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A few weeks after firing Mike Rice from his job as head basketball coach, Rutgers is facing another potential scandal, after it announced it was suspending its head lacrosse coach as it investigates verbal abuse accusations. Brian Brecht has led his team to a 2-11 record this season. Meanwhile, after initially being denied severance pay, it turns out Rice will be granted $475,000 to settle the remaining two years on his contract. [ESPN]
Since being fired from Rutgers for verbally and physically abusing his players, Mike Rice has kept busy coaching his daughter's AAU team of 12-year-old girls. Brian Geltzeiler, a basketball blogger, had the report:One of my moles is watching Mike Rice coach 12 year old girls at Holmdel High in NJ right now as crazy as ever yelling @ both refs and kids— Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) April 14, 2013Just this afternoon Rice told a 12 year old girl,"I can't even look at you" and the ref told my guy he would have T'd him up 2x if it was HS—
AAC! Yes, that's exactly what I said when I found out what the Big East would be called next year: AAC! The conference formerly known as the Big East, stripped of its Catholic basketball-first schools, will be adopt the boring, meaningless and awkwardly acronymed name, the American Athletic Conference. The league will feature (for the time being) Rutgers, Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, SMU and Temple. AAC! To clear up any confusion: there will be another conference called the "Big East" next year, but it'll only consist of those aforementioned Catholic basketball schools.Said new AAC! Commissioner Mike
While consumed with Kevin Ware's horrific injury and Mike Rice's abusive behavior, I suspect many of us missed the local NCAA angle: Drexel women's basketball is on the verge on winning the NIT championship. (The NIT is the tourney for teams that barely missed the NCAA tournament cut-off.) Last night at the DAC, the Dragons dispatched with the University of Florida, and on Saturday will face the winner of the other Final Four semifinal, between Utah and Kansas State. Those schools are bigger and richer than Drexel. But they don't breathe fire. Or have goofy billboards up on I-95. [Inquirer]
Weeks after literally getting lost in the wilderness, the 13th seeded La Salle Explorers seem to have found their path (!) to the Sweet 16, thanks to this last-second game-winner from guard Tyrone Garland. The last time the team made it this far in a tournament, in 1955, it was so small the round of 16 didn't exist yet. La Salle is the last Philly team left in the tourney, after Temple lost a heartbreaker earlier in the evening to #1-seeded Indiana. Warning: Turn down the volume, as this video was shot right from the scorer's table, and the crowd
There a million ways to fill out an NCAA bracket. Mascot. Underdogs. Overdogs. Nate Silver. Or this way, courtesy of The New Yorker: Which teams spend and generate the most money through their college hoops programs. Here's a sample of what the bracket would look like, if the biggest spender won this year. (Duke, duh.)How do Philly's schools stack up? Villanova leads the way, as the 20th-biggest spender in this year's field, at $6,398,678. Next is Temple, in 39th place. Finally, little old LaSalle clocks in at 51. For the record, #14 seed Harvard spends four times less than #3
It was going to be my crowning achievement of college.I didn't go to class all that often during my four years, preferring to spend my time in bed at the school newspaper instead. Because I spent a lot of time covering basketball in college instead of going to class, I liked to think I knew the sport better than most of my peers. I didn't, but what I did in March of 2004 almost made me think I did.Going into the Final Four, I'd missed just six winners in the NCAA tournament. I was in line to win both my mom's and dad's work pools and five pools at my college. I was going to clear so much money from my NCAA tournament pools that going into journalism didn't seem like such a bad idea after all, even as job rejection letters started to pour in. So what if it took a while to find a gig? I could live on the interest from the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship indefinitely.
38 LaSalle University students and three staff members got lost hiking yesterday on Kentucky's Pine Mountain before being rescued late last night. Stranded for hours, the hikers were eventually tracked down by rescue workers and police, and were brought to a nearby hospital where they were treated for hypothermia, exhaustion and dehydration. One student remains hospitalized. The group was in the area doing volunteer work with a non-profit. [Kentucky.com]
In an interview with, who else, Dr. Phil, the Manti Te'o Hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo revealed that he was in love with Te'o throughout the time he was faking the voice of Te'o's fake girlfriend Lennay Kekua. In other words, he was living vicariously through the fake girlfriend he created, in order to feel closer to the Notre Dame star. Dr. Phil previewed his interview with Tuiasosopo, which airs Thursday, to NBC's Mike Taibbi.Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love. I asked him straight up, "Was this a romantic relationship with you?" And he says yes.
Did this lucky, lucky man cross the line (literally)? At a college basketball game in Connecticut, John Queenan hit a halfcourt shot to win a Chevy Cruze. BUT. It appeared his foot crossed the line as he released the shot. After he sank the basket, Chevy mulled their decision for a full day, claiming their insurance people had to fully review the shot to make sure his foot hadn't crossed the line. Well, Chevy finally relented, likely to avoid the bad PR. But come on. That guy's foot was clearly over the line! First Dwight Howard, now this guy. What