Interesting stuff. Wonder how/why he ended up in Chattanooga? From the Sigma Chi article, it looks like he ended his college career with the Mocs since it has his graduating year listed next to the school's name. If so, he left a year or two before Russ got there.
It must have been brief or in a very (very) limited role; Gavin's time with the Mocs is not mentioned in his bio here:
Agreed on including no more ownership as part of a deal to lift the ban. But I doubt any owner would want to sell him any stake due to the subsequent bad PR, and even if they did, I doubt the rest of the owners would approve. Secondly, offering the Maloofs some cash at this point would do no good in trying to get back into the league...the Maloofs sold their stake in the Kings last year.
[Which, when you think about it, Silver and Co. was able to force something that seemed impossible — forcing him to sell without voting him out — and then lifting the ban that they had complete control over.]
Adam Silver did not force The Don to sell; Shelly Sterling forced The Don to sell. If The Don didn't have Alzheimer's, there'd be no sale. And the lawsuits would continue. And then Silver would have to make a decision on how to handle rumored player boycotts. Would he let the league (and the fans) suffer and point the finger at The Don? Or would he take control and fine and/or suspend players who refused to play?
Lifting the lifetime ban on The Don would be the right thing to do. Not sure what Silver will do though since he seems to want LeBron's blessings on his decisions. And we know how LeBron would feel about lifting the ban. But once The Don becomes a general fan with no ties to any team or organization, I'm not sure that a continued ban would even be legal. He has not broken any rules as a general fan. Wouldn't refusing to allow him into games be a form of discrimination?
Jay, exactly. Love him or hate him, Smith got suspended for doing his job. Makes no sense.
[(Side note No. 1: Yes feel free to debate a guy getting a full year for being a multiple pot offender while Ray Rice gets two games for domestic assault against his wife.]
Apples and oranges, Jay. There is a clear policy on drug violations and the punishments that come with it. Not sure that the NFL should have even gotten involved in the Ray Rice incident unless he clearly violated an NFL rule. Any punishment should have been addressed by the justice system and/or the Ravens organization.
[Side note to the side note: ESPN suspended Steven A. Smith from work longer for his rant last week about the Rice incident than the NFL suspended Rice for the actual incident. Smith got a full week or five days; Rice got two games. Go figure)]
Not sure what Stephen A. Smith said that was wrong. He didn't blame the woman nor did he excuse Rice. He simply tried to hold both the instigator and the retaliator responsible for their actions. Leave it to the liberal media in ultra-p.c. America to take his words way out of context. That said, Smith's suspension is unjustified. Remember, he gets paid to run his mouth.
As for a suspension comparison, consider that Ray Rice is missing 13% of his work time (2 games out of 16). In comparison, Smith is missing only 2% of his work time (5 days out of 261 weekdays in a year).
So it looks like the Clippers will be sold after all. Lucky for the NBA that the sale-under-duress won't result in a fire-sale price. Especially with the new TV deal coming that should benefit all the owners.
The end of the ESPN article about the Sterling case said this:
[Though Donald Sterling is banned for life from the league, Shelly Sterling said she's confident that it will one day be lifted and he will be able to attend games with her.
"Oh, absolutely, he'll be able to," Sterling said. "I think the ban will be lifted. There's a new owner and a new sheriff in town and it's going to be good. It's going to be good for the city, for the fans, for the league, for everybody and that's all we want."]
Jay, once the sale goes through, if Donald agrees to drop all lawsuits (present and future) against the league, do you think Adam Silver should lift the lifetime ban? (Mailbag this one if you want.)
It's very unfortunate that Mr. Ireland served a lot of time for a crime he didn't commit. That said though, the taxpayers should not be on the hook to pay this man anything. If he wants to sue someone, he needs to sue his lawyer who apparently did a terrible job in defending him. Last time I checked, you are innocent until proven guilty. It would be interesting to see the details of this case and see what "proof" was there to convict this man.
And he wants 5-8 million dollars for this?? How greedy. I'll be happy if there's 1 million in the bank by the time I retire. And this guy is a good 20 years away from retirement. He has plenty of time to go to school and make a decent living before calling it a career.
Caliendo is aces. Love his Madden and Barkley impersonations. And Aries Spears is good too. Does a really good Shaq.
Jay originally answered the question about the publications on June 27:
5-at-10: Friday Mailbag
by Jay Greeson
[This much is certain: Anything less than a playoff trip is a huge disappointment. Agreed?]
Absolutely. And I felt the same way last year too. I guess David Blackburn wasn't as disappointed though since he gave Russ a nice multiyear extension anyway.
Not sure that the Mocs will be better overall this year than last year. Any improvement on offense will be offset by a dropoff on the D. But that shouldn't affect our playoff hopes though. This conference is easier than ever to win. So even if we lose the 2 money games and the other out of conference games, we should still be good enough to get the autobid.
The game against Jax St. will be a good indicator of where our program is at. The Mocs would have been no better than 5th in the OVC last year, and Jax St. is projected to be the OVC's best team this year. Right now, I think it's silly seeing some of the preseason polls that have us near the top 10. I don't think we're anywhere close to that.
Hard to argue with MT's picks. The only other name I'd throw out there is Frank Reed. 13 seasons with the Mocs with 7 conference titles. Not bad at all.
[And with the changing dynamics of the college sports experience, if Mudiay succeeds the completely fractured college hoops/NBA draft process may have taken another massive body blow.]
I doubt he'll stay in China more than a year. Especially if he remains a projected lottery pick in next year's draft. I think situations like this will remain the exception and not the rule for the foreseeable future. Not everyone is willing to leave the USA to play overseas. They'd rather stay here and play for Coach Cal or Coach K for a year instead.
I like your first idea of not allowing back-to-back picks in the top 3 or 6. I am also liking the idea of drawing for the top 6 instead of the top 3 with the proposed new weighted odds from the NBA.
I think making a fair judgment with your 2nd tweak would be tougher than it looks more times than not. The Mark Madsen thing is easy to spot, but being certain that teams are intentionally losing instead of simply imploding or playing stupidly would be hard a lot of times. If the incentive to lose is taken away altogether, teams will have no good reason to tank, and there would be no reason to see if they really are or not.
Good ideas though. Not sure what the best solution is at this point. But glad the NBA is trying to find one.
MT, the concern with that idea is that bubble playoff teams would then be the ones tanking down the stretch. This past season, I bet that the Bobcats would have happily tanked their last few games to get the top pick in the draft instead of having to endure a sweep against the Heat in the first round.
And the tanking would not have to be obvious. But it could easily be done in the most subtle ways. Short and/or lazy practices, less accountability with players and their performance, lack of serious strategy, and taking "extra caution" with injuries to key players and hold them out longer than needed.