The FBI investigation into corruption and bribery in college basketball is going to get real messy when some of the assistant coaches who were arrested start flipping. The FBI will ask them, "Hey, why should you go to jail when the guy calling the shots gets to keep his job?" I wonder if the NCAA appreciates the work done by the feds, or would the toothless organization rather not bother with the fallout?
What over-the-hill player will the Cavaliers add to their roster this week? The addition of Dwyane Wade (age 35) is intriguing, but the former all-star is way past his prime. There are 19 players listed on the Cavs roster on nba.com. Eight are older than 30. Of the guys who will see playing time, Tristan Thompson (26) is the youngest. Derrick Rose turns 29 (going on 49) on Monday.
Trending up: Deshaun Watson, Keith Marshall, Rob Kelley. Watson, the Houston Texans rookie quarterback, proved that an NFL player can make a difference in his community without making a fool of himself before kickoff. Watson donated his first paycheck to three women who work in the cafeteria at NRG Stadium, where the Texans play. They were victims of Hurricane Harvey. Check out the video online. What a great kid.
Trending down: Odell Beckham Jr., Rubber Bowl, Andrew Luck. Beckham celebrated a touchdown against the Eagles by getting down on all fours and raising his right leg to imitate a dog relieving itself on the field at Philadelphia. Beckham has been a classless diva ever since he made that one-handed catch in prime time a few years ago against the Cowboys.
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Somebody told Rick Pitino that the Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs. “That’s a complete shock to me,” he answered. The Ohio River runs past the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. “I’m shocked,” Pitino said. The disgraced ex-Louisville basketball coach always is the last to know. He was “shocked” to hear his program is in the FBI crosshairs, part of a fraud and corruption investigation that could bring college basketball to its knees. Pitino claims he did nothing wrong after it was alleged that Louisville paid $100,000 to a prep school hot shot. Uh huh. Pitino survived two sex scandals, but all he has left now are weak proclamations of innocence penned by his slick attorneys.