- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger6 hrs ago
Cameron Biedscheid is leaving Missouri without ever actually playing a game for the Tigers.
Nine months after the former top 50 recruit transferred from Notre Dame, new Missouri coach Kim Anderson announced in a statement that Biedscheid has decided to leave the school "to attend to personal matters.” Biedscheid, a 6-foot-7 sophomore wing, would have been eligible after the first semester.
“Cameron will no longer be a member of our basketball program," Anderson said. “We wish him and his family all the best and hope everyone will respect their privacy during this period of time.”
The loss of Biedscheid is a blow to a Missouri team bereft of talent at guard after Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown both turned pro and Shane Rector transferred. Biedscheid averaged a modest 6.2 points in 17.4 minutes as a freshman at Notre Dame, but the Saint Louis product had been expected to assume a far greater role last season before opting to first redshirt and later transfer.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger17 hrs ago
Typically accustomed to being the punchline in jokes, the NCAA landed a clever jab of its own Tuesday night.
When Major League Baseball's official Twitter account proclaimed October the best month of the sporting calendar, the operator of the NCAA's March Madness account didn't need long to come up with the ideal response.
Of course, the NCAA will get no argument from this blog that March Madness trumps anything the baseball playoffs can deliver, but Tuesday night was certainly not the night to make such an argument. Not after the Kansas City Royals rallied from a pair of deficits to edge Oakland 9-8 and extend their first postseason appearance in 29 years at least another week.
The theater provided by A's-Royals was so heart-pounding that it even converted a basketball player who starred in one of the great NCAA tournament games in recent memory.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago
Having missed the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, lost Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten to the NBA draft and missed out on a handful of potential replacements on the recruiting trail, Lorenzo Romar entered the summer of 2013 eager to replenish his roster.
To help him do it, he shook up his staff, opting not to renew the contracts of longtime assistants Jim Shaw and Paul Fortier and hiring T.J. Otzelberger and Raphael Chillious in their place. Oztelberger had established himself as a top recruiter while helping Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg revive that program. Chillious had played a key role in recruiting Isaiah Thomas to Washington before leaving for a year to join Jay Wright's staff at Villanova.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — One of the two touchdown passes Colin Kaepernick threw Sunday afternoon surely had some fans cringing as it left his fingertips.
As Kaepernick rolled left to escape pressure early in the San Francisco 49ers' 26-21 victory over the previously unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles, he spotted Frank Gore leaking out of the backfield on the other sideline with no defender in sight. Off balance and planting on one foot, Kaepernick uncorked a fluttering cross-field pass that violated every rule about quarterbacks throwing across their body and yet somehow made it to Gore for a 55-yard touchdown.
"That was just Kaep being Kaep," Gore said later. "He threw a great ball."
"Kaep being Kaep" indeed sometimes results in spectacular plays for San Francisco, but too often it leads to head-scratching mistakes. Sunday's game was a perfect example of that dichotomy as Kaepernick contributed to both San Francisco's 11-point second-quarter deficit and the badly needed second-half rally that prevented the 49ers from falling into a disastrous 1-3 hole.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger6 days ago
When Under Armour outfitted South Florida in outlandish board-shorts style jerseys during the 2013 Big East tournament, the look didn't generate much buzz since the low-profile Bulls only wore them one day before getting eliminated.
Little did anyone realize the cheap board shorts look would return 18 months later on a vastly more high-profile team.
Photos of Louisville's new Adidas jerseys p, and the look features a similar thick stripe across the shorts as the uniforms South Florida wore. The shorts are bad enough that one clever Cardinals fan astutely compared them to " swimming trunks you buy at an out-of-town Target when you forget the hotel has a pool."
Bad as the shorts are — and they're awful — they're not the worst jersey Adidas has dumped on Louisville in recent years.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger8 days ago
Forget blood moons, plagues of locusts or the Cubs hoisting a World Series trophy.
The surest sign the end of the world may be near is Memphis coach Josh Pastner finally upgrading his cell phone.
Seven years after Apple unveiled the iPhone and rendered all previous phone models obsolete, Pastner has finally come to his senses and ditched the Samsung flip phone he had infamously clung to with white-knuckle fists. Pastner caved and purchased an iPhone on Monday, 92.9 FM in Memphis reported, because his flip phone no longer allowed him to add anymore contacts.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger9 days ago
Here's the most exciting aspect of Nebraska basketball's recent resurgence under coach Tim Miles: The best may be yet to come.
Not only are the Huskers poised to contend in the Big Ten next season, they also are assembling a formidable recruiting class set to arrive the following year as well.
Nebraska bolstered that class Monday whenit secured a commitment from Edward Morrow, a 6-foot-7 forward from famed Chicago power Simeon High School. Morrow, Rivals.com's No. 103 prospect in the class of 2015, is the second top 150 recruit the Huskers have landed, joining 5-foot-11 point guard Glynn Watson. Consensus three-star forward Michael Jacobson and Kansas transfer Andrew White round out a class that should collectively upgrade Nebraska's talent level.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger12 days ago
Any Kentucky fans who turned to the front of the Louisville Courier-Journal sports page Friday morning likely weren't pleased with what they saw.
The photo illustration that ran alongside an otherwise fair column by Tim Sullivan looked like something a Louisville fan would have posted to a Cardinals messageboard.
Since Sullivan's piece focused on the perceived advantages of coaching USA Basketball and the tendency of coaches to complain when a competitor gains even the slightest edge, someone at the newspaper chose to accompany it with a photoshopped picture of John Calipari's face atop a baby's body. Yes, the image of Calipari in diapers is pretty hilarious. However, it's also a terrible decision from a journalistic or business standpoint.