Friday, July 13, 2012

Quote Of The Day

(Steve Manuel)
Not too long ago Coach K said: “You had somebody who’d given six decades of service to the university and done such an incredible job. Somehow, you have to let – something has to play out and respect the fact that you’ve gone through all these experiences for six decades. And it doesn’t just go out the window, right at the end.  I thought it was a real mistake by Penn State’s leadership.”

Now in his defense, we surmise he was talking about the process as opposed to the “cause,” but it will be interesting to see what he and others say now that the Freeh Report makes it clear that Paterno and other PSU leaders made the university and its football program a priority to avoid bad publicity even when they knew about Jerry Sandusky’s abuses.

To read the report, click here…The Executive Summary starts on page 13.

Meanwhile, Bobby Bowden has an opinion as well. You will recall he was stripped of some victories for NCAA violations that look pretty tame compared to Penn State’s lack of institutional control and a policy that basically said “you can rape young boys, just don’t do it on campus.”

To read more about Bowden’s take, click here

Video Of The Day

Don’t miss this! Especially the part where Miss Sarah yells: “It’s a shark!  A SHARK!  A BIG ASS SHARK!!!”


To see the video, click here.

NCAA Grants Wahoo QB Transfer Waiver

SIMS (Greg McWilliams/Getty Images)
The NCAA informed the University of Virginia today that sophomore quarterback Phillip Sims has been granted a waiver and will be eligible to compete on the Cavalier football team this fall. He will not be required to sit out one season per the NCAA's bylaws regarding undergraduate transfers. Sims transferred to UVa after spending the past two years at Alabama. He redshirted the 2010 season and played as a backup in 2011.

Sims will have three years of eligibility at Virginia starting this season. He has been enrolled at the University since June.

"I am pleased we were able to work with the NCAA to get a resolution regarding this matter," said Virginia coach Mike London. "We look forward to having Phillip and the rest of our team in camp this August."

Picture Of The Day

Zahia Aili poses with a prize race camel on parade for photographs with Sydney commuters on National Hump Day, July 11, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The syndicate camel, or 'People's Camel' will be entered in the Alice Spring Lasseters Camel Cup on July 14th, 2012. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coach K Happy? Really?

(Isaac Brekken/AP Photo)

Dan Wolken in The Daily wrote a piece about Mike Krzyzewski and his more relaxed and casual attitude as the head coach of U.S.A. Basketball…Here’s an excerpt:

Krzyzewski proponents — mainly Duke fans and Dick Vitale — often wonder why anti-Duke sentiment is so pervasive. But it’s really not hard to figure out. It’s the winning, yes, but it’s also the floor-slapping and the flopping and the belief that no visiting team has gotten a call in Cameron since 1981. It’s the fact that everything about Duke’s program screams “We’re better than you!” That starts with Coach K, and it’s very real.

But the USA Basketball version of Coach K almost seems like a different person. He’s not trying to intimidate or control everything, he’s just coaching, and he seems happy to do it. He’s chatty, unpretentious, accessible. He’s as likeable in this setting as he is often unlikeable at Duke.

After talking to two sources who know Krzyzewski well, a couple theories have emerged. At Duke, everything revolves around Krzyzewski, and the mystique creates order in his universe. But what works in his favor on a college campus doesn’t resonate in this setting, especially coaching a team full of NBA All-Stars. This experience is so much bigger than he is, something he understands.

To read more, click here.

If This Was About Basketball, We Would Know What Coach K Is Really Happy About...

More academic football scandal brewing at UNC.

From the Raleigh News & Observer:   Evidence is accumulating that shows a high percentage of student-athletes, notably football players, enrolled in “courses” lacking in structure and supervision. It’s questionable whether the courses, offered within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, even met or whether legitimate work was performed, although a final paper supposedly was required.

To read more, click here or here.

FSU Defender Arrested In Georgia

(Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

By David M. Hale/NoleNation via ESPN

Florida State defensive back Greg Reid was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on Tuesday night and charged with driving with a suspended license, a seatbelt violation and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to the Lowndes County (Ga.) Sheriff's office.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. ET. Reid was taken to the Lowndes County Jail and released on bond, according to Capt. Wanda Edwards.

A Florida State spokesman said the school did not have an official comment, as it is still gathering facts and has yet to see a police report.

Reid, a senior, was arrested on obstruction charges in 2011 in his hometown of Valdosta, but those charges were dropped a few days later.

He is a three-year starter at cornerback and is also among the nation's top return men. He led the ACC and finished 17th in the nation last year in punt returns with an average of 11.24 yards on 37 returns. He had an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown against rival Miami. He has four career returns for touchdowns, including one from an interception and three punt returns. As a sophomore in 2010, Reid finished 10th nationally in passes defended with three picks and 14 deflections. As a freshman, Reid led the nation in punt returns.

Last season, he finished with 32 tackles and two interceptions, along with 563 return yards as a junior. He is one of nine starters returning to what is expected to be one of the best defenses in the country.

Reid is the second member of the Seminoles to spend time in jail in the past 30 days. Running back James Wilder Jr. spent more than a week in the Leon County Jail in June for a violation of his probation.

Pictures Of The Day

A pig takes a daring dive as part of porcine pool events in Alice Springs. (Justin Brierty/Newspix/Rex)
Petty Officer Third Class Andrew Bibbins at Camp Sabalu Harrison - Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Hokie Nation Photo)
“The stadium is thatta way!” Queen Elizabeth II, center, and the Duke of Edinburgh, obscured, greeting Torchbearer 073 Gina Macgregor, left, and Olympic chairman Sebastian Coe right, outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England Tuesday July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Radburn/LOCOG)
An American participant in the running of the bulls in Pamplona wears a shirt with a hopeful plea. (Jim Hollander/EPA)
National League All-Star Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pithces in the fourth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)\

Monday, July 9, 2012

R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

(Chris Pizello/AP Photo)
Ernest Borgnine poses backstage after receiving the life achievement award at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. A spokesman said Sunday, July 8, 2012, that the Oscar winning actor best known as LT. Commander Quinton McHale died at the age of 95. 

Things That Make You Go…

(Getty Images)
A recortador jumps over a bull during a contest at Pamplona's bullring on the third day of the San Fermin festival July 8, 2012.

Pictures Of The Day

Serena Williams of the USA celebrates match point during her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Anja Niedringhaus/Pool/Getty Images)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet celebrates winning during the IZOD INDYCAR Series Honda Indy Toronto on July 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the winner's trophy after winning his Gentlemen's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 8, 2012 in London, England. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
The pack of riders cycles during the seventh stage of the 99th Tour de Tricheurs cycling race between Tomblaine and La Planche des Belles Filles, July 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel)

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