Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Kevin Pittsnoggle…
- Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings has hired Harvard assistant coach Adam Cohen to fill one spot on his staff.
Cohen spent his first season with Harvard’s Tommy Amaker as their operations coach. He graduated from Arizona in 2006.
Cohen is 27 years old, did not play college basketball and has no experience coaching in the SEC.
Stallings also added David Jones, who for the past four seasons was at Louisiana Tech. The two previous years, Jones was at New Orleans. Jones is a Samford University grad, where he played his last two seasons under Coach Jimmy Tillette, one of the top coaches at the mid-major level.
Jones began his career at Mississippi State where he played two years before transferring to Samford.
He played high school ball at Catholic High in Baton Rouge.
On paper, the hires provide no cause for a parade. But they don’t play games on paper.
- Kentucky 6-11 center Karl Towns has already put his name in the record books before playing a game.
The Wildcats equipment staff had to order size 20 shoes for Towns. It’s the largest size they have ever ordered. For reference, Shaquille O’Neal put his puppies in a size 23 while in the NBA.
- The SEC announced its largest haul in history as they wrapped up the annual Spring Meetings in Sandestin. They split a record $309.6 million among the 14 member schools. That’s not counting ESPN money.
The average payout was just over $20.9 million.
To compare how athletics programs have prospered in the SEC, the amount doled out in 2009 was a mere $165.9 million.
While the SEC was meeting at the Sandestin Hilton Resort, Penn State and former Vanderbilt football coach James Franklin and family were relaxing nearby at Seaside.
- Bear Trace Cumberland Mountain head pro Kelvin Burgin will tee it up in the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis this week.
Pairings will be released Tuesday. This is not Burgin’s first time to play in the tournament. He has come close to making the cut in the past, but is still looking to play all four rounds.
- Clever headline used on the Los Angeles C
2B or not 2B?
lippers/Donald Sterling effort to sell the NBA franchise, as ordered by the NBA, came compliments of the Long Beach newspaper.
- Things changed when two neurologists found Sterling is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. They believe he has been that way for the past three to five years. The evaluation, reported by TMZ, would limit any legal leverage the 80-year-old Sterling had to prevent the NBA from forcing him to sell the Clippers.
That opens the way for Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, to sell the franchise to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. You can bet the NBA will dig into Ballmer’s background before any sale is approved.
- If you want to get you golf swing in shape for the season, I recommend lessons at Nancy Quarcelino’s Golf School. She is a Golf Magazine Top 100 golf instructor and has taught both those children and adults starting the game and those on professional tours.
She has helped straighten me out through the years and gets me out of bad habits I pick up on my own.
Quarcelino gives individual and group lessons and has a strong junior program. Her school is located at King’s Creek GC in Spring Hill.
- You may notice a difference in the SEC football games this season. In most games there will be a seven-man crew working the game you are watching.
But in selected games there will be an eighth official on the field, designated a center judge by a large “C’’ on his back. He will be lined up in the offensive backfield opposite the referee. It’s an experimental deal the league is continuing to explore.
Matt Loeff will serve as referee for the 8-man crew.
When a team is running no huddle, the center judge’s first job is to spot the ball. They are not adding another official to speed up the game. The goal is to produce an even game tempo and have the extra set of eyes that will also manage the substitution process.
I was horrible in math, but that means 11 players on the field, eight officials. That’s a pretty good teacher to pupil ratio if you ask me.
- Bovada in Las Vegas has released some preseason odds on the upcoming NFL season.
In the AFC South, the wise guys have the Colts’ over-under on regular season wins at 9½. They see the Texans jumping up to over-under of 7½ games.
They forecast Ken Whisenhunt’s maiden season with the Titans will have an over-under of 7 games. Now there’s some bulletin board material for the new-look Titans.
Of course, Jacksonville is bringing up the rear with a projected 4½ over-under line of wins.
Others of note are Denver with 11½ over-under odds, the highest in the league. Denver is followed by defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, with 11. Bovada sees the Packers, Patriots and 49ers all at 10½ games.
We’ll see if Denver QB Peyton Manning can get his second Super Bowl ring.
- Upsets were rampant in the opening round of the NCAA Regional baseball tournaments.
Favored Florida State and Alabama went down in their first game and bounced in the losers bracket.
Georgia Southern blanked the Seminoles, 7-0, while Kennesaw toppled Alabama, 1-0.
- Future plans for the Nashville Speedway in Gladeville are uncertain. The 1.33-mile concrete speedway has been sold from Dover Motorsports owners to Nashville based NeXovation. It sold for $27 million, plus an $18.8 in bond debt to Wilson County.
There are several possibilities. A road track is rumored to be in the plans, as several of the company’s investors are based in Germany where road racing is huge.
They would be wise to build a drag strip and promote weekly drag racing. That is how Bristol started.
I don’t see NASCAR give the new ownership a date for the Sprint Cup series. The truck series and Nationwide series are possibilities, but attendance waned for those races when the track was running full speed.
- Tee Times Publisher/Owner Joe Hall wants to help golfers who want to spice up the appearance of their drivers. ClubCrown gives them an opportunity to get an American flag on their club heads. Or if you are a U.S. Marine, you can get that applied to your driver. Tennessee fans can get a orange power T on their white driver’s club head.
ClubCrown has dozens of designs it can apply to your driver. It certainly is eye-catching and elicits conversation. Hall first saw them at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando and after training he became an ambassador for the brand and is now a qualified installer.
He was spotted Saturday at the Tommy Bateman golf tournament at Ted Rhodes GC, applying ClubCrown designs to golfer’s drivers. The cost is $40 per driver. It is not a decal, but a 3-M graphic material that makes the design appear to have been painted on the club head. You can find out locations and installation times at http://www.teetimespaper.com.
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