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College Basketball Archives
Whatever happened to Another Bad Creation? I’m guessing Iesha turned into a jealous girl and broke up the group like Yoko did the Beatles. Soon college basketball assistants will be playing Nintendo and eating cereal in seventh-grade living rooms thanks to an NCAA ruling that makes seventh graders official prospects.
The organization voted Thursday to change the definition of a prospect from ninth grade to seventh grade – for men’s basketball only – to nip a trend in which some college coaches were working at private, elite camps and clinics for seventh- and eighth-graders. The NCAA couldn’t regulate those camps because those youngsters fell below the current cutoff.
“It’s a little scary only because – we talked about this – where does it stop?” said Joe D’Antonio, chairman of the 31-member Division I Legislative Council, which approved the change during a two-day meeting at the NCAA Convention. “The fact that we’ve got to this point is really just a sign of the times.”
The concern is that elite camps for children are giving some coaches an advantage so there’s pressure for other coaches to start their own. Soon they’ll have to start camps for third and fourth-graders. Poor college coaches. Once again, the NCAA is looking out for the athlete.
Soon we’ll have coaches passing eighth-graders a lollipop and a letter and telling them to keep it a secret while they give benefits under the table. Imagine the scandals during campus visits. “Ro, Coach Huggins won’t make you do any work and you can play all the Playstation you want. I guess you could graduate but wouldn’t you rather play ball and Madden all day? Once you stop thinking girls are icky, you can have anyone you want like Pat White. Let Jenny touch you and see what you think.” Next thing you know, there will be more underage sex scandals than a Florida school system. Well done, NCAA.
Russell Westbrook let the PAC-10 know the answer in case they never heard The Chronic.
Unsilent linked this yesterday at Deadspin but we had to link it ourselves. Victim LeKendric Longmire is lucky that Russell didn’t follow that up with some bukakke.
I knew Meet The Spartans would be number one but really, people? Are people really begging for the return of the New Kids on the Block? Maybe I could understand if we lived in Europe and embraced shit groups like Take That and the Spice Girls on the regular. Are there rumors of a Boyzone reunion? Don’t tell Gary Glitter. He might get too excited and have another heart attack before realizing they’re of age.
Rambo had it right. Nothing ever changes. Just ask Peter Angelos. I need Colonel Troutman to talk me down or a Murland win at Cameron on February 13. I gotta go talk to my purents.
** You might have noticed that I saw Rambo this past weekend. No time for a review because it’s time for sleep. That’s where I’m a Viking. Let’s just say that if you see it, you’ll overdose on what you expect. It was impossible to keep track of the decapitations and severed limbs. It’s like trying to keep track of shots fired in The Killer. What do you learn? It’s acceptable to blow up bad people and stuff for freedom. Fuck yeah. Make sure you do a thorough job otherwise you won’t come to a resolution about the fate of your soul. The best way to do this is mow them down and take off as many body parts as possible.
Maybe the Karen people would have better luck if they changed their name to Helen or something Burmese. A little hiding out in the open if you will. Always gotta be thinking.
The unintentionally funny movie preview was solid. I won’t give away the title of the movie as that’s the best part but I haven’t laughed at a preview like that since Blood and Chocolate.
Michigan alum and current Phoenix Sun Jalen Rose bought a billboard to honor the Fab Five the season after their 15-year anniversary.
“The motivation for that speaks for itself,” said Rose, who didn’t tell the
other guys until after it was up, wanting it to be a surprise. “Being this
(2006-07) is the year of the Fab Five 15th-year anniversary, people nationally are talking about it — about how we changed college basketball and the landscape of the sport. We have no banners and representation at U-M, almost like we didn’t go there.”
Perhaps he’s forgotten about the illegal loans to Chris Webber and other players that resulted in penalties for the university in addition to the removal of all banners commemorating their achievements from Crisler Arena.
Former Michigan AD Bo Schembechler threw them under the bus as well.
“They were five really fine basketball players. But what did they do?” [said] retired Michigan football legend Bo Schembechler, the university athletic director in 1989, when he fired Bill Frieder and promoted Fisher to head coach on the eve of the 1989 NCAA tournament. “They never won the national title, and frankly they had enough talent to do it. Did they win any Big Ten championships? What did they bring us?”
That’s some cold shit, Bo. They did bring increased visibility, more applicants and huge merchandise sales in addition to tripling athletic royalties.
Rose had the billboard placed in Detroit near the area where he and Webber grew up. He said he didn’t want to cause any distractions.
“Unfortunately, what a couple players were accused — never proven — of doing, our banners got taken down so our memories aren’t as fond as they should be,” Rose said. “There’s no hard feelings and I think some good eventually will come out of it. But, especially when, being in broadcasting, I see what (former Ohio State running back) Maurice Clarett was going through, and they didn’t take their (championship) banner down. I see (former USC running back) Reggie Bush and what he’s going through. And I see what (former UCLA basketball coach) Jim Harrick goes through, and I notice it’s original and unique how our situation is handled.”
Rose can’t be blamed for being bitter and he does have a point but it seems as though he absolves Webber of any guilt in the situation. To their credit, Rose and Jimmy King have continued their association with the basketball program.
** Ray Jackson is living in Austin, TX running a moving company and Rise Up, Inc., a non-profit that mentors kids on and off the court. I always wondered what happened to him.