Is anyone else a little Michael Phelpsed out? Apparently Amanda Beard is… on to the hoops news…
- Remember the Toledo kid (Sammy Villegas) who the FBI busted for pointshaving? In a shocking (!!!) turn of events, the FBI is now saying that it was related to the football pointshaving scandal from last season! (heavy sarcasm alert for you analog types) So… how deep does this mire go at Toledo?
- Former Johnnie and Dookie Roshown McLeod, last seen fumbling a ball out of bounds in the 98 regional finals in St. Pete, is back on the radar as a new assistant for Tom Crean at Indiana (yes, we’re aware he got a little run in the NiBbA). Too bad he can’t suit up for the new $24M man.
- Former UNC big man Alex Stepheson will transfer to USC and will attempt to get a waiver from the NCAA (similar to what Tyler Smith did last year at Tennessee) so that he can play this season for the Trojans. His father is suffering from an undisclosed illness.
- Get ready to see a LOT of Stephen Curry this year (not a bad thing). The Preseason NIT will feature Curry’s Davidson squad in addition to other NCAA teams Purdue, Oklahoma, Cornell, Georgia, Mississippi Valley St., and Arizona. We like the Boilers vs. Curry in the finals.
- So Ty Lawson ends up with 26 hours of community service (working on his crossover?) and the city of Chapel Hill still has its celebrated point guard in light of his “drinking while driving” arrest back in the spring. Something doesn’t seem too right about that.
- The NCAA denied Pitt forward Mike Cook’s request for an extra year of eligibility. He played in eleven games last season before suffering a knee injury, and according to the NCAA rules, a player is only eligible for a redshirt season if he played in less than 30% of his team’s games. Pittsburgh played 37 games last year – Cook played in 11. That’s 29.7%, so what’s the problem? The problem is that the NCAA qualifies ALL postseason games as ONE game, which means, by their fuzziest of math, Cook played in 11 of 32 games, or 34.3%. Ridiculous. Did you guys know that Kansas won its title in only one game last March/April?