Turning the page (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday August 28, 2007 10:29AM; Updated: Tuesday August 28, 2007 12:54PM
My take on the Rutgers lawsuit
Rutgers junior Kia Vaughn filed a lawsuit against Don Imus, the radio personality who lost his job after making offensive comments about the women's basketball players. Not to diminish the hurt that Imus caused when he referred to the players as "nappy-headed hos" on his radio show in April, but it is difficult to see the alleged defamation of character, at least from a national standpoint.
Heck, Vaughn and her Rutgers teammates came out looking better than anyone in the mess, impressing the nation as they handled the situation together with class and dignity. And while Imus cast a shadow over Scarlet Knights' shining moment, Vaughn has now brought a potential distraction to anything her team might accomplish in the upcoming year. Unfortunately, what people will likely remember now is one more suit in our overly litigious society.
The biggest rivalry in women's basketball came to an end when Tennessee pulled the plug on its annual series with Connecticut. This season will mark the first since 1995 that the two national powers are not scheduled to face off.
The world finally heard from former LSU coach Pokey Chatman earlier this month. Although she has yet to address the allegations of improper conduct with one or more players, Chatman did criticize the school for the way it handled her departure. Chatman, who spent nearly 18 years with the Tigers as a player and coach before stepping down in March, said that she was forced to resign and never had the chance to speak with LSU officials.
Probation for Purdue
The NCAA handed down a two-year probation penalty to Purdue after ruling former assistant coach Katrina Merriweather helped a player write a research paper and made improper recruiting phone calls. The Boilermakers, who reached the Elite Eight last season, will also lose two scholarships for the 2007-08 season.
Top recruit chooses UConn
The season hasn't started yet, but Connecticut has already won a big battle. As if their recruiting class wasn't impressive enough, the Huskies received an oral commitment from 6-foot-4 Elena Delle Donne, the No. 1 senior in the nation. She'll join a team that already includes the 2006 (Tina Charles) and 2007 (Maya Moore) National High School Players of the Year.
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