Friday, August 26, 2011

Jiffy Lube Live Whimps Out And Postpones No Tailgate Concert Due To Small Cat 2 Hurricane

The latest from www.margaritaville.com

(August 26) – Bristow VA - Due to the predicted impact of Hurricane Irene and forcasted high sustained winds and heavy rain for the DC Metro area, Live Nation is announcing the postponement of the Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band concert scheduled for Saturday August 27th at Jiffy Lube Live.

The concert has been rescheduled to take place on Thursday, September 1st. All tickets purchased for the postponed concert will be honored on the new date.

Hurricane Irene Pissed Off At Jiffy Lube Live Just Like Everybody Else

HURRICANE IRENE ACCORDING TO NASA
(UPP*) BRISTOW, VA -- Hurricane Irene, the Category 2 storm that is trudging it’s way north, has joined the ranks of disgruntled Parrotheads aggravated over Jiffy Lube Live’s new “No Tailgating” policy which has devastated the Florida singer/songwriters annual visit to Virginia.

“Like everybody who enjoys a good tailgate and a Buffett show, Irene is simply pissed off,” said Storm Blowhard, Hurricane Irene’s spokesperson. “That said, she decided to pay the venue a little visit and to whip up some strong wind gusts right about the time the curtain goes up on what promises to be the lamest and wettest JB show in years.”

Having recently fallen off a stage and, no doubt seen the viral video of the stage collapsing at a Wisconsin state fair, it would seem that the 64-year-old poet, singer and song writer turned restaurant and casino mogul and future coffee barista would be reluctant to perform in such foul weather conditions.

DAWG AND PIEJ IN HAPPIER TIMES.
Sources close to Buffett tell UPP* the singer was overheard saying “The ‘No Tailgating’ thing is bullshit, but what’s really whack is that whole surfing in a hurricane nonsense.  It’s a song people, take cover, don’t be ridiculous. The show must go on, my ass!”

Parrotheads nationwide have been blogging, tweeting and Facebooking complaints to one another while others have set up extensive email chains looking to boycott the first ever “No Tailgating” Buffett event.   Amazingly, dejected Buffet fans have even resorted to talking to one another in person (yes, that’s not a typo, it says “talking to one another in person”) about this semi-tragedy.

“Well, I-eye-I-eye-I-eye-I, just don’t know what to say. I’m kind of mourning my lost tailgate and my ton of sand,” said M. Daugherty who holds a 32-year attendance streak at the King Cheeseburger’s annual shows. “This is the most disappointing thing since I dropped fiddy on BCS National Championship game.”

Tickets are crawling off Stubhub at record low speeds with lawn seats selling for as little as $14. Nosebleeds seats at his next show in October start at $85 with only 179 tickets on sale. Over 500 Stay Dry concert goers are looking to unload tickets for Saturday night.

As the late Douglas Adams once said about flying in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy:  “Have at it, and good luck!”

“You know, if it was a Bronco game, I might weather the storm and the $8 beers,” said J. Pieja of Hole 3.5, a well-known haven for local Buffett aficionados, “but if Irene rolls in as predicted, we’re gonna need a bigger boat. I’ve already hired a driver, what the hell am I supposed to do now?”

“If it rains four inches in four hours and the wind blows 50 mph, I’m not sure we can keep the roads open,” said T. Blaze Blaser, chief kahuna of all the road s*** in Prince William County.  “Hey, it is what it is.”

*UPP – Unofficial Parrothead Press

Related quote from singer/songwriter John Hiatt: “Thank God the tiki bar is open.”

Tar Heel Mom To Try $250,000 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga

TAR HEEL MOM (G. Petty/T.A.H. Worldwide Media)
The official T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC mascot TAR HEEL MOM will take on six other fillies and mares in tomorrow’s $250,000 Ballerina Stakes Gr.1 at Saratoga.

Tar Heel Mom won her last start at the venerable upstate New York racetrack capturing the $150,000 Honorable Miss Stakes Gr. II.  Now an earner of $778,392, the six-year-old daughter of Flatter is the third favorite with morning line odds of 7-2.

Hilda’s Passion is the 2-1morning line favorite and Sassy Image is second choice at 5-2.

Tar Heel Mom would prefer a less-than-fast track so we guess her connections are looking for Hurricane Irene to hustle it up a bit…

The Ballerina shares the race card with the $1 million Travers Stakes Grade I which will feature Preakness winner Shackleford, Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice and Coil who beat them both in the $1 million Haskell Gr.I last month.

That said, the morning line favorite is the also brilliantly named Stay Thirsty who won the $500,000 Jim Dandy Gr.II in his last start over the Saratoga track.

Former Hokie Taylor Throws Game Winning Touchdown For Ravens

TYROD TAYLOR (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Former Hokie QB Tyrod Taylor threw a nine yard touchdown to Brandon Jones (Oklahoma) with 22 seconds remaining to give the stupid Baltimore Ravens a meaningless preseason win over our Washington Redksins. Who does he think he is, Bert Jones?

Taylor looked much sharper than he did in the previous outing against the even stupider Philadelphia Eagles.  Last  night, Tyrod was 11 for 18 for 1254 yards and the winning score.

Only two bits of bad news for Redskins fans.  1) John Beck (BYU) and Rex Grossman (Florida), who are battling for the starting QB job, are still John Beck and Rex Grossman.  Both were solid but neither is morphing into Joe Montana or Dan Mario…or Eli Manning for that matter.  Need we go on?

And 2) Rookie DE Jarvis Jenkins by way of Clemson tore the ACL in his right knee.  Last night they thought it was a sprain, but an MRI this a.m. confirmed the bad news.

Speaking of Hurricanes: QB Harris Among 12 Seeking NCAA Reinstatement

HARRIS
AP – Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is one of twelve Miami Hurricanes who has been declared ineligible after a university investigation found that the players likely committed NCAA violations by associating with booster Nevin Shapiro, said a person with knowledge of the process.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because no one is authorized to discuss the ongoing investigations by the university and the NCAA. Shapiro is a convicted Ponzi scheme architect serving a 20-year prison sentence for bilking $930 million from investors. He was a Miami booster for much of the past decade.

Simply being declared ineligible now doesn’t necessarily mean a player would miss any time this season.
Under NCAA rules, when a school finds violations have occurred, the athlete typically is declared ineligible so the NCAA may begin a reinstatement process. The NCAA will also decide if that player needs to miss any games.

And the clock is running: Miami opens at Maryland on Sept. 5.

“The school must declare the student-athlete ineligible and then can seek reinstatement,” NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said.

RAY-RAY ARMSTRONG #26
Earlier Thursday, Miami coach Al Golden suggested that the depth chart might not be announced until Tuesday. All of the players implicated by Shapiro in a story published by Yahoo Sports were practicing Thursday, and have been on the field throughout the process.

The complete list via the blog Dr. Saturday (click on a player's name for specifics of their involvement): Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Travis Benjamin, defensive end Dyron Dye, defensive tackle Marcus Fortson, quarterback Jacory Harris (right), wide receiver Aldarius Johnson, cornerback JoJo Nicolas, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, linebacker Sean Spence (top), safety Vaughn Telemaque and defensive end Olivier Vernon.

To read more, click here

Duke Wins Again, Still No Fighting (Damn It!)

Kudos to this UAE Wahoo fan.
Juniors Andre Dawkins and Mason Plumlee combined for 37 points and 22 rebounds as Duke wrapped up an undefeated foreign tour with an 86-66 victory over the United Arab Emirates National Team on Thursday night.

Really?  UAE?  Rich, but small. Very small.  As Arthur once so elegantly said  UAE is “a tiny little country. Rhode Island could beat the crap out of it in a war.” 

Austin Rivers added 16 points for the Blue Devils. Seth Curry contributed 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, while freshman Alex Murphy added nine points and four rebounds.  

Al Zaabi Rashad led UAE with 14 points, while Omar Qais grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the hosts.

The victory over UAE completed Duke's four-game, two-nation Friendship Games tour. The Blue Devils defeated the Chinese Olympic Team in each of the tour's first three contests. The Blue Devils are scheduled to arrive back in Durham on Saturday morning to an adoring crowd of K’villians.

Record 189 ACC Basketball Games To Be Televised Nationally

K gives his UAE counterpart some advice: It's OK to yell at the refs.
An all-time high 189 national television appearances highlight the 2011-12 ACC  basketball schedule including some games you won’t want to miss.

At the top of the list for some, and at the very bottom for others, Duke coach Mike Krzyghj5ski's first attempt at breaking Bob Knight's Division I men's basketball career wins record is likely to take place against Michigan State in New York City.

Krzth7wski has 900 wins and needs three more to pass his mentor, Knight, as Division I's winningest coach. Duke opens with games against Belmont and Presbyterian before meeting Michigan State on Nov. 15 in an event called the "Champions Classic."

Ol Roy’s Tar Heels which are expected to be the nation's No. 1 team when the preseason polls come out, also has a high-profile game scheduled against Michigan State in the Tar Heels' opener. The teams will meet Nov. 11 on the deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in San Diego.

Ol' Roy on vacation in Fiji.
In the first year of a new 12-year agreement with ESPN, all of the league’s conference games schedule will be carried by either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com, the ACC Network or the ACC Regional Sports Networks (RSN). All conference games carried by the ACC Network, or the Regional Sports Network (RSN), will also be broadcast live nationally on ESPN3.com, as will selected games by ESPN.

The ACC Network, which under the previous TV agreement, syndicated games only within the ACC footprint, will now syndicate ACC games through-out the country.

Not to worry old school ACC fans, Raycom Sports will continue its long-standing position as the syndication home of ACC content in the ACC market and beyond. As a result, every regular-season intra-conference game and the entire conference tournament will be produced and distributed via ESPN and Raycom Sports.

*Items in italic may not be true.

2011-12 ACC Basketball Schedules Released



Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…
Evidently, there was a drug test at the pit stop just up the road so these guys took the opportunity to dump some evidence.

Just kidding...

It’s really just some riders relieving themselves during the fifth stage of the Tour of Spain (Raza de Actuadores)  “La Vuelta” cycling race between Sierra Nevada and Valdepenas de Jaen. 

(Photo by Miguel Vidal/Reuters)

Pictures Of The Day

We aren’t sure exactly what the plastic doo rag on top of the helmet is about, but we assume it’s to separate the offense from the defense. A lot of teams wear different color jerseys, but clearly N.C. State has their own system.  (Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
 Royal Delta in flight while winning the $500,000 Alabama Stakes Gr.I at Saratoga last weekend.  (NYRA Photo)
The All Blacks practice on the main oval during a training session at Churchie on August 25, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Storm clouds passing over(?) Nationals Park during the third inning of last night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Nats lost 8-1. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivals/AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love takes on in the face from John Hyden during their volleyball match at the Manhattan Beach Open tournament in Manhattan Beach, CA.  (Photo by Jae Hong/AP)
John Isner of the USA returns a shot to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland during the Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex on August 24, 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 screams as his helmet catches on fire last night at the star of the Ravens v. Redskins preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

R.I.P. Mike Flanagan 1951-2011

Orioles left handed pitcher Mike Flanagan was a crafty left-hander who went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA in 18 seasons with Baltimore and Toronto.

He made the All-Star game in 1978, tossed a league-leading five shutouts and won the AL Cy Young Award in 1979, pitched on the O's World Series champion club in '83 and was part of a no-hitter in 1991.

Flanagan also worked as the team's pitching coach, as its vice president and, starting in 2010, as a TV broadcaster.

The Baltimore medical examiner has ruled his death a suicide.

Flanagan was the final Oriole to pitch at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore's home from 1954 to 1991.

Torrey Smith Loves Him Some Maryland…Until There Is An Earthquake


Then he’s leaving the area…quickly.

Baltimore Ravens second-round pick Torrey Smith was filming a commercial for the University of Maryland (his alma mater) when the ground began to shake. Check it out, courtesy of Deadspin:

Pictures Of The Day

Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons (L) and Danica Patrick pose with the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet at a press conference to announce her full transition to NASCAR at the GoDaddy.com Headquarters on August 25, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Honey, I shrunk the indy cars…Formula 1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher race during the Kart Club Kerpen’s 50th anniversary celebration in Germany. (Photo by Rolf Vennenbemd/EPA)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Maryland Hopes To Defuse Miami Scandal With Ugly New Unis

Maryland has a new head coach and now a new look.  

It is made up of the ever so soothing Red-Black-Yellow color pallet typically reserved for taxi cabs, constructing signs and warning labels.

Note the unis do not feature the players name on the back of the jersey – something new coach Randy Edsall banned early on amongst some grumbling, no doubt.

As you can see, the Terps have plenty of options.  According to the official Maryland athletics Twitter feed, fan input will be used to pick Maryland’s unis for the opener against Miami.

Yet again, democracy will be proven to be the greatest form of government on earth in spite of its’ tragic flaw which at times (like this one) produces undesired results.

News Flash: Earthquake Caused By Horrifically Ugly Football Trophy

According to T.A.H. Seismologists (yes, we have two – both Corgies), the Virginia earthquake was caused by a backlash from Iowa that cuased vibrations to build up as the cloud of woe moved east eventually settling in Mineral, VA.  The rest is history.

The whole mess got started when Iowa and Iowa State unveiled the new trophy which was meant to be awarded to the winner of their annual rivalry game.

According to ESPN:

With the Iowa Corn Growers Association as the new sponsor of the series between Iowa State's Cyclones and Iowa's Hawkeyes, the new trophy was drawn up as a farm family huddled around a bushel of corn. The design was a nod to the state's deep agricultural roots and, of course, corn is a primary staple around here.

It was unveiled Friday at the state fair. And everyone pretty much hated it, likening it to a garage sale leftover or something from the Precious Moments catalog. Newspaper chats, Twitter and Facebook lit up with critics, and even former Iowa coach Hayden Fry and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad weighed in against the new design.
Craig Floss, the CEO of the corn growers group, said the response showed the passion Iowa fans have for football.

"The overwhelming feedback has been negative," he said.  

"Nobody liked it. I think the best comment I heard was, 'That's going to the losers, right?' " said Liz Ulin, a 23-year-old senior studying health science.  

Officials from both Iowa and Iowa State said the process of coming up with a new trophy for the local rivalry was a collaborative effort between the schools and the corn growers group.

Rick Klatt, associate athletic director at Iowa, said everyone hopes the new trophy would represent what makes Iowa special and what it means to live and work in Iowa.

"What we've learned is our fans want a football trophy," Klatt said. "So we will ask our fans to help build us a football trophy."

He said when he saw it for the first time, he was pleased with it.

"We aimed high and we missed," Klatt said.

The new trophy was scrapped Tuesday as organizers acknowledged it had too much to do with corn and not nearly enough to do with football…

The rest, as they say, is history! 

* Unfortunately, items in italics may be true.

News Flash: No, Wait! Earthquake Caused By Sexy Saxman


Actually, it was the actions of Sexy Saxman which started such a stir and crazy vibrations that collected themselves in Mineral and the rest is history…

Look, this doesn’t seem THAT funny at first, but the more you watch the funnier it gets…Color the dude way busy as he covered a lot of ground!  We especially like the two young security guards dressed like forest rangers…

So, in the end, it’s George Michael’s fault?

Down Goes Miami: Part 6 – When It Rains It Pours


Miami Hurricanes senior forward-center Julian Gamble has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg and will likely miss the entire basketball season.

Gamble started 13 games in 2010-11 and averaged 3.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

The injury is the second to the Hurricanes’ front line this offseason. Center Reggie Johnson underwent surgery June 30 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and might be sidelined until January.

Things That Make You Go…

BUSCH
Hmmm…

How about 125 mph in a 45 mph zone?

Nice, Kyle, NICE!

NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch lost his driver’s license for 45 days on Tuesday for driving 128 mph on a road close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. His lawyer said his client was not treated “like any other citizen.”

Busch, who doesn’t need a license to compete in NASCAR, also was fined $1,000, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and put on one year of unsupervised probation. He pleaded guilty to speeding and no contest to reckless and careless driving in North Carolina District Court in Iredell County.

Busch addressed the court before his sentencing by District Court Judge H. Thomas Church, apologizing again for driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone in a bright yellow 2012 Lexus on May 24.

LEXUS LFA
Busch and his wife, Samantha, were in the car when he was pulled over on a two-lane road in an area near a subdivision, a day-care center and a church. The hand-built LFA sports car was on loan to Busch from Lexus for a 24-hour test drive.

Busch attorney Cliff Homesley argued that his client wasn’t being treated the same as other people in similar circumstances, citing a July case of a 21-year-old convicted felon who was caught doing 128 mph and received a $300 fine and no loss of license.

No doubt, the judge was utilizing the rarely “you should know better” clause when doling out Busch’s punishment. 

Pictures Of The Day

Kitesurfers compete during the Beetie Kitesurf World Cup in Germany.  (Photo by Imago/ZUMAPRESS.com)
The Panasonic boat skippered by Jonathan Whitty competes in day two of the 18ft Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on August 22, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Picture Of The Day


T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters Undamaged By Rare Rouge Booster Earthquake

T.A.H HEADQUARTERS EXTERIOR - before earthquake.
T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters located in Warrenton, VA was undamaged by the 5.9 earthquake that emanated from nearby Mineral, VA.  Rumors currently circulating claim the earthquake was started near Charlottesville when former UVA star Ralph Sampson decided to finally pay all his back child support.  Residents in the small rural town of Mineral were not pleased.

“He could of warned us for cryin’ out loud,” said an unnamed citizen headed to next major metropolis – Culpeper, VA.

T.A.H. Worldwide Headquarters is located 55 miles from the epicenter of the quake.

Engineers from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are scheduled to inspect the beloved location to insure that no damage occurred that might interrupt publication or, worse yet, cost the publisher some serious coin for stupid repairs.

To offset potential  repair costs, T.A.H. is establishing the T.A.H. Worldwide Self-Relief Fund. Donations will be accepted by Mastercard and VISA.  Any unused funds will be retained by T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC’s stockholders.

T.A.H. HEADQUARTERS EXTERIOR - after earthquake.
The freak East Coast earthquake comes just one day after T.A.H. sources claim it rained frogs in Sri Lanka during a cricket match featuring Tom Cruise as a guest “Magnolia Bowler.”

Unpublished accounts that the media juggernaut was planning to assemble a world class team of martial artists and Harlem Globetrotters for a good will tour of the Far East only to have the plan scuttled by today’s earthquake were seriously exaggerated.

Local Republicans blamed President Obama claiming he orchestrated the natural phenomenon to interrupt the local primary.

Others blamed Al Qaeda, noting it was a genius plot to attack the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant.  

Harrison Barnes Fakes Death, Duke Fans Temporarily Elated


By Eamonn Brennan/ESPN

Back in April, yours truly was mighty impressed with the North Carolina Tar Heels' budding outdoor campus pickup tradition, which our buddy Ben Cohen at the Wall Street Journal captured with a fun little feature piece at the time. The Tar Heels would tweet a spot on campus out to students, then show up a few minutes later and cheerily host five-on-five games with their non-basketballing peers. It certainly wasn't the first time players have played pickup hoops on campus, but it was a pretty neat way to go about doing so.

The only potential downside to playing basketball on outdoor courts with players considerably less athletic than you is the possibility of getting injured. Which is exactly what Harrison Barnes pretended to do this weekend, if only for a split second, per this Twitvid shot by user R.L. Bynumand first surfaced by the folks at Tar Heel Wire. (And hat tip to The Dagger, too.)

If you click to the 47-second mark -- don't worry, you'll only miss a layup by John Henson -- you'll see Barnes halfheartedly chase down a loose ball, get tripped by an opponent and fall to the ground for a few seconds of playing dead.

Barnes is obviously hamming it up almost from the moment he falls down, but the sheer fact that he did fall -- if only for a split second -- got an ever-so-fleeting rise out of the assembled masses. It's the sound of 100 or so UNC die-hards suddenly seeing their 2011-12 season flash before their eyes. Ohmygodishehurt? Oh, no, no NO! Why did we play these outdoor games?! Why?!? This was so dumb! ... Oh, he's just joking. He's OK! Deep breaths. Phew.

Barnes wasn't diabolical enough to really sell the injury. That would have been a lot more evil. It also would have been hilarious. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

Duke Wins Games In China, No Fighting (Damn It!)

Junior Ryan Kelly scored a team-high 20 points for the second straight game, and Seth Curry added 16 points to lead Duke to a 93-78 win over the Chinese Olympic Team Monday.  No fights broke out before, after or during the game.

Miles Plumlee dropped in 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds - eight of them offensive - and Mason Plumlee added 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting to help the Blue Devils sweep the three-game series with China.

Austin Rivers chipped in with 11 points and Andre Dawkins had 10 points to give Duke six double-figure scorers in the contest.

Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming attended the game and was presented with a Duke jersey at halftime by head coach Mike Krztjk2ski. Ming also had lunch with Krzyxvb3ski and the rest of the Duke staff earlier in the day.

Duke wraps up its foreign tour Thursday in Dubai against the United Arab Emirates national team.
Last Thursday, Kelly also scored 20 points and all five Duke starters scored in double figures as the Blue Devils pulled away from the Chinese Olympic Team 78-66.

Down Goes Miami: Death Penalty Not An Option?

There was much discussion over the weekend worldwide and with T.A.H. CC Nation about whether or not Miami was a candidate for the media suggested “Death Penalty.”

If you’re old enough, you might remember SMU who got whacked with the only NCAA death penalty ever back in  the 1980s after ten years of sanctions and systematic cheating.  The Mustangs football program was temporarily shut down.

At the heart of the matter, SMU players had been getting paid with funds provided by boosters for years, and top school officials—not just coaches—were involved in the shenanigans.

“In the nine years I served on the (NCAA) committee on infractions I never saw another one that was even close to what occurred in the SMU case,” said University of Oklahoma law professor David Swank, a former NCAA vice president.

As serious as the Miami case looks, Swank said the violations Shapiro claims to have been a part of are not severe enough to warrant the Hurricanes being treated the same way as SMU.

“In that case you had the involvement of basically members of the board of trustees and the regents,” he said. “And it was repeat violations which made it a very serious case.”

SMU had been sanctioned multiple times in the 10 years leading up to receiving the death penalty for recruiting violations, including being placed on three years’ probation in 1985. But the money kept flowing because school officials, including former Texas Gov. Bill Clements, the head of SMU’s board, were afraid that players already on the payroll would expose the cheating if they were cut off.

Miami football was hit with NCAA sanctions in 1995 after a financial aid scandal involving at least 50 players. The Hurricanes received three-year’s probation, a one-season bowl ban and were stripped of 24 scholarships.

“You had an infractions case and then very shortly thereafter you had a second infractions case involving many of the same people,” Swank said.

“At Miami … it looks like it focuses on one outlaw.”

Much like the Miami case, the SMU scandal came to a head at a time when NCAA investigations were rampant in college football. Some SMU supporters claimed the Mustangs were merely trying to keep up with Southwest Conference rivals Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU and Arkansas.

“Every school had been investigated,” said Bo Carter, the former longtime sports information director of the Southwest Conference and Big 12.

“In the `80s, no one had very strong compliance programs. The conferences were trying to enforce things through self-policing.”

The result, Carter said, was a “lawless mentality.”

ESPN analyst Craig James, who with fellow tailback Eric Dickerson formed the famed Pony Express backfield for SMU from 1979-82, claims he wasn’t aware of the rampant rule-breaking.  James points out that back then boosters had far more access to players and recruits.

 Sounds like Miami may have fallen victim to the Wild West mentality of Nevin Shaprio…

If the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) can’t prove that Miami officials were in on his dealings, the “Death Penalty” is highly unlikely.

Down Goes Miami: Part 5

The probe into Miami athletics is growing, with the university looking into the eligibility of 15 athletes who may have accepted improper benefits from a rogue booster.

Miami President Donna Shalala did not reveal any names of the players under investigation as she released a video statement Monday. The booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, told Yahoo Sports for an article published last week that 12 current football players and one men’s basketball player got money, gifts and other items from him.

The football players who were named by Shapiro in interviews with Yahoo Sports are Jacory Harris, Vaughn Telemaque, Ray Ray Armstrong, Travis Benjamin, Aldarius Johnson, Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, Marcus Robinson, Adewale Ojomo, Dyron Dye, JoJo Nicholas and Sean Spence. Shapiro also alleged to Yahoo Sports that he paid $10,000 to ensure that basketball player DeQuan Jones signed with the Hurricanes.

Most, if not all, the current football players Shapiro named would likely be major contributors if they get to take the field.

Citing the ongoing investigation, school officials would not say Monday if any of those players have been cleared to play, or who the additional names linked to the investigation are.

“The Miami athletic compliance staff, in a joint effort with the NCAA, is now beginning the process of reviewing the eligibility of 15 current student-athletes,” Shalala said. “With the season fast approaching I know our players, coaches and fans are eager to know the results. The process, however, must be deliberate and thorough to ensure its integrity.”

To read more, click here.

News Flash: Commish Swofford Unhappy

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said Monday college athletics need a major overhaul, that tweaking the status quo isn’t going to get it done.

“Over the years what’s happened is you try to put in a rule that keeps those that would cheat from cheating, and you end up trying to close every little loophole,” Swofford told The Associated Press on Monday. “I think we need to be addressing the felons, if you will, as opposed to the jaywalkers and get ourselves out of this maze of rules that are unenforceable.

“Although well-intended, I’m not sure whether somebody got a text on a day they weren’t supposed to get a text is a huge problem in reality.”

A quarter of Swofford’s ACC schools are mired in NCAA troubles.

The commissioner said league officials have talked with Miami, where a former booster claims he provided cash, gifts and other improper benefits to athletes over an eight-year period. North Carolina has spent the past year coping with an NCAA probe of improper benefits and academic misconduct. Georgia Tech recently was forced to give back its 2009 ACC football championship trophy because of rules violations.

To read more, click here.

Terps v. Canes In 3D

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For the second straight year, ACC Football will be heavily featured by ESPN in its three dimensional telecasts of college football. The network has announced that a minimum of five ACC games will be televised on ESPN 3-D this fall, beginning with Maryland hosting Miami on Labor Day Monday Night at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md.

The game between the Terrapins and Hurricanes, features the ACC debut of new head coaches Randy Edsall of Maryland and Al Golden of Miami, will have an 8 p.m. (ET) Kickoff.  Needless to say Golden’s Hurricane’s are currently of great interest.

Other  3D games are:  N.C. State at Cincinnati Thursday, Sept. 22, Virginia at Miami October 27, North Carolina at Virginia Tech November 17 and the Dr. Pepper Bowl (ACC Football Championship Game) December 3 in Charlotte. 

Pictures Of The Day

Andy Marr from South Africa flies through the air as he surfs a big wave at an offshore reef in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA)
Freddy Nock of Switzerland balances on a cable car wire on Germany’s highest mountain, the 2,962 metre Zugspitze near the Bavarian Resort of Garmisch-Partenkitchen.  Nock balanced on the 995 metre long rope to break his own world record as part of a charity event.  (Photo by Michaela Rehle/Reuters)
Former Formula One driver David Coulthard of Great Britain drives the Red Bull Show Car while being chased by a cowboy at a ranch in Johnson City, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Red Bull)
NBA star LeBron James attends a basketball clinic in Barcelona , Spain.  (Photo by Manu Fernandez/AP)

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