Category: NCAA

SHOOTING THE 3: BEN STRAUSS OF THE WASHINGTON POST

Since joining the Washington Post as a sports and media reporter one year ago, Ben Strauss has made an unmistakable impression on the sports media industry thanks to a body of work that has included exclusive interviews, breaking news and a natural knack for extracting hooks out of whatever he happens to be reporting on at the time. With his most recent coup, an exclusive interview with then-embattled ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro, Strauss placed his employer on the cutting edge of the hottest sports media story of 2019. It was no coincidence. …

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VIRAL SbB: ZION WILLIAMSON AND DREW BREES IN QB CHALLENGE

Who said Sports by Brooks couldn’t do the viral video thing with the best of them? Here’s a cool video featuring a “quarterback challenge” that happened between Zion Williamson and Drew Brees on Monday: The “challenge” was consummated with a handshake between the New Orleans sports celebrities the day before at the Pelicans practice facility and carried out – as you can see – at the Saints facility the next day. And unlike the raw video making the rounds, we edited it down to just good parts for you, ye faithful SbB reader. …

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NCAA’S HUDSON RULING REINFORCES EMPTY STOREFRONT ROLE

Late yesterday, TOLEDO BLADE columnist David Briggs wrote the following. Same as the guy who tells his boss he is not as dumb as he looks, or says a more successful rival football coach was a phenomenal winner but a magnet for controversy, Jim Harbaugh is a master of the backhanded observation. For instance, the Michigan coach suggested at Big Ten media days that athletes should be able to transfer without restrictions because maybe then they would stop lying about being depressed. It was a clear and reckless shot at Toledo native James Hudson — the former Wolverines lineman who transferred to Cincinnati late last season — and a curious bit of hypocrisy, leaving us with the same response as Hudson himself. …

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SEC POLICY OF HIDING GAME OFFICIAL IDENTITIES NEEDS FIXING

Thanks to the rapid legalization of sports wagering across the United States in recent months, legally betting on college football is about to become a way a life for millions of Americans. Because no major college football player is financially compensated nor provided guaranteed healthcare in writing, the sport has always been extremely vulnerable to game fixing. Not to mention the fact that the most popular college football league, the Southeastern Conference, has long practiced a deliberate policy of hiding the identities of game officials. …

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SABAN BLAMES ASSISTANTS FOR LOSS, TARNISHES REPUTATION

When he was 59 years old – with no connection to the state of Alabama other than having won a national championship as the head football coach of the state’s flagship university, Nick Saban was granted a statue by the University of Alabama. When last week began, thanks to five national championships in 12 seasons as the head coach of the Crimson Tide, no college football coach enjoyed a more pristine, enviable reputation inside and outside the state of Alabama than Nick Saban. But then Saban decided to recount Alabama’s disastrous defeat at the hands of Clemson in last season’s National Championship Game on the SEC Network’s SEC NOW program last Wednesday. …

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PARENT: HARBAUGH REFUSED TO DISCUSS SON’S MENTAL STATE

On October 22, 2018, Nick Baumgardner of the DETROIT FREE PRESS reported that former star high school football recruit James Hudson had decided to leave the University of Michigan football team and transfer to another school. Prior to Hudson’s decision to transfer, he and his mother Glenda Hudson, who WTOL-TV in Toledo reported today has a “masters degree in counseling and also has a degree in social work” met with Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan Offensive Line Coach Ed Warinner. …

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