The Mitchell Report: NCAA Stupidity, Pitino and a cute dog
Posted August 18, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not
Congratulations to the NCAA for a fantastic performance in stupidity once again. Former Marine Stephan Rhodes wants to play at Middle Tennessee this season. Rhodes was told that his participation in a military-only recreational football league in 2012 would hinder his immediate eligibility for Division I football, per an NCAA rule. They are saying he will have to take a redshirt this year. As you will read in the article, this "league" was about as organized as if I got my fellow anchors together to play news management. Fun as that may be, it is not a "league" or a reason for the NCAA to stop this guy from playing. This is OBVIOUS to everyone reading this story, so why isn't it obvious to the NCAA? That is the problem. That has always been the problem and it will continue to be until they blow the organization up and start over.
Best mascot ever
I'll calm down about the NCAA for a minute to tell you about my new favorite college football mascot. This is "Goldie" , the ridiculously cute, although not creatively named, K-9 for Tulsa. You will want to watch that video. She's still a puppy so is in training. I am really hoping she doesn't read what Georgetown did to its dog. Don't want Goldie with thoughts of getting the boot.
Pitino does good
Loved reading this story about Rick Pitino helping out an assistant coach. The guy was all set to work at Barry University as an assistant for the Division II school and now he's making 200K at Louisville. It's a case of Pitino taking a risk on someone who doesn't have as much experience but has the kind of character he was looking for. I will be interested to see how he does there. There is something to be said for hiring hungry people. They usually don't forget what it's like to be hungry.