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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Jeff Faraudo at the Alameda Times-Star has a short piece on how several prominent California Golden Bears spent their summers preparing for the upcoming season.

Coach Ben Braun is excited about his team's chances, as well he should be. Fresh from a productive summer at the legendary Pete Newell Big Man Camp, Amit Tamir is likely to lead California to a top 2 finish in the Pac-10 and a top 15 ranking nationwide. Commentators who aren't as high on the Bears are likely underestimating sophomore guard Richard Midgley (9.2 pts, 2.9 reb and 2.7 ast in 2003). To learn the names of their soon to be partners in crime, a group of heralded freshmen, click here!

Monday, September 08, 2003

Miserable in Missoura

The latest from Columbia is that Quin Snyder "welcomes" an investigation into his handling of the Ricky Clemons fiasco. Yeah, right.

Then again, like Snyder, I might appreciate a heads-up on my upcoming termination!

Jim Gordon of the Santa Fe New Mexican adds a little attitude (and background):

"The investigation is based, in part, on charges by Clemons' former girlfriend that Clemons was given answers to exams and had course work done for him. Snyder, who kept Clemons in the program for months, even after the player was sentenced to jail for assaulting his girlfriend, also has the NCAA asking questions -- such as how Clemons was able to pass 24 credit hours worth of classes last summer at three different schools and who paid for those courses. The 'I welcome this investigation' line has become de rigueur for those whose ships are just about ready to go under. Didn't Kenneth Lay 'welcome' the investigation of Enron?"

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Props to Bruce Weber (the new coach at Illinois)

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Bruce Weber, the heir to Bill Self at Illinois, hasn't forgotten his mid-major roots. In other words, he's honoring Self's commitment to play Gonzaga this fall. Despite a brutal travel schedule (at North Carolina, Arkansas (Chicago), Memphis, and Missouri in St. Louis), Weber promises that Dee Brown's crew will also find a date and time to take on the Zags in New York.

[Were this post not placed in context, it might seem largely inconsequential. But after hearing of another early-season Kansas State blowout on the football field, I thought it timely to comment on a college basketball scheduling success.]