The NCAA semi-finals take place tonight in New Orleans. First game is Louisville-Kentucky followed by Ohio State-Kansas.
On the last weekend of the three greatest weeks in sports here in America, I came across a couple of articles written on what else? Student-Athletes in college sports.
Joe Nocera of the NY Times has a bone to pick with the commercial we have seen over and over where the female athlete at the conclusion says, “Still think we’re just a bunch of dumb jocks?”
Rick Telander of the Chicao Sun-Times on Northwestern men’s basketball and the “one and done” in college hoops.
Ira Boudway of the Bloomberg Business Week on Louisville basketball…which raked in $40 million dollars, more than any other school.
Danny Wetzel of Yahoo Sports on the ‘other side’ of John Calipari.
“The perception of him is so far from the truth it’s a joke,” said Auburn coach Tony Barbee, who played for Calipari at Massachusetts and worked as an assistant under him at Memphis. “He loves basketball and that’s what he does, but this is the human element that is most important to him. Everyone who has played or worked for him knows it’s more than business.”
Yesterday I blogged about Bernard King not being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for 2012. Well another basketball guy has been denied too. CBS Sportsline.com on Guy Lewis, former college basketball coach will have to wait which has his former players ticked off.
Elvin Hayes hasn’t visited the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame since his induction in 1990, and he even turns down invitations to attend special events affiliated with it.
The former University of Houston star will only end his boycott if his college coach is enshrined, but there’s no guarantee that day will ever come.
Guy V. Lewis will be passed over again when a new class of inductees is announced before Monday’s national championship game in New Orleans. Many of his former players, including Hayes, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, have unsuccessfully campaigned for their coach for years, and their frustration builds with each passing year.
“It’s a sad situation,” Hayes said, “because when I look at the people they put in the hall, and then look at coach, and what he accomplished, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Ian O’Connor of ESPN New York tells us the HOF has passed on Rick Pitino.
Listening to sports talk radio out of New York City on Saturday morning (660 WFAN), the host hit the nail on the head, “you don’t hear about the basketball Hall of Fame like you do the football or baseball hall.”
He has a good point.
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