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Remember how great we felt about ourselves when cute but media savvy Mo’ne Davis participated in the Little League World Series. Little Mo’ne used her 70 mph fastball and knee-buckling curveball to shutout the Nashville team. Yay us! Yay equality! Yay baseball!
Then Mo’ne became a media darling. She made the cover of Sports Illustrated. She was praised by pundits. She was interviewed and feted. She even got a call from UConn women’s basketball coach Gene Auriemma, a classy gesture. Or was it? Like every good feeling in life, this one has passed. The cause for our wake up call was the NCAA declaring Auriemma’s call a recruiting violation.
<The University of North Carolina is no stranger to being accused of letting athletes take bullshit “paper classes” that helped them remain academically eligible. But the latest accusations, courtesy of former basketball star Rashad McCants, shine the spotlight on the heretofore unsanctioned hoops program.
While college players are mulling over unionizing to get money to for meals, management keeps making it rain. University of Kentucky coach John Calipari has signed a seven-year extension worth $52 million, making second to only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski among NCAA basketball coaches. Calipari took to Twitter to thank everyone (as well he should).
Jabari Parker Penned A Very Sincere, Well-Intentioned Op-Ed Explaining How And Why He’s Leaving Duke
He’s such a nice kid. See what he said, and what we would’ve said had we been in his shoes, after the jump…
Every March, millions of Americans turn their attention to college basketball, and the ritualistic smoke sesh between the President and ESPN’s Andy Katz, as they fill out his bracket on national TV. Then, of course, our beloved leader crosses up Dick Cheney on the White House lawn, breaking his ankles in twain. Ah, traditions…
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