With the St. John's silliness from the NYC tabloids officially a dead issue, I presumed that would be it for Billy Donovan job rumors this year. For some reason, Oregon has now surfaced as a program supposedly making a big offer for him. This makes no sense on almost any level you can name. Donovan has no ties to Oregon or anywhere west of Lexington. He's done little Pacific Northwest recruiting, and I'm guessing the Ryan Appleby experience didn't make him feel like he was missing out. Oregon doesn't even have an AD in place - think Donovan wants to put himself in a work situation where he has no idea who his eventual boss will be? The man turned down Kentucky twice, and a year later similar money to his current deal and a new arena's supposed to make him want to bolt Gainesville? Don't forget that Donovan's son begins play at Catholic U in DC this year. I doubt he's going to want to be on the other side of the country where it'll be almost impossible to go see a game. I can see why Oregon would want a two time national championship coach, but their interest is about as meaningful as me wanting Salma Hayek as a lunch date.
The new overtime rule approved by NFL owners is a good way to start improving the sport, but there was way too much made of it yesterday. It only applies to playoff games for now, and for it to be relevant the team getting the ball has to score only a field goal on their first chance with the ball. Since 1958, there have been 27 overtime playoff games. Only five times, including this year's NFC Championship win by New Orleans, has the team getting the ball won it on the first drive of the overtime. Maybe this new rule will cause coaches to rethink their late game strategy, but if it could have only come into play a maximum of five times in the last half century I'm not going to get too worked up about it just yet.
Alabama got hit with penalties midway through last summer for their players involvement in a textbook scandal. They got probation without scholarships being taken away and didn't lose the ability to be on TV or go to a bowl. The main damage was to the record books with a loss of 21 wins from Bama's official totals. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me for a program in trouble for the third time in fifteen years, but Alabama decided to appeal on the apparent grounds that they shouldn't be punished at all because they didn't want to be. Shockingly, the NCAA did not buy that stellar line of logic and left their penalties intact. The school wasted 175 thousand dollars on that appeal. No word on whether the Brodie Croyle "Bama's Back" SI cover from after the Crimson Tide's now vacated 2005 beatdown of UF has to be taken down in Alabama's football museum.
The idea anyone had a perfect bracket through the first week of the NCAA Tournament seems preposterous. No one out of 4.78 million ESPN entries missed fewer than four games but apparently one exists. It belongs to an autistic teen from the Chicago area. The peculiar thing is that his bracket is entered into a CBSSports.com contest that doesn't have a prize attached to it. Since he picked Purdue to win, it's not going to be a perfect bracket after the next games are played but if real it's a neat story.
If you're a Caddyshack fan, as most guys are, you know it's been stripmined for material. The horrible "sequel" without any of the original cast other than a Chevy Chase cameo was bad enough, but there've been trivia games, Caddyshack restaurants (which had no movie connection beyond the name), DVD reissues, Tiger Woods commercials and so much more. I thought every possible tie in had been used up, but then along came a band named Punch Goliath. Their song "Gunga" is composed entirely of lines from the movie. Sadly, "Wang, don't tell 'em you're Jewish" didn't make the cut.