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Syracuse’s Boeheim Suspended, Chris Johnson Shot At Stop Light

BASKETBALL

Syracuse LogoAfter an 8 year investigation, the NCAA suspended Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim for nine ACC games including not allowing the basketball team to participate in any post season tournaments this season (meaning no ACC tournament). The violations included academic misconduct and failure to adhere to a strict drug testing policy. Many student scholarships will be affected this season as well.

FOOTBALL

Former Tennessee Titan and New York Jets running back, Chris Johnson was shot at 4:00 am Sunday while stopped at a traffic light. The driver of the vehicle that Johnson was in died from the gunshot wounds. The police are still investigating this incident. Johnson is currently on the Jets’ roster but as of Tuesday will be an unrestricted free agent (meaning that the Jets did not re-sign him and he’s free to sign with any other team). Johnson is expected to recover fully.

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Remembering Dean Smith, Soccer Riot In Egypt

BASKETBALL

Dean Smith and Michael JordanOver the weekend, the legendary former University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach, Dean Smith passed away at age 83. Smith led the Tar Heels for almost 40 years and retired as one of the winningest coaches of all time. He was also the coach and mentor to Michael Jordan who refers to him as a second father. To those that knew him or knew of him, he will be remembered for so much more. He was a mentor, an active proponent of desegregation, and a true teacher and competitor. Here’s a wonderful piece from  the Washington Post that gives us a glimpse of Smith’s personality and legacy.

 

SOCCER

In Egypt, at least 5 soccer (football) fans were killed and dozens more injured when security forces barred them from entering the stadium. Security has been tight ever since 74 fans died three years ago during the deadliest riot ever recorded in the country. Egypt has now suspended the national soccer league pending further investigations.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: NCAA PAYS FOR FOOD, JETS COURTING CHRIS JOHNSON, DONALD TRUMP MAY BUY BILLS

COLLEGE SPORTS

A major ruling was passed Tuesday which could provide an interesting precedent.  The NCAA ruled that colleges can and should provide unlimited meals and snacks to all of their athletes.  Prior to this, there were limits on spending.  However, recently, UCONN star guard Shabazz Napier complained that during the Final Four he went to bed starving sometimes because he couldn’t afford food.  The feeling is that these athletes have no time to hold jobs, so their food should at least be supplemented.

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, the hottest free agent right now is former Tennessee Titans star running-back Chris Johnson.  Sure, Johnson’s performance has been lackluster over the past 2 seasons, and the Titans were fed up with his attitude and work ethic.  He is still an amazing athlete, however, and other teams could definitely use his services.  The first team to come running was the New York Jets.  They have a big hole at running back, and having a great athlete like Johnson in the backfield could open up their passing game.  Plus, they brought in Michael Vick to serve as a safety blanket for second-year quarterback Geno Smith.  Johnson will likely visit a few teams, but the Jets are the front-runner right now.

And finally in the NFL, the once-storied franchise Buffalo Bills have been subpar the past 15 years.  So much so that they are in jeopardy of losing their team to Canada.  They have even been testing this out the past few seasons playing games in Toronto.  But now, one man is stepping to the plate to save the day.  It appears that Donald Trump is seriously considering buying the Bills and keeping them in Buffalo.  The franchise could use a makeover, and perhaps he is the guy who can do it.  Similar to how Mark Cuban reinvigorated the Dallas Mavericks.

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