Category Archives: College Sports
With two weeks before the NFL draft is to begin, the presumptive top pick Jameis Winston is being sued.
The woman, Erica Kinsman, who accused the former Florida State quarterback of sexual assault in December 2012 has filed a lawsuit against Winston.
According to the news reports, the lawsuit is over claims of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and “intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.” It was filed Thursday in the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial District.
The magical day has finally arrived. Final 4 Saturday is truly one of, if not the greatest, day in all sports. With a full week of hype, assessments, analysis, interviews, and preparation, we can now sit back and watch one of the best Final 4 pairings of all time. Think about it…Coach K and Tom Izzo. Coach Cal and Bo Ryan. All four of these men are the epitome of being a college coach. All 4 will be Hall of Famers. And all have done it a different way and took a different path to get there. Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Legendary schools and giants in the world of college sports. Some of you out there hate this scenario – top seeds making it to the end. You were hoping for a Cinderella story and your brackets were filled with early round upsets. Not this year! Others love it! Chalk prevailed (for the most part) for one of the few times even though State wasn’t a top seed.
The greatest 3 weeks in all of sports took it up another notch last night when the Kentucky Wildcats ripped the hearts out of the Notre Dame faithful and finally prevailed, 68-66. We affectionately call this March Madness and what a day it was for college basketball last night. The evening tipped off with Wisconsin vs. Arizona in an Elite 8 re-match from last year in which Wisconsin won 64-63 in OT. Once again, Wisconsin took down the Wildcats 85-78. Dekker and Kaminsky were just too much for Coach Miller and the ‘Cats setting up their re-match in nest week’s Final Four with another bunch of Wildcats.
But what a night it was for college basketball! Kentucky, on the verge of hoops immortality, needed every ounce of energy they could muster to pull out this one. ND, undersized, out manned, challenged UK from the opening tip. They never waivered or backed down from Coach Brey’s game plan. Attack, shoot the 3, follow missed shots, and pressure the perimeter. After beating Duke and North Carolina to win the ACC Championship, this was a confident group from South Bend and they were not going to back down from anyone. With ‘Bron in the stands, DAVID went toe to toe with GOLIATH. Pat Connaughton, a 6’5″ wing player played like Larry Bird. Point Guard Jerian Grant looked like Magic Johnson out there. And forward Zach Auguste was the reincarnation of Patrick Ewing. How the hell does a 6’5″ wingman get 7 rebounds in the first half versus all of those trees? Guts, heart, and determination! That’s what the Irish played with all night but in the end, what woulda, coulda, shoulda happened, ended with an…6 ticks remaining on the clock…one last shot…were we in for another Duke-Kentucky finish?…5 ticks…Was this going to be another fairy book story like Duke over UNLV?…4 ticks, Villanova over Georgetown?…3 ticks, ND ending UCLA’s 88 game winning streak in ’74?…2 ticks, after 20 lead changes and 12 ties, 1 tick…AIR BALL!!! The 37-0 Wildcats improved to 38-0. They are seeking to become the first undefeated champion in 39 years. Not since Bobby Knights 1976 Indiana Hoosiers have we had an undefeated champion and Big Blue is now just 2 wins away from immortality.
Roxanne Chalifoux, Villanova’s crying piccolo player who became an Internet sensation during the NCAA March Madness game between Villanova and NC State says she’s taking her newfound fame “in good spirits.”
Chalifoux, a senior at the University spoke with a Philadelphia radio station on Monday morning and explained that she was crying because she will soon graduate. It was her last time performing with the school’s pep band. She said she was aware the cameras were on her, but that viral fame was the furthest thing from her mind at that moment.
“I saw myself on the Jumbotron and all i could think about was that my dad was at the game,” Chalifoux told WIP’s Angelo Cataldi. “I didn’t want him to see me crying. Little did I know that it was going to end up all over the Internet and that [my dad seeing me crying] was the least of my worries.
“It’s just easy to get emotional, especially when you’re a senior. That just changed the game for me.”
One of America’s favorite days, Selection Sunday, is now just hours away. We will soon be bombarded with bubble teams, last one in, first one out, buzzer beaters, March Madness, bracket busters, Sweet Sixteen, Elite 8, Final Four, and eventually, our National champion. Even the mildest hoops fans get caught up in filling out their brackets – it’s in our DNA!! If the past few days are any indication of what’s to come, be prepared, we are in for a wild ride!
Kentucky is still the “Chalk” – it’s their tournament to lose. 99% of every bracket will have them cutting down the nets. As much as I hate to say it, they are the team to beat. They have it all. Size, speed, inside presence, 3 point bombers, a deep bench, and a coach that has been there before. For all of the other teams out there, the trick tonight is going to be trying to stay out of their region. I feel sorry for the #2 seed in Kentucky’s region. Could that team be Gonzaga? How ironic would that be? Kyle Wiltjer, a former Wildcat left Kentucky because he couldn’t get off the bench. He goes out west to the Zags and may get a chance to play his former team!! Gonzaga is the Boise State of college basketball…Hmmm!