Joe Biddle: Sunday Notes: March 31, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Tyus Edney. …

  • Michigan guard Trey Burke is the bomb. As a result, Kansas owns the biggest choke job in recent NCAA Tournament history.

    As for Burke, he won an NBA 3-point shooting contest while leading his team to the Elite 8 with shots heard ‘round the Lone Star State.

    Burke paralyzed the dazed Jayhawks, who basically stood and watched him throw down 3s like they were uncontested lay-ups. Burke woke up the second half, scoring 23 of his points after intermission. One Trey trey was at least five feet behind the NBA arc. It occurred with scant seconds remaining in regulation and forced overtime, where the Jayhawks bowed out without a peep, 87-85.

    Kansas blew a 14-point lead with 6:50 left in regulation. It makes me wonder how they ever earned a 1-seed.

  • Congratulations to former Tennessean sports writer Bryan Mullen, who recently took an editor's job with PGA Tour's website. The Tennessean laid Mullen and me off the same day in June, 2011. He had worked for the Predators and before landing the new job in his hometown of Jacksonville. The PGA Tour is located at Ponte Vedra, south of Jacksonville.

    While with the Tennessean, he covered Tennessee sports while living in Knoxville before the paper decided not to keep a writer there and instead share coverage with Knoxville and Chattanooga papers.

  • There was former Blackman and Vanderbilt southpaw David Price gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Baseball Preview.

    Last year's American League Cy Young Award winner anchors Tampa Bay's starting rotation and hasn't reached his prime years yet.

    It will be interesting to see how Price and Nashville's R.A. Dickey perform coming off Cy Young Award years. Dickey is now pitching for Toronto, so he has to deal with relocation and learning new teammates. Both pitchers and men have the right stuff.

  • The National Pro Fastpitch League will hold this year's draft in Nashville, home city of the women's league.

    It takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at the Ford Theatre located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It will be broadcast by ESPN3.

    The league will field four teams — Akron Racers, NY/NJ Comets, Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride.

    Nashville's Cheri Kempf is commissioner of the league.

  • Nashville PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker missed the cut in Houston, the second straight week he has failed to play on the weekend after a five-week layoff due to rib injuries.

    Snedeker shot 74-71 to miss the cut by two strokes. Normally a birdie machine, he only made five in his two rounds. He had four bogeys and a double.

  • Could you imagine Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson playing for Florida Gulf Coast University? With him and Brett Comer at the guards, the team would be even more juiced, flying up and down the court for lob dunks.

    Comer is great setting up teammates for shots and Henderson has never been shy about launching shots while getting off the team bus.

  • How far off the map has the UCLA job fallen? Shaka Smart stayed at Virginia Commonwealth. Brad Stevens remained at Butler after talking to UCLA.

    Finally, New Mexico's Steve Alford stepped up and accepted the job. The former Indiana star had taken New Mexico to the NCAA Tournament and his team was predicted to go deep in the tournament. It fell victim to Harvard in its first game and maybe Alford realized he had taken the program as far as he could.

    No one was knocking down the doors to take the UCLA job, once the plum position in college basketball when John Wooden was piling up national championship banners.

    Texas Tech is trying to land Tubby Smith, recently fired by Minnesota. From Minnesota winters to West Texas summers? Send postcards, Tubby.

  • Kentucky hoops fans know William “Worldwide Wes'' Wesley, in past years frequently seen with John Calipari and the Wildcats.

    “Worldwide Wes'' was spotted at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Louisville-Oregon NCAA Tournament game. The NCAA passed around a picture of him to security guards, as he is banned at college basketball games.

  • If South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier carrying on a never-ending feud with Columbia columnist Ron Morris isn't enough, now the Ol' Ball Coach is cat-fighting with ESPN over its coverage, or lack of it in this case, of South Carolina's Pro Day.

    Spurrier noted that ESPN chose the wrong USC to send its camera crew and reporters to, as their football players worked out for NFL scouts on the same day.

    “One of them finished No. 7 in the country. They other one was not in the top 25,'' Spurrier said, referring to Southern Cal. “Maybe we need to consider playing on that new network, Fox Sports 1.''

    He might want to consider ESPN is paying the SEC $150 million a year under a current 15-year contract. Besides USC QB Matt Barkley was of more interest to football fans than an injured Marcus Lattimore was. Of all people, Spurrier should realize that quarterbacks are magnets for the media.

  • Some Tennessee fans have Bruce Pearl on the brain. They keep the dream alive that he will return one day to replace Cuonzo Martin as basketball coach.

    They are the same ones that would not let Jon Gruden go when the Vols were searching for a football coach to replace Derek Dooley.

    Stop it. Just stop it.

  • Butch Jones is off to an impressive start with 2014's recruiting class. The Sporting News ranks Texas A&M No. 1 with 14 verbal commitments. It has Texas No. 2, LSU No. 4 and the Vols No. 8 in the country with Alabama No. 9.

    While it's way too early to count the chickens, it is evident that the hard work Jones and his staff is doing in Knoxville is paying off.

  • Former Memphis State guard Bobby Parks Sr. died last week. He was 51 and had been living in the Phillipines for years. He lost his battle with lung cancer which developed after he failed to take treatment two years ago for laryngeal cancer.

    Parks was known as a Phillipine Basketball Association legend. Before that he played for Memphis State from 1980-84, was on three NCAA Tournament teams and still ranks 19th on the school's all-time scoring list.

    His son, Bobby Parks Jr., played high school basketball in Memphis and is now a star player for the National University Bulldogs in the Phillipines.

  • You want to know why the NCAA rules manual is thicker than War and Peace?

    Quarterback Drew Barker from Conner High School in Burlington, Ky., reported receiving 115 recruiting letters from Kentucky. In one day.

    Stanton Truitt got 102 letters from Tennessee, according to ESPN Recruiting Nation.

    “It was shocking and it shows me that they think highly of me and they love me,'' Truitt said. “It makes me feel important to them.''

    Important? Really?

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