When you start hearing yourself scream or jump out of your seats over the past couple of days, you know that the most exciting time of the year for sports fans has arrived: March Madness in college basketball.
I hope everyone was able to get adjusted to Daylight Savings Time (in case you forgot, move your clock ahead one hour), because it’s time to get linked in for some Sunday reading before the NCAA Division I-A basketball tournament field is announced tonight at 5pm CDT.
- Tom Buchheim, fellow Wartburg alum, follows the evolution of sports and social media on his blog titled Fourth and 140. His latest post is about how social media has helped NCAA Division III athletics in sending out updates and engaging fans during its 2011 Division III wrestling championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin this past Friday and Saturday. Tom highlights how Wartburg’s sports information director Mark Adkins keeps fans posted on the scores of each match and the team race. (Side note: Wartburg won their 8th national title on Saturday. The last time a school not named Augsburg or Wartburg won the title was Ithaca in 1994).
- Mike Vorkunov of New Jersey Newsroom’s “Pressbox” sits down with ESPN college hoops analyst Jay Bilas and ask him how does Bilas balances his work with ESPN with his “real” day job as an attorney. Bilas graduated with a law degree from Duke after his playing career.
- Mark Kreidler of ESPN files this column about Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl and his battle against neck and throat cancer. Often irascible and known for being a pest as a player and as a coach, Karl is accepting a new role of offering hope to survivors of various forms of cancer. The Nuggets signed Karl to a three-year extention earlier this week.
- The popular sports business reporter Darren Rovell of CNBC suggests that additional salary penalities should be invoked when coaches are suspended. He makes his case after Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel (aka “Sweater Vest”) is suspended for two games and is fined $250,000 for lying to the school and the NCAA for withholding information on several of his players selling football jerseys, helmets, etc. in exchange for tattoos.
- John Infante of the insightful and well respected Bylaw Blog says that the media’s involvement in investigating cases like Tressel and Ohio State, and Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl, is helping compliance officers in getting to the bottom of wrongdoing and rule breaking within athletic departments.
That’s it for now, but before I go, I know you want to hear Gus Johnson‘s call at the end of the Washington vs. Arizona Pac-10 championship game again from CBS. The Power of Gus continues to grow, my friends.