The Dean's List
Welcome to the latest edition of the Dean's List, where we're mourning the passing of Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mac and John Edwards' marriage.
Generally, I'd consider lucky anyone that has the opportunity to play D-I college football, but Mike Eynon is more than just lucky, he's downright charmed. The Ohio University lineman bought an Ohio Lottery Mega Millions ticket from a gas station in Athens, Ohio. When the 305-pounder checked his numbers he discovered he'd matched five out of the six. (The odds of that happening are one-in-3,904,701.) The payoff: $250,000. But before Eynon could celebrate his good luck he had to make sure his newfound wealth didn't rub the NCAA the wrong way, which it didn't. Apparently, being the most fortuitous person in the world doesn't affect your amateur athletic status.
One of the great things about being on a college sports team is that it allows student-athletes the opportunity to travel to places that most other people don't get to go, like Cuba. The University of Alabama baseball team will play a three-game exhibition series against the Institute of Superior Physical Education in Havana. As is required when spending dollars in Cuba, the United States Treasury Department has signed off on the trip, as has the NCAA. How awesome is that going to be for the Crimson Tide players? Not many U.S. citizens have a chance to visit Cuba and even fewer get to play baseball there. No word yet on whether the Institute of Superior Physical Education has a mascot but I'm thinking that a big guy with short shorts and a whistle would be appropriate.
Generally, you wouldn't think of football fans as environmentalists anymore than you'd think of frat boys as feminists. But every now and then you get a beer-guzzling fraternity brother who can't get enough Simone de Beauvoir and you realize that stereotypes are nothing more than oversimplified classifications. So it is with Colorado football, which will soon become the greenest program in the nation. Under "Ralphie's Green Stampede" initiative, Folsom Field will transform itself into the first zero-waste football stadium in sports. The stadium will have no trash cans, just recycling and compost containers, which will take care of 90% of the facilities waste. And all that compost will go to landscaping efforts around campus. There will also be a valet parking service for bicycles at the stadium to encourage fans not to drive. So fresh and so green. Even Gloria Steinem would be proud.
With academic standards all the rage nowadays, it seems like a lot of former high school athletes are being thrown under the bus in the name of educational integrity. Remember when a former teacher of ex-Kansas forward Darrell Arthur accused school administrators at South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas of changing his math grade to keep him on the basketball court? Well, an investigation of the Dallas Independent School District has found Arthur's grades legitimate. Not that Arthur cares that much, he's already in the NBA. But what about high school players who are just getting to college? Wide receiver Dwight Jones was supposed to play for North Carolina last season but failed to qualify academically. So he spent a year at a military academy before attempting to enroll again at UNC, but he was ruled ineligible for a second time. Finally, Jones decided to attend D-II Valdosta State, where he was set to to play football this season -- until he got a phone call from the Tar Heels saying there had been a mistake. Turns out he was eligible after all. Now, Jones has finally been admitted to UNC. If the rules are this complicated, maybe there needs to be a prep course in academic eligibility.
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