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Here's a good joke: What do five straight losses get a Duke football coach? A contract extension. Get it? David Cutcliffe does. The Blue Devils' football coach, whose team failed to win a game in November, received a two-year contract extension on Sunday. Now, to be fair, Duke did win four games this season, which equals the total number of victories from the previous four seasons combined. And the Blue Devils did play 10 bowl-eligible teams this year and faced the second-strongest schedule in the nation, according to the Sagarin computer rankings. But is it right to reward a man who has taken a horrendous football team and simply made it less bad?
On Wednesday, former Indiana University guard Eric Gordon told the Indianapolis Star that drug use by his teammates caused a rift on the basketball team last season. The entire state of Indiana sobbed tears of disappointment and the media ran large headlines about drug use at IU. Then, Gordon had a change of heart and spent the rest of the week attempting to extenuate his previous claim. He told the press he was "going to move on from here" and "it's all in the past." Gordon even met with former IU coach Kelvin Sampson, who Gordon claimed was too focused on winning to stop the team's drug use. But apparently they didn't talk about their shared time in Bloomington. If Gordon and Sampson didn't talk about the allegations, what did they talk about? Here's an idea. Sampson: "Eric, I'm disappointed in you." Gordon: "Disappointed in me? You're the one who never calls anymore."
Leon Patton had a good thing going for a while in Manhattan, Kan. In his first two seasons as running back at Kansas State, he rushed for 999 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was the future of the program. Now, he's not even on the team. Former Wildcat football coach Ron Prince kicked Patton off the squad after his arrest this summer on outstanding warrants for misdemeanor theft (he stole two video games from a Wal-Mart) and failure to appear. But the Leon Patton story only gets worse. On Friday, a Kansas judge ruled that Patton should be held for arraignment for child abuse. Back in July, police claim Patton "unlawfully and feloniously and intentionally shook" his 2-month-old son. The child suffered a severe brain injury. If convicted on the child abuse charge, Patton could receive a sentence of up to 31 months in prison.
Safety Emanuel Cook might have been the best defender on the University of South Carolina football team. For the last two seasons, he has led the Gamecocks in tackles and, this year, he was named to the AP All-SEC second team. There's no doubt the kid has talent. As for brains, we're not so sure. Cook has been declared academically ineligible for South Carolina's upcoming Outback Bowl match-up with Iowa. He failed to pass the minimum six hours required by the NCAA to be eligible for a bowl game. For those of you who have been out of college for a while, six hours of credit is not a lot, but it is apparently more than Cook could handle. Not surprisingly, Gamecock coaches say they expect Cook to declare for the NFL draft and forego his senior year at South Carolina.
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