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Friday, September 4, 2009

Lunchtime links: Friday edition (9/4)

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  • Two Bulldogs -- Adrien Cole and Solomon Randle -- return to their native Alabama for this Saturday's game, writes the Mobile Press-Register's Mike Herndon.
  • Auburn's new basketball arena has a temporary name, writes Andrew Gribble of the Opelika-Auburn News. Drumroll please ... The Auburn Arena. Really? I can imagine this is how the brainstorming session went:
  • Auburn brainstormer #1: "We need a name for the arena?"
  • Auburn brainstormer #2: "How about ... the Auburn Arena?"
  • Auburn brainstormer #1: "Brilliant! Let's go to lunch."
  • Auburn brainstormer #2: "Where to?"
  • Auburn brainstormer #1: "McDonald's?"
  • Auburn brainstormer #2: "Another triumph!"
  • Seriously, though, they'll drop that lame name as soon as a corporate sponsor comes along. And by naming it something so bland instead of after somebody famous, the school will be able to change the name without any uproar. The people I really feel for are Beard and Eaves. Although I won't miss the double hyphenation required in spelling the arena's name.
  • More trouble at Alabama with the same booster that nearly cost Julio Jones and Mark Ingram. This time, it's linebacker Jerrell Harris who's being investigated for getting a laptop, writes Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register.
  • Maybe the NCAA should work on the post-game handshake after Thursday night's ugliness at Boise State, when Oregon's LaGarrette Blount threw a punch after the game was over, then went berserk and nearly started a fight with fans. You stay classy, Blount. I'm guessing a suspension is in his future.
  • Paul Rhoads won his debut as Iowa State's head coach, despite having to communicate with cell phones during the first half because the headsets were not working. "I’d like to thank (athletic director) Jamie Pollard and the business department for paying our cell bill in the first half,” Rhoads said afterward. Also, check out the photo galleries on the side panel of that page. Rhoads seems to get pretty fiery during his pre-game speeches.
  • Forty percent of sports reporters bet on sports and 5 percent have done so on games they cover, according to Editor & Publisher. This does not shock me in the least. Me? I'm too cheap -- and too frequently incorrect -- to consider placing wagers. Plus, reading a Phil Steele magazine to figure out gambling trends will give you a headache. Too many abbreviations.

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