More details revealed in UNC academic scandal

The Raleigh News and Observer reports that New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was actually academically ineligible when he played for North Carolina in 2008.

Records show that Nicks received impermissible academic help during the year which rendered him ineligible. The facts of the case were not made known until after Nicks left school in 2009.

The revelation is one more detail in the academic scandal that has rocked the school’s athletics program. The North Carolina football team is currently on probation for rules violations and is not eligible for the ACC title game or a bowl this season. UNC had 16 of its football victories vacated by the NCAA.

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SEC: Saban favors league going to nine-game schedule

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Old-school liveblog: Reds-Diamondbacks

I’m in Cincinnati for the final game of the four-game set between the Reds and the Diamondbacks.

  • FINAL — Cincinnati 7, Arizona 6
  • Arizona 9th — Chapman retires Arizona in order, striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end it.
  • Cincinnati 8th — Reds go in order. Chapman coming in.
  • Arizona 8th — After Logan Ondrusek recorded the first two outs, Dusty Baker brought in Sean Marshall to face left-handed pinch-hitter Miguel Montero. Montero singled, as did Lyle Overbay, both lefties. But Marshall got Willie Bloomquist to bounce to first to end the inning. Cincinnati remains up 7-6.

SEC football coaches job security rankings

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Lot of talk about coaches and hot seats down in Alabama at the SEC Football Media Days.

Here are my job security rankings, going from least secure to most secure.

SEC coaches on the hot seat

  • 1. Derek Dooley, Tennessee –– Remember, he lost to Kentucky last year. Has new AD who did not hire him. Tennessee cares about football. Cares deeply.
  • 2. Joker Phillips, Kentucky — Two straight losing seasons and bowl string stopped last year, must get something going.
  • 3. John L. Smith, Arkansas — Might be unfair to put him on the list what with Smith being an interim coach and call. If Razorbacks rise, Smith could get job full time. If Arkansas falls, Smith is out, and AD Jeff Long moves on to the next guy.

BBL: Joker Phillips doesn’t have time for the hot seat

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SEC: Pike still with Auburn; Smith’s Arkansas adventure

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In Votto’s absence, Drew Stubbs (maybe) finds his stroke

The Reds are now 1-1 sans Joey Votto after blanking Arizona 4-0 last night. After being sidelined a couple of days by a blister on his index finger, Johnny Cueto was not super-sharp but still won his 11th game of the year. Ryan Ludwick hit his 14th homer of the year.

The good and the bad.

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Video: President Obama jokes around with Anthony Davis

President Obama and his family attended the USA basketball team’s exhibition win over Brazil on Monday night in Washington. There’s Kiss Cam footage to prove the first family was there.

There is also this behind-the-scenes video of the president with the USA team, including the nation’s No. 1 basketball junkie giving the rookie, Anthony Davis, a hard time.

BBL: Terrence Jones’ outburst, Couch and Parker

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SEC: Roundup from first day of Football Media Days

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