College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Louisville argues for leniency for Rick Pitino in stripper scandal; Dwayne Wade rips teammates after Bulls loss to Hawks 01.26.17 at 7:56 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Louisville argues for leniency for Rick Pitino in stripper scandal; Dwayne Wade rips teammates after Bulls loss to Hawks

Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Women’s college basketball: Nebraska at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: North Carolina at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Campbell at Radford, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Robert Morris at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Xavier at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Northwestern, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Colorado, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UT Martin at Austin Peay, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— On Wednesday, Louisville released their response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations for the stripper scandal involving men’s basketball team staff member, Andre McGee. The school argues the team’s coach Rick Pitino should not be charged with a major violation of NCAA rules from the incident.

In October, the NCAA claimed the school had four major violations, one of which was Pitino’s failure to monitor McGee while he spent $5,400 over four years on strippers and escorts for players, recruits, AAU coaches, and others.

The NCAA ruled Pitino was “presumed responsible” for McGee’s behavior because he failed to “frequently spot-check the program to uncover potential or existing compliance problems” according to NCAA rules.

“The University believes Coach Pitino fostered a culture of NCAA compliance within the basketball program and exercised appropriate supervisory oversight of McGee,” read Louisville’s response. “McGee’s furtive conduct was not detectable by reasonable monitoring practices, as McGee purposefully intended to avoid detection.”

If it is ruled Pitino committed a major violation, he could face a multi-game suspension during the 2017-2018 season.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Dwyane Wade, Rick Pitino,
National Police Organization executive: Roger Goodell ‘has no moral courage’ 01.25.17 at 1:02 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on National Police Organization executive: Roger Goodell ‘has no moral courage’

TMZ SportsThe head of one of the largest police groups in the country is calling out Roger Goodell — saying he has “zero confidence” the NFL commish will punish Pacman Jones for wishing death on a Cincinnati cop.

TMZ Sports spoke with Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations — a group that represents more than 241,000 officers — and he tore into Goodell.
“Unfortunately, I have zero confidence in Roger Goodell to do anything meaningful as far as punishment.”

“Under Goodell, the NFL has stood for Not For Law enforcement. He continuously fails to discipline for disrespecting officers. From Kaepernick’s anti-police socks, to not allowing the Cowboys to honor the fallen officers, to supporting Beyonce’s halftime show. He doesn’t have the moral courage to do the right thing.”

As for the video of Jones cussing out a police officer during his Jan. 3 arrest … Johnson says, “The video is obviously disappointing and vulgar.”

“This is something that law enforcement deals with all the time, but once an athlete or celebrity gets involved, that’s when it becomes newsworthy.”

“The video shows how dangerous this job is for cops. It’s a tragedy that this happens all the time. Law enforcement shouldn’t have to deal with this.”

I love this. Bill Johnson is a true hero and I am a big fan of his.

And he is exactly right. Obviously we all know Goodell should spend more time handing out punishments to players who commit actual crimes rather than focusing on petty infractions, like celebrating a touchdown or the amount of air in a football, but it’s fantastic when people call him out on it like this.

Further proof Goodell has none of the integrity he’s constantly talking about and is very bad at his job.

Read More: Roger Goodell,
Ted Cruz is funnier than I thought 01.25.17 at 9:32 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Ted Cruz is funnier than I thought

Ted Cruz beat Deadspin at their own game Tuesday night on Twitter when he responded to Deadspin’s tweet requesting someone send proof Cruz plays basketball.

Cruz absolutely nailed that joke but Deadspin didn’t think it was so funny.

To which Cruz responded:

Winner? Cruz in a landslide. Well played by him.

I did not know he had this kind of sense of humor and I sincerely hope he came up with this himself. In Deadspin’s defense, Cruz did call a basketball hoop a “basketball ring” last year, which isn’t really a great look for the founder of the Republican senators’ weekly basketball game.

And why is Deadspin so angry? Even after their aggressive response, Cruz kept the game going with another tweet showing he relates to today’s youth, burying Deadspin once again.

However, I would still like to see actual video footage of Cruz playing basketball because I do want to see what someone who says “basketball ring” playing basketball looks like.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning reportedly to speak at Republican retreat featuring Donald Trump; Celtics to wear GE patches on uniforms next season 01.25.17 at 8:30 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning reportedly to speak at Republican retreat featuring Donald Trump; Celtics to wear GE patches on uniforms next season

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Houston at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Golden State at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Memphis at Temple, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at UCF, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: St. John’s at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida State at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: URI at Richmond, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Butler at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boston College at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Iowa at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Nevada at Boise State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at USC, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Washington at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly scheduled to speak at a Republican retreat in Philadelphia which begins on Wednesday.

Speakers at the retreat include President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Before Super Bowl 50, Trump spoke about his admiration for Manning.

“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” Trump said. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”

Manning has donated to many Republican campaigns in the past, most of them in Tennessee where he went to college.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Boston Celtics, Peyton Manning,
Johnny Manziel: A week in review 01.24.17 at 10:22 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Johnny Manziel: A week in review

Mood #🏈🏈🏈🏈🏈

A photo posted by Johnny Manziel (@jmanziel2) on

Here is a recap of what Johnny Manziel has been up to the past few days: It begins, as all moments of clarity after torpedoing your NFL career do, with an interview with TMZ:

Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yordano Ventura reportedly robbed after deadly accident; video of Bengals’ Adam Jones verbally assaulting police officer surfaces 01.24.17 at 9:01 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yordano Ventura reportedly robbed after deadly accident; video of Bengals’ Adam Jones verbally assaulting police officer surfaces

Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S MORNING MASHUP:
NBA: Boston at Washington, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Louisville at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Southern Illinois at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Tulane at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah State at New Mexico, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Reports from the Dominican Republic claim as Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura lay dying after a fatal car crash, the people who found him robbed him instead of helping him.

This report has yet to be confirmed by police. The report is Ventura was found still alive after the accident and looters robbed him of his World Series ring, among other belongings. Dominican journalist Euri Cabral reported this claim in an appearance on a Dominican radio station.

Pedro Martinez heard Cabral and commented on this alleged new development on Twitter:

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Adam "Pacman" Jones, Yordano Ventura,
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes and celebrities react to the Patriots’ AFC championship win over Steelers 01.23.17 at 8:25 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes and celebrities react to the Patriots’ AFC championship win over Steelers

Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: New York at Indiana, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: San Jose at Colorado, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: American University at Holy Cross, 7:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Miss. Valley State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Mississippi State at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Penn State at Indiana, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— After the Patriots beat the Steelers Sunday night to seal their spot in the Super Bowl, other athletes and celebrities reacted to the win on social media.

 

 

   

Some Patriots themselves also posted about the win:

 

Tight ends baby! @jdevelin @martellusb Them boys worked hard for this!!! A photo posted by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on

Great Team Win #PatsNation

A photo posted by Logan Ryan (@realloganryan) on

 

THAT’S SOME HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE! #letsgooooooo

A photo posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: New England Patriots,
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Former Jets DE Mark Gastineau has multiple brain diseases 01.20.17 at 8:57 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Friday’s Morning Mashup: Former Jets DE Mark Gastineau has multiple brain diseases

Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NHL: Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NHL)
NBA: Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Indiana at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Akron, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS2)
Women’s college basketball: Georgetown at Xavier, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Connecticut at Vermont, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College hockey: Bentley at Sacred Heart, 8:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Ex-Jet Mark Gastineau revealed Thursday night he is battling brain diseases he believes resulted from concussions he sustained playing football.

“When my results came back, I had dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson,” Gastineau said. “Those are three things that I have.”

The 60 year-old called his diagnosis, which he received a year ago, “disturbing” and believes the problems were caused by poor tackling technique.

“I led with my head all the time,” he said. “Do you remember Marvin Powell? He was one of the best linemen in the NFL. He and I used to have wars [in practice]. … People would come and gather round because when we hit each other, I mean, you would hear pops, like a shotgun going off.”

Despite this, Gastineau endorsed USA Football’s Head’s Up program to encourage kids to play football and disagrees with Bo Jackson’s belief that his kids shouldn’t play the sport because of its dangers.

“I think that if he would have known about the Heads Up program, I don’t think that he would have said that he never would have let his kids play,” Gastineau said of Jackson. “The only reason that I would allow my child to play is because of this USAFootball.com. I would not allow my child to play if I did not have this Heads Up Football. There’s no way in the world. You cannot expect your child not to be injured if you do not enter this program.”

Gastineau also said he has no regrets about his career.

“I am so happy that I went through the times, the trials and things that I went through in the NFL,” Gastineau said. “I wouldn’t trade them for anything.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Mark Gastineau,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Red Sox minor leaguer Jeff Bagwell voted into Hall of Fame; athletes react to Baseball Hall of Fame results 01.19.17 at 8:05 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Red Sox minor leaguer Jeff Bagwell voted into Hall of Fame; athletes react to Baseball Hall of Fame results

Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Washington at New York, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Minnesota at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Davidson at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Richmond at Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Clemson at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UNC Asheville at Winthrop, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona St. at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: Michigan at Maryland, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Red Sox first baseman and native New Englander Jeff Bagwell was one of three former players voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday night.

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Tim Raines were the other two players voted into the Hall. Former MLB commissioner Bug Selig and Braves president John Schuerholz were also voted in.

Bagwell, who grew up a Red Sox fan in Killingworth, Conn. played with the Red Sox in the Gulf Coast League and Winter Haven in 1989. He was traded to Houston and played 15 seasons with the Astros.

“I don’t even know how I’m supposed to react,” Bagwell said Wednesday night. “It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been fun and exciting. My family is very, very excited for this thing. … I could not be more excited. It’s a weird thing to be a Hall of Famer. I wrote it on a ball tonight, and it was kind of crazy. So it was cool.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on July 30 in Cooperstown.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: jeff bagwell,
Jose Canseco goes on Twitter rant about Hall of Fame voters, claims ex-teammates used steroids 01.18.17 at 12:12 pm ET
By   |  Comments Off on Jose Canseco goes on Twitter rant about Hall of Fame voters, claims ex-teammates used steroids

NY Daily NewsOn the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers.

Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,” which outed players as steroid users, claims in one tweet that Mike Piazza — inducted last year — used steroids and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez should definitely get in because of that.

Rodriguez was one of the players Canseco specifically mentioned in his book who used steroids. He also calls Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci an “idiot” for thinking Jeff Bagwell did not use steroids.

Canseco is a tough one because he’s insane and I never know whether or not to believe anything he says. Do we ignore him because he sounds crazy or he is actually telling the truth? He says he’s an expert on the PED era since he was a part of it, but is he too off-the-wall to be helping the MLB with this?

I don’t know, but here are some of his ideas and thoughts: