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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Nick Saban says Butch Jones is like an ‘intern’ for Alabama

Nick Saban used an interesting term to describe Butch Jones’ new role with the Alabama football program.

Jones met with Saban earlier this month regarding an offensive analyst position and it’s now official — Jones is part of the Crimson Tide staff.

Due to NCAA rules, Jones isn’t permitted to coach on the field due to the number of coaches already on Saban’s staff. Because of that, Saban said Jones is like an “intern.”

Jones comes to Alabama after going 34-27 as head coach of Tennessee. Lane Kiffin, Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, and Steve Sarkisian held the same position previously, which could serve as a springboard to rejuvenate Jones’ career. Still, it’s pretty funny to think of 50-year-old man who has 11 years of Division I head coaching experience as an intern.

Josh Rosen reportedly works out for Browns, Giants

Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen reportedly had workouts for the Browns and Giants at UCLA on Tuesday.

Both New York and Cleveland are considering drafting quarterbacks with their first round draft choices in next month’s NFL Draft. Among the signal callers expected to leave the board early is Rosen, who held private workouts for the Browns and Giants on Tuesday, according to Bruce Feldman.

The Giants have the No. 2 overall selection. It was reported earlier this month that New York was less likely to take a quarterback with the pick. That may still be the case, but there appears to at least be cursory interest in Rosen as a potential long term replacement for Eli Manning.

The Browns recently traded a third-round pick for Tyrod Taylor. That obviously does not mean they won’t select a quarterback with their No. 1 overall pick should they become enamored with one of the passers available.

Michigan hero Jordan Poole has mythology paper due

Jordan Poole winner

Michigan’s Jordan Poole had reality set in not long after his heroics against Houston.

Poole became famous after making a buzzer-beating three-pointer to land the Wolverines in the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. Though he was all about celebrating after the win, the freshman did have to turn his attention to school.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Poole has a paper on Greek mythology due on Monday.

Hitting buzzer-beaters is nothing new for Poole. He made a similar one while in high school. Poole even had a celebrity clarifying on Twitter that he is not the guy who hit the game-winning shot. Despite his newly acquired fame, Poole is still a student and that means handing in papers when they are due rather than just soaking in the glory.

Mick Cronin has head-scratching quote after Cincinnati loss

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin had a head-scratching quote following his team’s loss to Nevada on Sunday.

The No. 7 seeded Wolf Pack advanced to the Sweet 16 thanks to a 75-73 victory over the No. 2 seeded Bearcats. Following Cincinnati’s loss, Cronin said he “doesn’t care” about the Sweet 16. For him, it’s all about the national championship.

Not surprisingly, it was correctly pointed out by a few Twitter users that in order to win the title you have to make it to the Sweet 16 first.

Cincinnati has made the NCAA Tournament each year since 2011. The last time they advanced to the Sweet 16 was in 2012. Cronin’s quote will not sit well with many Bearcats fans, considering just how embarrassing of a choke job that was.

Ty Lue does not come out to coach Cavs for second half due to illness

Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue did not come to coach the Cavaliers for the second half of their game on Saturday in Chicago.

When Cleveland came out for the third quarter of their game against the Bulls, they did so without their head coach, who stayed behind in the locker room.

Larry Drew took over as acting head coach as he did previously this season when Lue missed the second half of Cleveland’s game against the Magic with an undisclosed illness.

The Cavaliers later said that Lue was out with an illness and doubtful to return. Lue and LeBron James had a tense exchange during the team’s game on Thursday night.

Big Baby Davis responds to arrest report on Instagram

Glen Davis

Former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis responded via Instagram on Saturday to a report that he was arrested on drug charges last month.

This past week, it was reported by a television news station in Baltimore that Davis was arrested at a hotel with a large amount of marijuana. Nearly $100,000 in cash was also present.

On Saturday, Davis posted a video to his Instagram account of himself on an airplane sitting next to briefcase full of cash. He urged the public to not believe everything on the internet and said he will have his day in court. Be warned as Davis used some explicit language.

Davis spent nine seasons in the NBA and most recently played with the Clippers in 2015. He was selected No. 35 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft out of LSU.

Davis was involved in another incident at a hotel in 2013. He was not arrested as a result of that altercation.

Jazz GM ‘disappointed’ over lack of protection from refs

Dennis Lindsey

Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was none too pleased about the lack of calls by the referees on Jared Dudley and Marquese Chriss on Thursday.

Tempers flared during third quarter of the game between the Jazz and Phoenix Suns. After Utah inbounded the ball following a missed dunk by Chriss, Ricky Rubio was shoved by Dudley. He was then pushed to the floor by Chriss.

Here’s a view from another angle, which includes the fracas that followed.

Dudley and Chriss were both ejected, but their actions were enough to have Lindsey fuming. During a radio appearance on Friday, Lindsey expressed disappointment with the treatment of his players and lack of protection for them.

“I’m tired, guys, to be honest with you. I didn’t sleep well last night after the two hits on Ricky…coupled with my wife’s snoring…so you’ll have to forgive me,” Lindsey told 1280 The Zone in Utah, via producer Austin Horton. “I’ve got an upset starting point guard, I’ve got an upset coach and reasonably so. Literally, when I say I didn’t sleep a minute [last night] I didn’t. We expect our players to be protected. We think the officials made the appropriate determination, [but] we’ve seen this too many times.

I don’t think there’s any connection individually. Again, what happened vs. Minnesota was inappropriate…what happened TWICE [last night] is not in the name of good sportsmanship. [Rubio]’s upset. He’s got a contusion on his knee now and we’re in a playoff chase. You expect players to be protected by the league, and we’ll stand on that. Hopefully it won’t cause him to miss any time, but frankly as of today we don’t know. We’re disappointed in the actions and we’re going to express that.

“We get competition brings frustration, but again, what happened last night was uncalled for.”

The incident Lindsey referenced against Minnesota was Jeff Teague giving Rubio a body check that sent Rubio into the Timberwolves bench.

It’s understandable Lindsey would be frustrated with the treatment of one of his better players, especially considering the Jazz are fighting for a playoff spot and Rubio has been diagnosed with a knee contusion. Rubio is considered questionable for Utah’s game against Sacramento on Saturday.

CBS screwed up on its Jim Boeheim graphic

Jim Boeheim Bucknell

A gaff by CBS placed legendary Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim at a school other than Syracuse.

During the NCAA Tournament first round game between Syracuse and TCU on Friday, CBS’ cameras showed Boeheim on the sideline. Under his name was the Syracuse logo, along with an orange background. To the right were the words “3rd season as Bucknell head coach.” Also displayed was a record of 68-32.

Nathan Davis is in his third season as head coach at Bucknell and the 68-32 record belongs to him. Bucknell lost to Michigan State 82-78 earlier in the day on Friday. Both Syracuse and Bucknell played their first round games in Detroit, which led to the graphic error.

It was obviously an innocent mistake by CBS, but it’s still pretty funny to see Boeheim associated with a school other than Syracuse. And now this mistake will make our long list of blunders.

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