News has slowed to a barely discernible trickle, but we here at RTC have a few things coming down the pike, so stay tuned…
- Renardo Sidney Saga. So… the NCAA gumshoes had their meeting with the Sidney family last week, if you haven’t heard, and they’re asking for tax returns. Most everyone in basketball believes that the Sidney family is dirtier than Roberto Alomar’s toilet seat, but they are entitled to a reasonable right to privacy with respect to their bank records and such. Of course, the Sidney family has lawyered up and their representative, Donald Jackson, has already burned his race card lifeline in efforts to resist the NCAA request. (ed. note: if that’s his only strategy, the Sidneys may want to look into alternative representation) The problem with this whole situation is that the Sidneys appear willing to turn this into a high-profile civil lawsuit and, according to Gary Parrish, the NCAA would like to avoid that particular boondoggle at all costs. Apparently the NCAA doesn’t want to have to defend its practices of selective enforcement, and we don’t blame them in the least on that. So how will this end? Probably the only way the NCAA knows how to deal with these cases – slap a relatively minor suspension (8-10 games) on Sidney, thereby leaving him eligible at Mississippi St. for the meat of the regular season and the postseason in 2009-10. MSU is happy, the Sidneys are happy, and the NCAA crawls back to its lair once again with its tail tucked squarely between its legs, waiting on the next Andrelei Dravovic to declare ineligible.
- D1 Athletic Revenue. The Orlando Sentinel has been doing an analysis of college athletics and the recession, and they came up with an interesting list of all D1-A schools ranked by athletic revenue. It’s no secret that football continues to drive revenue, as Kansas is the only basketball school in the top twelve of the list. Still, of that same top twelve, nine schools have shown a serious commitment to basketball and it’s probably no coincidence that the revenue derived from both major sports is putting them at the top of this list (Penn St., Auburn and Alabama need to get with it). Our only problem with these lists is that they never break things down further by individual sports so we can actually see how much money, for example, the Florida basketball program generates!
- Maui Invitational Matchups. In one of the weakest Maui Invitational brackets we’ve seen in years, the following matchups are scheduled for early Thanksgiving week in beautiful Lahaina, Hawaii.
- Chaminade vs. Maryland
- Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt
- Colorado vs. Gonzaga
- Arizona vs. Wisconsin
- We’ll take Maryland vs. Cincy in one semifinal and Gonzaga vs. Wisconsin in the other, with the Terps and Badgers meeting in the finals. Although we think Maryland has better talent, we’ll go with UW to win its first Maui title in the mild upset on the islands.
- Quick Hits. Fab Melo: going to Syracuse? ETSU: RIP, Seth Coy. Isiah Thomas: on the recruiting trail. Two-and-Done: gaining traction? Coach K: firing up the Olympic trial pool. Goodman: 10 things he learned in July. Jordan Crawford: more than a dunk over Lebron. Parrish: why July evaluation camps need to stay. Vegas Watch: this could be very interesting.