It seems that Tiger Woods is back after having won his third PGA tour event of the year this weekend. All he has to do now to prove it is win a major. When you think about it, that's pretty unfair for any golfer not named Tiger Woods. But that's what happens when you set the bar as high as he has over his career.
For golf, that is, not personal behavior.
Today's Tweet of the Morning comes from Saturday Down South, quoting Texas A&M AD Eric Hyman on joining the SEC:
"The good news is it’s the best league in the country," said new TAMU AD Eric Hyman. "The bad news is it’s the best league in the country."— Saturday Down South (@SDS) July 2, 2012
Heh. Indeed. Your Quickies follow the jump.
Davis, who stands nearly 6-foot-11 and, as Benson noted with a smile, might still be growing, has been working on adding bulk with a trainer in California. The former Kentucky star affectionately nicknamed "the unibrow" said he now weighs 230 pounds, and lists his training goals as getting bigger, improving his conditioning and refining the skills he’ll need to become a premier NBA big man.
How much better could Davis have been at UK at 230#? I think it would have made a noticeable difference.
1. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his assistant coaches are as good at adapting to the current climate as any staff. Kentucky doesn’t have the market cornered on one-and-done players. Duke has done it and will continue to do so. The pickup of Rodney Hood from Mississippi State was a major get and will ensure that the Blue Devils have one of the top guards in the country in the fall of 2013. Hood will be a third-year college student, a second-year Duke student, but a likely one-time Duke basketball player. Former Bulldog teammate Arnett Moultrie said during the Chicago pre-draft camp that Hood told him he was one-and-done wherever he landed after the one season. I won’t be surprised at all if that occurs. Hood should have a big impact with the Blue Devils and be high enough on NBA draft lists to leave after one season in Durham.
Interesting. Now, would Calipari take a player like Hood who declared his intention to leave regardless of his readiness? Maybe. I'm not sure, though.
The more Thursday night turned into another infomercial for Kentucky basketball, the more a question started to form. Who's the better recruiter -- Calipari or Saban?
I say recruiter and not coach because it's hard to argue with the compelling argument offered by ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas. He concluded that college coaches don't develop pro talent; they sign it.
College football coaches such as Saban have a greater opportunity to develop their players because the players have to spend at least three years in the system before they can turn pro. That said, Richardson arrived in Tuscaloosa with the same kind of future-pro skills that Davis took to Lexington.
So is Scarbinsky trying to say that Saban is the coach and Calipari the recruiter? Well, I'm just going to explain here that football and basketball can't really be compared that way, the sports are too different. Not only that, I think Bilas' argument is a little flawed, as I discussed in detail here.
The more defections announced from the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, the more you have to believe that Anthony Davis (Kentucky) and Eric Gordon (Indiana) will be members of coach Mike Krzyzewski's team.
"If you just look at him, he has all the tools you want. He can run. He has good size. He is a kid that you can say it is nice to have that weapon on the field behind center. He is a big weapon and has the potential to be more of a weapon than the others because he can run."
Not terribly convincing after his struggles last year. Coming off a shoulder injury, I am not at all sanguine he can win the job back, and I am confident there will be a ton of second-guessing if he does, so Phillips had better hope he performs.
You don't tug on Superman's cape, Frank. Just keep that advice in mind.
Texas is putting out some incredible talent these days.
The three-year contract extension that Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith will receive soon -- estimated at about $6.5 million, excluding performance bonuses -- does not provide for salary increases for assistant coaches. Raises for Smith's assistants will be negotiated separately by the coach, but they will have to be approved by new athletics director Norwood Teague.
When the world’s best track and field athletes convene in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, four former Kentucky track and field stars will be among them.
The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked everyone at the 2012 NBA Draft and took Syracuse guard Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick. Waiters was slated to go much later in the lottery, but kept rising up the draft board even though he shut down all interviews and workouts in May, before the Cavaliers could bring him in to check him out.
This is a decision that is likely to haunt the Cavs for a long time. Even if Waiters turns out to be a good, I don't expect him to be enough of a star to justify a #4 pick.
"So I call Nike and I says, 'Find out about this kid and tell him I'll give him anything he wants to go to Auburn,'" Barkley said in what appeared to be a pregame or postgame locker room chat with other softball participants, among them Nowitzki himself. "'Just tell him, anything he wants, we'll get it done.'"
Charles, I guess you just didn't have, or couldn't buy, what he wanted. Either that, or he didn't believe you.