The Dean's List
Apparently Chris Smelley would rather catch (a baseball) than throw (a football)
LeSean McCoy and Michael Crabtree have talent, frequent changes of heart
People are still talking about Rey Maualuga, and, by extension, Erin Andrews
Welcome to this week's Dean's List, where we're worshipping at the Tim Tebow altar. Good things happen when he's around. After Tebow announced he was returning to Florida for his senior season, Tara Reid checked out of rehab, George the giant lobster was saved from a seafood restaurant in New York City and a company announced plans to test the world's first flying car.
In my hand I am holding a blue pill and a red pill. The blue pill allows you to return as quarterback to the University of South Carolina, where you threw for 1,922 yards as a sophomore, but also lost your starting job and tossed more interceptions than TD passes. The red pill lets you transfer to Alabama in order to pursue a fledgling baseball career that peaked when you led your high school baseball team to a pair of state championships. Which pill would you choose? If you are Chris Smelley, you choose the red pill. On Friday, South Carolina announced its former quarterback was transferring from the school to play catcher at another program. Considering Smelley has oft professed his love for Alabama, where his brother is a freshman tight end, it's safe to assume the former quarterback will be catching for the Crimson Tide.
Every man is ultimately his own boss, which is why we firmly supports Jeff "Jags" Jagodzinski. The former Boston College football coach went all David Allan Coe on athletic director Gene DeFilippo, effectively telling his boss to "take this job and shove it." It all started two years ago when DeFilippo hired Jags to take over for Tom O'Brien, who left the Eagles to coach at North Carolina State. At the time, DeFilippo claims he had a clear verbal understanding with Jags that he would remain the Eagles' coach at least through 2009. During his first two seasons in Chestnut Hill, Jags led BC to two division championships and a 20-8 record. He did so well that when the New York Jets were looking for a coach to replace Eric Mangini, they contacted Jags for an interview. Well, DeFilippo didn't like that so much and threatened to fire his coach if he met with the Jets. Never one to be intimidated by a pencil-pushing administrator, Jags interviewed with the Jets anyway, leaving DeFilippo no choice but to fire his coach for what he termed a "difference of vision for the future." (Read: insubordination.) Now BC has no football coach and Jags has no job. But at least the former coach still has his dignity, which will be important wherever he ends up.
North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has won an Olympic gold medal; NCAA, NAIA and AIAW national championships; eight ACC Tournaments; four ACC regular season championships; three ACC Coach of the Year awards; two National Coach of the Year awards; and, as of Sunday, 800 career games. Hatchell's Tar Heel's beat North Carolina State 75-66 in overtime to improve the legendary coach's record to 800-274. Hatchell, who is in her 23rd season at UNC and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2004, joins Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and C. Vivian Stringer as the only coaches in women's basketball with at least 800 wins.
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