Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday ACC Football

Northwestern (Wildcats, 8,425 students, Evanston, IL)@ BOSTON COLLEGE (-2.5), 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 91/XM 91)

Appalachian State (Mountaineers, 15,137 students, Boone, NC) @ VIRGINIA TECH (-25), 12:30 PM, ACC Network affiliates, (Sirius 212//XM 191)

ULM (Warhawks, 7,516 students, Monroe, LA) @ FLORIDA STATE (-28), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 211//XM 193)

James Madison (Dukes, 18,971 students, Harrisonburg, VA) @ NORTH CAROLINA (-18), 3:30 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 213//XM 192)

Troy (Trojans, 23,071 students, Troy, AL) @ CLEMSON (-14), 3:30 PM, TV: (Sirius 136)

William & Mary (Tribe, 5,850 students, Williamsburg, VA) @ VIRGINIA (-8), 6:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 131//XM 191)

Liberty (Flames, 13,400 students, Lynchburg, VA) @ N.C. STATE (-29), 6:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 212//XM 190)

Richmond (Spiders, 2,767 students, Richmond, VA) @ DUKE (-8.5), 7:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 213//XM 192)

Dinich's ACC Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

NC State quarterback Mike Glennon knows you're going to compare him to Wilson. He's over it.

Regardless of who lines up at quarterback for the Wolfpack, this season will shed a lot of light on which direction the program is headed under coach Tom O'Brien.

Wake Forest will be hurting after losing its quarterback and the game to Syracuse in overtime last night.

Bearded Virginia Tech offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher is back and ready to make a statement (not that the beard doesn't say it all).

The father of Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong says he is considering appealing his son's punishment.

Virginia has plans to add an indoor practice field, but how much will it help the program?

Virginia Tech to the SEC? "Total poppycock."

Georgia Tech didn't do everything right last night, but it was a promising start.

PHILLIP PRICE (Mark Crammer Photo)
Maryland has gone through a complete transformation since the last time the Terps took the field.

Bigger plans could be in store for BC's tight ends.

Troy will test Clemson's new left tackle, Phillip Price.

Miami isn't scaling back defensively despite the suspensions of some key players.

Duke will start the season with two key players sidelined.

Pictures Of The Day

Usain Bolt of Jamaica is pursued by photographers as he celebrates his victory in the men's 200 metres final during day eight of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
B.J. Cunningham #3 of the Michigan State Spartans catches the ball against Donald D'Alesio #8 and Jeremy Edwards #5 of the Youngstown State Penguins during an NCAA football game at Spartan Stadium on September 2, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans won 28-6 (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Christian Ponder by way of Florida State of the Minnesota Vikings passes against the Houston Texans in the first half on September 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday Night ACC Football

WASHINGTON and SMITH (AP Photo/Billy Weeks)
GEORGIA TECH 63 , Western Carolina 21 – Western Carolina failed to capalize on six Georgia Tech fumbles as the Yellow Jackets put up impressive numbers in the air and on the ground in their season opener.

Orwin Smith scored two of Georgia Tech’s four first-quarter touchdowns and Stephen Hill caught two touchdown passes from Tevin Washington.   

Georgia Tech’s yardage total was the second-highest in school history behind a 706-yard performance against The Citadel in 1948, but the Yellow Jackets struggled throughout the night to hold on to the football, losing two of six fumbles and allowing a second-quarter field goal attempt to get blocked and recovered for a touchdown.

Georgia Tech also showed flashes of a formidable passing game after ranking 119th in the nation last year.

Washington completed eight of 13 passes for 271 yards and three TDs. No. 2 quarterback Synjyn Days was 3 of 3 passing for 94 yards. Hill caught four passes for 181 yards. The yardage totals were career highs for all three players.

Georgia Tech had more yards passing in the first quarter (148) than it had in any game last season (130 in an Oct. 2 win over Wake Forest).

The Yellow Jackets, who led the nation in rushing last year, racked up 260 yards on the ground. Smith finished with 84 yards, which included a 77-yard score, on just four carries.

To read more, click here.

Syracuse 36, WAKE FOREST 29  OT– Tanner  Price threw  touchdown passes of 60 and 22 yards to Chris Givens and a crushing 16-yard score on third-and-goal to Michael Campanero, but the Deacons lost in overtime in the Carrier Dome.
PRICE (AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)
“It’s disappointing,” said Price, who was 18 of 31 for 289 yards who was injured and never returned. 

“I tried to get back in there,” said Price, who had his helmet on and was running on the sideline in hopes of returning. “The doctors said I’d be all right, but the coaches said it’s a long season and there’s no point in further hurting yourself.”

 After Syracuse scored a touchdown in overtime, the Demon Deacons got the ball one last time, but the Syracuse defense forced a fourth-down incompletion from the 19 from Ted Stachitas to Givens in the right corner of the end zone.

To read more, click here.

Dinich’s Lunchtime Links

DAVID WILSON (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Two true freshmen at Virginia will be needed to make an immediate impact.

You know about Duke's 'Killer V's.' Brandon Braxton might be better than both of them.

The Deacs kick off tonight, and David Glenn caught up with Wake coach Jim Grobe.

Has everyone in Wake's program been too complacent?

Georgia Tech B-back David Sims has made a significant jump this offseason to the top of the depth chart.

Maryland's suspensions are nothing compared to what Miami is facing.

Injured Eagles Donnie Fletcher and Andre Williams insist they'll play against Northwestern.

How do you win a national title? Practice tough.

The Orlando Sentinel previews Florida State's season.

Uh oh. The mother of Miami receiver Aldarius Johnson has hired a lawyer and wants an explanation as to why her son has been suspended indefinitely.

One of the biggest differences between former UNC quarterback T.J. Yates and his successor, Bryn Renner, is their personalities.

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson should put up monster numbers in the first four games of the season.

If Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco struggles, Ross Metheny will be next in line.

Duke's running game is aiming for better numbers this season.

Pictures Of The Day

Gael Monfils from France plays a shot against Juna Carlos Ferrero from Spain during their match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the U.S. Open.  (Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
The general view of the High Point Solutions Stadium during the first quarter of the game between North Carolina Central Eagles and Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 1, 2011 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Reese Hoffa of the USA competes in the men's shot put final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
New Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson (by way of N.C.S.U.), left, looks to pass against UNLV's Nate Carter (36) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Madison, Wis.  Wilson was 10 for 13, 255 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran for 62 yards and a touchdown. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Things That Make You Go…


In this case, not really.  You had to see this coming.  Folks who wagered on the Miami v. Maryland game out in Vegas or in just reopened Atlantic City ('cause that's the only place it's legal to do so!) when the line was the Canes -5* are now asking themselves one simple question "How could I be so stoooopid?"

Good question. You had to figure the NCAA would say something prior to the start of Miami's season and when they spoke, the Canes lost a handful of starters including their quarterback.  That said, Maimi can survive the suspensions, just ask North Carolina who had a bowl eligible seasons last year amid suspensions and other internal and external disciplinary actions.

However, you had to figure the line would move Maryland's way (-3), and it did.

*Point spreads provided for recreational purposes only.

Are You Ready For Some Football?


Western Carolina (Catamounts, 10,000 students, Cullowhee, NC) @ GEORGIA TECH (-35), 7:30 PM, TV: (Sirius 211/XM 190)

WAKE FOREST @ Syracuse (-7) (Orange, 20,407 students, Syracuse, NY), 8:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 212/XM 191)

Dinich’s Lunchtime Links

LAUREN LUTTRELL (Suzanne Carr Rossi/Free Lance-Star)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

A female kicker? At Virginia Tech? You go girl.

Those within the program say Duke's defense has made significant strides this offseason. The rest of us are waiting to see it.

Wake Forest linebacker Kyle Wilber isn't used to seeing his name at second-string on the depth chart, but he's missed too much of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

It wasn't in Michael Rocco's original plans to attend Virginia.

Virginia tackle Morgan Moses is always trying to prove people wrong.

I would not like to be on the receiving end of a Logan Thomas pass.

Miami's situation isn't ideal, but at least Al Golden knows where he stands this season.

Duke is not taking Richmond lightly. A little history lesson says not to.

NICK FERRARA (Kenneth K. Lam/Balt Sun)
Sean Renfree isn't the only quarterback at Duke who wants to make an impact.

When it comes to NCAA punishments, David Teel says Miami and UNC should be very, very afraid.

What's up with Miami receiver Aldarius Johnson? Steve Gorten has some insight.

Maryland's Nick Ferrara is ready for double duty.

Nevermind. Roddy Jones is back in the lineup after all.

Is a break-even finish the best shot for the Deacs?

BC QB Chase Rettig has had a little bit more of an edge as the opener draws near.

What are the five most difficult aspects of playing quarterback? Here's what Tajh Boyd is focused on.

Pictures Of The Day

Golfer Keegan Bradley, recent winner of the 93rd PGA Championship, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on August 30, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images North America)
Revellers on a truck throw tomatoes into the crowd during the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia, August 31, 2011. The origin of the tomato fight is disputed - everyone in Bunol seems to have a favourite story - but most agree it started around 1940, in the early years of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship.  (Photo by Heino Kalis/Reuters)
Jesse Williams (L) of United States celebrates next to Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia after claiming gold in the men's high jump final during day six of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Down Goes Miami, Part 8: 8 Players Suspended For One To Six Games

The NCAA (Suits in Indianapolis, Formerly Kansas) announced findings Tuesday that 12 current Miami football players accepted extra benefits from booster Nevin Shapiro and suspended eight athletes  including quarterback Jacory Harris for between one and six games.

Four other players must simply repay the amount of the benefits they received and will be eligible for the Hurricanes’ season opener Monday at Maryland.

The NCAA claimed the players “received varying levels of recruiting inducements and extra benefits from (Nevin) Shapiro and athletics personnel” including “meals, transportation, access to Shapiro’s game suite, drinks, as well as cover charges at two different nightclubs, among others.”

Here’s the scorecard:
Defensive lineman Olivier Vernon, 6 games, $1,200.
Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, 4 games, $788
Tight end Dyron Dye, 4 games, $738.
Defensive lineman Marcus Forston, 1 game, $400.
Linebacker Sean Spence, 1 game, approx $275.
Defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo, 1 game, $240.
Receiver Travis Benjamin, 1 game, approx $150
 VERNON (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel)
Quarterback Jacory Harris, 1 game, approx $140.

In retrospect, new coach Al Golden is probably relieved.

The school also announced wide receiver Aldarius Johnson was suspended indefinitely by coach Al Golden for a violation of team rules.

The joint NCAA/Miami investigation into Shapiro’s actions as a booster from 2002 until 2010 remains ongoing. Tuesday’s ruling concerned the eligibility of only current student athletes and not the culpability, if any, of the university, former administrators or former players.

To read more, click here.

Former Wolfpack QB To Make Wisconsin Debut On National TV Thursday Night

(AP/Wisconsin State Journal/M.P. King)
Russell Wilson will step back into the spotlight on Thursday night for No. 11 Wisconsin.

The North Carolina State transfer is ready for his final chance to lead a team to a major bowl game after a successful run with the Wolfpack.

“I’m not worried about it. I’m excited about it. It’s a great opportunity,” the quarterback said. “When you’re prepared, you’re not nervous. I’m excited about our situation here and it should be a good one.”

Wilson will be the focus for the Badgers as they start their season by hosting UNLV at Camp Randall Stadium in a nationally televised game.

Dinich’s Lunchtime Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN ACC Football blog:

Michael Rocco is Virginia's starting quarterback, but consider the position fluid.

As many as a dozen true freshmen could play for the Hoos.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is a believer in his team.

A strong start is key for Duke if the Blue Devils are going to break even.

Duke's "Killer V's" could have a record-breaking season and give some defenses headaches this fall.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe talked with David Glenn about a variety of topics, includinghis gratitude walk.

James Washington has been named NC State's starting tailback.

Will Georgia Tech be without Roddy Jones, one of its leaders, for the season opener?

Maryland coach Randy Edsall will be banking on some young talent.

Mum's the word from Miami coach Al Golden.

Hey, don't forget there's actually a game being played on Labor Day.

Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen is ready for a breakout season.

UNC interim coach Everett Withers and quarterback Bryn Renner have something in common -- they're both rookies at their respective positions this fall.

Virginia Tech's defense will be tested by App State's spread-option offense.

Pictures Of The Day

Frankie Dettori rides Specific in the parade ring as racegoers look on at Goodwood racecourse on August 30, 2011 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Young Sri Lankan Buddhist monk watch the first day of the opening cricket Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka from the 16th-century Dutch fort at the Galle International Stadium in Galle on August 31, 2011. Australian captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka. The photo below is the monks’ view of the stadium.  (Photo above by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi /AFP/Getty Images)

Jessica Samuelsson of Sweden, Sharon Day of United States, Ruky Abdulai of Canada, Remona Fransen of Netherlands and Wassana Winatho of Thailand compete in the 100 metres hurdles in the women's heptathlon during day three of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 29, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Former Bankrupt Convicted Dog Fighter Rich Again

(Jim McIssac/Getty Images)
If former bankrupt Hokie, Atlanta Falcon, federal prison inmate and current Philadelphia Eagle Michael Vick owes you money, things just got better for everybody.

America loves a comeback and the redemption tale that is Michael Vick keeps getting better. 

Following a spectacular comeback season last year, the Eagles agreed on a six-year contract with Vick on Monday that again makes the Pro Bowl quarterback one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

A source familiar with the negotiations say the deal is worth $100 million, including about $40 million guaranteed.  

Vick has come a long way since spending 18 months in the pokey on dogfighting charges. He led the Eagles to the NFC East title last year, was the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and was the AP Comeback Player of the Year.

(Jim McIssac/Getty Images)
Vick was due to earn slightly more than $16 million this season after the Eagles designated him the franchise player in February.  

The 31-year-old Vick joined the Eagles in 2009, but became the starter after Kolb got hurt in the season opener.  He then guided the Eagles to an 8-3 record in 11 games as a starter in his first season playing full-time since 2006. He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2). Vick also rushed for 676 yards.

Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft, once was a megastar with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a $130 million, 10-year deal in 2005 that made him the top-paid player in the league then. But Vick lost it all when he went to jail and he eventually filed for bankruptcy.

Young Tar Heels Kept Focused By NBA Alums

The North Carolina Tar Heels will most likely be the preseason #1 in every major basketball poll.  They return all starters to an Elite Eight team that includes three potential NBA lottery picks.

Everywhere they go everybody is telling them they are going to win ANOTHER NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship…Well, almost everybody.

Seems as the fine tuned machine that is the UNC basketball machine includes a cog assembled entirely of humble pie as some hoop’s alumni have taken responsibility for keeping the players' egos in check.
Three times a week this summer, former North Carolina stars like Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams and Shammond Williams have roughed up the current Tar Heels in spirited five-on-five pickup games at the Smith Center.

On most days the former pros won the best of five round robins, but on the one day in July when the youngsters prevailed there was no shortage of trash talk.  We aren’t saying the pros lost on purpose to teach 2011-12 Heels a lesson, but the alums promptly won 13 out of 14 games over the next two days…

According to the blog, The Dagger, “It keeps us humble," sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall said. "If all we saw were the rankings that had us preseason No. 1, we might have slacked a little bit, but having the pros here keeps us working hard. When we have players like that beating up on us constantly, it makes us realize we do have things we have to get better at."

The annual summer pickup games have been a staple for some time but things took a turn when Instead of mixing current and former Tar Heels on both teams, the college boys brashly requested the regular matchup be their best five taking on the pros' best five because they relished the chance to defeat their elders.
The vets are happy to do it to keep the kids focuses.  Sean May recalled how his national championship teammates lost their mojo early and dropped their season opener. 

"Us coming back during the summer and beating up on the current guys, it brings them down to earth and humbles them a little bit," May said. "For the most part, we've handed it to them all summer. I think that's a good thing because otherwise their focus can drift and their confidence can get too high."

 In all likelihood the Heels toughest opponent might well be themselves as they return Harrison Barnes, 6-foot-10 Henson,  7-foot Tyler Zeller all of who bypassed the NBA draft in order to make a championship run.  Ol’ Roy has impressive point guard Kendal Marshall to run the ship and has, as usual, added some Hamburger Heroes including 6-foot-8 James McAdoo.

"I think we're a lot deeper than we were a year ago and a lot more confident in our abilities," Marshall said. "Last year, we weren't sure how good we could be. This year we know how good we are and we just have to prove it."

Former Yellow Jacket Hoopster Arrested

Georgia Tech has had some issues of late with their football program and now ex-hoopster Javaris Crittenton.  

With a little help from Butch Davis and Nevis Shapiro, the Jackets have managed to literally fly under the radar.  That may be about to end.

Crittenton was in police custody after being arrested at a Southern California airport to board a flight to Atlanta, where his lawyer said he would go to surrender in a murder case.

Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday evening at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a redeye Delta Air Lines flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She said he was with a male companion who was not arrested.

Crittenton was taken to a Los Angeles police station where he was booked on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice.  

Crittenton, 23, was wanted by Atlanta police in connection to the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children, as she was walking with two men. Police believe one of the men with her was the target.

Pictures Of The Day

People prepare to throw basketballs in the air as they participate in an event which set the world record for basketball bouncing and which marked the opening of "Eurobasket 2011" in Vilnius, on August 29, 2011. At the event, approximately 60,000 people bounced basketballs for 5 minutes. The EuroBasket 2011 championships will begin on August 31st.  (Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP)
The Boston Cannons celebrate their win against the Hamilton Nationals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on August 28, 2011 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Cannons defeated the Nationals 10-9.  The ACC has six players on the Cannons roster: Kip Turner, Matt Poskay, Ryan Nizolek and JJ Morrisey by way of Virginia and Brad Ross and Max Quinzani from Duke. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images North America)
German President Christian Wulff (R), Dirk Nowitzki(notes) (C) and kids pose during the 'Silbernes Lorbeerblatt' (Silver by leaf) ceremony at the presidential Bellevue palace in Berlin on August 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The Silver Bay Leaf is Germany's highest honour for outstanding performance in sports. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim competes in the men's high jump qualification round at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu on August 30, 2011.  (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP)
 Dmitry Starodubtsev of Russia breaks his pole during the men’s pole vault final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.  (Photo by Phil Noble/Reuters)
The USA Women's Eight compeate in the heats during day one of the FISA Rowing World Championships at Lake Bled on August 29, 2011 in Bled, Slovenia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Former Georgia Tech Star Wanted By FBI

The FBI has obtained an arrest warrant for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton,  who is wanted in Atlanta on murder charges in the shooting of a 22-year-old woman.

The FBI says the 23-year-old Crittenton who was a brief star at Georgia Tech and  a former NBA first-round draft choice, is believed to be in the Los Angeles area. The FBI warrant is for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Atlanta police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of Jullian Jones. Police say she was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.

Crittenton was drafted 19th by the Lakers after just one year at GT, and then was traded to Memphis before being traded to Washington. He played in China in 2010 and in the D-League 2011.

The NBA gave him a 38-game suspension after he and teammate Gilbert Arenas acknowledged bringing guns into the Wizard’s locker room. 

We imagine that little incident had something to do with Crittenton becoming a “former” NBA player.

Only Three More Days Until ACC Football

Western Carolina (Catamounts, 10,000 students, Cullowhee, NC) @ GEORGIA TECH (-35), 7:30 PM, TV: (Sirius 211/XM 190)

WAKE FOREST @ Syracuse (-7) (Orange, 20,407 students, Syracuse, NY), 8:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 212/XM 191)

Northwestern (Wildcats, 8,425 students, Evanston, IL)@ BOSTON COLLEGE (-2.5), 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 91/XM 91)

Appalachian State (Mountaineers, 15,137 students, Boone, NC) @ VIRGINIA TECH (-25), 12:30 PM, ACC Network affiliates, (Sirius 212//XM 191)

ULM (Warhawks, 7,516 students, Monroe, LA) @ FLORIDA STATE (-28), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 211//XM 193)

James Madison (Dukes, 18,971 students, Harrisonburg, VA) @ NORTH CAROLINA (-18), 3:30 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 213//XM 192)

Troy (Trojans, 23,071 students, Troy, AL) @ CLEMSON (-14), 3:30 PM, TV: (Sirius 136)

William & Mary (Tribe, 5,850 students, Williamsburg, VA) @ VIRGINIA (-8), 6:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 131//XM 191)

Liberty (Flames, 13,400 students, Lynchburg, VA) @ N.C. STATE (-29), 6:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 212//XM 190)

Richmond (Spiders, 2,767 students, Richmond, VA) @ DUKE (-8.5), 7:00 PM, TV: (Sirius 213//XM 192)

MIAMI (-5) @ MARYLAND, 8:00 PM, TV: ESPN in 3-D (Sirius 85/91//XM 85/91)
*Point spreads for educational purposes only. 

Down Goes Miami, Part 7: Prez Shalala In Pain

(Edited from AP) Miami President Donna Shalala said it’s been “quite painful” dealing with the scandal that could once again blacken the name of the university’s athletic department for years to come.

“These past two weeks have been quite painful for me,” Shalala wrote in a letter published in Sunday’s editions of The Miami Herald. “It is way too early to know all of the details … but the allegations alone cause serious concerns.”

She added: “Here’s my commitment: I will do, and we will do, everything possible to find the truth, learn from any mistakes and take measures to prevent any such behavior from happening again.”

(In the most recent Sports Illustrated, writer Alexander Wolff  wrote a letter to Shalala saying the “measure” she should take is to shut down the football program.)

Shalala said athletic director Shawn Eichorst is reviewing Miami’s policies and procedures relating to compliance, and that rules changes were possible.

“If we do all this right—and we will—we will take the necessary actions to make sure we have the most compliant program possible,” Shalala wrote. “If we do this right—and we will—we will move on stronger and be better prepared for the future.”

The letter marks the third time Shalala has issued a statement about the scandal. Aside from one interview with student media at the university, she hasn’t been available for questions.

“We have committed to the NCAA every possible resource to get to the bottom of all this,” Shalala wrote. “We promised the NCAA we would not comment on any specifics until the investigation runs its course. We continue to honor that commitment.”

To read the letter, click here.

*Just kidding. That's really singer Nicki Minaj at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images North America)

Pictures Of The Day

A home on Fairfield Beach Road is submerged in Pine Creek in Fairfield, Conn., as treacherous weather caused by Tropical Storm Irene blew through the area on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (The Connecticut Post, Cathy Zuraw/AP)
Smokin’ Joe Frazier and jockey John Velazquez sign autographs during Travers Weekend at Saratoga.  (NYRA photo)
Eric Anderson of the West team from Huntington Beach, CA celebrates as he prepares to cross the plate with the winning run in the sixth inning against  Japan for a 2-1 win in the Little League World Championship game in Williamsport, PA.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Children watch a rabbit, jumping over a hurdle at an obstacle course the 5th Open Rabbit Sport Tournament on August 28, 2011 in Rommerz near Fulda, Germany. Eighty rabbits competed in light-weight, middle-weight and jumping-for-points categories at today's tournament. Rabbit Hopping is a growing trend among rabbit owners in Central Europe and the first European Championships are scheduled to be held later this year in Switzerland. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images Europe)
Laurie Towner of Australia rides an enormous barrel during a tow in session at the Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupo’o in Tahiti, French Polynesia. (Photo by Steve Robertson/ASP/Getty Images)
The horses leave the gate at the start of the $1 million Travers Stakes Gr.1 at Saratoga racecourse in Saratoga Springs, NY.  (Photo by

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene Spares T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters

Hurricane Irene passed through Warrenton, VA departing early Sunday morning after dumping a steady rain on our little piece of the Commonwealth.  No damage or injuries have been reported.

We appreciate the countless inquiries (OK, just one, Young A.T.’s mom) about our safety and well being.

FEMA was on high alert and sources tell us they are relieved that T.A.H. was not significantly impacted by the storm.

T.A.H. will resume publishing right now.

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