Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: NCAA Stupidity, Pitino and a cute dog

Posted August 18, 2013

Head Coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals directs his team against the Duke Blue Devils during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. Louisville defeated Duke 85-63. (Photo by Lance King)

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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.

Worth Reading

**The detailed account of a manager getting fired.
** Interesting information on the red-shirt debate.


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  • Ken D. Aug 19, 2013

    Mandy, Mandy? What ever did they teach you at Florida? Don't you know that NCAA Stupidity is redundant?

  • VT1994Hokie Aug 19, 2013

    Most of the NCAA's personnel would have a difficult time holding a real job, and be expected to perform.

  • baldchip Aug 19, 2013

    NCAA just can't seem to get it right. We have UNC with all it's problems, yet-they spend 1 minute denying this vet from getting back to his dream!! Seems odd!!

  • eYore Aug 19, 2013

    Most of us casual observers would agree that the NCAA has exceeded its expiration date. The only reasonable thing to do is to throw it directly into a dumpster, drop some gasoline on it, toss a lit match in and watch it burn.

  • dws Aug 19, 2013

    The NCAA is an abject failure. If this "decision" holds(which is now under review based on a report this morning), what's next, exclusion of all former Pop Warner Football participants?

    The NCAA is far beyond stupid, it is a bowl of mush.

  • mac240 Aug 19, 2013

    NCAA = No Clue At All!

  • clambite Aug 18, 2013

    Yep Mandy, Rick Pitino should surround himself with as much "character" as he can find. Rick needs a role model in the worst way !

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