Dean's List (cont.)
It's going to be tough for Syracuse football coach Greg Robinson to put a positive spin on this story. The coach, known for his upbeat attitude, was fired on Sunday after almost four years of unprecedented losing in upstate New York. "As always, I'm optimistic," he said. "I think with more time I could do better." He sure couldn't do worse. Robinson is 9-35 overall as the Orange coach and only 3-23 in the Big East. After losing to Connecticut, 39-14, on Saturday, Syracuse sits at 2-8 and could very easily end up with its third 10-loss season in a row. Before his tenure, the Orange had never lost 10 games in a single season. Robinson will coach the remaining two games of the season for Syracuse so he can finish the demolition job he started four years previously.
My buddy Bub graduated from Howard University six centuries ago, and I asked him if the Bison had a decent basketball program. He couldn't get out an answer he was laughing so hard, which didn't bode well for Howard hoops. Well, Bub can keep laughing, because his Bison just won their first basketball game against a Pac-10 opponent in program history. Howard beat Oregon State, 47-45, on Friday night, sending the fans in Burr Gym into pandemonium. "I've never seen that," said Howard coach Gil Jackson. "They're swarming the court at Howard, at the Burr." Granted, if the Bison were going to beat a Pac-10 team, it was likely going to be Oregon State, which went winless in the conference last season before Craig Robinson, Obama's brother-in-law, took over. There was even hope that Barack and Michelle would show up for the game, but they didn't ... and neither did the Beavers.
Here's a postmodern, race-relations fiasco. White students make racist taunts toward three black basketball players and get kicked out of school. Then one of the black victims racially harasses one of the other black victims and gets kicked out of school, too. It makes about as much sense as Roger Federer wearing chaps at a burlesque show, but that's the latest out of Quinnipiac University. Freshman guard Harold Washington, who was one of three victims of a hate crime last month, has been accused by police of breaking into the Facebook account of one of the other victims and posting "threatening and racially motivated comments." He has since been expelled from school. What baffles police is that while Washington, who is cousins with former Georgetown star Jeff Green, had initially been a victim, "his response was not to the person harassing him. His response was to a fellow victim."
Rick Costa is a criminology and criminal justice major who can't seem to stop hitting cops in the face. The former Maryland linebacker has been indefinitely suspended from the Terrapins after he slugged a police officer in the eye last weekend. It was 2:30 on a rowdy Sunday morning in College Park, and the Cornerstone Grill & Loft was shutting down for the night. Bouncers told Costa he was too late to enter. This upset the six-foot-one, 225 lbs. senior, who had already been over-served, and he proceeded to fight two bouncers and give a policeman a black eye. To make matters worse, this is Costa's second time fighting a cop. Before he transferred to Maryland, Costa lost his scholarship to Temple University after headbutting a policeman during a fight.
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