The Dean's List
Welcome to this week's Labor Day edition of the Dean's List, where we're not buying David Duchovny's decision to check into rehab for sex addiction. Dude, if you're married to Téa Leoni, sex addiction shouldn't be considered a problem. Happy Labor Day.
The Honor Roll
Here's to the previously under-appreciated T.J. Lee, who with 1:52 left in East Carolina's game against Virginia Tech returned his own blocked punt for a touchdown, thereby securing an upset over the No. 17 Hokies. Before the game, no one would've predicted the ECU back-up wide receiver's heroics. The undersized Lee played juco ball before finally working his way up to the Pirates, where he played in a reserve role last season. Then he underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason. The recovery process has been arduous. Even earlier in the game against Virginia Tech he struggled, throwing an illegal block that ended an ECU drive. But that was all quickly forgotten after Lee blocked Brent Bowden's punt with his arm and then picked the ball up and ran it in for a 27-yard, game-winning touchdown.
Trees are always good. They can solve all sorts of problems, and Kansas had problems. The university spent $31 million to tear up a parking lot and build two practice fields, which upon completion, the football team refused to practice on due to privacy concerns. The Anderson Family Football Complex is visible from Mississippi Street and coach Mark Mangino didn't want strangers looking in on his practices. So what did the Jayhawk athletic department do? Call in the trees. At a cost of $90,000, the school will plant 100, 10-to-20 foot pine trees around the practice fields to ensure privacy. So everyone wins -- except for the students ultimately sporting the bill. It's not often that the football fans and environmentalist see eye-to-eye. Check out Dumpster Muffin vs. Cal.
The road to basketball stardom hasn't been easy for Michael Glover. The Seton Hall basketball recruit graduated from American Christian Academy last year and received a scholarship to play ball for Bobby Gonzalez's Pirates, but during the fall semester the NCAA decided to invalidate Glover's senior year in high school, making the 6-foot-6 power forward ineligible. Glover practiced with the team during his appeals process, but the NCAA wouldn't change its mind and now, after taking classes for a year at Seton Hall, Glover must go to a junior college and receive his associate's degree if he wants to play D-I college hoops. In a desperate attempt to regain eligibility, Glover has decided to sue the NCAA and the Big East. For a student who apparently didn't graduate high school, seems like Glover's getting a good lesson in how the American legal system works.
Lamar University just filled its point guard needs. Former Oklahoma guard Jenna Pumley, who was suspended after getting caught shoplifting $34.65 worth of cosmetic goods from a Wal-Mart, has enrolled at the school formerly known as South Park Junior College. The 5-foot-4 guard started all 31 games and averaged 7.8 ppg last season for the Sooners. Pumley's comes on the heels of Lamar's first winning season in 16 years. The Lady Cardinals went 19-13 and lost in the championship game of the Southland Conference Tournament.
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