Bob Knight Won’t Let Resolution End The IU Fight

As we mentioned a couple months ago, Bob Knight will finally be enshrined into the Indiana University Hall of Fame in November. Though we’re sure hostilities linger on both sides of the fight after Knight’s acrimonious departure, this would be as good a time as any to bury the hatchet and act like adults for once.

(In many ways, this chair represents good will, which–aw jeez, he’s throwing it again.)

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To that end, Indiana even went the extra step of sending Knight a check for $75,000 to cover his expenses of being the coach at Indiana, which resolved a legal battle that Knight and his lawyer had been fighting since his dismissal nine years ago. Problems solved and we’re all on the right track, right?

Um, no - Knight’s furiously sending the check back.

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Week In Review: Chuck Cannot Stomach Tequila

Charles Barkley has some relationship advice for Shawne Merriman: “You don’t get your women from reality TV.”

Tila Tequila, Charles Barkley, Shawne Merriman

• Well, Jay Cutler’s debut for the Chicago Bears could have gone better.

• Fox Sports reporter Chris Myers compares Larry Foote’s jersey from the Steelers to the Lions to going from dating Beyonce to Whoopi Goldberg.

Michelle Wie’s blog is worth checking out - if only for the leather skirts.

Jim Tressel says Ohio State fans are unhappy & miserable. And William Rolle sort of proves the coach’s theory.

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SbB@3: A Brief Lecture On The Day’s Headlines

Welcome to our new weekly feature, Fireside Chats with FauxPa. As you can see, FauxPa bears a striking resemblance to a certain college football coach from a team with the word “State” in their name. We assure you that this is all completely coincidental.

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Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there, on account of my eyeglasses have not been changed in the last 40 years. I don’t know what’s up and what’s down anymore. I tell ya. Secretary! Secretary, if you’re there, and don’t bother saying yes or no because you know I can’t hear a damned thing. I can sense vibrations, like an animal on the prairie. That’s about it.

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Yankees, Blue Jays Trade Punches In Basebrawl

• The Bronx Bombers blow up in a Tuesday night fight with the Blue Jays.

Yankees Blue Jays brawl

• And if Derek Jeter’s gonna brawl, he’s gonna need a mighty moustache.

• Seems that Wisconsin civic leaders have a problem with 12-year-old albino boys playing football with a tinted helmet visor.

• A Walter Payton statue in front of Soldier Field: A tribute to a Chicago Bears legend, or an insult to America’s veterans?

• ESPN will truly offer a college basketball marathon, as Monmouth & St. Peter’s agree to tip off at 6 a.m. Eastern.

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BREAKING: NCAA Prez Myles Brand Passes Away

Sad news comes from the world of college sports today: according to the NCAA, Myles Brand has finally succumbed after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer, you might recall, is the same disease that killed Pistons and Olympic head coach Chuck Daly earlier this year, as well as Patrick Swayze just earlier this week. It is a brutal, vicious, lethal disease against which most people never stand a chance of survival.

Myles Brand

Brand was hardly an ineffectual executive or an empty suit; even before assuming control of the NCAA, Brand made a name for himself by finally dropping the axe on legendary coach Bob Knight at Indiana. The move remains controversial to this day, and some might argue that Indiana has yet to recover, but it was but a precursor to Brand’s career of transition, bringing the NCAA into the 21st century.

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Indiana University To Finally Enshrine Bob Knight

It’s no secret that Bob Knight’s departure from Indiana was less than amicable. Myles Brand, the current NCAA president but then the president of Indiana University, canned Knight in 2000 over his repeated episodes of outbursts and other “unacceptable behavior.” Knight eventually ended up at Texas Tech and hasn’t been back to Indiana since.

Bobby Knight
(These were the good old days, when a man could call an underperforming player a “****ing ****-****ed ****sucker **************” without having to look over his shoulder the entire time.)

Shame, really, seeing as how he delivered three titles to the Hoosier State and ran a pretty damned good program overall. Never so much as a sniff of scandal, graduated nearly every player who came into the program, and littered the NBA with dozens of drafted players. It’s a hell of a legacy, even if it ended badly.

Apparently, even Indiana’s coming around to that fact, as Knight’s going to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

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New Way To Profit Off College Athletes Discovered

Remember baseball cards? The staples of the 80s and early 90s - and kids’ introduction to the lucrative world of the bubble market* - helped kids get acquainted with their favorite players and marvel at the laughably long careers of Tommy John and Charlie Hough.

Andre Ware trading card
(Now they don’t even have to be drafted first!)

But those days are long since over; the glut of cards that Topps and other companies put out at the beginning of the ’90s essentially oversaturated the market, and the numerous trading card shops that dotted strip malls across the country have long since been boarded up and replaced with real estate offices and consignment stores. The dream may not be dead, but it’s been spending an awful lot of time in the iron lung recently.

But that’s not going to stop Upper Deck from trying to make a buck in the sports world the old-fashioned way: on the backs of unpaid college athletes.

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The Skinny: Erin Andrews Looking A Bit Too Thin

Erin Andrews seems to look a bit emaciated at the MLB All-Star Game:

Erin Andrews Looking Scary Thin On ESPN

Somebody get that gal a huge plate of St. Louis BBQ ribs, pronto!

• Pics of the bloody strap & knife that Amanda Rodrigues allegedly used to kill her ex-boxer husband Arturo Gatti.

• If the United Football League will be remembered for anything, it could be for the wireless QB wristband known as the ID Coach.

• Delaware to allow betting on NFL games. Wilmington, here we come!

Albert Pujols says he’s so not doing steroids that he dares you to help yourself to his bathwater.

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Real Power In College Sports? It’s Not With NCAA

Quick qualifier before we get started here: let’s be clear that we’re talking about Myles Brand professionally and not personally. He is, lest you forget, struggling with pancreatic cancer, which is ferociously deadly. We can disagree with his decisions while still empathizing with him and his family during an unimaginably difficult time.

George Bodenheimer
(The man in charge. Hey wait a second, that’s not Myles…)

With that out of the way, it’s safe to say that the NCAA is barely in control of itself anymore. Oh, sure, they can hand out probations and declare ineligibilities and craft arcane and confusing rules, but this is all amateur-status enforcement; the direction of big-money college athletics comes from outside, not from within.

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Myles Brand Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer

There is, of course, never a “good” kind of cancer to get. It’s not like there’s a kind that makes you a better jogger or anything. But of the myriad varieties of the deadly disease, few are as ruthlessly fatal as pancreatic cancer, which boasts a nearly 95% mortality rate. It is bad, bad news. Patrick Swayze has it and is fighting for his life. And now so is NCAA President Myles Brand.

Myles Brand

Brand announced his illness via a statement at the end of the annual NCAA convention, which the cancer has prevented Brand from attending this year. The note was as professional as you would expect from an administrator, owing his absence to “attend[ing] to a medical condition,” which makes it sound like he had a checkup he couldn’t reschedule. But the statement didn’t dance around the issue; Brand said his prognosis was “not good.”

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