Posted: Thursday April 26, 2007 1:07PM; Updated: Thursday April 26, 2007 1:07PM
6. CBS is refusing to air a Maxfli ad in which John Daly grabs a beer while driving a golf cart, claiming it fails to meet the network's "standards." Fortunately, that will leave more room for some bitchin' Bud Light spots.
7. More trouble with text messages: Maybe college coaches shouldn't be fighting the NCAA's draconian proposal to forbid text messages to recruits. Lately, text messages certainly haven't been cause for coaches to LOL. Hot on the heels of the Houston Nutt saga comes this week's sudden resignation of Boston College women's hockey coach Tom Mutch. The trouble apparently started when the squad's star freshman player lent her cell phone to a friend/teammate. That teammate, apparently a nosy sort, somehow stumbled upon some sexually graphic messages from the first player to Mutch that hadn't been deleted. The coach, moreover, is married to former U.S. Olympic hockey player Laurie Baker, who just gave birth to the couple's first child in September. (Mutch served as an assistant on the Olympic team when Baker was a player.) B.C. hasn't established that an actual sexual relationship took place between Mutch and the freshman player, but the coach was evidently shown the door with dispatch. In fact, it all seems over except for the inevitable Lifetime movie. But here's a message for you kids out there: Be careful who you lend your phone to, and be sure to erase all sexually explicit messages to authority figures unless you want them to get canned.
8. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a memo to all 32 teams this week to say that leaking confidential information from the scouting combine could subject them to discipline. Goodell wants executives to stick to their usual draft strategy of spreading misinformation.
9. Citing an obscure rule, MLB officials have disallowed a gift of four bottles of champagne from Twins outfielder Torii Hunter to the Royals. Hunter wanted to thank K.C. for sweeping the Tigers in last year's final series to enable Minnesota to win the division. Come on, MLB killjoys. Shouldn't the Royals at least be allowed to numb the pain?
10. Unimportant programming announcement: The new Big Ten Network unveiled on Wednesday its first-ever primetime fall football schedule. Hold on to your hats, here goes: Sept. 1, Indiana State-Indiana. Sept. 8, Syracuse-Iowa. Sept. 15, Duke-Northwestern. Oct. 13, Indiana-Michigan State. Nov. 3, Illinois-Minnesota. What barnburners! Call your local cable operator now to make sure you get The Big Ten Network!
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