which took place at Spanish River High in Boca Raton two weeks ago, will be spotlighted on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. on April 21.

Wrapping up ESPNU's inside look at UM's program will be a feature scheduled to air 4:30 p.m. on April 28 that highlights UM's spring game scheduled for Saturday at Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium.

Huguely/Love Case Headed To Grand Jury

At the end of the nine-hour hearing, District Court Judge Robert H. Downer Jr. determined there was enough evidence against former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely V to send the case to the next step of the legal process. 

A grand jury in Charlottesville Circuit Court will decide later this month whether to indict Huguely, 23, of Chevy Chase, on charges of felony murder, assault, robbery and burglary in the death of former UVA women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love.
Neither Huguely’s videotaped statement to police nor the contents of e-mails and computer messages he is alleged to have exchanged with Love was revealed during the hearing, which lasted more than eight hours. 

The video was made available privately to the judge under an agreement reached between the defense and Charlottesville prosecutor Warner “Dave” Chapman.

Testimony from more than 20 witnesses painted a turbulent relationship during the couple’s senior year at U-Va. Love’s mother, Sharon, and sister, Lexie, were in court, although the mother briefly exited just before stretches of the more graphic descriptions of her daughter’s injuries.

Relatives of Huguely’s also were in court, including his parents and stepparents.

Pictures Of The Day

The Washington Capitals celebrate defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 in overtime to win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff at the Verizon Center in Washington.  (Photo Lou Capozzola/SI)
Young boys play at a school gymnasium used as an evacuation center in the tsunami-devastated coastal town of Onagawa, Japan.  (Photo by Dal Kurokawa/EPA)
Roy Halladay threw 30 shutout innings at the Nationals between Opening Day 2010 and through eight innings on Wednesday night.   Then the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up hits to four of the first five batters of the ninth inning, turning a 3-0 lead into a 3-2 advantage. The Nationals had the game-tying run on second base and the go-ahead run on first with one out. Halladay responded by using six pitches to strike out pinch hitter Matt Stairs and Ivan Rodriguez.  At least two of those called strikes were debatable and none more glaring than the final pitch of the game shown here.  It was as if home plate umpire suddenly remembered that he had somewhere to be…(Photo by T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC via MASN2)
There is big news out of State College, PA – Penn State is changing up their football uniforms.  Evidently, the proposed changes caused the folks at Nike to “chuckle.”  The Nittany Lions will now sport a retro look as they lose the white trim on the neck and sleeves.  The new jerseys, announced on, will resemble Penn State's uniforms from the 1970s.  Alas, don’t rush off to the Saturday’s Blue-White game looking to see the new Anti-Oregon unis as PSU always wears the previous years’ duds in the spring game. You can thank us later. (Photo courtesy of

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Terps Best Player Enters NBA Draft

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Maryland sophomore center Jordan Williams has filed paperwork to enter his name into the NBA draft, though he does not plan to hire an agent and will leave open the option of returning to school.

Williams averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Terrapins this season.

Maryland coach Gary Williams says he supports the player's decision.

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their name from the draft and preserve eligibility is May 8.
Jordan Williams says he's "excited about testing the waters and seeing where I would be."

He says by entering his name in the draft, he will be able get feedback from some NBA coaches and scouts "on what parts of my game need improvement in order to be successful."

Things That Make You Go…

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) 

Both North Carolina and North Carolina State had experienced running backs suffer injuries in Saturday’s spring games.

According to a news release issued by UNC this morning, senior tailback Ryan Houston fractured his scapula (shoulder blade) Saturday during the Tar Heels' spring football game.  Houston is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday afternoon at UNC Hospitals.

In addition, N.C. State running back Mustafa Greene suffered a foot injury in the Wolfpack's spring practice scrimmage Saturday and will undergo surgery, N.C. State assistant AD for media relations Annabelle Myers confirmed today.

(Mike Erhmann/Getty Images)
N.C. State's leading rusher as a freshman last season with 597 yards, Greene will miss Saturday's spring game but is not expected to miss any time on the field this fall.

According to N.C. State, a school football coach Tom O’Brien points out is full of "mathematicians and scientists" that can “count,” Green will be out six to eight weeks.  

According to the Raleigh News & Observer and WRAL, both the subject of some recent heat over what appeared to be inflated crowd estimates at the Tar Heel’s spring game, Houston will out of action “one or two” days.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

NBA/NCAA: Two And Done Up Next?

Several high-ranking NBA team executives told Yahoo! Sports they wouldn’t be surprised if the age limit in the new CBA is pushed to two years in college and 20 years old by the end of that calendar year. One NBA general manager says about two-thirds of teams are in favor of that change.

The current CBA (which expires in June) states that an American must be out of high school for at least one year and be 19-years-old by the end of that calendar year before entering the draft.

Austin Rivers, a Duke-bound shooting guard, says he is in no rush to leave for the NBA, but is disappointed about potentially losing the opportunity to make a choice.

“I don’t think it’s fair to a lot of guys who are ready to go,” Rivers said Thursday after practice at the Nike Hoop Summit. “We’re going to have guys in our class that are going to be ready to play after one year. 

There are certain people that are able to make that jump and you’re trying to tell them they can’t make that jump and they have to wait another year, risk another injury or something like that? At the end of the day it should be up to the player. It’s his life. It’s his choice. …

“You got baseball kids coming out of high school. [Basketball players] at least have to go to college, which we should. High school kids should go to college and get an education. But from there you should let them decide whether they are one or not.”

(Those 18-year-olds, they’ve got it all figured out, don’t’ they?)

Rivers and LeBryan Nash
Rivers would be a top-10 prospect if eligible for this year’s draft and the No. 1 prospect next year, said two NBA general managers. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard averaged 30 points as a senior for Winter Park High (Fla.) this season.

Doc Rivers has coached high school-to-pro players such as Gerald Green, Kendrick Perkins and Sebastian Telfair.  He calls their journey to the NBA a “tough life.” But if the old (in the NBA draft straight out of high school) rules were in place and Austin was eligible to go pro now, what would he suggest to his son?

“I agree with the limit and I think it’s good for the kid to mature. College is important for the simple fact that for the first time in your life you’re alone with no money and you got to figure it out. I always thought it will help me and help all these kids. But if you’re good enough and someone wants them now, it’s tough to argue against that as well. I can see both sides,” the elder Rivers said.

Quote Of The Day

“We can count at our school. We are obviously the mathematicians, the scientists. We don’t have to estimate or guesstimate. We’ll give you the exact figure of who shows up.” – N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien.

This item comes from Fayetteville Wolfpack Club Caravan stop where the Wolfpack coach questioned the estimates given by the News-Observer and WRAL concerning the crowd at the UNC spring football game.  Both media outlets estimated the crowd at 15,500.

Mind you, it is classic rivalry sniveling of minimal importance, but it's better than more off-season news about money, crime and NCAA investigations...yes?

One fan of Wolfpack Nation (the blog that posted these photos) said it reminded him/her of the Christopher Walken "Census Taker" skit on Saturday Night Live.  

When asked how many people live in his apartment, Walken says something like:  "80...or maybe 4, I'm not good with numbers, estimating or guestimating..." 

If you can sit through the lame 30 second Geico commercial, it’s pretty funny…

To see it, click here.

North Carolina To Play Michigan State On Aircraft Carrier

President Gerald Ford, center left jump ball, playing basketball on the 
carrier Monterrey during World War II. (Navy Photo via
The San Diego Sports Commission has confirmed that Michigan State and North Carolina will play in the Carrier Classic on Veterans Day, the first NCAA basketball game to be played aboard an aircraft carrier.

The commission, working with Morale Entertainment Foundation, says it has received written commitments from the two schools and that approval from the U.S. Navy is expected soon.

“We’ve been looking at doing this for eight years to give something back to those who put themselves in harm’s way and to the families they leave behind when they’re away on duty,” Hollis told AP. “We wanted to do something unique that could be shown to troops worldwide on Veteran’s Day — 11-11-11 — as a sign of appreciation.”

But the big news from Hollis was the famous alums who might be part of the event: Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

“I’ve got Magic confirmed to be a part of it, and you can imagine who we’re trying to get from the other side,” Hollis said, apparently referring to famed underwear salesman Jordan.

Organizers haven’t announced which aircraft carrier will host the Nov. 11 game.

Amaker Turns Down Miami

(Jerry Wachter/
According to the Miami Herald, former Duke guard Tommy Amaker turned down overtures from Miami and will remain the men's basketball coach at Harvard.

Miami officials flew to Boston on Monday to try and persuade Amaker and his wife, Stephanie, a professor in the Harvard medical school, to move to Miami. They offered a five-year package believed to average $1.1 million per year.

Amaker said he was "flattered" but decided to stay with the Crimson, which won its first Ivy League title this season with 23 victories. His team almost made the NCAA tournament, but Princeton hit a buzzer-beater in the playoff.

Miami, under the direction of new athletic director Shawn Eichorst, will move on to other candidates. Eichorst, an associate AD at Wisconsin, was hired on Tuesday and is expected to take over the search for Frank Haith's replacement. Potential candidates include Mike Davis (Alabama-Birmingham), Tony Barbee (Auburn), Donnie Jones (UCF), Billy Kennedy (Murray State) and Rob Jeter (Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

ACC LAX Scoreboard

DUKE 18, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 6 – Fifteen different players scored a goal and 20 different Blue Devils notched a point as 10th-ranked Duke defeated visiting Presbyterian 18-6 in non-conference men's lacrosse action this evening at Koskinen Stadium.  Redshirt senior Jesse Fehr led all players with a game-high four points with three goals and an assist.

Pictures Of The Day

Cornell defenseman Chris Livadas takes a stick to the face from Syracuse attack Bill Ward in the fourth quarter.  No. 5 Cornell upset the No. 1 Orange 11-6 in the Carrier Dome.  (Photo by Michael Johnson/Southcreek Global/ZUMAPRESS.COM)
Break up the Nats! The Nationals are 5-5 after knocking off the Phillies (7-3) last night and only two games out of first place.  Here, Jayson Werth celebrates after scoring during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Thank goodness for private jets as it seems unlikely there is a direct flight from Augusta to China.  Here, Tiger Woods poses with China's Olympic gold medal winning hurdler Liu Xiang (R) during a promotional appearance that had both discussing their comeback efforts, in Beijing on April 13, 2011.  (Getty Images/AFP)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thomas, Breland, Lucas selected in 2011 WNBA Draft

Jasmine Thomas
Three ACC women’s basketball players were taken in the recent WNBA draft conducted on Monday.

Duke guard Jasmine Thomas was selected 12th overall by the Seattle Storm and Jessica Breland was selected 13th overall by the Minnesota Lynx and later traded to the New York Liberty.

Thomas was one of 15 players invited to WNBA Draft event in Bristol, Conn., including Connecticut senior May Moore, who was selected No. 1 overall also by the Minnesota.

"I'm excited," Thomas said. "I keep using that word."

Thomas, a 5-foot-9 senior from Fairfax, Va., led the Blue Devils in scoring over the past two seasons, becoming the team's leader and go-to play-maker. She led the Devils to a 32-4 record this season and was named the ACC tournament's most valuable player.

Her teammates Italee Lucas was selected 21st by the Tulsa Shock. Lucas, a 5-8 guard from Las Vegas, led the Tar Heels in scoring for the past two seasons.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Narcissistic Update: It's Tuesday And More Self-Congratulations Are In Order

This just in at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters: 


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You can view your new medal in the trophy case on your profile page.

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Trophy case?

Nice, T.A.H., NICE! 

Things That Make You Go…


Evidently…things really are big in Texas.  The TCU Horned Frogs decided to celebrate their first perfect season in 72 years and their first Rose Bowl win ever by ordering the biggest ring ever seen.

“Hey, I thought we ordered the extra large?”

Tobacco Road Rivalry Moves To Old Navy

Stuff happens...

College Sports: The End Of The World As We Know (Allegedly)

Watch your heel crush, crushed.
Uh-oh, this means no fear cavalier.
Renegade steer clear!
A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies.
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.
It’s the end of the world as we know it…

And we don’t feel fine.

When asked, most folks say what they love about collegiate sports is the purity, the competition and the tradition.

So few say the crime, the money and the blatant breaking of rules, but recently that is exactly what dominates the headlines.

For several generations, the world of intercollegiate athletics was seemingly this wondrous place of charm and epic battles.  For a kid, it was like watching Lord Of The Rings with no death, cheerleaders and a scoreboard. That spell was broken the night Maryland’s Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose, and, since then, it has spiraled into darker and darker places year after year.

Stephen Garcia (Andy Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
For example, here are the headlines Saturday morning from Yahoo! Sports college football home page:
  • Missouri's Pinkel gets 2-year extension
  • Shot NIU player's condition improves
  • Orange Bowl CEO got $150K raise in 2009
  • 2nd UConn stabber gets 2 1/2 years
  • Ex-QB Schlichter has bond set at $1M
  • Gamecocks suspend QB Garcia indefinitely
  • ND seeks meeting over student death fine
Mind you it’s the offseason for college football when only the most fanatic fans find spring practice and the spring football game particularly entertaining so the news is bound to include many non-football stories.  That said, every SINGLE one is about money, crime, money, crime, crime, bad behavior (probable crime) and death.  And that’s just a random April Saturday morning…


When we aren’t distracted by the games – wonderful games conducted by dedicated and talented kids played in many spectacular settings  surrounded by tradition and unbridled zeal – we are inundated with the dark, ugly side of college sports.

Of course, college sports is big business – REALLY big business, and every big business has an ugly underbelly, but for all the Suits In Indianapolis’ (formerly Kansas) piousness and sanctity things appear to be rapidly spinning out of control.

Let’s review.

Butch Davis (Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Starting out locally and recently we have Yow v. Williams, a feud between an athletic director and a National Championship winning coach that now spans two states and two different schools over what was (allegedly) said or not said to various unknown parties.  Absurd at best.

Then there is the North Carolina football scandal that to date Butch Davis has survived remarkably well.  The Heels’ defensive team?  Not so much.

School and NCAA suspensions caused more than a dozen UNC players to miss games last season.  The severity of the infractions and what the coach did or didn’t know seems to be in direct proportion to one’s rooting interests.  Give North Carolina credit on this one, they did manage to get (allegedly) out of the conversation. 

Jim Calhoun (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
On a national level, both football and basketball national champions – Auburn and Connecticut – have been scandal plagued in the past season.  Recently it was revealed that a former Auburn player is claiming he was (allegedly) given money and sex while he was being recruited.

This doesn’t generate huge howls of protest from Auburn’s rivals (yes, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, etc. we mean you) for the primary reason that they are terrified that one of their young student athletes can make similar, and just as believable claims.

Add that to the Cam Newton scandal which alleges that Newton’s father was looking to (allegedly) sell the future Heisman trophy winner to the highest bidder…Evidently $180,000 is the current price tag.  The Suits In Indianapolis believed the Cam was unaware of this so he could conveniently participate in the BCS National Championship game.  Shocking, we know.

Then you have the UConn basketball team and Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun.  While his Huskies were winning eleven straight games and his third NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship, Calhoun was fending off questions about an (alleged) recruiting scandal.  Thankfully, it didn’t involve any of the current players or the Suits In Indianapolis may have had to suspend somebody for a game or two next season against the Sisters of the Poor and the Sisters of the Poor State.

Bruce Pearl (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Speaking of basketball and violations, how about Bruce Pearl?  He lied to the NCAA  about having some players and recruits to his house for a BBQ.   Who can blame him?  Kids gotta eat.

Apparently, his A.D. who torpedoed him and his teams’ chances in the NCAA tournament with some poorly timed remarks about Pearl’s future (or lack thereof).  Tennessee fired Pearl, and, quite frankly, the AD’s car should have been the next one out of the parking lot…

Let’s go north.  Ohio State’s bespectacled vest wearing Jim Tressel looks like a nice enough fellow.  Some of his knuckleheads decided to break some NCAA rules by (allegedly) selling and exchanging memorabilia for…drum roll, please…tattoos.  Not a misprint: TATTOOS!  It’s so ridiculous, and yet it makes so much sense.

Jim Tressel (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
(If you are a parent and you have ever had a young child complain about the fact that he or she can't vote, this is a good one to remember.  Kids, you can't elect the leader of the free world until you are old enough to know that exchanging a signed football jersey for a tattoo is firmly entrenched in the pantheon of bad ideas...especially when you are literally on scholarship.)

Tressel knew this and kept this embarrassing fact to himself.  Except for the emails he sent about it which eventually got him busted.  You’ve heard of “sneaky smart,” well that was “sneaky dumb.”

And speaking of things Tressel’s Buckeye’s can’t win – a BCS bowl – enter one former Fiesta Bowl president John Junker. 

John Junker
A recent investigation revealed that Junker may have misused some of the bowl’s funds submitting as much as $1.2 million a year in reimbursable expenses.  Junker allegedly spent $65,000 to fly legislators (Alarm! Alarm! Alarm!) to Boston for a Boston College v. Virginia Tech football game.  Really?

In addition, he (allegedly) spent $33,000 throwing himself a birthday party at Pebble Beach and thousands more on “security meetings” in a place of business we won't mention here (strip club).  We won’t bore you with Junker’s excuses, but Phil Taylor of Sports Illustrated recently described them as “comical and wildly unbelievable.”  We would have been disappointed (and surprised) had his excuses been anything but that…

Now with all of this as preface, we remain somewhat surprised that Southern University recently fired their athletic director former NFL tight end (there’s a joke in their somewhere…not literally “in there”…you know what we mean…) Greg LaFleur after his arrest for (allegedly) soliciting a prostitute while in Houston for the Final Four (oh yeah, there’s a bunch of jokes “in there” too!).

Greg LaFleur
LaFeur allegedly offered $50 in exchange for sex from a female cop posing as a hooker. (Dude, you need to hang out with Junker he seems like a $5,000-hooker-kind-of-guy.)  LaFleur had been Southern's athletic director for the last six years.  The university's chancellor said dismissing LaFleur was in the school's best interest and he recommended the women's basketball coach become the interim AD.

If she’s smart, she will turn down the job.

Hey, we hear, Bruce Pearl is looking…

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes,
an aeroplane.
Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn,
world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs.

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

And we don’t feel fine.

But we continue to watch...

Go figure.

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