|August 13, 2009||SEC media policy update||no comments|
|August 13, 2009||Thursday linkage||no comments|
|August 13, 2009||Golf, rugby get Olympic nods||no comments|
|August 13, 2009||The "SI cover jinx" pondered||no comments|
No news to report today, although we think there should be a new draft floating around by the end of this week.
In the meantime, we hear that state press associations (in Arkansas and Mississippi for sure, mostly likely in other SEC states) are preparing legal responses of their own.
We have heard from more than one source that Gannett (Jackson, Nashville, Montgomery, several smaller Louisiana papers) have been advised by their lawyers not to sign the policy as it exists in draft form.
So, would the Tennessean and the Clarion Heath Ledger really not attend SEC games this fall? Just askin'.
Here's more reaction on the Milwaukee Brewers shakeup, including comments from Bill Hall about his departure from the Brewers. Hall tells the Journal Sentinel he expects other teams will be interested ... indeed, a veteran bat might come in handy for a team still in the playoff hunt. The Brewers insist they're aren't waving the white flag.
There's excitement in Starkville as volleyball practice gets under way with a new coach.
The International Olympic Committee executive board decides today which two of seven sports, including softball, baseball and golf, they would like to add to the program for the 2016 Olympics. You can bet that Mississippi State softball coach Jay Miller, who guided Team USA this summer, will be paying attention.
The Commercial Appeal has a sit-down with the new, 31-year-old general manager of the Triple-A Redbirds, who is dealing with the team's pressing financial challenges.
In Atlanta, a re-energized Chipper Jones is feeling, well, chipper. Winning will do that.
And losing? That's what the Cubs do.
Here's a pretty good critique of that new SEC media policy ... at least the pre-revision version policy. The linked piece has the advantage of being in plain English, as opposed to the SEC policy document leaked last week, which was written by attorneys. Or Vulcans. We hear a revised version of the policy should be leaking out at any moment.
NFL Network talking heads ask if Vince Young is headed to the third string in Nashville. Indeed, we heard the same issue raised on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. Whatever the thinking in Titans camp, Jeff Fisher isn't saying, but the Titans ran some option plays for Young in Tuesday's practice.
You can see the 60 Minutes interview on Sunday, but James Brown shares some observations that are quoted by USA Today.
An Alabama redshirt has joined the roster at Southern Miss, where he will be eligible in 2010.
Seven Florida State transfers have turned up at North Alabama since Terry Bowden -- Bobby's son -- took over as head coach of the Lions. The third-leading tackler on Alabama's fine defense is now at UNA, also.
Rick Pitino's troubles at Louisville bring to mind Mike Price's doomed mini-tenure at Alabama. Here's an update on his current team, UTEP, where he's just 14-22 over the past three seasons and 30-30 in his five years at El Paso. Phil Steele tabs the Miners to win the C-USA West, though, as they return 15 lettermen and won't face either East Carolina or Southern Miss in the regular season.
It's good news for golf and seven-player rugby as the International Olympic Committee's executive panel recommended them for the 2016 Olympic program. The full IOC assembly will vote on the matter in October.
It's bad news for softball and baseball, which were bidding to get back on the program after being dropped.