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Category:NCAAB
Posted on: December 13, 2009 12:24 pm
 

I sold out ... and went on Twitter

I know. Believe me, I know .

I wrote this about Twitter .

And I even went on CNN and said this about Twitter .

But here I am. On Twitter. Follow me ?

And for the person out there who took the Twitter address for my name -- just greggdoyel -- I hate you. And I'm disgusted by you. But I have to admit I like your style. And your taste is impeccable.





Category: NCAAB
Tags: Twitter
 
Posted on: November 5, 2009 9:02 am
 

Those Jordan kids ... wow

Something's not right with those kids, and I'm talking about both of Michael Jordan's basketball-playing kids.

One of them, Jeffrey, turned down offers to play at small schools, where he could have actually played, to go to Illinois, where he couldn't. In other words, he chose to play in his father's shadow at a school where he couldn't play at all. And then he quit the team in June, only to decide last month that he wants to come back and (not) play after all. The kid's a mess, and he hasn't made a smart decision yet.

And he's the one I like.

This other Jordan kid, Marcus? I can't stand him. He's the kid who went to Central Florida, a school that has an adidas contract, and refused to wear adidas. He wants to wear Daddy's shoes, to which I'd say this: If wearing Daddy's shoes is that important, then pick a school that has a contract with them.

But no. Marcus Jordan insists on wearing Daddy's shoes at an adidas school, and that petulance has cost UCF an enormous shoe deal with adidas, which isn't about to be jerked around by a teenager with an overblown sense of entitlement. Good for adidas. Too bad for UCF. Shame on Marcus Jordan.

And nice job, Michael.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 17, 2009 4:02 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2009 4:27 pm
 

The UGA president to replace Brand?!?!

That's a joke, right? It has to be a joke, because here's the punch line:

Jim Harrick.

Michael Adams, the Georgia president said to be on the short list to replace Myles Brand as head of the NCAA, was instrumental in the hiring of Harrick as Georgia's basketball coach in 1999. That was after Harrick had been fired for being a scumbag at UCLA, and it was after Harrick had behaved questionably -- and later found to be scumbaggedly -- at Rhode Island.

No matter. Adams liked Harrick from their years together at Pepperdine in the 1980s, so he pushed for his hiring. Adams was such an astute judge of character that he waived the school's nepotism rule to let Harrick hire his son, a complete and total buffoon named Jim Harrick Jr., on his staff.

You know how that worked out for everyone involved.

And this guy, this Michael Adams person, is a frontrunner to replace Myles Brand?

Only if the guy who hired Dave Bliss doesn't want the job, I guess.



Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 16, 2009 9:51 pm
 

Myles Brand: Death of an Idealist

Myles Brand had the strangest ideas. When he was president at Indiana, he had this crazy idea that his men's basketball coach should be a decent human being. When state legend Bob Knight went another route, Brand fired him. Just took the heat and fired him.

And when Brand became president of the NCAA, the crazy ideas continued. He truly believed student-athletes should be student -athletes. He thought they should graduate. And he thought that, if they didn't graduate, the school should be held accountable. The APR was created, and it has been fabulous. Graduation rates are up. Schools are scrambling to keep them up. Everyone wins.

Brand also thought cheaters shouldn't win, and he grew his investigative staff and unleashed the NCAA's fury on bogus prep schools and other greenhouses of scumbaggery.

The NCAA isn't a perfect place, but it is a much better place today than it was before Myles Brand took over.

The man was an idealist with great and noble ideas, and he will be missed.

RIP to a great, great man.




Category: NCAAB
Tags: Myles Brand
 
Posted on: September 1, 2009 1:55 pm
 

There, Isiah ... was that so hard?

After much soul-searching and hand-wringing -- or maybe the people in charge of FIU sports did like they did when debating whether to hire Isiah Thomas, and let heads be "yes" and tails be "no" -- FIU has decided to open the 2009-10 basketball season against defending national champion North Carolina.

I can think of about 300 schools that would have given the naming rights to their gym for the chance to play North Carolina, but FIU had to make a mess of this and debate whether to play one of the most famous programs in the sport -- in any sport -- on national television.

This game will be one of the most significant events in FIU basketball history, and the AD and basketball coach literally had to think about it before saying yes.

Next time, guys, flip the coin. I bet a buck that a quarter is smarter than both of you.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 26, 2009 5:49 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2009 6:30 pm
 

Damn I'm starting to like Rick Pitino

Not sure what that says about me -- not sure I want to know -- but in the last few days I've started to sympathize with, and empathize for, and now flat out like, Rick Pitino.

His struggles in recent weeks humanized him. Didn't make him likeable, but made him human. And I like human.

But for me the tipping point was today's press conference where he BLASTED the woman who tried to extort him, and then blasted the media, against the advice of his lawyers. They told him not to speak to the media, a sound legal strategy with a court date looming. He said he tried to follow that strategy, "But enough is enough."

I love it.

This is how we want people to react to such drama. We don't want them hiding behind publicists or lawyers, or issuing non-denial denials or "no comments." We want them to come out swinging, and Pitino just launched a series of haymakers at damn near everyone.

Good for him.

Good for you, Rick Pitino. All that stuff I've ever written about you or your program? Forgive me. Dead serious. Forgive me. Now win this court case and then go win 25 games this season. Just to show everyone you can.

Category: NCAAB
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Posted on: August 26, 2009 7:03 am
 

Turns out Isiah isn't the biggest idiot at FIU

Nope. That would be the athletics director, someone named Pete Garcia, who had the nerve and the gall and the outright miscomprehension to complain that FIU is being "bullied" into opening its season against defending national champion North Carolina.

Most small-time college programs, which FIU absolutely is, are thrilled to get the exposure of a game against a team like UNC. Because most AD's get it. You're going to lose, but you're going to get 10 times the exposure as you would in a game -- even a victory -- against most other teams, even a team as good as Ohio State, which is the opponent Garcia expected to face.

In other words, losing to UNC is a loss everyone understands.

Pete Garcia doesn't understand.

He says he was bullied into the game, implying he was misled by Coaches vs. Cancer tournament officials. He said he thought FIU would open the Isiah Thomas era against Ohio State.

And maybe he has a point, but I'm guessing whatever is happening to FIU has happened to countless schools in countless early-season events over the years, and nobody else's AD ever complained as publicly as Garcia. Why? Because an unexpected game against an opponent like UNC is something to be cherished, bragged about, recruited around in the future.

Come to FIU, kid, and you'll play against teams like UNC.

Garcia doesn't get it, and he's complaining about it as if anyone would care about his side. We don't care, Pete. And now we know why you would interview an idiot like Isiah Thomas and then hire him.

Because on the day of that interview, Isiah was the smarter guy in the room.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 20, 2009 8:55 am
 

The NCAA is so hypocritical

So the NCAA is about to vacate Memphis' Final Four from 2008, presumably because -- while he was in high school -- 2008 Memphis star Derrick Rose used a fraudulent test score to get into college in the first place.

Fine.

But what about the program that made it to a Final Four with a player who, the NCAA later found out, had accepted more than $2,000 from his AAU coach while still in high school? That player also should have been ineligible. That school also should have vacated the Final Four.

But that player was Corey Maggette. And that team was Duke. The year was 1999.

So nothing happened. To anyone. To this day. Nothing has happened, and it never will.

My point? My point is that the NCAA, even with as much progress as it has made under Myles Brand, still uses selective justice when crashing down onto various schools or coaches. Then-Memphis coach John Calipari is on the NCAA's hit list, and so the NCAA ostensibly holds him responsible for Marcus Camby's dalliance with an agent in 1995, and for whatever Derrick Rose did while he was in high school hundreds of miles away in Chicago.

But Mike Krzyzewski is not on the NCAA's hit list, so Maggette is fine, Duke is fine, 1999 is fine, the world is a happy place full of seashells and balloons.

Forgive me if I vomit up a conch.

I said conch.
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