Jack Hoffman scoring a 69 yard touchdown during Nebraska's scrimmage is a truly priceless moment you can find below. Also in the news, Mark Stoops is very happy with the improvement in the offense, at least for now.
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Reporter asks Pitino if "he has a deal with the devil" b/c of Hall of Fame, NCAA final, horse winning race.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 7, 2013
A fair question.
This article explains why Barker (5.8) is perceived to be our most important recruit even though Gillins (5.9) is slightly higher rated by Rivals. There is also info on other recruits. (Hank)
“It was really the first day that I thought we looked like an SEC offense,” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. “The defense had really gotten the best of us the past three practices.”
That’s good to hear.
What would be a good nickname for next year’s UK team? “We are Kentucky. We don’t need any nicknames. We are just going out to prove we are the best.”
I like this guy. I like him a lot. I am so sick of the "un-[fill in the blankables] stuff that this is very refreshing to me.
“I’m going to win a national championship at Kentucky next year,” said the 7-foot center.
That’s pretty much our expectation too, big boy.
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- You really should watch this, it's priceless. Jack Hoffman is a young man with a brain tumor, and a huge Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. Via Hank:
UM contends that the questions asked could have been “improperly influenced by information that the enforcement staff had received” from the December 2011 deposition of former UM equipment room worker Sean Allen.
Is Miami grasping at straws? So, any testimony that indicates Miami was dirty should be thrown out because it shows Miami was dirty? Yeah, that’s the ticket. (Hank)
Keeping up with one of our rivals. (Hank)
Heh. Stats from a scrimmage? Well, why not, I guess. We do that for basketball…
The purpose of the whole couch-burning thing completely escapes me.
Trailing 58-56, the Orange had a chance to force overtime. But Brandon Triche was called for a foul when Jordan Morgan stepped in to take the charge with 19.2 seconds left.
Congratulations to Michigan, but that call was clearly a block. Triche was in the air well before the defender established position.
Controversy Part 1: With Wichita State trailing Louisville 71-68 with 8.8 seconds remaining, Louisville’s Luke Hancock missed a free throw off the back iron. WSU freshman Ron Baker snatched the rebound and while trying to secure the ball, was contested by Hancock for what couldn’t have been longer than a second before a whistle was blown by referee Karl Hess. What could have been easily ruled a reach-in foul was called a held ball — subsequently causing the Shockers’ fate to slip away with the possession arrow going the Louisville.
Controversy Part 2: In basketball, momentum is everything. Syracuse saw its momentum disintegrate after a controversial charge call with less than 30 seconds remaining. The Orange’s Brandon Triche was whistled for a charge after Michigan’s Jordan Morgan appeared to position himself just in time. That change in possession deflated ’Cuse after storming back to slice a substantial deficit to two. “You know, it was a close call,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after the game. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas called it a “blarge.” In other words, it looked much more like a block than a charge. “There’s no question it was a block. The replay makes it pretty obvious.”
I was hoping that we’d have clean victories, but instead, we have controversies in both. In my mind, there is no controversy, however – both calls were pretty obviously wrong, and shouldn’t have been.
The exchange got testy when Doyel pointed out that media members ask players frequently after NCAA tournament games if they plan on coming back next year.
“And they handle it better than you,” Doyel remarked.
Score one for Doyel. It’s unwise to wax all curmudgeonly at the media in general, and Doyel in particular. Handling smart-alecks is what he does every day.
The FBI is investigating whether Eric Murdock – the Rutgers assistant whose practice videos led to the ouster of Rutgers head coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti – tried to extort the university, according to a New York Times report.
I don’t really have sympathy for Murdock, I think his lawsuit is frivolous. But I am also pretty sure that a “give us money or we’ll sue” threat isn’t extortion, but rather a statement of fact. If we start calling that extortion, we are on a very slippery slope indeed.
The trouble is, if the FBI is actually investigating, Murdock will almost certainly be charged. I can count the number of FBI investigations that don’t end in an indictment on the fingers of one hand. Hopefully, this will be one of them, but I have my doubts.
No Cinderellas in the title game this year. It’s going to be all Big Time, all the way.
That’s how it usually works out.
You might say Louisville coach Rick Pitino hit the daily double Saturday. Three time zones west of Atlanta, where his team tamed Wichita State in the N.C.A.A. Final Four semifinals, Pitino’s prized 3-year-old thoroughbred Goldencents captured the Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif.
Pitino is having a very good year, no doubt.
They first saw the video Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving, inside an office in Piscataway, N.J., but it was hardly the first time that senior Rutgers officials had heard of the troubling behavior of Mike Rice, the men’s basketball coach.
The nation’s best offense and the nation’s best defense, together at last. If you are a fan of efficiency statistics – and “fandom” doesn’t really come into it, because that’s like saying you’re a “fan” of field goal percentage or Fahrenheit – you are well aware what we’ve got on our hands Monday night. But if you don’t know, now you know: When Michigan and Louisville square off in the cavernous Georgia Dome, we will get to watch the nation’s best offense and the nation’s best defense at the same time, on the same possessions, for all of 40 minutes. (In case you can’t tell, I am excited. This is very exciting.)
It is a pretty cool concept that we all love, the “unstoppable force vs. immovable object” debate.
Compound or open fractures are typically high-energy type injuries which generally occur when an individual is involved in a high velocity car accident or fall, or when a landing is awkward with twisting or torsional type forces… It is exceedingly rare to see this type of injury in a basketball game, let alone a sports competition in general. [Forbes]
How rare, exactly? Dr. Dave Hnida, medical editor with Denver’s CBS affiliate, said he knew of only two things in life that could cause injuries that bad: Car accidents and war.
Amazing. Via Hank.
- What Makes Louisville Special // RealGM
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This is pretty awesome.
“This is so embarrassing,” Haywood told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “My stomach has been so bad I can’t eat, I can’t sleep. This isn’t a punch in the stomach. It’s below the stomach.”
Good grief. Relax, you’ll get in eventually.
After a remarkably quiet start to the severe weather season in the USA — which included the fewest number of tornadoes in March in several decades — signs are pointing to a more active pattern for April. This includes the possibility of an outbreak this week in the central USA.
News you can use. Keep your eye on the sky.