Archive for the ‘college basketball’ Category

OBAMA AIDE IS WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS T-BAGGING VICTIM

August 19, 2008

NOTED T-BAGGING VICTIM REGGIE LOVE

Last night ESPN ran a feature on former Duke basketball player Reggie Love. Love is now the top personal assistant and “body man” for presidential candidate Barack Obama.

If the name sounds vaguely familiar you may remember Love from a series of embarrassing photos taken of him while he was passed out at a college fraternity party. The pictures are legendary among Duke haters. Careful, they’re way more NSFW than you might think. You can check out a couple of those photos:  HERE

This makes Reggie Love undoubtedly the highest ranking political aide in U.S. history who has pictures of another man’s testicles dangling in his face available on the internet.

 

BARACK OBAMA AND REGGIE LOVE

NCAA INVESTIGATING FEDEX CEO

August 1, 2008

ABDUL GADDY

Abdul Gaddy of Tacoma, Washington is one of the top high school basketball recruits in the country. Among the schools recruiting Gaddy is the University of Memphis (although Gaddy is said to be favoring Arizona.)

According to Foxsports, the NCAA is investigating a phone call made from FedEx president and CEO David Bronczek to Gaddy’s mother. Bronczek is a Memphis booster. FedEx is based out of the Tennessee city.

BILL BAYNO GETS A SECOND CHANCE AT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT

July 16, 2008

BILL BAYNO

Billy Bayno is a drunk. The former UNLV basketball coach is the first to admit it.

His career flamed out because of alcohol and substance abuse. For the last several seasons Bayno has been working as a scout and summer league assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Today’s LA Times has a feature on Bayno who was recently hired as the head coach at Loyola Marymount. Bayno hasn’t had a drink in years. He was fired as head coach at UNLV in 2000 despite being 30 games over .500 and winning two conference titles with the Rebels.

A once-storied basketball program, Loyola Marymount is taking a chance with Bayno. Unfortunately they have nowhere to go but up. Last year Loyola Marymount was 5-27.

BILLY PACKER IS FINALLY GONE

July 14, 2008

BILLY PACKER

We speculated about this in April. According to the Miami Herald, After years of making sexist, racist and idiotic remarks CBS Sports has fired basketball announcer Billy Packer. Packer spent 27 years at the network. He had broadcast 34 consecutive Final Fours.

Sponsor complaints finally did Packer in. Several reportedly complained about his performance during this year’s NCAA Tournament. Packer will be replaced on the broadcasts by longtime CBS studio host and former college and NBA player Clark Kellogg.

FORMER FLORIDA STAR ACCUSED OF RAPE

July 10, 2008

TEDDY DUPAY

From Deadspin via the Gainesville Sun:

 

Former University of Florida basketball player Teddy Dupay has been arrested and charged with rape in Utah.

Police say Dupay hit or kicked the victim after locking a Utah hotel room door. He also allegedly threatened to catch the woman and kill her family if she attempted to leave. Dupay has been charged with three felonies: rape, aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault.

Dupay admits he had sex with the woman and says it got “a little rough” but denies raping her. Dupay reportedly told police,

 

 

“How can you rape someone you love?”

According to the police report, the victim had bruises on her outer right thigh, scratches on her back, large bruises on her back, large bruises on her upper arm and shoulder and a swollen eye. She also suffered two broken ribs.

Dupay was a member of  the 2000 Florida team that made it to the NCAA championship game. His collegiate career was ended by a gambling scandal. It was discovered that Dupay bet on college basketball games (including Florida games.) Dupay went undrafted by the NBA. He was invited to training camp by the Orlando Magic but was cut in the preseason.

Deadpin.com ran a story about Dupay working as a telemarketer in Utah. One other note, although he is still in his 20’s and was a major star in college, Teddy Dupay is a ghost on the internets today. He has no Wikipedia listing and although there are 2.9 million topics on the photo site Flicr.com, Teddy Dupay isn’t one of them. Hell, he doesn’t even have a MySpace or Facebook account.

AGENTS FIND A NEW WAY TO MAKE COLLEGE BASKETBALL OBSOLETE

June 25, 2008

BRANDON JENNINGS

No matter what rules sports leagues come up with clever agents are always going to find a way to circumvent them.

The NBA draft is tomorrow. Currently players cannot enter the draft straight out of high school. They must wait at least one year (or until they turn 19) before being eligible to play in the NBA. That DOESN’T mean they can’t be paid for playing profesional basketball.

Take the current case of highly prized recruit Brandon Jennings.

Jennings was scheduled to attend Arizona this fall. However, he failed his initial college entrance exams. Jennings retook the tests and passed. However, the NCAA flagged the test scores and made him take his entrance exam a third time. The USA Today says the results of those test results are due out today.

Whatever the NCAA decides, Jennings may just decide to tell them to go to hell. He is already on record as opposing the NBA’s rule forcing players to go to college. He has also been quite vocal when interviewed in all-star games and appearances on televised games on ESPN that college basketball players need to be PAID for their services.

Should Jennings decide to play professional basketball in Spain, Italy or some other foreign country he would pocket at least $100,000 (usually tax free.) He would then be able to enter the NBA draft in 2009 where the teen point guard is projected to be a top five pick. Jennings doesn’t have an agent but he does have a personal “lawyer” who could negotiate his contract.

Foreign clubs may also be opening up their purse strings looking for talent. Juan Carlos Navarro recently re-signed to play in Spain after a stellar rookie season with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. The European club actually outbid the NBA for his services.

Note: Following the USA Today article and one in the New York Times, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports also decided to write about this topic today. Also, a radio station is claiming its interview with Sonny Vaccaro is the impetus for Jennings deciding to go to Europe to play pro ball.

SONNY VACCARO

TYREKE EVANS DIPLOMA MILL TO SHUT DOWN

June 4, 2008

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TYREKE EVANS HIGHLIGHTS

Looks like basketball superstar Tyreke Evans got out of high school in the nick of time. Evans is considered by many scouts as the best high school player in the country.

He currently attends American Christian Academy which has been accused of being a “diploma mill.” According to the  Philadelphia Inquirer the school is closing its athletic programs – including basketball – in a “swirl of controversy.” In fact, the entire high school is reportedly being shut down and will no longer exist.

The school’s former coach, Ray Carroll, accused American Christian of being a diploma mill after he was fired in 2006. Among the players currently attending the school are the son of former NBA player Michael Dickerson and two highly rated players from New York (Junior guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones and freshman guard Achraf Yacoubou.) Their futures are currently up in the air.

Tyreke Evans was the most valuable player at this year’s McDonald’s All-America Game. He is expected to play college basketball next season at Memphis.

TYREKE EVANS

DIGGER PHELPS WANTS NOTRE DAME JOB

June 4, 2008

DIGGER PHELPS AND FRIENDS

People who lobby for sports jobs through the media rarely get those jobs. Particularly when they’re IN the media.

That hasn’t stopped ESPN college basketball analyst Digger Phelps from going after the Notre Dame Athletic Director job.

I’ve never really liked Digger Phelps. Not only is he a blathering sycophant on television, but he’s a bit of a hypocrite. Phelps once demanded we buy him free booze and cigars to go on the air with us. He then proceeded to rip college athletes for demanding “freebies.”

COULD O.J. MAYO’S “AGENT” BE ARRESTED?

May 25, 2008

O.J. MAYO

Uh oh! Could somebody end up going to jail over the O.J. Mayo case?

Well actually, according to California law, the answer could be “yes.”  It is not just an NCAA rules violation to give college athletes money in California. It’s against the law.

According to the Sports Law Blog (dated May 20th) section 18897.6 of the California Business and Professions Code seems to apply to the Mayo allegations and people who may have given him money.

Under section 18897.6 the law states:

“No athlete agent or athlete agent’s representative or employee shall, directly or indirectly, offer or provide money or any other thing of benefit or value to a student athlete.”

The bill is called the Miller-Ayala Act. And, it’s not just some obscure, unenforceable law that exists only on paper. The USC Trojans website actually contains a link to the law:

 It’s at http://usctrojans.cstv.com/genrel/usc-agent-page.html.

The Sports Law Blog suggests the California Office of the Secretary of State should be looking into this.

SHOCKING O.J. NEWS

May 11, 2008

O.J. MAYO

I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find out basketball star O.J. Mayo took money while at USC and in high school.

ESPN and Outside the Lines has a former “confidant”  (translate: “hanger-on”) of Mayo’s on record who says the young hoopster took $30,000 in money, clothes and gifts while in high school and college.

Fine piece of investigative work by ESPN, but where were they on the Reggie Bush story? He took TEN TIMES that amount of money and his accuser had RECEIPTS.

Prediction: The USC basketball program is going to get buried over this. Meanwhile, it’s been four years and NOTHING will happen to the USC football program.

Speaking of USC football (and O.J.’s), the other “shocking” sports story of the day is that it it turns out O.J. Simpson REALLY DID KILL Ron and Nicole. That’s the claim of a former close “friend” of Simpson’s.

The friend has a book coming out. I don’t know what’s more disgusting: 1) people are still making money off O.J. or 2) a publisher would consciously time the announcement of a book on O.J. murdering his wife coming out to coincide with Mother’s Day.