Best Student Section Taunts
Thanks to the Internet, and more specifically Facebook.com, students are researching opposing players, finding facts about their personal lives and using it against them. That's what happened earlier this season when Stanford played Oregon. The Pit Crew chanted al-co-hol-ic every time Cardinal forward Fred Washington attempted a free throw. The reason wasn't because Washington had a history of alcohol problems, but rather than Washington posted a picture of himself half-naked, holding a bottle of Hypnotiq. While some (including Oregon coach Ernie Kent) felt the insult went too far, most felt Washington was fair game because he allowed the picture to appear on his profile. Of course, there are times when then chanting is inappropriate (Iowa State fans chanting "no means no" at Iowa's guard Pierre Pierce, who was convicted of sexual assult the year before), but for the most part, it's just good, clean, clever fun.
Today we want to hear your favorite student section taunts. Our favorite of the year (besides the Lappan hair chant) wasn't even a taunt, but rather a sign held by a Duke student during last week's Tar Heels-Blue Devils matchup. The sign had a picture of former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong and said: "Nifong – UNC graduate. Need I say more?" in reference to the controversy surrounding the former DA and the Duke lacrosse case.
What are your favorites of the season?
Who is the Top NCAA Female Athlete?
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma: We've said it before and we'll say it again. Paris is the most dominant big person in college (that includes the men, too). She's averaging 23 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks per game for the No. 14 team in the nation. Yes, Candace Parker can dunk and Ivory Latta has a flair for the dramatic, but nobody in women’s hoops is better than Paris. Nobody.
Sara Bauer, Wisconsin: We can't skate, so we give kudos to any woman who takes the ice. Bauer has been phenomenal for the second-ranked Badgers all season. Her 58 points is second in the nation and last Friday, she became the seventh player in NCAA history to reach 200 career points. And she's only 5-foot-3!
So on this snowy Valentine's day, we've identified the top women on our list. Who's on yours?
Do Athletes Ever go to Class?
In his recent blog on CSTV, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg questioned Stern's policy, saying that it "has made college basketball for the elite player a farm system." He goes on to say that because the NBDL has struggled, "college basketball has basically become a minor league for the NBA's elite prospects."
Greenberg predicts that many players will simply stop going to class when the season ends, start working with trainers to focus on getting prepared for the draft and put education on the backburner.
While there are certainly players who could care less about their education, we think that there are still guys who care. When I was a student at UMass, Marcus Camby and I had a class together (along with 200 other students) and he didn't take off his headphones once the entire semester, much less take notes or participate in class. At the same time, I have friends at UConn who couldn't keep up with Emeka Okafor in the classroom (which makes sense since Okafor earned his Finance Degree in three years and graduated with a 3.8 GPA).
Today, we want to know if you think college basketball players really care about their education? Did you have class with any athletes? Did they ever show up? And finally, is this age-limit rule a farce?
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