Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Memphis also was stunned by the sun rising in the east

The focus of discussion about Memphis's NCAA situation has been the Derrick Rose SAT score controversy. How is it fair to expect them to have declined to play someone who get approval from the NCAA's Clearinghouse? What people haven't been paying attention to is the other part of the charges, with Rose's brother traveling on the team charter for two games and not being charged. It was "an oversight" - sure it was. Having charged him for some games gives them cover in this situation, but 1. it was no accident, because nothing about the planning on those kind of team trips is an accident, 2. it's a violation, period. Meanwhile, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reports that Georgia declined a future Memphis teammate of Rose's, Robert Dozier, because they didn't believe he'd taken his own SAT. It was fine for Memphis though - imagine that. Poor, poor Memphis. Who could have ever guessed that a John Calipari program might do some things a little funky? I'm sure that everything in Lexington will be absolutely upright and honest at all times.

The announcement is being made today that Patriots safety Rodney Harrison is retiring from the NFL to join NBC. This isn't just another ex-jock in the booth, though. Harrison is widely considered one of the dirtiest players in the NFL for the past decade and was suspended four games for HGH just a couple of seasons ago. He may have a lively personality, but doesn't there have to be some kind of standard about hiring a guy who made a punchline out of the league's rules for the last decade?

Nick Calathes may not be the last SEC player to take his game overseas this year. Tyler Smith of Tennessee acknowledges he's considering making the same move. Unlike Calathes Smith doesn't have a natural European tie, and I wonder just how much money someone would be interested in signing him for. Getting paid is always nice but it seems like Smith could improve his stock, even for Europe, with another year in Knoxville. The deadline for him and all the other NCAA/NBA stragglers is twelve days away.

Did you know the Beatles have sold more records than any artists this decade other than Eminem? It's true, in part because you can still hear the Beatles music played on several different radio formats to keep them relevant. Despite that, some people in the music business are hoping to force radio to begin paying royalties for every song they air. If this bill passes, it will be the end of oldies formats for radio. Most music stations will either refuse to play any artist who doesn't "voluntarily" grant them a reprieve from this or they will switch formats altogether to some variety of talk programming. The story of the Golden Goose wasn't big reading in the music biz, it appears.

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