Making the morning rounds.
• Unhappy trails. To no one’s surprise, Damon Evans appears to be officially out as Georgia athletic director following his tear-filled, panty-wielding DUI arrest with a younger woman in the passenger seat last Wednesday, minutes before the start of a new, $550,000-per-year contract. Evans reportedly met with university lawyers over the weekend and is expected to announce his resignation to the UGA Athletic Board this morning. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark Bradley, leader of the Evans-must-go chorus last week, predicts assistant AD Carla Williams is in line for a promotion to Evans’ chair, along with a nice raise. But the recommendation is far from unanimous. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
• You can’t handle the truth. Tommy Tuberville, yet to coach his first game at Texas Tech, has already racked up his first public reprimand from Big 12 offices for predicting the conference’s demise in a Rivals radio interview last week. (I’m guessing that unfavorably comparing commissioner Dan Beebe to former and current SEC commissioners Roy Kramer and Mike Slive didn’t help Tubs’ case.) Beebe called Tuberville’s comments "unfortunate, and contrary to the very strong feelings of unity expressed publicly and privately by the Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors," the same guys who were inches away from dissolving the conference last month. [Associated Press]
Another former SEC coach, Illinois’ Ron Zook, can probably expect a call from the Big Ten offices, too. [Orlando Sentinel]
• The rich get richer. An "Equity in Athletics" report by the U.S Department of Education reveals that only five of 66 programs in the six automatic BCS conferences failed to turn a profit in football in 2008-09. Four "Big Six" programs actually lost money: UConn ($280,000 in the red), Syracuse ($835,000), Wake Forest ($3.1 million) and Duke ($6.7 million); Rutgers broke even. Compare that to non-BCS schools, where only 17 programs (led by Pac-10-bound Utah) out of 51 managed to keep their head above water – not including the service academies. [Hartford Courant]
• My, how you’ve changed. The Salt Lake Tribune reminded Sunday readers that, although Utah and Colorado haven’t played since 1962, the soon-to-be Pac-10 mates are actually old rivals from their days in the Rocky Mountain and Mountain State conferences in the first half of the last century. The Buffs and Utes played 55 times in 56 years between 1903 and 1958, including twice in less than a month in 1943, before drifting off one another’s schedules for good in the early sixties. [Salt Lake Tribune]
• I never thought they’d miss this hilarious beefcake birthday card. Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison was suspended indefinitely following a Friday arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor shoplifting from a Columbia mall. (Considering the item(s) in question allegedly came from Spencer’s Gifts, there’s no way the $500 threshold for a felony was ever within reach.) Harrison, a junior college transfer, started eight games last year and spent most of the spring with the first team until a late demotion for missing a practice. [Columbia Tribune]
Quickly… Hundreds of South Florida kids attended a football clinic Saturday organized by the family of late Miami defensive lineman Bryan Pata, whose 2006 murder remains unsolved. … The cash-strapped North Carolina legislature closed a loophole that allowed out-of-state athletes to apply for in-state tuition at state universities, a move that figures to add $9.4 million in scholarship costs to N.C. athletic departments. … Former Tennessee receiver Todd Campbell is transferring to Middle Tennessee State. … And if you’re looking for 88 pictures of newly renovated Michigan Stadium, the Detroit Free Press has your fix.
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