Mike Holmgren's heart and mind are in Cleveland but his wardrobe remains in Seattle, where he was with the Seahawks for 10 years. The Browns' new president told me that he has hardly any clothes with him at his new digs, which led to an embarrassing meeting with owner Randy Lerner. Lerner said, "I've got to get you some Browns stuff." When Holmgren asked why, Lerner pointed to the blue Seahawks logo on his pullover. "I immediately threw everything [from Seattle] away," said Holmgren.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told me that he doesn't like the idea of forcing players to go to college for a year before turning pro. "If [a kid is] good enough, he should be allowed to come right out of high school," he said. "[But] if they go to college, they should be there long enough to take core courses that could eventually lead to a degree. Otherwise it's a sham."
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Six-time Pro Bowler Jerome Bettis says there is one easy way to stop players from skipping the game. It comes down to—what else?—cash: "You have to offer them more money. If the players make 50 grand, 100 grand, that's different. But 25 grand? They can pass on that."
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1. Maurice Jones-Drew talks about Tim Tebow.
2. NBAPA president Derek Fisher discusses Gilbert Arenas.
THE FINE PRINT: Serena Williams won the Australian Open. And thanks to the time change, she was back in the States before her threats reached a linesman.