NCAA athletics’ ridiculous scam summed up by senior newcomer
Given a choice of any TV basketball analyst to sit beside during a big or even not-so big game? I’d take Jim Spanarkel: no frills, no gimmicks, no hollering, no irrelevant stats; just strong, alert and applicable talk. And somehow, from down low, he sees the entire floor. In other words, it’s amazing he gets work.
Got that? They’re cheering for Woods because his father, who died 12 years ago, retired from the Air Force in 1974.
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He started 63 games in five seasons, but only managed to play all 16 games once, his 2013 rookie year. He missed eight games in 2017 with a back issue that landed him on injured reserve. The new front office and coaching regime decided not to pursue Pugh in free agency, instead signing Nate Solder to play left tackle and Patrick Omameh to start at left guard.
Think UConn would’ve fired basketball coach Kevin Ollie, finding just cause – and saving millions in buyout costs – had UConn, under NCAA investigation, finished 29-4 instead of 14-18 after 16-17? As Arizona State football coach Darryl Rogers long ago said, They’ll fire you for losing before they’ll fire you for cheating.
Crazy, continued: Wednesday, Colgate lost to San Francisco in the NIT – in San Francisco. That’s a long, expensive way to go to play a game before an alleged 1,300 fans in a 5,300-seat arena. But with recruits from Australia, Portugal and South Africa, Colgate must be accustomed to long hauls.
Nooo! As seen Thursday, there’s a new batch of dreadfully awkward, unfunny Charles Barkley, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson Capital One NCAA Tournament commercials!
Wanna get away cheap in Madison Square Garden? The bottled water’s just six bucks. Garden’s profit kicks in after a sip.