Posts Tagged ‘college basketball’


June 4, 2008


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.”


April 29, 2008

Will Robinson may have been the greatest basketball mind you never heard of.

He was one of those rare people whose life transcended the game. Robinson was a true American pioneer in race and civil rights.

Robinson died this week. He was 96. Robinson was the first African American Division 1 college basketball coach in history. He is most famous for coaching Doug Collins at Illinois State. He had a 78-51 record there without ever having a losing season. He also developed Collins, who starred on the US Olympic team and was drafted by Philadelphia with the No. 1 overall pick in 1973.

Collins was still close to Robinson and was deeply saddened by his passing,

“I’m incredibly sad that I lost a guy that I loved as much as anybody in the world,” Collins said. “He taught me the essence of life that has served me well from the age of 18 to 56 because he was more of a life coach than a basketball coach.”

Following his college coaching career, Robinson was one of the greatest scouts and talent evaluators in NBA history. He worked as a Detroit Pistons scout starting in 1976 and continued with them for 28 years through the 2000’s.

Robinson was BRILLIANT as a talent evaluator. He single-handedly discovered superstars Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman while they were playing for tiny, obscure colleges.

Robinson also turned down the opportunity to be an NBA Championship coach. Chuck Daley was named Pistons coach only after Robinson turned the job down. Robinson said of his decision to turn down the Pistons,

“I know I could have won championships with those teams. But after coaching for as long as I had, I found it a relief to not be coaching.”

As a youngster, Robinson quarterbacked the Steubenville (Ohio) High football team and finished second in the state high school golf tournament despite not being allowed to play the course at the same time as whites. He won 15 letters in four sports at West Virginia State College before graduating in 1937.

Unfortunately, Robinson’s last major decision for the Pistons was one of the worst in sports history. It was on his advice that the Pistons selected European bust Darko Milicic over superstars like Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

Inexplicably, Robinson actually compared Darko favorably to WILT CHAMBERLAIN before the 2003 NBA draft. Robinson famously said there were things Milicic could do on a court that Chamberlain couldn’t and actually predicted he would be a better player than Wilt. He also said,

“Darko reminds me of a young Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt used to do a little of everything, and I haven’t seen a big man with so much skill since Wilt.”

He also made this quote about Milicic:

“He’s going to own the game. Own the game. We’re going to have to build a new arena. The only thing that could destroy a kid like that is a woman.”
Will Robinson talking about Darko Milicic after seeing him work-out in Detroit, May 30, 2003,



April 22, 2008




Awful Announcing (and SPORTSbyBROOKS) has the story that Billy Packer may finally be on his way out at CBS. Awful Announcing, in fact, is calling for Packer’s ouster,

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Billy Packer is a cancer to CBS. The guy has called a black player a monkey, made sexist remarks on-air about a female player, used the term fag during an on-air interview, and even told a woman worker at Cameron Indoor Stadium, “Since when do we let women control who gets into a men’s basketball game? Why don’t you go find a women’s game to let people into?” Every single time CBS defends the guy and for what?

All of the sexist, racist and idiotic remarks take a backseat to the guy losing the network millions of dollars. Either way…’s time to make the move CBS.

As AA points out, all of Packer’s racist and sexist remarks and boorish behavior never got him in trouble with the network. What did? Apparently a sponsor complained about Packer LITERALLY telling fans to “turn off” the Kansas/North Carolina game. (North Carolina eventually cut the Kansas lead to four points before losing.)
Media critic Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News points out,

CBS is paying $6 billion for the right to air the tourney over the life of its contract with the NCAA. From a business perspective, telling viewers to turn off the TV is not a great idea, especially in a soft advertising market.


April 8, 2008



Nice to see North Carolina basketball coach, Roy Williams has recovered from his team’s loss in the NCAA tournament!


April 8, 2008

From SportsbyBrooks:


The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that a jury should hear the case of former Iona basketball coach Craig Holcomb, who claims that he was dismissed from his job at the college because Holcomb, who is white, married a black woman.

The appellate court ruled that a lower court was wrong in throwing out the case and that the case will see trial. Holcomb was fired in 2004 after he refused to resign. He is now a gym teacher at a New York high school.

“Holcomb accused Iona Vice President and former Athletic Director Richard Petriccione of repeatedly using the N-word to refer to black players and of calling a Nigerian employee a “jungle bunny.”

In 2000, Holcomb says, he asked Petriccione if he’d received the invitation for his wedding to Pamela Gauthier, an African-American. According to Holcomb, Petriccione responded: “You’re really going to marry that Aunt Jemima? You really are a n—-r lover.”


April 8, 2008

Kansas is your 2008 NCAA College Basketball champions! They beat Memphis last night in an absolute classic,  75-68 in overtime. One day later BOTH coaches are rumored to be looking at other jobs. Bill Self is reportedly being offered a ton of money to leave Kansas for his alma mater (Oklahoma State.) Meanwhile, John Calipari is reportedly considering returning to an NBA job.


April 4, 2008


Penn State “Ballhandler” Stanley Pringle

Not one, but TWO college athletes have been arrested in the past two days for masturbating in public.

First, Penn State point guard, Stanley Pringle, was charged following an incident at the school library.

Police said Pringle, the team’s point guard, sat behind the victim in the stacks section of the library, attempted to start a conversation with the woman and began masturbating. Police have filed charges of public lewdness and disorderly conduct against him in connection to the incident, but Centre County District Judge Jonathan Grine, who is out of the office, was unable to sign the criminal complaint as of 2 p.m. today. Without the signed complaint, Pringle cannot be formally arrested.


Spencer Ridenhour

Now U-Mass defensive back, Spencer Ridenhour, has been arrested for lewd conduct. Police claim Ridenhour’s “lewd act” was a drive-by incident.

In what could be the police quote of the year, a spokesperson said,

“She got a very good description of him, and the model and make of the car. He was masturbating while driving. I imagine he was driving very slowly.”


March 28, 2008


Female golf protege, Michelle Wie, is dating a Big Man on Campus-literally.

SPORTSbyBROOKS has the story that Wie is going out with one of Stanford’s famed Lopez twins. Robin Lopez (not his brother Brook) is the object of  Wie’s affection. The two are reportedly “trying to keep things as quiet as possible.”


March 25, 2008


 Good News: Your son is featured in an article in Sports Illustrated. They even took his picture.

Bad News: The article is about abusive fans and your kid is pictured flipping off Kevin Love of UCLA. Right by a headline that says, “Over the Top.”


Enhanced Photo courtesy of

It’s certainly been a bad week for one University of Oregon college student.

First, a photo of him flipping off UCLA’s Kevin Love was printed in Sports Illustrated, pretty much making the kid the poster boy of what’s wrong in sports.

Now his parents have taken his car away.

A couple of weeks ago, Sports Illustrated featured a piece on abusive fans in college sports. In a powerful piece of writing, Grant Wahl, chose to focus on the University of Oregon as an example:

Kevin Love knew it would be bad. But not this bad. Sure, he’d chosen UCLA over Oregon after being the consensus national player of the year as a senior at Lake Oswego (Ore.) High — but what happened to his home state’s rep for peace, love and understanding? On Jan. 23, the day before the ­Bruins-Ducks showdown in Eugene, Love found more than 30 voice-mail messages on his cellphone when UCLA stopped for a layover in San Francisco. He listened to the first one: If you guys win, we’ll come to your house and kill your family. He played another: We’ll find your hotel room and blow your f—— head off with a shotgun. He ­didn’t bother to check the rest. “I mean, these were death threats,” Love says. Shaken, he called his mother, Karen, and had her cancel his cellphone service.

The father of the kid shown in the SI photo was so appalled he wrote a letter of apology to Kevin Love and sent it to the magazine. Sports Illustrated printed the letter in its March 24th edition under “Abusive Fans:”

“I was shocked to see, in a photo of the Oregon student section, my son partaking in the harassment of UCLA’s Kevin Love. When he came home the following weekend, his car was taken away and he headed back to school on a bus. I am embarrassed and wish to apologize to Kevin and his family.” — Armando Navarro, Clackamas, Ore.

Man, that’s gotta sting!

One day you’re just toolin’ around campus in the sweet ride your daddy got you…


You decide to go to ONE college basketball game…


You have ONE bad moment..


And, the next thing you know, …POOF!


Greyhound City!

Incidentally, congratulations to Mr. Navarro. He’s one of the few parents I’ve heard of recently who’s acknowledged bad behavior by his child, accepted responsibility, and DONE something about it.

On the other hand: Hey, Navarro Jr.



March 23, 2008


Neal Best of Newsday is one of the best sports media writers in the country. Besides his regular column, Best is now writing a blog for Newsday entitled “Watchdog.”

Best reports that the early numbers are in for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament.

On the first day of the tournament (Thursday) 1,751,956 different people logged onto the CBS internet feed of the games on March Madness On Demand. That’s an increase of % 122 over last year. This year’s internet broadcast is free. It is one click requires no registration. There are also no regional blackouts of games.

One other AWESOME addition to the CBS internet broadcasts is something called the “Boss Button.” When clicked, a dummy spread sheet appears onscreen to fake out supervisors. The “Boss Button” was clicked 1,225,089 times Thursday.