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4/21/2006 12:29:00 PM

The Next Great Bust

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He may have been dazzling at Minnesota, but we think Laurence Maroney will be an NFL bust.
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Unless you've been lodged under a large rock the past few weeks, you know that the NFL Draft is next weekend, This, of course, means that every armchair GM in the country is busy projecting which quarterback will be the next Peyton Manning and who will be the next Akili Smith. One thing is certain: Of the players drafted, a good chunk of them will turn out to be Andy Katzenmoyer-sized busts. We've weighed in with our list of the all-time greatest flops, but today we want to talk about this upcoming draft. We project Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler and Minnesota running back Laurence Maroney as the biggest disappointments. Who, among this year's crop of draftees, do you think will fizzle in the NFL?

4/20/2006 12:44:00 PM

Who's Making the Biggest Mistake

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Josh Boone's stock has fallen dramatically in the past year, and he should rethink his decision to leave UConn for the NBA.
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"The LSU forward took the SEC by storm, raising his averages in every statistical category, cutting down on his turnovers, and most importantly, showing a diverse and developing offensive game. His quickness is excellent for a big man, and he has enough handle to be able to draw defenders out and use his first step."

No, this is not a scouting report on Tyrus Thomas. It's a scout's appraisal of Stromile Swift in 2000. Unfortunately, Swift was taken third overall by Memphis and has been nothing short of a bust in his five NBA seasons. Will the same fate meet Thomas? Probably not, but the point remains that some can't-miss prospects do, in fact, miss badly.

Today we want to know which underclassmen who have declared for the NBA Draft are making a mistake by leaving school early. Our list includes UConn's Josh Boone and Kentucky's Rajon Rando, both of whom have NBA potential, but need another year of college ball to hone their skills. Conversely, which players are wrongly sticking around for another year? The obvious choice is Florida's Joakim Noah, who would likely be a top three pick if he makes himself eligible. We also think LSU's Glen Davis should head to the NBA. With Thomas gone, life in the paint will be a lot more challenging for Big Baby, not to mention the fact that his coach, John Brady, has popped up in several rumors about schools looking for a new coach.

Who do you think is wrong to leave early or stay too long?

4/18/2006 01:19:00 PM

Boorish Behavoir

On Tuesday, two Duke lacrosse players were arrested for raping a women who performed as a stripper at a team party several weeks ago. It's well known that partying is part of college life, but it seems as if athletes get involved in a disproportionate number of unseemly incidents. Do athletes party more than average students at your school? What should a school's administration do to clamp down on out-of-control behavior? Please share your stories and tell us what you think.
4/17/2006 11:55:00 AM

Building Blocks in the Draft

Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Vince Young may steal the headlines but the surest bets in the NFL Draft are usually the less sexy non-skill players. Which non-QB, RB, WR would you most like to build an offensive or defense around? The obvious pick is Virginia tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson or N.C. State defensive end Mario Williams, but we think Alabama LB DeMeco Ryans, with his speed and smarts will be a Jonathan Vilma-like stud for the next decade. Who do you love?
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