Archive for March, 2008
More On David Toms Pulling Out Of Zurich
March 25, 2008
Toms Withdraws From The Zurich Classic
March 25, 2008
David Toms withdrew on Tuesday from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Toms is one of the players that you think of when you hear the Zurich Classic mentioned, however he has been fighting a sore back since the WGC-Accenture Match Play. He has been replaced in the field by Martin Laird, who has missed three out of his last four cuts.
New Info On Shockey Deal
March 25, 2008
In response to our blurb regarding a report in the Newark Star-Ledger that the New Orleans Saints offered a second-round pick and safety Roman Harper for Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, a source with knowledge of the discussions tells us that the Giants wanted a two and Harper, and that the Saints refused.
We don’t know what if anything the Saints offered for Shockey. But the fact that the Giants articulated a trade request for Shockey tells us that they’re willing to move on without him.
And for good reason. He has been a disruptive influence in the organization, and we think it’s no coincidence that quarterback Eli Manning came of age once Shockey was done for the year with a broken leg.
March 20, 2008
Why: I’m playing with my heart and not my head here. I’m taking the Trojans simply because I always loved Tim Floyd at UNO and when he coached the Hornets. The guy is a great coach. Plus, I really believe O.J. Mayo is going to use the big dance to show that his moves are more than NBA ready.
Dear Rev. Kevin WM. Wildes, S.J.
March 19, 2008
As a former Loyola University baseball team captain (’97) I think I speak on behalf of all current and former student athletes and coaches when I say, please form an exploratory committee to research the possibility of moving the athletics program into the NCAA.
I could go on and on about the up and down history of Loyola athletics but why bore you and anyone else reading this.
Keeping this blog entry short and sweet I just want to say that it’s time for the school to make a decision.
Either get in or get out.
And please don’t tell me that moving athletics up in classification is too hard, or not possible. Seattle University is a small Jesuit University that’s currently in the process of adding sports and joining the NCAA division I.
Seattle’s decision to go division I was lead by University president Rev. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. He and the board of trustees made the decision that moving into the highest classification of collegiate athletics makes the entire university better.
Arguably the most recognizable Jesuit colleges and universities are Georgetown, Boston College, Marquette, Gonzaga, Xavier and Fordham.
Why? Because all have achieved national athletic recognition.
How many people log onto the Gonzaga University website each year during the NCAA’s March madness?
Probably a lot more than the Loyola New Orleans website.
Of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities playing sports, 21 are NCAA division I.
5 other Jesuit schools are division II or III.
Only Loyola New Orleans and Spring Hill College are members of the NAIA.
Rev. Wildes, if you get behind the idea of moving athletics to a new level, advancing into the NCAA can happen.
I had numerous conversations with your predecessor, Bernard Knoth, but he never seemed very interested in pursuing this idea.
So I ask that you make athletics part of your legacy.
Now, if you did get behind this idea, would certain university factions stand against you? Absolutely.
But moving athletics up to the NCAA level helps the university. Just like in Seattle, more students and alumni would join your cause than oppose you.
An idea that may garner even more support would be to partner with Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and apply for NCAA membership together with the intentions of moving into the same conference.
2 schools with high academic standards and tremendous history in their respective cities would make the NCAA and prospective conferences take notice.
I’ve even found 2 new conferences (that do not sponsor football teams) that would welcome Loyola and Spring Hill with open arms upon NCAA division I admission.
Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Gardner-Webb University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate, Stetson University
Centenary College of Louisiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Oral Roberts University, South Dakota State University, Southern Utah University, Western Illinois University
Thanks for reading.
Brady To Arkansas State
March 18, 2008
Arkansas State is expected to hire former LSU coach John Brady as its men’s basketball coach on Wednesday, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Arkansas State called a news conference for noon ET to announce the hiring.
According to multiple sources, Brady has agreed to the deal in principle and is expected to be in Jonesboro for the news conference.
Dickey Nutt resigned as coach of ASU last month after 13 seasons. The Indians finished 10-20 overall, 5-13 in the Sun Belt conference.
Brady was abruptly fired on Feb. 7, less than two years after guiding the Tigers to the Final Four. A year ago, LSU was depleted by injuries, most notably to Glen Davis. Tyrus Thomas left early for the NBA and last year’s squad finished 17-15, 5-11 in the SEC.
Brady was 8-13 this season, 1-6 in the SEC when he was fired. Before arriving at LSU, he coached Samford in Alabama.
LSU assistant coach Butch Pierre finished the season for Brady. The Tigers ended the year 13-18, 6-10 in the SEC.
LSU is still searching for Brady’s replacement. Arkansas State had interviewed former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson before a deal with him fell through.
My Bracket Sleeper Picks!
March 17, 2008
Yeah yeah yeah….everyone is an expert when it comes to filling out the NCAA tournament bracket.
And The Next LSU Basketball Coach Is…..
March 14, 2008
Now that LSU’s basketball season is mercifully over…..the search for a new head coach is on.
Virginia Commonwealth University
WHY: Grant was hired last year by The University of Florida to replace Billy Donovan. But 24 hours after leaving UF for the Orlando Magic, Donovan decided to return to coach the gators. None the less, Grant is still a hot commodity. Grant is also a former UF assistant coach who knows the SEC.
University of Massachusetts
WHY: A former University of Kentucky player Ford had a breakout season last year when his minutemen finished 24-9 overall and beat Alabama in the first round of the NIT.
SUPER WILD CARD CANDIDATES:
(and when I mean super wild cards….I mean, no chance at all!!!!!)
WHY: I only put his name on this list to spark conversation. I love Floyd and think he’s a tremendous coach but can’t imagine him leaving USC for LSU.
Robert Montgomery “Bobby” Knight (The General)
(Retired…but says he’ll coach again)
WHY: Same as Floyd….no chance of coming to LSU, but why not let fans hope and dream. On a personal note, I think Bobby Knight is one of the greatest coaches ever….in any sport! I love the discipline, the passion…I love it all!
WHY: Better yet, why not…the reigning SEC coach of the year. Right now, Ole Miss is a better basketball program then LSU. Kennedy is a Mississippi native who I can’t see leaving his home state for a program in transition.
Saints Sign Brunell
March 14, 2008
According to Jason LaCanfora of the Washington Post, veteran Mark Brunell has agreed to terms with the Saints.
Brunell reportedly drew interest from the Falcons and the Packers. He actually started his career in Green Bay, spending two years there before landing in Jacksonville. After nine seasons with the Jaguars, Brunell ended up in Washington, where he had been ever since.
But Brunell slid to No. 3 on the depth chart last year, and was released prior to the start of the 2008 league year.
The starter with the Saints is Drew Brees, and he is backed up by Jamie Martin and Tyler Palko. Since Martin is 38, he likely will be the odd man out.
Thank You Steve Gleason
March 12, 2008
When you think about it, Gleason is everything good about New Orleans. He’s the little man, the underdog, the guy who’s had to work harder than anyone else to stick around in the NFL and succeed.
Gleason is a common man with an uncommon knack making big plays.
Gleason gets this town. He lives in a historic neighborhood, he loves Jazz Fest, the guy constantly brags about the food, music, culture and architecture of this city.
I almost cried when he blocked that kick last night. Historically, his play will be a mere footnote in Saints sports history but to me, in some small way, what Steve Gleason did last night will be one of the most fulfilling sports moments of my life.