Thu Jul 14 07:57am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• Except for the major rules violations that derailed his career and reputation, he's just the kind of coach we all aspire to be. A coach from Solon, Ohio, has submitted a proposal to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association asking all head coaches in the state to wear a white shirt and tie in honor of disgraced Ohio State coach Jim Tressel for the first week of games later this year. The gesture is intended as a nod to Tressel "for all he did to help (the OHSFCA) and high school football while he was the head coach at Ohio State," and is not mandatory. [Dayton Daily News]
• Another Devil down. Senior defensive end James Brooks, a two-year starter, is leaving Arizona State for "personal reasons." Brooks finished 2010 with 7.5 tackles for loss and not one but two blocked extra points at the end of the Sun Devils' improbable win over Arizona last November, but the impact of his loss is cumulative: Including ACL injuries to cornerback Omar Bolden and receiver T.J. Simpson in the spring, the Sun Devils are now down three senior starters since being anointed the early frontrunner in the Pac-12 South. [Arizona Republic]
• Denied. A North Carolina judge has rejected a request for injunction that might have allowed ex-Tar Heel defensive end Michael McAdoo to rejoin the team this fall, likely bringing McAdoo's college career to an official end. McAdoo was seeking the injunction as part of a lawsuit against the NCAA and the University of North Carolina challenging the NCAA's decision to declare him permanently ineligible for alleged academic fraud last year, a decision McAdoo's lawyer called "stubborn and inexplicable" despite some pretty compelling evidence to the contrary. [Raleigh News & Observer]
• And I was hoping they'd take it to the Supreme Court. In other legal news, the nation was denied the Trial of the Century Wednesday when San Mateo County (Calif.) prosecutors decided to drop criminal charges against Deshon Marman, the 20-year-old New Mexico safety who captured America's heart last month when he was arrested after refusing to pull up his baggy pants on a US Airways flight.
"My belief is if we took this into a courtroom with 12 members of our community on our jury, they would tell me, 'Come on guys, you have more important things to spend your time on,'" District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Associated Press. "And I share that view." Obviously, those 12 members of the community aren't the kind who leave comments on the Internet. [Associated Press]
• A bell tolls in Atlanta. Georgia Tech expects to receive a notice of allegations today for unspecified NCAA violations. Tech is barely removed from the end of its last run-in with Big Brother, when it was hit with significant scholarship losses in the 2005-07 recruiting classes for playing 17 ineligible players in 1998-99, which wasn't uncovered until 2003. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
• Overseeing the Pac-10's worst offense really pays off. UCLA will pay Norm Chow $500,000 in 2011, according to newly released university documents, even though Chow is now calling plays in Utah. With the half-million buyout from the Bruins and a $550,000 salary in his new gig, Chow will bring in more than any other offensive coordinator in the country this year, and more than twice as much as UCLA's new coordinators — Mike Johnson on offense and Joe Tresey on defense — combined. [Los Angeles Times]
Quickly… Nate "Yes That Montana" Montana pleads guilty to DUI in his newly adopted state, Montana. ... West Virginia offensive lineman Josh Jenkins is out for the season with a lingering knee injury he suffered in the spring game. … Georgia defensive end Derrick Lott will be out four to six weeks after suffering deep lacerations to his leg in a scooter accident. … Another oversigning complaint in South Carolina. … Jeff Tedford on his relationship with Willie Lyles. … And what's so ridiculous about - - -
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