• Lawyas: Bush Best Be a Snitch, Bitch. He kept his mouth shut and effectively warded off the NCAA's subpoena-less investigators for the better part of two years since the mega-scandalous illegal benefits story broke big, but the Lloyd Lake/Tarnished Heisman media blitz has quickly turned the tables on Reggie Bush, who can't afford to stay quiet any more:
A transcript of Bush's statements will then be delivered to the NCAA for review as part of the organization's investigation into Bush's involvement with a failed San Diego sports marketing company, the attorney, Brian Watkins, said Thursday.
Bush has not formally agreed to provide that deposition, Watkins acknowledged.
But "if he doesn't show up, he'll be in trouble, with the judge able to sanction him or to order him to show up with monetary sanctions," said Watkins, whose lawsuit claims Bush owes Lake $291,600.
"I'm going to ask him about everything: His involvement in this company, why he reneged [as a client], why he refuses to pay back the money for his parents' housing, the hotel rooms, the cash, the helicopter ride Lloyd gave his family in San Diego."
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Yeah, I'll talk. What you wanna talk about? My fine girl? My bling? My Hummer? My ability to make all this and more yours? What you wanna talk about?
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• Terrelle Pryor Watch. Heavy breathing continues unabated over the star quarterback, still presumed to be vascillating between Michigan and Ohio State but also nominally considering Oregon and LSU, and the only news Terrelle Pryor suggested in his recruiting diary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is that it's "doubtful" he'll be playing basketball as planned:
I'm going to be pounding away at football [in college]. If I want to win a national title, I'm going to have to work out and lift weights in the offseason. Maybe even go over films. Plus, I'll want to chill a little. I don't know if I can do all that and play basketball.
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Charlie hit him with the questions about how they're going use me. He asked if they were going to make me a quarterback or am I going to be running all the time? They'll probably use me like they used Pat White at West Virginia, but I would be throwing more. They said they'd teach me some techniques, and I'll be throwing that thing a lot. But they'll use my athleticism on some plays, too.
It's nice having Charlie there on visits. He asks a lot of the questions. He'll ask a question and I think, 'Oh, that's a good one.'I'd still say it's five schools -- Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, LSU and Penn State. I've visited Ohio State and Michigan. I can't just take two visits. I have basketball games this weekend, so I might go to Oregon the middle of next week, come back and then go to LSU. I might miss a basketball game or two, but it might be against weaker teams.
I wouldn't leave out Oregon in this thing.
A few Pitt coaches were here [at Jeannette] again this week. They were trying to hit me hard. But they're just doing their jobs.
I'm not going there and I'm not going to visit there, but I'm thinking about maybe just going down there and talking to them. I'll do it just for my Dad because he loves Pitt. So maybe I'll sit and talk with Pitt, just for him.
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I really don't know where I'm going. The night of Feb. 5, I'm just going to have to sit down, shut off my cell phone, relax and just think it all over.
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Sources confirmed Thursday that Jones, in fact, stayed for his entire visit and had not done any recruiting for another school. The Sun regrets the errors.
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Equally disappointing for Gator haters is the about face in Thursday's Miami Herald by Maranda Smith, the gymnast girlfriend of UF recruit Carl Moore whose comments suggesting Urban Meyer aggressively recruited her for the gymnastics team in order to secure a commitment from Moore, a procedural violation somewhere between "nothing" and "secondary."
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The Pompano Beach All-America cornerback has been spewing stuff to the recruiting services the past week about his red-flagged test score and the role UF played in it. He called Florida officials "cowards" for tipping off the Clearing House about his recent dramatic increase on his ACT exam (reportedly from 16 to 22) after Johnson spurned Florida for LSU.
An early enrollee, Johnson is no longer in class (at LSU) and is in limbo while the Clearing House does its thing. (Most likely, Johnson will have to re-take the ACT, which he claims he's fine with.)
Here's the fact: UF had nothing to do with the Clearing House firing up the red flag on Johnson's questionable test score. This is something the Clearing House did (and always does) on its own. When an athlete's score suddenly increases by several points, the red flag goes up. The Clearing House doesn't need to be "tipped off" about someone's test score. And trust me, UF had nothing to do with the process Johnson is going through right now.
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Teflon Urb leaves' em fuming.
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Re: Julio Jones, The Birmingham News is only certain of one thing about the destination of the nation's most sought-after receiver: Nobody knows a damn thing. Maybe not even Julio.
• Return to the glory years! Ohhh ohhh ohh ohhhhhhhhh... On the heels of its embarrassing academic fraud suspenson extravaganza in the Music City Bowl, Florida State is turning to an old swim coach cum compliance director to heal the wounds as director of FSU's academic support program. Bill Shults, FSU swim coach from 1979-92 and compliance director from 1993-98 ( returns to Tallahassee after a brief stay at Florida International - "brief" as in "a little over a month." The Panthers hired Shults in December to right FIU's own foundering academic ship, which included a staggering, national-high nine scholarship suspensions in football alone for its abysmal "Academic Progress Rate." So Shults isn't afraid of a challenge.
Because the Aztecs are going to miss that mark, according to NCAA documents, they've faced a potential double hit this year - last year's waived penalty plus new ones.
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The Rap Sheet
Crimes, misdemeanors and eligibility-crippling issues legal, academic, institutional and otherwise.
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Indicted, Texas A&M's Yemi Babalola and Brandon Joiner, who were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery the week after A&M's upset win over Texas for allegedly punching out an apartment dweller as he/she opened his door, binding both people inside with tape, waving a gun at them and escaping with "several small items." If you're going to jump into the aggravated robbery pool, men, you might as well hit the deep end: it's a first-degree felony bringing 5 to 99 years and (and, not "or") a fine of up to $10,000 either way. Just more evidence of Dennis Franchione's culture of mediocrity, I guess; when Mike Sherman comes in, there's a safe in the gameplan or you don't knock on the door in the first place.
Both have been suspended indefinitely from the Aggies since the arrest.
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