Dick Weiss

  • Dick Weiss
    North Carolina mess: McCants calls on ex-players from 2005 title team to release transcripts

       Former North Carolina basketball star Rashad McCants  showed no signs of flinching when he appeared on ESPN “Outside the Lines” for a second time in less  than week Wednesday to talk about his alleged academic fraud at that ACC university.   McCants stuck to his story that tutors wrote his term papers, only attended classs  half...

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    O’Bannon case: Noll proposes conference salary cap to prevent bidding wars

       It hasn’t taken long for the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial to become contenious.     Roger Noll, a Stanford professor of economics  hired by the plaintiffs, spent two days and 10 gruelling hours a the stand, making the assertion that the escalation of coaches salaries and the growth of new facilites over the last 25 years worth...

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    Nebraska fb coach wants to nix national signing date

    College basketball has had an early signing date for years, whereby prospects can sign a National Letter of Intent for a week, beginning the first Wednesday in November of their senior year, and take the pressure off themselves during their final year of high school competition.     Now, college football coaches seem to be headed in the same...

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    Blatche to play for Philippines in World Cup

    Basketball in the Philippines seems to be all over the news these days.   With teams thoughout the world attempting to upgrade their rosters as the FIBA World Cup in Spain approaches, Brooklyn Nets’ forward Andray Blatche has has been granted Filipino citizenship so he can play for that country’s national team.      Presidential spokesman...

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    Manny Pacquiao to coach in the Philippine pro league

    Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra, a Filipino American who has close ties to his mother’s homeland in the Philippines, suddenly has competition as the most popular professional coach in that hoops crazed country in Malaysia..    Manny Pacquiao, who has won 10 world championships in eight different divisions and is the current WBO welter weight champion, is taking...

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    Coaching salaries are getting out of control

       Coaching salaries are getting totally out of hand at all levels.   John Calipari has just signed a new seven year, $52 million dollar extension that will keep him at Kentucky.   Coach Cal has been one of the hottest coaches in college basketball ever since he arrived in the Bluegrass and coached...

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    O’Bannon says current players should be paid.

       When the O’Bannon vs. the NCAA anti-trust case was in its pre-trial stages, Ed O’Bannon, the former UCLA All American forward who is the chief plaintiff, spoke about limiting compensation to former players, but during his testimony in Oakland Monday, he shifted the dialogue to current athletes and focused on TV revenue. “They should be paid,” he testified. “With...

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    O’Bannon takes on the NCAA

         It was five years in the making, but the Ed O’Bannon anti-trust law suit against the NCAA has finally reached a federal courtroom  in Oakland, Calif.       And It hasn’t taken long for the lead plaintiff, a former UCLA All American forward on the Bruins’ 1995 national championship  team, to characterize his college athletics experience as striictly a business transaction. “I was an...

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    Kansas signs Ukrainian prodigy

    Kansas may have lost two prize freshmen with international backgrounds– guard Andre Wiggins of Canada and 7-0 center Joel Embiid from Cameroon to the NBA lottery, but it hasn’t taken long for Bill Self to reload by expanding his program’s horizons into Eastern Europe. Wiggins and Embiid should be two of the top three players selected...

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    Whispers

    Kevin Ollie of Connecticut is the hottest coach in either pro or college basketball after leading the Huskies from the American Athletic Conference to the NCAA tournament championship. With that in mind and rumors swirling that he is on the NBA Los Angeles’ Lakers radar as they try to make a splash, the school is...

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    The Los Angeles Clippers: Moving Forward

    PHILADELPHIA– When TMZ broke the story of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling making repuslive racist comments Friday, we found it interesting that Sterling chose to berate his bi-racial ex-girl friend in an audio tape for,  among other things, posting an Instagram photo of her with Magic Johnson, telling her to never bring blacks — especially Johnson– to his team’s...

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    Now this is a big man

     Keep this name on your radar.   Alhaji Fall from Dakar, Senegal is the tallest high school player currently playing in this country. Fall is 7 feet 5 inches tall , weighs 250 pounds with a wing span of eight feet. His shoe size is 22.   Tacko, as he is known to his...

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    Dr. Jack Ramsay passes. Basketball loses a giant.

    PHILADELPHIA– It was so sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Jack Ramsay, the one time St. Joseph’s coach who died in his Naples, Fla. home at age 89 after a 14- year battle with cancer.  This city has produced its share of great coaches. Among them are the late Harry Litwack of Temple,...

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    Whispers Okafor is this year’s best incoming freshman

    BROOKLYN– I’ve never been a big fan of high school All Star games, other than the Nike Hoop Summit because i think they are nothing more than showcases of individual  talents and glorified layup drills. But if nothing else, the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center reinforced my opinion that 6-11 center Jalil...

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    Whispers 2.0

    PORTLAND, Ore.– UConn coach Kevin Ollie is suddenly the flavor of the month after coaching the Huskies to a national championship this week in North Dallas. Multiple NBA franchies appearnly have interest in hiring Ollie, a class act who was a former NBA player, assistant as their head coach. If I were UConn,...

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    Kansas star Joel Embiid to miss final two regular season games.

    Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, whose team has a legitimate chance to win the national championship in a year where there are no great teams out there, isn”t takng any chances with the health of his valuable 7-0 freshman center Joel Embiid. Self has announced Embiid will miss Kansas’ final two regular-season games vs. Texas Tech on...