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Koufos to Stay in Draft

It looks like Ohio State seven-footer Kostos Koufos is going to sign with an agent and stay in the NBA draft. He is projected to go in the middle of the first round. Even if he doesn’t sign with the NBA his Greek passport will enable him to get over a $1 million in Europe. This is bad news for the Buckeyes since the quarter had already started and they will get hit by the APR. Once again, a rule that penalizes a coach and his program when he has no power over a player’s decision. If Myles Brand could sign for a couple of million I think he would leave school as well.

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I still remember seeing pictures of President Bill Clinton in the Arkansas cheering section when they won the national championship, but Barack Obama has gone one better. He got to play in a pick up game against some of the North Carolina players. Check out the video - even Bill Clinton couldn’t do that.

It’s too bad that the first basketball playing president could be Obama when it should have been Bill Bradley a couple of years ago.

BCS rejects 4-team playoff proposal

The geniuses at the BCS have officially rejected a proposal that would have eventually given college football (and its fans) a 4-team playoff format.

The conference commissioners who manage the Bowl Championship Series opted Wednesday to end their brief consideration of a new plus-one format, which would have built a four-team playoff into the current five-game structure. Their action — or lack of it — assures that the current system will remain in place through at least the 2013 season.

“The thing … that came through loud and clear is there’s satisfaction with where we are,” said Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner and BCS coordinator John Swofford.

Who’s satisfied? The people lining their pockets? Please. I think I speak for many college football fans when I say, “You unbelievable mother fuc…”

Thanks for all but guaranteeing another four years of thrilling “postseason” action.

Avery Johnson fired

The meltdown continues in Dallas. The team fired Avery Johnson after the Mavs’ second-straight first-round exit.

ESPN’s Tim Legler usually gives pretty thoughtful commentary, and he defends Johnson in this clip.

Check back tomorrow for my thoughts on where the Mavs should go from here.

Shockey, Strahan, Umenyiora say ‘no thanks’ to Dub-ya

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants were honored by President George W. Bush at the White House Wednesday. Well, most of the Giants.

(There were a few key players not in attendance. Among them were: TE Jeremy Shockey, DEs Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora and LB Antonio Pierce. Former Giants S Gibril Wilson, now with the Raiders, was there.)

Those players probably had better things to do. Lord knows Shockey can be complaining about something somewhere.

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