Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tunisian Hoops Coach Gives Player A Slap

((HT: IOC/ChelseaSwagHD))

In the huddle no less...

The HQ guesses this is what happens when you lose to the US reserves 110-63...

Especially when you're a 54-point dog...

The US was actually only up 13 at the break, but a 39-14 third put the game out of reach. The red, white, and blue had 6 in double figures led by Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony who had 16 each. No one played more than 25 minutes (Chris Paul) and Anthony Davis got in 12 points in 14 minutes...

UCF gets NCAA Postseason Ban, sort of cries "Foul"

Woe is the University of Central Florida athletic department.

UCF found out their punishment from the NCAA today (Tues) and they were cited for "Lack of Institutional Control".

However, the penalty, which is perceived by many in Orlando as being "Too Harsh", is nothing major. A 1-year ban on post-season play for both the Football and Basketball teams. A $50K fine and 5-years probation.

Read our initial story on the allegations from November...RIGHT HERE

The Knights were already in trouble with the NCAA for impermissable phone contact with a recruit. Since they were on probation for that; they become "Repeat Offenders".

UCF already had imposed some penalties on themselves, putting the athletic department on probation for 3 years, eliminating a scholarship basketball slot and forfeiting games from 2008 thru the 2010-11 season in hoops. Oh...and football coach George O'Leary got a "Letter of Reprimand" in his personnel file.

The Orlando Sentinel says in a headline that the school plans to appeal. However, when you click on the link--you get the background story of what happened and no mention of the appeal.

You can read that story RIGHT HERE

According to a tweet by ESPN's Andy Katz, UCF is just whining (appealing) the bowl game ban, not the basketball stuff. Really guys? You aren't missing much there...just sayin'.

The investigation had centered on former Athletic Director Keith Tribble's relationship with a Chicago area "Mentor" to athletes, Ken Caldwell.

That relationship was supposed to steer several athletes down from Chicago to the wannabe NCAA power in Orlando. It wasn't successful.

We don't really pity UCF and quite honestly, they should be considering themselves fortunate this is the only penalty they are paying. Yeah, Caldwell swore up and down he wasn't affiliated with an agent and he was just trying to find a school for his kid and his friends to play at.

Again, it didn't work.

So, hopefully UCF moves on, tries to play a little closer to the rules and takes their penalty like a man. They aren't facing more than 1-season of not playing in a bowl game, Conference USA's basketball tourney and/or the NCAA Basketball Tourney.

Oh..we forgot to mention...the Knights head to the Big East after this season too.

Jerry Jones talks smack about NY Giants, NY Media's heads implode

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Guess it really doesn't take much to move the center of the media universe (New York) off the Olympics and MLB Trade Deadline and on to football.

The reason they are freaking out: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the masses assembled at his teams training camp that "Ya'll should come to that stadium and watch us beat the Giants' ass".

Oh my Goo-wad!

You'd think Jones said "Your mother smells of Eldeberry" or something.

Of course our friends at the 4-letter have joined the frenzy, aghast the Jones would ever utter such a thing.

Read the "jab" story from ESPN.com RIGHT HERE

The NY Daily News chimes in RIGHT HERE

Oh, that Jerry, he's so brash.

Okay...lighten up Frances!

So what.

He's allowed to talk smack. We don't care. Really. What! Is Big Pussy gonna come from New Jersey and "Ice" him or something?

So what? Dallas wants to knock off the Super Bowl champs. Who doesn't? Sure, we could care less about either of these two teams, the only reason we mention it is because we laughed more at the reaction then the comment.

So buckle up little buckaroo, when Dallas heads to New Jersey to play "Los Gigantes", the hype machine will be in "Full Force". You can bet money that will be the FOX National Game, if not all over NBC.

Just thought we'd share.

UNC Charlotte Unveils New Helmets

And they're all white...

As seen, thanks to the folks at UNC-Charlotte their ownselves...

While the HQ finds it interesting that they'd go all white...
We hope that there's some metallic green in there somewhere...

Charlotte will play its inaugural season in 2013 as an FCS independent before moving to Conference USA in 2015.

What say you...???

UCF Gets Post-Season Bans In Two Sports For A Year


The NCAA piled on to Central Florida's self-imposed penalties after major recruiting violations were discovered in both their basketball and football programs.

The NCAA added one-year postseason bans for both men's basketball and football in addition to the $50,000 fine, adding two more years to UCF's proposed three years' probation, reduction of basketball scholarships, vacating three years worth of basketball victories and less days allowed for football recruiting.

UCF conducted its own investigation into the allegations of former AD Keith Tribble, former assistant football coach David Kelly, and head men's basketball coach Donnie Jones. Tribble and Kelly were cited for unethical conduct by the NCAA and eventually resigned. Jones served a three-game suspension during the season and was given a "failure to monitor compliance" charge by the NCAA. Tribble was also given a three year show cause penalty as well.

Here's an interview Tribble did for UCFTV a few years back describing his excitement for leading the program...

The punishments come from an investigation that found the programs were involved with runners for sports agents and made cash payments to recruits. As an example, Recruiter Kim Cadwell was also accused of making deposits into students bank accounts, paying tuition and providing laptops to athletes.

Head football coach George O'Leary received no punishments...

The HQ rubs its collective chin over that one... but isn't fully surprised at the insular behavior exhibited...

"My same message to the coaches and the players is that you know we do things by the rule book. Recruiting is a business but there is a correct way to do something," said football coach George O'Leary.

Conference USA has also told UCF that they cannot participate in the post-season tournament for basketball and the championship game in football. Since they're moving to the Big East Conference for the 2013-2014 season, this is the last activity the school is involved in in Conference USA...

More when we know more...

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Runner Without A Country

((HT: CNN))

The HQ admits that when we were watching the opening parade from London, one of the more fun groups out there to see take a lap was the group of four "Independent" athletes who did nothing but dance and mug for the cameras.

Which was cool to see... when the Netherlands Antilles mixes with the South Sudan you wonder why all the participants can't just be "independent."

Christiane Amanpour has the story of Guor Marial who grew up a "Lost Boy" and ended up found in the US... while still thinking of home...

Georgia Southern Talks Needs and Division I

((HT: TheCoastalSource/Savannah))

Georgia Southern Athletic Director Sam Baker resigned from his post on Friday after 17 years, and for the first time since Dr. Brooks Keel had a press conference to talk about all the topics on campus in Statesboro...

Dr. Keel would talk about Sam Baker's contributions to the athletic department and the future of Eagle athletics, a possible move to Division I, and what he's looking for in an Athletic Director.

FOSG Frank Sulkowski has the raw video of the press conference...

Another Clock Malfunction Causes Fencing Fiasco In London

((HT: IOC/youtube))

A timing error in the last second of a fencing semi-final led to a 20-minute sit-in while a controversial decision was made in the women's individual epeƩ. The semifinal was between South Korean Shin A Lam and German Britta Heidemann.

With one second remaining in the match, Heidemann needed to score a touch on Shin to win, but Shin would have advanced if they finished tied. The clock got stuck allowing Heidemann several extra seconds to score.

Here's the ending...

Officials awarded the win and a chance at the gold medal to Heidemann.

Shin sat down refusing to leave. Fencing rules say that if you leave the floor, you accept the decision of the officials. Officials eventually removed Shin from the fencing platform after 20 minutes as the appeal was denied.

Titans Murdock Dead In Apparent Suicide

((HT: WTSP-TV Tampa))

Tampa police are investigating the apparent suicide of Tennessee Titans wide receiver OJ Murdock...

He was found early this morning in his car which was parked in front of Middleton High School in his home town.

Murdock's college career was checkered with time spent at South Carolina and Marshall before being a Division II standout at Fort Hays ((KS)) State. He was not at Titans camp as he was on the Reserve/Not Reported List...

The Titans released the following statement...

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of O.J. Murdock's death this morning. In his brief time here, a number of our players, coaches and staff had grown close to O.J., and this is a difficult time for them. He spent the last year battling back from an Achilles injury as he prepared for this year's training camp. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they try to cope with this tragedy."

Here's the breaker...

More when we know more...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dyer Out At Ark State, Pitt State Next...??? (UPDATED With Investigation And Dash Cam Video)

((HT: TodaysTHV.com/AUFamily.com))

So much for that idea...

Michael Dyer, who was dismissed from Auburn for a violation of team rules, has been dismissed from the Arkansas State squad for violating team rules.

Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn announced the decision Saturday, saying: "I am truly disappointed that it didn't work out here at ASU for Mike. I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future."

Dyer wasn't eligible to play this season for the Indians Red Wolves after the NCAA denied his request to play immediately at a lesser Division I school.

Draft Board Insider had mentioned previously that Dyer was thinking about a transfer to Pittsburg ((KS)) State in Division II, but that died down over the furor over double transfers in one calendar year.

Now that he has been "dismissed" from Ark State, it will be interesting where he ends up so he can play THIS season, which was his idea this season anyway...

That leaves DII, DIII, or the NAIA... much like Willie Williams who the HQ has seen at Da-U and Union College ((KY))...

Here's Malzahn discussing his now-former tailback a few weeks ago...
((HT: ArkansasSports360))

MONDAY UPDATE: Arkansas State Police are investigating the March 10 traffic stop where Dyer was pulled over for going 96-in-a-70 where police allegedly found drug paraphernalia in his car. Trooper Royce Denny is now under investigation in connection with the incident with Dyer and Ronnie Wright.

At one point of the dashcam video obtained through a public records request, Denny apparently says, "…Carrying weed with you. Carrying a pistol around. It ain't cool... you got a career ahead of you. You're being a total dumb*** right now. You're being stupid."

Here's the clip, Dyer's interaction is at the 7:00 mark...
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FIFA Reviewing Dirty Play On Abby Wambach

((HT: IOC/NBC/cfraley91))

Just watch the next 1:50 or so first...

In the USWNT 3-0 win over Colombia, Lady Andrade claimed that what happened was nothing:

"Nothing happened," she said through an interpreter. "It was just a normal part of the game. We were both running, she ran across me and we collided. I had my hands in the air. It was an accident."

Now, word comes down that FIFA is looking at the play even as the US didn't file a formal complaint. Wambach is fine, except for the shiner, and she'll play Tuesday in the last group game against North Korea.

Minor League Baseball fight! Minor League Baseball fight!

((ht: mlb.com/bowman))


A pretty good Minor League Baseball melee broke out Saturday night after a rather awkward play at home plate.

The game, the Mississippi Braves vs. Mobile Bay Bears and the Braves were up 7-2 in the ninth when pitcherMichael Tarsi uncorked a wild pitch. He tries to cover the plate and the Mobile;s Rossmel Perez decides to try to score from third.

Perez's slide wipes Tarsi out...and well, he didn't take to kindly to it, because he came up swinging. And the clearing of the benches, well, that soon followed.

Check out the video from MLB.com:

ICYMI: Asheville Manager blows a gasket

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No, this isn't quite on the level of Philip Wellman's meltdown a couple of years ago, but it still makes for some good video.

Asheville Tourists manager Joe Mikulik found himself...shall we say...disagreeing with a call Friday in Charleston, South Carolina when his team was playing the River Dogs.

And Mikulik shall we say, was less than pleased with a call in the first inning of the game. He got upset when a River Dogs baserunner apparently got out of a pickle and was called safe at 3rd.

Mikulik came out to voice his displeasure with the ump...and before leaving the field after being ejected, found a gift to give to surprised fan near his dugout.

Check out the video from WCIV:

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Charleston News, Sports, Weather

Friday, July 27, 2012

Great Khali Undergoes Pituitary Surgery

((HT: WWE))

WWE's The Great Khali has undergone surgery to remove a pituitary gland tumor that's the cause of his 7-foot-ness, much like Andre The Giant. The tumor caused an abnormal amount of production of growth hormones in his system.

Doctors at UPMC Presbyterian-Pittsburgh removed the tumor Wednesday. Khali, whose real name is Dalip Singh, is expected to be released over the weekend.

Failure to treat the problem can lead to cardiovascular problems as was the case when Andre died of congestive heart failure...

Here's some of what Singh Khali has been up to in the WWE... on the lighter side...

Hoosier Neil Reed Dies At 36

((HT: CNN))

Former Indiana basketball player Neil Reed, who was choked at an IU practice by then-head coach Bobby Knight, died at his home in California from "heart complications" at the age of 36.

When video of the incident leaked to the media, IU President Myles Brand put Bobby Knight under a "zero-tolerance" policy which lasted all of a few months after Knight grabbed a student by the arm on campus as one was walking past the other.

Here's the incident from 1997...

Reed had just started coaching at the high school level in California and had been welcomed back into the Indiana family by head basketball coach Tom Crean.

Iona Recruit Killed Defending Friend In Shootout

((HT: WLS-TV))

Former Chicago Public Schools basketball star Michael Haynes was shot multiple times and died from his injuries as he tried to break up a fight over a necklace...

"He was an innocent victim, very loved by everybody," Haynes' cousin, Kandice Blouin told the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. "He was our meal ticket. He was going to heal this hood and they took his life."

Haynes, a 6-foot-7 forward, played for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, last season.

"The Iona family is devastated with the news on Michael's passing," said head coach Tim Cluess. "His passion, energy and excitement for his opportunity this year makes this tragedy even more upsetting. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Here's the story from Chicago...
((HT: MyFoxChicago))
Chicago News and Weather | FOX Chicago News

Haynes' uncle, Robert Kimbrough, told FoxChicago that he hopes the police find the shooter before the family and friends do. Kimbrough also said that his nephew was only standing up for his friend who couldn't stand up for himself.

The HQ knows that kind of philosophy is dangerous, but not entirely uncommon for some neighborhoods. We also hope for Kimbrough's sake, the cops get the shooter first.

Alleged Sandusky Voice Mail Says "Love You" To Victim

((HT: WHP-TV))

On the same day that the wife of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky said that the public doesn't know who the real person is, an alleged voice mail has surfaced where he leaves an odd salutation...

Christina Butler is in Harrisburg...

The attorneys of the allged victim say the voice mails, recorded in fall 2011, are proof “Sandusky was attempting to exert control over our client even as his arrest for child sexual abuse became imminent.”

The attorneys who released the audio also represent victims 3, 7, and 10 and Sandusky’s son Matt in addition to this unknown alleged victim.

And if you're not creeped out before the trial, this should show you that the whole culture in State College is still leaving a lot to be desired.

Excuse Me: British Culture Minister hits passerby with bell

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This kind of looked like something straight out of a cartoon.

Britain's Culture Minister was showing off some sort of hand bells that are going to be used during the opening ceremonies...or maybe he just likes ringing a hand bell. Either way, he was "Hot-Dogging" for CBS News cameras when he had an "Ooopsie" moment.

It seems the bell managed to wriggle itself free from his grip and fly directly into the head of a passerby.

Okay, so it either slipped or he threw it.

Either way it was kind of funny, though the expression on his face was pretty funny too.

Thanks for sharing CBS News.

ICYMI: This is the Summer Games Mascot?


We're guessing that the folks on the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games committee doesn't want to hear anybody saying they had "The Worst Mascot Ever", because now they don't.

We also know...and admire the fact the British have a fantastic, if somewhat eccentric sense of humor.

That being said, the 2012 (shhh) Olympic Game feature what is widely considered the worst mascots ever.

We say that knowing we risk the secret marketing police of the Games who we can't say the title of may come seek us out and wipe us off the mat for (a) saying a derivative of their name and (b) showing their strange, odd looking mascot.

Oh, they are named Wenlock...and Mandeville.

Take a look at the photo on the right.

Does it not look like a "High-Tech Trash Can"? That's what we thought it was until we saw the description. For the kiddies out there, they may be confused, for they also bear a striking resemblence to "The Long-Lost Tele-Tubbie Twins". Or for the "Sci-Fi" geek, a strange character from one of the older versions of Dr. Who.

Oh, those wacky Brits!

With tonight being the Kickoff to the City we also cannot name due to marketing rights, just take comfort in knowing they found the most appropriate use of a Mascot we've seen yet.

Form of a Trash Can!

ICYMI: Ooops, reporter calls Mark Sanchez, Tim

We aren't sure if this can be classified as a broad brush statement on stupid reporters or if it was just a Freudian slip.

Either way a reporter at the opening day of New York Jets training camp will go down in infamy for her question to current starting QB Mark Sanchez.

Why you ask?

Because she called him "Tim", as in Tim Tebow, the most over hyped back-up quarterback in the history of professional football.

Aside from laughing and the realization that we are going to be subjected to an endless bombardment of New York Jets, Sanchez vs. Tebow stories, we feel the need to share this video, much like everyone else has.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The UFL LIves!

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And you are probably asking yourself..."What the heck is the UFL?"

Well, maybe not if you are a regular reader of OSG Sports because we've reported on them before, but the casual football fan, no, they probably aren't aware.

The UFL has hemmoraged millions, gone from 8 teams to 4 and yet still has Marty Schottenheimer and Jim Fassel's names attached to it.

And the reason they are in the news: They got a TV Deal!

According to ProFootballTalk.com through the AP, The CBS Sports Network has agreed to air 2 games a week for 8 weeks.

Read more from PFT RIGHT HERE

It's pretty funny that a 4-team league will exist in it's 4th season. Mostly because nobody is aware they existed in the 1st place.

The premise was actually pretty good, but instead of trying to become the AAA Affiliate of the NFL, they tried to compete with the NFL.

Maybe by letting players come and go as they need, they'll be successful. But with only 4 teams and a piss poor track record--We Doubt It.

Global Entertainment's Decade Of Bad Business: Part 5 Goes To Independence, Missouri

Over the past few weeks, OSG Sports has investigated the history of Global Entertainment as a vertically-integrated vision to medium-sized markets to build arenas- to varying degrees of success (and mostly varying degrees of failure). The reason for the attention: They've been consulting with the folks in Glendale, Arizona (home of the Phoenix Coyotes--for now).

Global comes to each proposed city with an idea and the idea of controlling every aspect of operation- from construction to ticketing and food complete with anchor tenants and promises of big-name acts brought in from other arenas booked in the Global chain...

In the ten arenas Global Entertainment was part and parcel to, in only one do they have a lasting relationship to date...

Part 1 introduces you to Prescott Valley

Part 2 introduces you to Allen, Texas

Part 3 introduces you to Dodge City, Kansas

Part 4 introduces you to Rio Rancho, New Mexico

The Independence (MO) Events Center (pictured, thanks Missouri Comets)
opened in November of 2009 at a price tag of $68-million. It was the eighth of ten buildings that Global Entertainment was party in developing. Sink Combs was involved as the architect for the fifth time in a row. Two anchor tenants are in place at present- the CHL's Missouri Mavericks (in keeping with the Global model of bringing in anchors) and the Major Indoor Soccer League's Missouri Comets.

The idea for the purpose of the Events Center is different than the previous cities that OSG Sports has investigated to date. While other arenas in Global's portfolio were meant to be integral to encouraging city development, the Independence Events Center was meant to be only a part of the core development at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 470.

"We already had significant development there with a regional mall and a Bass Pro Shops retail store outlet,"
Independence City Manager Robert Heacock said.

"We wanted the building to be the cherry on the sundae."

Independence had done due diligence through feasibility studies that reinforced the idea an arena should be in the market, but their funding would be different from the other cities that were studied.

"Our situation was unique in that we had seen other cities try to fund the arena through debt service and operations, but that didn't seem to be a tenable goal for us. What we could do through Missouri state law was include it as part of a Community Improvement District. We could, then, charge a sales tax in that District of anywhere from a half-cent to one-cent (depending on the economy) to help pay for it."

Since the Events Center would only be one of four corners of a "trade area" the city could use the sales tax funds to cover the cost of constructing the arena and nothing else. Independence wanted the Center to pay for its operating cost and be a not-for-profit venture.

"And that was critical to our thinking for the building to be a success. We wanted it to be a nice 'family room' for the community,"
Heacock continues. "We didn't want it to be intimidating as a structure. We wanted it to be, as our mayor puts it, a 'memory-maker.'"

Independence thought, in their initial investigation, that Global could fill a need with the arena idea as they marketed it- especially bringing in, what would eventually be, the Mavericks franchise. Global's role, initially, would include constructing the building. But the city of Independence would re-tool that into more of an advisory capacity over time. It was originally set for Global to manage the arena once it was completed, but after ten months the two parted ways.

The "GetTix" ticketing arm of Global was not proving to be successful in its function, either. The city took over control and handed it to Ticketmaster, which has proven to be more to the city's liking. That was only one conversion of Independence's role as they went on to form an LLC to run the Center and, eventually, the non-profit.

"The team Global hired to run the arena is still there," Heacock said. "We didn't want to try and develop that kind of expertise in-house or bring it over from the Parks Department."

After seeing the issues that Global had in the Youngstown, Broomfield, and Prescott Valley (more on those cities in later installments of the series), Independence thought they should have a reserve of $500,000 in place to off-set any kind of loss during the first years of operation.

"They admitted that managing buildings wasn't in their wheelhouse,"
Heacock says. "They were getting away from the day-to-day operations of arenas. There just wasn't any clear value to continue the relationship. While we were building the Events Center, we educated ourselves and identified some potential concerns. At the end of the day, it was best to part ways. There really wasn't a need for what they were providing."

Independence also felt it was awkward to have an Arizona-based company trying to run a Missouri-based arena. They felt it needed to be run locally. There was also a concern that arose in the marketing of concerts to the venue which- as part of Global's pitch- was that with all of the arenas they managed, the acts that were booked into one could be booked across the board.

That wasn't always the case...

"There was not enough return on investment to continue the partnership. But it was an amicable split."

Since the takeover of the Events Center by the city, Independence feels like the building has been managed effectively on their own. All the money the building makes stays with the building- to the point that this year, the city is projecting a $100,000 profit. The revenue streams are structured so that revenue goes into capital improvements if there is a profit on the books.

The advice from Heacock
: "Know what you're trying to accomplish with the facility and do your due diligence. Some view projects like this as a catalyst for development. For it to be successful, the building should have a role in economic development. There should be some synergy and support. It should broaden the viability of the trade area you're looking to have it in.

"It's critical to be clear on the economic expectations on the debt service and operations of the building. Without figuring out how we would handle the debt service here the way we did, it wouldn't have worked. It's a struggle when debt service and operations are intertwined.

"And you have to have a reserve in place especially for the first few years knowing it's going to be tough when you start."

Here's a story on when the Comets returned to life indoors to be client number two at the Events Center...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

OSG High: U-Dub Gets Verbal From 14-YO

And, no, the HQ isn't kidding...

Tathan "Tate" Martell is a 14-year-old San Diego QB who attended something called the Innovations Academy Charter School in San Diego last year will be home-schooled this year. Martell attended quarterback guru Steve Clarkson's Throwback Football League in Southern California, and is now the youngest student to commit to a Division 1 school since David Sills committed to USC in 2010.

Here’s the email sent out to by Clarkson's Pee-Ahr firm...

“8th grade quarterback and San Diego native Tate Martell has just made a verbal commitment to the University of Washington. Discovered by renowned quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, Martell was a part of the Throwback Football League as a member of the Mira Mesa Chargers, and was named MVP of the 2012 season. He is the youngest student to commit to a Division 1 school since Clarkson’s discovery David Sills committed to USC in 2010.”

And, yes, there are actual highlights his family have put up on the Interwebs...

Clarkson goes way back with U-Dub coach Steve Sarkisian and has taught Sills, Nate Montana, and Matt Barkley...

Obviously, the school can't comment on a commit that is that early...
But Clarkson is supposed to talk about it later on...

Idaho, NMSU Screwed In New Mountain West Idea, Heading To Big Sky Country...?

((HT: CFT/Kercheval))

Ben Kercheval over at CFT has word from Mountain West Conference commish Craig Thompson that Idaho and New Mexico State can find another home when the football-playing members of their old conference, the WAC, except for them move over to the MWC.

The Mountain West is getting Boise State (except for football), Fresno State, Hawaii and Nevada from the WAC. San Jose State and Utah State will join the MWC in 2013.

Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman
was at Thompson's state of the state where the Commish said: "We've informed them that they will not be members of the Mountain West. Go onto Plan B whatever Plan B may be..."

Conference USA...? Division I-AA...?


Thompson also said that he'd be interested in having an audience with Texas schools for their futures like UTSA, Texas State, and UTEP...

But he's also happy right now with ten schools...

Idaho has talked to the Big Sky Conference about every sport other than football and the Big Sky is interested in that notion. There's another thought that the Vandals could go independent as well...
((HT: KBOI-TV Boise))

Busy First Day At Five-Ringed Circus In London: Suspensions and Delays

First, THE IAAF has announced nine athletes have been suspended ahead of the London 2012 Games for doping. The list include eight women and one man: Ukrainian runners Nataliya Tobias and Antonina Yefremova, Bulgarian sprinter Inna Eftimova, Moroccan marathon runner Abderrahim Goumri, Greek steeplechaser Irini Kokkinariou, Turkish distance runner Meryem Erdogan, and Russian long-distance runners Svetlana Klyuka, Nailiya Yulamanova and Yevgenina Zinurova.

Then, as the Colombian women were set to play the North Koreans at Hampden Park in Glasgow, North Korea's women's Olympic soccer team refused to start match because of a flag dispute.

The South Korean flag was mistakenly displayed on the matrix board during player introductions, and for 40 minutes (and counting) the DPR squad failed to start the game. The two countries, South and North Korea, went to war in 1950 and an armistice was signed. But the two countries have one of the most fortified borders on the planet even today.

More when we know more...

1540 UPDATE: London Olympic organizers have apologized to North Korea for displaying South Korean flag and the match is set to start in Group G at any moment...

Here's the oops, thanks to our friends at CBSSports and James Crossans' Twitter Feed...

DEVELOPING: Cal Ripken's Mother Found Safe After Kidnapping

((HT: WBZ-TV Baltimore))

Aberdeen (MD) Police Department say Cal and Billy Ripken’s mother, Vi, was abducted from her home on Tuesday, but she is now safe with her family.

The suspect flashed a gun at her and forced her into her car.

A neighbor told WJZ-TV Ripken said she was approached by the gunman in her garage who then bound and blindfolded her. He wanted to put duct tape over her eyes, but Vi Ripken told him she was claustrophobic.

The Aberdeen police chief says all the two did was drive around and the suspect did not demand ransom. When the gunman left, Vi Ripken started sounding her horn, and a neighbor came out to help her.

The chief also says tips are coming in and witnesses are being interviewed, but police do not have an idea of the suspect’s motive.

Police issued an alert Wednesday morning, about an hour before she was found unharmed in her car parked very close to her house.

Here's the story from Bal'mer...

BREAKING: Penn State Players Speak (As Does President Erickson)

The Penn State players make their statement.

Is it a united front at Penn State?  Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer confirmed today at a question and answer session with the Norfolk (VA) Hokie Club that a couple of Penn State players have contacted Virginia Tech.
Big Ten Conference football media days begin Thursday and none of the Penn State players will attend.  You can’t blame Penn State for that.  No one is going to ask the Nittany Lion players about the upcoming season.

PM UPDATE: Penn State President Rodney Erickson came public with the revelation that a lot of the NCAA Executive Committee felt that a four-year death penalty was on the table in an interview with ESPN's "Outside The Lines."

If Penn State did not agree to the consent decree, the NCAA was set to undergo an official investigation separate from the Freeh Report and the end result was the proposed penalty and damages more than the US$60-million announced by NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

BREAKING: Allmendinger Suspended Indefinitely

From NASCAR their own selves...

AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

On July 24, Allmendinger was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

As outlined in the rule book, NASCAR next will provide Allmendinger a letter outlining a process for reinstatement. By agreeing to the letter, he will be allowed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program.

That could take up to five months...

Allmendinger had tested positive in his "A" sample for a stimulant and had agreed to have his "B" sample tested- bringing in an independent tester for NASCAR's own display as allowed by their rulebook.

The test, conducted at Aegis Laboratories in Nashville. Normal turnaround for a "B" sample is five days, but in the case of Jeremy Mayfield it was turned faster.

Sam Hornish, Junior has filled in for Allmendinger since the "A" sample was revealed to be positive the weekend of the race in Daytona.

Here's analysis from the Rowdy Racing guys when the first sample came down positive...

More when we know more...

The next move could come from Allmendinger's camp. If he comes out with the name of the stimulant, it could go a long way in determining what his actual punishment could be from NASCAR.

NASCAR defines a stimulant as an "amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine, and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds."
If he doesn't, the situation from Allmendinger could resemble more Mayfield than anything else...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State fallout: Did NCAA do the right thing?

We could make this really short and just say--Yes, but there is more to it.

By now, most of you have read about the sanctions handed down by the NCAA to Penn State over their appeared coverup for Jerry Sandusky.

4-years without a bowl, 4-years with 20 scholarships lost, $60-million ($15 mil a year) and all victories since 1998 vacated, just to name a few.

No, it isn't the "Death Penalty", but it could be. It will be a decade...at least before they could be a potential powerhouse again.

But the questions remain: Was it too much? Was it not enough?

And the answer: It was neither.

Like it, agree with it or not, the NCAA had to do it. Yes, we know it is precedent setting, but the scope of what happened in Happy Valley was too.

No, they could not issue a "Death Penalty".  And though many argued they might as well have, it's not the same thing.

Killing the program doesn't just affect those in the program. It affects EVERYONE in the Big 10. It affects all the other teams on the Nittany Lions schedule. And ultimately, agree or not, the NCAA had to take that into consideration.

What this does do is make Penn State essentially a MAC team. And we don't mean to insult the MAC. For the sake of perspective, it's not the worst thing that could happen to them. Hopefully, it does give PSU some perspective and a bit of look at life on the other side of the BCS. Considering all that appears to have gone on, that may be a welcome--and needed change.

As much as many would like it to be this way, Football does not run the school. The school runs football, and that got lost somewhere in the shuffle. Yes, we know, the SEC is not too dissimilar to that, but when push comes to shove, the academia's will step in and to our knowledge none conspired to keep criminals close to the team...for the good of the team.

Oh, one thing needs to be said: The Paterno family needs to SHUT UP!

Nobody expects you to agree with this, but it is no longer your fight. Would we like to have heard what Joe had to say about the Freeh report and everything else? Yes. But we can't. Do we believe Paterno did what he did maliciously? No. But ignorance and hoping things will go away are not a good excuse. And by all indications, that is exactly what he believed.

The family just needs to walk away. Stop whining. Stop complaining. We know you feel wronged, but you are coming across as just wanting to keep Joe as the record holder. Never do you mention why what happened what was wrong. Never do you mention that there is no way he couldn't have known about Sandusky...but you keep whining.

Now, this decision was not perfect. The NCAA and in particular Mark Emmert avoided the 800-pound gorilla in the room and made no mention of Graham Spanier, Tim Curley or Gary Schultz...and that is a mistake.

A big mistake.

And we know the big argument here: Why punish those who are there now?

The answer is simple: That's the way it works. You may not agree with it, you may not like it, but the NCAA can't punish individuals for things after the fact. Their only recourse is the school. And that means the current players and staff. It just works that way. It's unfortunate, but do you have a better idea?

Spanier, Schultz and Curley will have their day in court. And maybe things will come out to exonerate them. But nobody really believes that. The legal system will take care of them. As will Karma.

Like we said at the beginning, the NCAA didn't get this perfect. But they didn't do badly either. They had to step up and do soemthing. And they knew full well not everybody would agree with it. But consider the alternative. If they sat back and did nothing, they lose even worse.

Spanier Wants To Be Heard, Paterno Family Gets Themselves Heard

And, apparently, he's not a fan of the Freeh Report...

Graham Spanier wrote a letter to the Board of Trustees Sunday obtained by ESPN's "Outside The Lines" program that outlines, in his perspective the idea that he only had limited interaction in the Sandusky investigation and how much he, head coach Joe Paterno, former Athletic Director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz actually knew in the first place.

After the 2001 incident, Spanier admits that "I never heard a word about abusive or sexual behavior, nor were there any other details presented that would have led me to think along those lines."

Spanier points out, in his defense, that he has undergone background checks and has received top security clearances from the federal government in his new job -- clearance that required a review once the Sandusky matter became public last fall...

And, surprising on one, the Paterno family has released their own statement on the decision today that says, in part:

"The release of the Freeh report has triggered an avalanche of vitriol, condemnation and posthumous punishment on Joe Paterno. The NCAA has now become the latest party to accept the report as the final word on the Sandusky scandal. The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best.

"That the President, the Athletic Director and the Board of Trustees accepted this unprecedented action by the NCAA without requiring a full due process hearing before the Committee on Infractions is an abdication of their responsibilities and a breach of their fiduciary duties to the University and the 500,000 alumni. Punishing past, present and future students of the University because of Sandusky's crimes does not serve justice. This is not a fair or thoughtful action; it is a panicked response to the public's understandable revulsion at what Sandusky did."

More when we know more...

BREAKING: NCAA Drops The Hammer On Penn State, Kinda... (UPDATED w/Erickson and Big 10 Response)

NCAA President Mark Emmert used the equivalent of the "best interest of baseball" clause- defending the Constitution of the organization outright in handing down the penalties in light of the actions of Penn State before, during, and after the Jerry Sandusky scandal enveloped campus.

Here's what they decided...

A fine of $60-million funds to establish and endowment - one year's gross football revenue... even as Darren Rovell reports revenue at $73-million. The fine is payable over a five-year period.

A scholarship reduction of 25 to 15 for 4 years- while allowing students to transfer and compete immediately if they so choose. Athletes who stay in State College will retain athletic grant in aid as long as they choose to stay on campus... and regardless as to whether or not they ultimately choose to stay on as an athlete.

A post-season ban of 4 years

The NCAA vacates all wins from 1998-2011- the records will reflect that. Bobby Bowden is now the FBS leader, Eddie Robinson is the FCS leader, and John Gagliardi is the NCAA leader.

5 years probation and the establishment of an "Academy integrity monitor"

The NCAA also reserves the right to initiate sanctions on individuals after criminal investigation is completed...

The NCAA is also telling Penn State to adopt reforms from Freeh Report, and enter into Athletic Integrity Agreement with the Big 10 and the NCAA

Emmert and Dr. Ed Ray, President of Oregon State and Executive Committe Chair, were available at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

Ray said before Emmert spoke that we all "should focus on the people who let them down." He also said the NCAA has the authority and the responsibility to do what was done today, and the actions of Penn State were "against our value system and basic human decency."

The Executive Committee directed President Emmert to examine, and if appropriate, level punitive and corrective measures. They're taking the criminal investigation and Freeh report into account and the leadership of the school displayed failures that directly violated by-laws and the NCAA Constitution in regard to integrity and ethical conduct.

"It is a stark wake-up call," Ray admitted, "and the idea is to adhere to the fundamental values of respect."

Emmert said that the consent decree, signed by the NCAA and the school, doesn't remove the pain and anguish caused and the sanctions reflect the magnitude of the acts, and "ensure that Penn State rebuild an athletic culture that went horribly awry."

The idea is also to establish a mindset where football is not ahead of an entire school's behavior...

Here's the NCAA release in full...

Emmert told the media assembled that this "unprecedented, painful chapter in collegiate athletics..."

More when we know more... there is a team meeting scheduled for 10AM...

Emmert also admitted that the $60-million is not to come at the expense of the other revenue sports, but not to come from the academic side, either.

1000 UPDATE: Penn State President Rodney Erickson released a statement that says in part...

Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.

The NCAA ruling holds the University accountable for the failure of those in power to protect children and insists that all areas of the University community are held to the same high standards of honesty and integrity.

The NCAA also mandates that Penn State become a national leader to help victims of child sexual assault and to promote awareness across our nation. Specifically, the University will pay $12 million a year for the next five years into a special endowment created to fund programs for the detection, prevention and treatment of child abuse. This total of $60 million can never reduce the pain suffered by victims, but will help provide them hope and healing.

Current Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien issued a statement that said:

Today we receive a very harsh penalty from the NCAA and as Head Coach of the Nittany Lions football program, I will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the University forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance and operational excellence. I knew when I accepted the position that there would be tough times ahead. But I am committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes.

I was then and I remain convinced that our student athletes are the best in the country. I could not be more proud to lead this team and these courageous and humble young men into the upcoming 2012 season. Together we are committed to building a better athletic program and university.

Here's the early part of the announcement, thanks to our friends at WHP-TV in Harrisburg...

1100 UPDATE: The Big Ten Conference is piling on with their own sanctions...

The Big Ten is withholding bowl revenue, expected to amount to a $13-million total for the four years of probation. The Big Ten is saying the money will go to "established charitable organizations in Big Ten communities dedicated to the protection of children."

Sally Mason, Chairman of the Big Ten council of Presidents and Chancellors, and Jim Delany, Big 10 Commissioner, held a teleconference where they announced a censure of the school, will be party to the academic integrity agreement with the NCAA, will not allow the team to be in the Big 10 conference title game, and announced the withholding of the bowl revenue.

A public censure of Penn State by the Big Ten means that the school has no say in any part of conference policy.

Mason admitted that discussions on Penn State were all over the place and "everything was on the table and everything was discussed"- including expulsion from the conference.

Commissioner Delany addressed the idea of member schools accepting internal transfers from Penn State and admitted those students "needed to be prioritized" and they needed to have the most freedom and flexibility for those particular students.

Big Ten Network's Mike Hall caught up with Tom Dienhart
More when we know more...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The First Piece...??? Penn State To Be Fined Between $30-60M...???

((HT: CBS Sports))

Looks like the NCAA is going to fine Penn State at least $30 million and, perhaps as much as $60 million- according to CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy.

The fine will go toward an endowment for children's causes, according to those same "sources."

"This is a fine like no fine before," an industry source told CBSSports.com. McMurphy also he Tweeted that Iowa president tells Des Moines Register Big Ten could add additional punishment to Penn State after NCAA's

The equivalent of piling on...

Jerry Hinnen wrote on CBSSports.com that Penn State's athletic revenue for the 2010-11 year was $116-million. Applying that percentage would be in the 25-50 percent range...

Of their entire athletic revenue stream... and the money could be earmarked for an endowment toward children's causes...

To recap, here's where Mark Emmert is coming from... the "Tavis Smiley" interview...
((HT: PBS/youtube))

More from David Jones in Harrisburg at the Patriot-News...

"...I have been assured they will not be appealed or substantively challenged.

"Penn State is desirous of a positive relationship with the NCAA in the future. I believe the university is also eager to clear the decks of the Sandusky mess with as much dispatch as is possible, especially before fall semester begins. I believe the rationale is that contention would only prolong the period before healing can begin."

More when we may know more...

BREAKING: CBS Report: NCAA to penalize PSU Monday (UPDATED W/Paterno Statement On Statue And No Penn State Appeal...?))

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We don't know a lot of details, but it appears the NCAA has set an official record for fastest investigation of a school.

CBS News (former Sports) reporter Armen Keteyian reports that NCAA Prez Mark Emmert will announce "Unprecedented" penalties against the school at a Monday morning press conference.

Read that story RIGHT HERE

Again, details are thin, but the NCAA has been looking into Penn State's behavior surrounding what happened with convicted child molester and former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Many have suggested the death penalty, even more suspending the team.

All of that right now, is just speculation.

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the chairman of the executive committee, Ed Ray, will make the announcement Monday morning at 9AM. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg has been told that the sanctions are not yet a joint agreement between the school and the NCAA.

And, surprising no one, whatever comes down from Indianapolis will hit State College pretty hard...

Stay tuned, we are guessing a lot more information is coming...soon.

1030 UPDATE: Via Joe Schad and his Twitter, early returns have Penn State losing bowl appearances and scholarships...

That's most certainly, a weak response if true...

1100 UPDATE: "significant loss of scholarships and loss of multiple bowls" are the words now being used... and also the idea that the loss is so severe that the "death penalty" would have been preferable by comparison.

The Paterno family has released a statement regarding the removal of the statue, thanks to pennlive.com:

Here's the first paragraph...

Tearing down the statue of Joe Paterno does not serve the victims of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes or help heal the Penn State Community. We believe the only way to help the victims is to uncover the full truth. The Freeh report, though it has been accepted by the media as the definitive conclusion on the Sandusky scandal, is the equivalent of an indictment — a charging document written by a prosecutor — and an incomplete and unofficial one at that.

1300 UPDATE: Through David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News and his Twitter feed:

Penn State will NOT appeal the NCAA's decision, I've been told. Speed of decision and lack of contention points to a deal betw NCAA and PSU.

1445 UPDATE: Charles Robinson over at Yahoo!Sports is using the adjectives "significant" and "staggering" when describing the penalties that are anticipated from NCAA President Mark Emmert...

Robinson says that Emmert is "personally sanctioning" Penn State at the defense of the NCAA itself- a first by the institution. And Robinson has early feedback that the sentence will include "crippling" scholarship losses and a "multiple-year" bowl ban.

Thus, the idea that Penn State might want to take the "death penalty" option over the multiple enforcements.

Breaking: Paterno Statue Coming Down

The aforementioned statue
Reports out of Happy Valley, PA indicate that Penn State and it's Board of Trustees have made the decision to take down the statue of former Head Coach and current NCAA all-time victory leader Joe Paterno.

The decision comes on the heels of the Louis Freeh report which indicated Paterno was heavily involved in what appears to be a coverup to protect convicted child molestor and former top assistant Jerry Sandusky over the course of many years.

Unversity President Rodney Erickson released a statement early Sunday morning on the school's News Website.

You can read the full statement RIGHT HERE

Well, well, well.

Why we are not surprised by the decision to do this, the timing is, to say the least...curious. School officials, after denying for days this was going to happen, waited until the dawn hours of Sunday morning to actually do it.

Really, it isn't a huge surprise and we think most knew it was coming. Why else would so many people, including the Paterno family make the trip to take pictures with the statue late this week.

But Penn State being Penn State just couldn't come out and say they would do it. Rather, they just waited and tried to sneak it in...maybe thinking nobody would notice.

Here's your proof...
((HT: OnwardStateVids))

Penn State president Rod Erickson said he decided to have the statue of Joe Paterno removed because it "has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing."

"I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse," Erickson said in a statement released early Sunday morning.

Here's your proof as the statue heads to storage...
((HT: ESPN))

Paterno's name will stay on the library, according to Davidson, "symbolizes the substantial and lasting contributions to the academic life and educational excellence that the Paterno family has made to Penn State University."

Now, the HQ will be interested to see how the folks in Happy Valley respond...

More when we know more...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Uh Oh...Yahoo Sports connects Al Golden with Nevin Shapiro associate

Al Golden
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So much for University of Miami coach Al Golden saying he is trying to distance the school from the damage done by former booster Nevin Shapiro.

In a somewhat scary report released Friday afternoon, Yahoo Sports reporter Charles Robinson details the relationship between Golden, his staff and former equipment manager and Shapiro co-hort Sean "Pee-Wee" Allen.

Allen is apparently accused of providing improper benefits to Miami players for years and more recently as an "Off-The Books" recruiter for "The U". And the last part...that assignment was given to him by Golden and the staff.

Read Robinson's detailed report RIGHT HERE

The NCAA has yet to act on the multitude of allegations that have been hurled against Miami by them and for that matter, by Shapiro. They say the issue is "Still being investigated".

Okay, why has it taken over a year?

If any--or all of these allegations are true, then Miami needs to pay the price and suffer harsh penalties. But...we aren't convinced that is going to happen. It should, but we don't think it will. We couldn't tell you what the excuse will be. But we believe there will be one.

Surely something will turn up. Right?

Here's the Yahoo! video version...

Kenny Britt in trouble with the law...again

Kenny Britt
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You may be asking yourself "Who is Kenny Britt?". Though if you are a fan of the Tennessee Titans or keep track of athletes under arrest, you are probably very familiar with him.

Britt who is on track to break all records for most times arrested by an NFL Football player, had his latest brush with greatness late Thursday night.

That's when Britt was arrested for DUI at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Just over KY border, about 45 minutes from Nashville)

In the car with Britt was cornerback Tommie Campbell and a female soldier at the base according to 104.5 The Zone radio in Nashville.

For what its worth, Britt has been rehabbing from knee surgery and when healthy...or not in legal trouble, has been the Titans best Wide Receiver. And while the Titans say they are "Evaluating" the situation, this may in fact be the last straw.

If you are curious about Britt's track record, we suggest you do a Google search, as for us, it's enough to say from New Jersey to Nashville, his arrest record is rather lengthy. (And yes, we know they aren't felonies--but 'Stupid is as Stupid Does' and it's time to send the guy a message)

Hockey Writer Among Aurora Dead

The HQ would like to send out its condolences to the Ghawi family on this ugly day in suburban Denver.

Jessica Ghawi, whose on-air name was Jessica Redfield, is among the dead at the hands of the shooter at the Colorado theater early this morning...

Her Twitter feed actually carried the discussion
of her trying to get a male friend to go with her to the movies last night...

Never thought I'd have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with me.

Of course we're seeing Dark Knight. Redheaded Texan spitfire, people should never argue with me.Maybe I should get in on those NHL talks...

With her last being:


Redfield was from San Antonio and was making her way as a hockey writer as Jesse Spector elaborates on here...

Jessica's brother, Jordan, has a blog up and has details on the shooting:

1015 (local): This is what I have been told by Brent, who was with my sister at the time of the shooting. This will be the only statement that I will make on the events surrounding what appears to be her death.

Jessica and Brent were seated in the middle portion of the theatre when a device was thrown into the theatre that produced a “hissing” sound. The theatre than began to fill with smoke which is when patrons began to move from their seats. At that time, shots were fired. Brent and Jessica immediately dropped to a prone position for cover. Jessica advised multiple times for someone to call 911, which Brent immediately attempted to do. Brent then heard Jessica scream and noticed that she was struck by a round in the leg. Brent, began holding pressure on the wound and attempted to calm Jessica. It was at this time that Brent took a round to his lower extremities. While still administering first aid, Brent noticed that Jessica was no longer screaming. He advised that he looked over to Jessica and saw what appeared to be an entry wound to her head. He further stated that Jessica presented with agonal respirations. Brent then took what may have been his only chance to escape the line of fire and exited the structure where he then contacted my mother. The veracity of any other statements not issued by myself or Peter Burns should be questioned.

Scarily enough, Redfield was a witness to the Eaton Centre violence in Toronto and escaped it, but she wrote about it on her blog a month ago...

I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.

I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.

If this doesn't classify as outright-senseless, the HQ doesn't know what ever will...

((pictures, thanks Mike Lavender and Jessica Redfield))

Here's Jessica's brother, Jordan, talking about his sister...
((HT: 9News/Denver))

Hakeem Nicks played at UNC while ineligible

Hakeem Nicks
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How is it that North Carolina's basketball is revered as this pillar of College Sports, yet the Football team has been basically an embarrassment?

Yeah, it's kind of a rhetorical question, but it is being asked yet again after this. The school admitted former star receiver and current New York Giant Hakeem Nicks played a full season in 2008 even though he was academically ineligible.

The reason: Nicks was one of several athletes who received help from a tutor implicated in the NCAA's investigation of the Football team's wrong doing.

But...as a testament to the school's integrity (sarcasm), all the records Nick's set that year will stand...but with an asterisk.

Strangely, this "Scandal"cost the team wins during 2008, 2009 and 2010, but the records apparently will stand.

Read the full story from the Raleigh News-Observer RIGHT HERE

The Carolina Football team has had a series of issues that the NCAA is investigating. From Marvin Austin and others involvement with agents and payoffs to the academic issues with the tutor, they aren't exactly a poster child for good governance.

And yet what did it get them?

Not much. Sure, there have been some good players who got picked high in the draft, but seriously. How many ACC Titles did all this bring? How many Orange Bowl wins? Still waiting to see the Tar Heels play a BCS game? Yeah, so are we.

Argghhh! We just don't get the thought process sometimes, but it is, we guess, what it is. Nicks doesn't really care, he's making millions in the NFL. Butch Davis has been let go, though he continues to deny he did anything wrong. And the Carolina Football team, while decent by ACC standards, continues to lag FAR behind anything the Basketball team has done.

Follow Up: Jim Delany wanted to hire Big 10 coaches too

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Some of you might have read the story yesterday regarding Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany and his proposal that would give him the authority to fire coaches who besmirch the integrity of his conference. It would also have given him the ability to toss what he considered rogue schools...out of the conference.

If you haven't...read the story RIGHT HERE

Well, there was one detail that eventually did not make it to the final proposal which is both scarier...and funnier.

And that detail: Delany wanted to have the authority to HIRE coaches too.

Yes...HIRE them.

The Chronicle of Higher Education elaborates RIGHT HERE

You know the old saying about "Absolute Power corrupting absolutely"? That sure sounds like it is in play here.

We will add this: The Big 10 is trying to prevent themselves for being culpable for a member school doing what Penn State did.


And the document is essentially a form that says: You will uphold what we consider the standards and practices that are best for the conference and its membership. Sure. You want everyone to behave.

Read the document RIGHT HERE

But...is that not what the NCAA does? Do schools need to be subjected to a yearly review and/or audit to make sure everything is working the way Delany thinks they should be?

Yeah, there are some rogue schools out there. There are some that play by their own rules. And arguably, this decree could have impacted Penn State...and Ohio State (in trouble last year).

Really, it is more the hiring and firing of coaches that bothers us. There is nothing that "Specifically" defines what will be characterized as "Non-Compliance". It's subjective rather than objective.

But we suspect it will be rubber stamped and while on some levels, higher standards are good. The assumption that all schools are trying to pull a Penn State is...we hope...absurd.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Carson-Newman Coach Battling Prostate Cancer

((HT: WATE-TV Knoxville))

Ken Sparks is a legend in Division II football- having coached Carson-Newman to five national titles in his 32 years at the top for the Eagles...

But three weeks ago, he learned a lesson that all of us need to if we haven't already...

Here's the story from Carson-Newman with Jill McNeal...

"We started staffing positions the week after I found out," Sparks said. "Our job is to get these men ready and to go forward. And we trust in the Lord and let Him do what only He can do."

Athletics Director Allen Morgan added: "Ken has the full support of Carson-Newman College, from alumni and former athletes to everyone here. We are looking forward to a complete recovery and are confident that he will continue the fruitful and everlasting impact he has had on the lives of young men. We are praying for him and Carol, and we ask that all members of the C-N family do likewise."

Follow his progress hyah...

Ess-E-Cee Media Day 3: Saban, Richt, Dooley, Freeze...

It was the biggest four crowds for the larger names in the conference for Day 3 at the Wynfrey Hotel in suburban Birmingham...

Coach Saban wants to, pretty much, be anywhere else other than answering silly questions from Media Folk... but he gave a few funnies and nuggets otherwise...

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze will learn that, today, people were nice to him...
After today, however, the opposition will want to make a point that the new guy from Arkansas State, Lambuth, and the "Other Side" will be made an example of...

Derek Dooley wants a little less talk and lot more action from his Volunteers in a pivotal year for him on campus...

Terry Brooks is standing on the top of the mountain to do his live shot...
((HT: WBIR-TV Knoxville))
And, finally, CMR got to share his funnies and talk about the bad idea that it was to bring Isaiah Crowell onto campus... ((HT: WVTM-TV))
The HQ thinks Jarvis Jones is a bad man and is looking forward to seeing how many people will want CMR's head after another bad start- especially if they lose to Missouri early on...

New Gotye Parody: The Jeremy Lin I Used to Know

Because, well, apparently the YouTube community...or America at large can't get enough of these.

And we apologize in advance for getting the Gotye song stuck in your head...again.

In today's Gotye parody, a despondent New York Knicks fan (looks the part), laments about his team losing the one and only Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets, who were willing to pay him an obscene amount of money.

And...the Hilarity ensues...though we suppose that depends on your sense of humor.

The video Courtesy of NOC/YouTube:

ICYMI: Pitt to leave early for ACC just like Syracuse

Okay, this makes a little more sense.

The University of Pittsburgh will join Syracuse in paying the Big East $7.5 million so they can move to the ACC beginning July 1st of 2013.

That would be a year earlier than originally announced and $12.5 million less than the fools at West Virginia paid to leave the Big East this year for the Big 12.

Pitt used that as their argument for an early departure and it did get the Big East to sit down and discuss options.

The announcement comes just two days after Syracuse announced they'd be leaving as well.

Oh...and in case you are interested, the Big East also announced Out of the Kindness in their Hearts, they are dropping their $5 million suit against TCU for leaving before the started in the conference.

TCU had a change of heart and committed to the Big 12 instead.

Sounds vaguely like an episode of that Bachelor show, doesn't it?

((Note--Just picked a random clip of the show here...wife watches this...me not so much--and no jokes please))

Jim Delany wants to fire your football coach

Jim Delany/Nice Haircut
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More and more after reading about Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delany, we've come to the belief he wants to be the King of or the Ayatollah or Premier or some big name title of all things college football.

He's not getting any of those titles...and after Mike Slive out maneuvered Delany on the College Football playoff, he's not even the most powerful guy in the game...as much as he'd like to be.

That being said, he is apparently trying to extend his reign of terror in the Big 10.

According to a report released today in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Mr. Delany wants to gain the power to file football coaches.

Mind you, the report says, it would be part of a proposal to give Delany and a committee of the league's presidents that would provided the ability to penalize individuals at a school if their actions hurt the leagues reputation.

Supposedly, this is a spin off the Penn State fiasco, but we don't totally buy that. Because while we get the idea the conference has no way to handle or deal with what happened in Happy Valley, this isn't the way to approach it.

Just read through the story from the Chronicle RIGHT HERE

Honestly, we do get what the 10 is wanting to do, we just think this isn't EXACTLY the way to do it. Seriously, if Delany gets this power, what's to say he doesn't decide that Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill should be fired because the Gophers have been awful and are hurting the league's reputation?


This opens that part of "Pandora's Box". Of course we know full well Delany and his cronies will say, "No we'd never do that". And maybe they won't. But this would give them that option.

Yeah, we get the argument the Conference needs to protect themselves and their schools from Rogue problem causers or in the case of Penn State, a "Holier than thou" administration. But this isn't the way to do it.

But then again, it is Jim Delany. And when you are Jim Delany, you have to keep trying to convince yourself that it's "Good to be King".