Meanwhile, in Kentucky land, Terrence Jones has decided not to try out for Team USA and focus on his studies in summer school. I'm happy to hear that.
Now, for the rest of today's links:
- Teams on the verge of ending NCAA Tournament droughts in 2012 - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Jim Tressel Resignation Renews Athlete-Pay Talk - WSJ.com
From $200K to $0. Quite a large range of opinions among the athletes, I'd say.
If a waiter sends an e-mail to Rick Pitino that says three of his seniors have been getting free bar tabs, Pitino is going to have to ask the Louisville compliance department to check it out. If a mechanic sends an e-mail to Rick Barnes that says two of his freshman have been driving discounted cars from a local lot, Barnes is going to have to ask the Texas compliance department to check it out. If a fan of a rival school sends an email to Lorenzo Romar that says one of his boosters paid a recruit's summer coach $15,000 for a signed national letter of intent, Romar is going to have to ask the Washington compliance department to check it out, and you can see how this might be an issue for some head coaches, can't you?
Indeed, if that were what was to happen.
I do expect that the NCAA will have to address the credibility of such complaints. As a general proposition, running down every such lead could quickly become a way that crazed fans ruin the game for the rest of us, and there is nothing we can do about it. So the NCAA must make sure that this doesn't become abused to the point of paralyzing programs.
This is Tennessee all over again, Tennessee not firing basketball coach Bruce Pearl for lying to the NCAA about violations until the backlash was so large, the signs of a coming NCAA beatdown were so obvious, that the school finally, begrudgingly got rid of its money-making coach. For that ignorance, that insolence, Tennessee deserves a crushing when the NCAA hears its case in two weeks. Because, you see, Tennessee still employs the same athletics director who allowed Bruce Pearl to keep his job and to coach the second half of the 2010-11 season. And Tennessee still has the same president. The weed got pulled, but the root remains.
Harsh. And right.
Outstanding work by Year2 of Team Speed Kills in evaluating the statistical correlations for Kentucky's success:
Last week, I produced a list of which stats correlate most with Vanderbilt's winning in the Bobby Johnson/Robbie Caldwell era. I am doing the same with Kentucky in the Rich Brooks/Joker Phillips era today. As with last week, I am using a baseline of 0.264 as a threshold of relevance (for consistency) and listing either the stat or UK's national rank in that stat (but not both).
Read the whole thing, it's short and well-conceived.
- UK fans show support for softball team :: Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky Will Probably Make Another Bowl, But Don't Hold Me to That One // SEC 2011 - Team Speed Kills
Feh. Joker'd better hope we do better than this prediction.
Kentucky's Roster is Trying to Fill In // SEC 2011 - Team Speed Kills
Another good piece from TSK.
What we need is a death penalty for coaches. After two strikes, he's done. For good.
Then stop calling them strikes, dipwad. There are no "two strike outs" in baseball.
This guy is of the same ilk that will advocate giving felons short sentences and early parole ad infinitum. But when it comes to coaches, only the death penalty will do.
Why don't we just do something sane, like for multiple, serious NCAA violations (every case) where the coach is found directly culpable, like Tressel or Pearl or Sampson, give them a show-cause penalty from two to five years on the first offense, and five to ten years on the second.
That should be sufficient. Why does everyone have to advocate for overkill?
Even though Pryor's vehicles have been a focal point of the investigation for weeks, that doesn't mean he has been riding a bicycle around the city.
Pryor drove up to a players-only team meeting on Monday night in a coal-black Nissan 350Z sports car with 30-day plates. The automotive information site Edmunds.com lists a recent, used 350Z, which it calls "a proper sports car for the everyman," as costing between $16,000 and $27,000.
Maybe Pryor got 30K+ for his memorabelia. Sure, that's it. He is an EBay wiz!
- John Calipari Speaks at SEC Spring Meetings
Markieff Morris downplays Derrick Williams' skill - CBSSports.com
Markieff Morris is wrong. Frankly, he comes off as a jerk.
- Individual workouts key cog in draft process
- Leach Report Review for today
- Kentucky Sports Radio :: Jorts is taking his tryout talents to South Beach
InsidetheGators.com - Conference rankings: SEC tops for new talent
It's been awhile.
- Men's Tennis Finishes Eighth in Final ITA Rankings
- Sports Radio Interviews :: Former Youngstown State Quarterback Ray Isaac on Sports Illustrated’s Jim Tressel Article: "The Article is a Big Lie."