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He said, she said? Does it even matter? “Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who met with coaches and players this morning to announce his resignation, was encouraged to resign, sources told The Dispatch today. Less than three months after President E. Gordon Gee and Athletic Director Gene Smith said they fully supported their embattled coach, mounting pressure, a pending NCAA disciplinary hearing and new revelations about the culture of the program forced the university to act on their once-revered coach, sources said. University officials wouldn’t confirm that Tressel was asked to resign. Gee had appointed a special committee within the past month to assess the impact of the football scandal on the university, an indication that Tressel’s departure was in the works for several weeks.” [The Dispatch]
“The Good: When any Major League team starts a season 31-19, there are surely going to be a number of positives to take away from such a start. When a team that was expected to win about twice as many games as that for an entire baseball season is 31-19, there are more than you can imagine. Asdrubal Cabrera’s emergence: The team’s undisputed Most Valuable Player through 50 games, we are seeing the culmination of Asdrubal’s talent. He has already set a career-high with 10 home runs, along with 35 RBI, a .300 batting average and a near .900 OPS. Besides that, he has shown slick, seemingly effortless glove work at short, and stolen seven bases. Arguably the best all-around shortstop of 2011 so far, and a league MVP candidate.” [Kevin/Indians Prospect Insider]
Draft previews continue- “Skill Overview: [Kahwi] Leonard is a great rebounder. While not possessing outstanding jumping ability, he gets off the floor quickly and has long arms and huge hands. His wingspan is 7’ 3”, amazing for a 6’7” player, and his hands were the largest of the 2011 NBA draft combine. Leonard is an active, high energy player and a hard worker; often described as a “gym rat”. These attributes allowed Leonard to snag the 9th most rebounds per game this year, despite SD State playing at only 64 possessions per game (68 was NCAA’s median). He was most effective on the defensive glass, grabbing 26% of the available rebounds which was the 15th best rate in the NCAA. Another strength is that Leonard uses his length and energy as a force on the defensive end. Guarding multiple positions (2, 3 & 4), he is disruptive in the passing lanes and fights through picks defending pick and rolls. Offensively, he can create scoring opportunities for himself and is also a good passer, finishing second on the Aztecs with 2.5 assists per game against only 2.1 turnovers.” [Cavs the Blog]
Great. Thanks for this- “The Indians suffered a big blow last weekend when right-handed pitcher Alex White sprained the middle finger of his pitching hand. He was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss up to six to eight weeks to recover from the injury. He will not throw a ball for four weeks and no surgery will be performed at this time as the Indians hope rest and rehab will get him back to 100%. Not only is his loss a big one to the starting rotation, but the injury is definitely a big concern. While the Indians are downplaying the injury right now, there is certainly some concern that this could be the Adam Miller situation all over again. Miller had other complicating factors involved with his middle finger sprain he initially suffered back in May of 2007, but back then he was initially diagnosed with a “slight” sprain of his middle finger and not considered “serious” and expected to only be out for six to eight weeks.” [Tony/IPI]
The completely predictable list of possible OSU football coach replacements. [Watson/Dr. Saturday]
“Pryor has been questioned by OSU compliance officials in the past, but sources said this is the most significant inquiry to date. He already has been interviewed at least once by investigators within the past few weeks, sources said. Pryor and the cars he drives have been an issue since he arrived on campus three years ago. Pryor has been connected to more than a half dozen vehicles during his time at Ohio State, according to sources. Ohio State spokesman Jim Lynch wouldn’t confirm whether Pryor is being investigated.
“The university continues to work with the NCAA as they investigate matters involving our football program, and we will continue to do so until the conclusion of the investigation,” Lynch said. “We are unable to comment on specific players’ situations because of federal law.”
The investigation of Pryor off the field is separate from Coach Jim Tressel’s resignation, which was announced earlier today. Attempts to reach Pryor were unsuccessful. OSU officials previously said that even before Pryor arrived on campus in 2008, the NCAA examined the ownership of his vehicle and how it was paid for.” [Kade/Men of the Scarlet and Gray]
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