Kyle Ringo

  • Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy releases another hilarious ad

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 5 hrs ago

    If you don't already have the impression that Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy is having more fun than any other college basketball coach in the nation, you probably will after watching his latest production.

    Ole Miss released a video this week encouraging Rebels fans to get their season tickets for the upcoming season in the renovated $90 million Pavilion. In the ad, Kennedy plays his alter ego, coach Randy Kennedy, who whips and nae nae's to Silentó's song, "Watch Me."

    We first met Randy Kennedy, who lives in his mother's basement, earlier this year in another season-ticket ad.

    Andy Kennedy has built Ole Miss into a program annually expected to finish in the upper-tier of the SEC and that isn't expected to change this year. Kennedy also takes himself far less seriously than some of his peers and we can all appreciate that.

    Looking forward to the next edition.

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  • Kansas awaits NCAA decision on five-star Cheick Diallo's eligibility

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    There is a big decision looming around the Kansas basketball program and it could impact whether the Jayhawks have the kind of roster that could compete for a national title this season.

    Kansas has already cleared five-star forward Cheick Diallo and allowed him to enroll in classes for the fall semester, but he hasn't been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Coach Bill Self told reporters at a local charity golf tournament this week that he believes Diallo will be cleared to play for the Jayhawks this season, but he also acknowledged there is uncertainty about what is holding up the process.

    Diallo attended Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, a school that has come under scrutiny. Alabama and Oklahoma State each had recruits from the school ruled ineligible, but other schools have successfully added players from the school.

    Rivals.com rated Diallo the No. 5 overall recruit in the nation in the 2015 class.

     

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  • Tom Izzo caps Spartans' trip to Italy by playing accordion at dinner

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Tom Izzo takes a turn on the accordion at MSU's farewell dinner in Venice. pic.twitter.com/yft5m7AjiW

    Michigan State finished its four-game trip to Italy 1-3, but coach Tom Izzo still came away feeling positive about what he saw from the Spartans. In fact, he was happy enough to forget basketball for a few minutes and play the accordion during the team's farewell dinner.

    “This trip was as good as anything I’ve done in my 20 years,” Izzo said of the team's trip in a story published on the Michigan State athletic department website.

    The Spartans opened the trip with a win over Basket Fiorentina but then lost to the Russian, Italian and Georgian senior national teams in succession. The Spartans had a chance to beat the Georgian national teamon a last second shot that hit the back of the iron and bounced away.

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  • Xavier coach Chris Mack takes shot at Albert Pujols during Home Run Derby

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 1 mth ago

    Xavier basketball coach Chris Mack is a fun follow on Twitter and generally seems to be a guy who doesn't take himself too seriously. 

    But he might have gone a bit too far Monday night while tweeting during the Home Run Derby at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Mack took a shot at Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols suggesting he would need steroids to win. He also misspelled Pujols with the insult. 

    Pujhols needs an oxygen tank or 💉💉. I'm sorry, did I tweet that?

    Mack was poking fun a sensitive subject in baseball, but it's just not the kind of comment you expect to see from a major college basketball coach during an event like this. 

    Pujols, who made it to the semifinals but ultimately lost to rookie Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Joc Pederson, was the oldest competitor in the contest at 35. 

    A few fans called Mack out for his poor choice of words and Mack responded. 

    @CoachChrisMack Not much tact for a coach, eh?

     

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  • NBA teams want to know if Harrison twins can live, play without each other

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 mths ago

    Former Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison worked out for the Indiana Pacers this week and said NBA teams have taken particular interest in two issues when evaluating him. 

    First, they want to know how Harrison feels about the prospect of being separated from twin brother, Aaron, this summer when both will either be drafted or signed as free agents, presumably with different teams. The Harrison brothers helped Kentucky reach the Final Four each of the past two seasons but couldn't bring a national title back to Lexington in either year. They decided to turn pro following their sophomore season. 

    "They know we're probably not going to go to the same team and they didn't want that to be a problem," Andrew Harrison told the Indianapoils Star after his workout with the Pacers. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to being an individual and we both can show the world what we can do without each other."

     

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  • Dai-Jon Parker mourned after drowning in Indiana reservoir

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 mths ago

    University of Indianapolis guard Dai-Jon Parker, known for his smile and outgoing personality, drowned Thursday in a boating accident at Morse Reservoir, officials said. 

    The news stunned numerous college and professional players who competed with and against Parker in the past. 

    Parker was a senior on last season's team after transferring from Vanderbilt where he played three years. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., but played his high school basketball in Milton, Ga., at Milton High School. He was part of a state championship team in 2010. 

    The Indianapolis Star reported Parker and another man were being pulled on an inner-tube behind a pontoon boat when they hit a large wave that knocked them both into the water. Parker never resurfaced according to witnesses, who called 911 for help. He was not wearing a life jacket. 

    Parker was  found at the bottom of an 11-foot deep portion of the lake two hours after he went missing. First responders used sonar technology to help locate him.  

     

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  • Coppin State basketball loses recruits in wake of Baltimore riots

    Kyle Ringo at The Dagger 3 mths ago

    The unrest that gripped Baltimore last month led several Coppin State basketball recruits to withdraw their commitments to the program. 

    Coppin State coach Michael Grant told the Baltimore Sun that the rioting and violence that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody and later died, scared away two members of his eight-man recruiting class. 

    Grant said he tried to reassure parents that the tensions in the city were a temporary problem and not a regular part of the atmosphere, but he ultimately chose not to push too hard because parents should feel comfortable about the environment to which they are sending their kids. 

    "The parents were very, very concerned," Grant told the Sun. "Some dealt with it pretty well, and a couple of kids we ended up losing because of the activity going on. They said that they didn't want their kids in that type of environment."

     

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  • Polanco's pratfall leads to Cubs' fifth consecutive victory

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

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    The Chicago Cubs are enjoying a charmed week, or maybe they're just taking advantage of opponents' mistakes and doing what it takes to win. 

    Regardless, they have won five straight, including three times in the final at-bat. Chicago has won on a walk-off walk, a passed ball and an outfielder losing his footing this week.

    That latest unlikely ending came Friday afternoon in the 12th inning when Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco slipped and fell in shallow right field at Wrigley allowing Matt Szczur's flyball to drop for the game-winning hit in a 11-10 victory. 

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    Pittsburgh rallied to score five runs combined in the eighth and ninth innings and forced the game to extra innings. 

    Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle had visited the mount just before the play unfolded and shifted to a five-player infield. The move worked perfectly for the Pirates and frustrated the Cubs. 

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  • Padres grounds crew member goes dancing in the rain

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Rain delays at Padres games in San Diego are few and far between, but the way the grounds crew handled the 1 hour, 56 minute delay Thursday night makes you wish they happened a little more often.

    One member of the crew covering the infield with a tarp began dancing to entertain fans waiting out the delay. He eventually used the tarp as a Slip N Slide to the delight o f many. 

    It was just the fifth rain delay in 12-year-old Petco Park. The Padres also once experienced a delay because of bees. That could have folks doing a decidedly different kind of dancing. Rain is expected again Friday in San Diego for the second game of the four-game set. Perhaps we'll see a second act. 

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    [Kyle Ringo is a contributing writer to Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • 2015 MLB All-Star game uniforms and Pillbox caps apparently revealed

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    The 2015 MLB All-Star game will be played July 14 in Cincinnati and we now know what the teams will be wearing thanks to Phil Hecken of Uni Watch. 

    New MLB ASG hats have leaked! http://t.co/S9VHwoIL2x (h/t @WallendaNik) pic.twitter.com/olClVyhixJ

    @metspolice @METS_BRO NL jersey front and back pic.twitter.com/iFamLfVeSp

    @metspolice @METS_BRO AL jersey front and back pic.twitter.com/FoHogEgBiS

    We first saw team-specific caps at last year's game in Minneapolis. Those were inspired by the Twins batting helmets of the 1970s. The 'pillbox' caps this year are a throwback to the 19th century. It's a reminder of how long baseball has thrived in Cincinnati.

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