BREAKING NEWS: Sources Confirm, Chris Petersen to Mississippi St

BREAKING NEWS: Sources Confirm, Chris Petersen to Mississippi St

BREAKING NEWS: Sources Confirm, Chris Petersen to Mississippi St
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Remember, we told you about Lane Kiffin before anyone else (Sorry; ESPN, Rival, FoxSports, SI).

You can take this to the bank. Boise State’s Chris Petersen, will be the new head coach at Mississippi State University. The official announcement could come as soon as the completion of the SEC Title game. More later, when information becomes available.

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*****UPDATE 12/5/08 6:25pm*****

An Idaho TV website is reporting that a Mississippi TV station is reporting that a contract offer has been extended to Petersen, $9 million over 4 years.

HUGE UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SPARTY IS LYING!!!!!!

FYI:
Chris Petersen Boise St. Bio (updated through 2007 season)
Chris Petersen Wikipedia (you know the drill with Wiki; take it for what it’s worth)

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The Ultimate 11: Defense

The Ultimate 11: Defense

The Ultimate 11: Defense
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With college football just around the corner — less than one month away! — I figured now would be a good time to piss off a lot of people by unveiling my ultimate 11. This is sort of a preseason All-American list, but it is my list, so I expect to get hammered in the comments section due to leaving off your favorite player. Yes, there are several great players at each position, but only one can make it. This means I will undoubtedly leave someone off who may deserve a spot on the list. For this I’m sorry (honestly, I’m not sorry, but I figured I’d give you a weak apology to ease your anger). The numbers mentioned indicate the players’ stats from last season, not projections for the upcoming year. Here is you’re Ultimate 11 on defense (we did the Ultimate 11 on offense yesterday). Let the bitch-fest commence!

Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU: Hughes has been a stud for TCU for the past few years and he looks to have one more sack-filled season before he opts for the NFL. While many people know next-to-nothing about TCU, the college football nuts know that this is one of the premier Non-BCS schools alongside Utah and Boise State. The Horned Frogs have gone 30-9 over the past three seasons, and almost all of that success has been due to a stout defense. Hughes is the statistical leader of the TCU defense, finishing last season with 52 tackles, 15 sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions and one touchdown. The guy is a freak. Though he is small for a defensive end (6-2), he is quick and has some serious strength.

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Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: Not as many people know about Suh as they should. Last season Suh was the best defensive tackle in the country, but because Nebraska has been all-but-forgotten in the national media (losing a lot will do that), he went relatively unnoticed. That won’t be the case this year. Nebraska has four nationally televised games and Suh will be the anchor of a Bo Pelini defense. Last season Suh tallied 76 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns (one of them on offense). The guy is a total beast and will most likely be a top-1o pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Here is a 2 minute video of Suh whopping that ass.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: McCoy is a beast, like Suh, but his stats don’t tell all of the story. He finished last season with 26 tackles, six sacks and one interception, but he did so while facing double and triple teams weekly. McCoy is a huge dude, standing 6-4 and weighing just a shade under three bills, so his body can take the pounding that the NFL will demand. While I think he is not quite the player Suh is, he is still a dominant force.

Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida: Dunlap is an interesting cat. He stands 6-6 and weighs 290 pounds, but he looks quicker than he is strong. He plays like a pure speed rusher, but the man is gigantic, which makes him scary as hell to offensive lineman. Last season he finished with 36 tackles and nine sacks. Before Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis left the Florida team, Dunlap looked like he was a lock for single coverage most of the year. Now that the big man in the middle is gone, Dunlap can once again deal with double teams early and often. I still like him to get to 10 sacks this season, and then bolt due to a top-10 draft grade.

Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State: The Spartans have always seemed to be one great player short of making a run at the Big 10. They might have a good offense, but the defense falls short. They might have a great running game, but their quarterback falls short. This year the Spartans are said to be a defensive team first. This is not a real surprise as head coach Mark Dantonio comes from a defensive background. The Spartans are led by preseason defensive player of the year winner Greg Jones. Jones is a man-child for Sparty. Any time you are recognized as the best linebacker in the Big 10, you know you’re good. While Jones’s sack numbers are low (six in the past two years as a starter), his tackle numbers are insane. Last year he finished with 127 tackles (80 solo). This year he will be the face of the Spartans and should make his presence well known.

Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida: One of the most ridiculous stats entering the 2009 season is that the defending national champion Gators return all 11 starters from last year’s defense. I don’t remember ever hearing about a team winning a title and returning all starters on any side of the ball. The Gators defense will be led by middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. As a sophomore Spikes led the Gators in tackles with 131, but last year, with a much-improved defense, his tackles dipped considerably (87), but he added four interceptions and two touchdowns. Spikes turned down the NFL (rumors were he did not get a first round grade) and will now look to make it three national championships in four seasons for the Gators. He can be seen here almost killing Knowshon Moreno.

Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma: This is one of the defensive choices that will probably enlist a harsh response. Lewis started for the Sooners last year after their initial starter went down to injury. As a true freshman, Lewis finished with 135 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and four picks…as a true freshman playing in a league where offenses dominate. This year Lewis will be a stud for the Sooners and should help Oklahoma bring the pain on that side of the ball. With McCoy eating up offensive lineman, look for Lewis to be able to attack the quarterback more often than last year and make a name for himself nationally.

Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky: Lindley might be the most unknown member of my Ultimate 11, but the dude can play. Sadly for him, he plays for Kentucky so no one cares what he does. His a legit lock-down corner, so he gets few balls thrown his way. Last season he ended with four picks and one touchdown to go along with 38 tackles. While he is a relative unknown, the dude can play and just may be a first round pick when he opts for the big leagues.

Ahmad Black, CB, Florida: Black might not be as well known as fellow Gator defensive backs Joe Haden or Major Wright, but the dude is a baller of the highest order. As a sophomore he finished with 54 tackles, seven picks (for 191 return yards) and two touchdowns. Black is just one of the reasons why Florida will have the nastiest secondary in college football next year. He has speed, quickness and all of the confidence to be a top flight corner. While he is on the small side (5-9), he makes up for it by being a total badass.

Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee: You know what is depressing? Having a man-crush on one of your rivals’ star players. Berry was the one lock for this list for me. Dude is a machine. Last year he finished with 72 tackles, three sacks and seven picks. He has averaged, in just two years, 243.5 yards in interception returns. He is just 15 yards shy of breaking Terrell Buckley’s record, which he will most likely do in the first game. Now that he has the best defensive mind in football coaching him in Monte Kiffin, the sky isn’t even the limit for Berry this year. While Tebow and Bradford gets all of the love in the national media, Berry is my pick as the best player in all of college football. Here you can watch Berry dominate.

Taylor Mays, FS, Southern California: Mays is somewhat of an enigma. He has the size (6-3, 230) and speed (electronic sub 4.4 forty) to dominate as a free safety, yet his numbers aren’t what they should be. He had just 53 tackles last year and had a grand total of zero sacks and interceptions. However, his lack of numbers may have been due to the fact that his USC defense was unstoppable last year and by the time the ball reached Mays’s spot in the secondary the play was over. Mays shocked the college football world when he opted to stay at USC for one more year, but he stayed to be the team leader on defense and this year look for Mays to share the defensive limelight with Eric Berry.

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2009-2010 Sacramento Kings NBA Season Preview

2009-2010 Sacramento Kings NBA Season Preview

2009-2010 Sacramento Kings NBA Season Preview
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Here at Sparty and Friends, we have reached NBA preview (again). There will be one team per work day leading up to the season opener (Celts vs. Cavs, October 27th at 7:30pm on TNT). The teams are ordered by record starting with last place and going up through the non-playoff teams, followed by the playoff teams in order of elimination (or lack there of in the Lakers’ case). Now let’s have a late Sac(To) lunch…

The Kings are making progress. No, really. They have a young core of players and got better in the draft. They have some bad contracts, but in a few years they will be out of those. They’ll probably be out of Sacramento as well. Sad, but true. Wait… sad? Maybe not. You know what? Not sad. The only thing that I associate with the Kings in Sac’to right now are these; The Webber Era (disappointing by all accounts), Arco Arena (often loud, always bad), Shaq calling them “The Queens” (funny, but not a positive for the franchise), and their insanely ugly alternate jerseys (one of the ugliest things ever worn by anybody in the history of the universe, seriously). I guess they should leave town. Either way, I’m leaving. Where am I going? They call in “the jump” or something…

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So let’s get the stats out of the way first…

Last Year’s Record: 17-65 (last in the Pacific Division, last in the Western Conference, last in the NBA)

Last Year’s Prediction (GITC): 20-25 wins, 11-15 in the Western Conference

Coach: Paul Westphal

Expected Starting Lineup: Beno Udrih, Kevin Martin, Fransisco Garcia, Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes

Expected Bench Contributors: Sergio Rodriguez, Tyreke Evans, Andres Nocioni, Donte Greene

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Well, I was right that they could have come in last! I’m not sure anybody thought they’d win only 17 games. That’s awful. On the plus side, Garcia and Hawes have moved from the bench to starting, K-Mart 2.0 is as good as ever, and Thompson has developed really well out of almost nowhere (unless you really know your NBA and deep mid-majors). On the other hand, there’s Beno Udrih. It’s not that he’s bad, it’s that he’s a crippling cap figure. Making upwards of 32 million bucks over 5 years isn’t exactly what you want to be paying a point guard who averages 11 points and less than 5 assists per game.

Tyreke Evans was a terrible draft pick at #4. That of course is because RICKY FREAKING RUBIO was still on the board, but whatever. Will Evans be good? Sure. At least he got drafted to a team with a point guard so that he doesn’t have to try to play that position. He would fail miserably at it in the NBA. There’s just no way that he can dribble and pass at that level. I’ve been watching him since he was in high school and he’s a great attacker of the basket. Other than that? I’m not sure he brings a bunch more to the table. I doubt he’ll be a multiple time all star or anything, but very few are.

Video of the Day time! Speaking of Jason Thompson, one of the great things about being an NBA rookie is you get a new car. The bad thing that comes with being an NBA rookie is that sometimes your teammates fill your car with popcorn. Wait, what?!?

Now starting a new feature! This is called… Best Comment From Last Season’s Preview of This Team! Alright so it doesn’t have a great name. BCFLSPTT isn’t that catchy. You come up with a better name. Seriously. E-mail me. Anyway, the award goes to… Sparty! Here it is:

“dude, when the coach from Hang Time is the man in charge, everything should be a-ok.

This was in reference to the fact that last season the Kings were coached by Reggie Theus.

All this being said, the Kings are not going to be good. Better? Well, they have few other options. Namely being worse or the same. Neither of those seem plausible because 17 wins is really low. I’m going to repeat my prediction from last season.

Prediction: 20-25 wins, 11-15 in the Western Conference

Guyinthecorner is an author here at spartyandfriends.com. He writes the NBA section, X-Games section, and contributes to College Basketball and MLB. He doesn’t watch hockey except when the circumstances are dire. He’s not sure how to rate Michael Phelps on the scale of athletes not only because he doesn’t directly compete against people, but because he is a fish. He doesn’t understand the hate for the 2002 National Champion Maryland Terrapins and wishes everybody would just shut up by now. He is known for having statistical formulas and might be Bill James or Joe Lunardi depending on who you ask. His identity is as hidden as many times over as the number of internet memes he employs in his comments. Some have called him “The Riddler.” “GITC” is an acronym for guyinthecorner in case you aren’t that perceptive.

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Beware Kentucky, You’re Next

Beware Kentucky, You’re Next

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Get him a banana.Miz pointed out in TMA this morning that Memphis may be forced to forfeit the greatest season in school history, which included a Conference-USA Championship, 38 wins, a Final Four appearance, and a National Title Game appearance. There are a few allegations that have been under investigations in recent months, the most heinous being that someone else took Derrick Rose’s SAT. Kinda a big deal when the best player on your team is not supposed to be playing. There are other infractions that are included as to why such a stiff penalty would be issued. It remains to be seen if any other infractions would be imposed, such as a postseason ban. If the NCAA would really like to send a message that they aren’t a joke, they would do that as well. Vacating a season where a team didn’t win a title is not that big of a deal, and the program doesn’t truly suffer from it. Yes, they do lose the revenue they received from the Final Four, but that is the extent of it.

 

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Who really gets away with what happened? Well, Derrick Rose and John Calipari.

How many of you look down on Marcus Camby as an individual? He took money from agents while at UMass (AHEM! *COUGH*COUGH*AHEM! Also coached by Calipari), therefore negating the Minutemen’s one and only Final Four appearance. Now Camby actually paid the university back the money they lost due to what happened, and the university has also refused to take down their banner, since the school claims it was not involved in the infraction. Will Rose pay money back? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, nobody will care. He won’t really hurt an NBA franchise, so whatever legacy he sets for himself on the court in Chicago is how he will be remembered.

The other person, former coach John Calipari once again avoids suffering any kind of penalty. Like we subtlety hinted above, he was the coach at UMass when Camby was caught taking money from the agents, but got out of town before that came to light. Just months before the NCAA openly announced their investigation on Memphis, he accepted a job a the University of Kentucky. Hmmmmm. Bloggers, readers, fans, people with a heart and a lick of morals don’t trust Calipari. They see a snake when he is interviewed. They see a man who cannot be trusted. So even though Kentucky is excited about the hire of Calipari – because his teams do win – and because he brought big time recruits with him, they also know that dirtiness usually comes with it. Kentucky can only hope that nobody gets caught with their pants down while Calipari is there. Of course, if he suddenly jumps ship in 2-3 years, don’t be surprised to see Kentucky facing the death penalty that they skirted just before they hired the second biggest snake in the state of Kentucky.

 

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Eric Paschall signed on a two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves

Eric Paschall signed on a two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Eric Paschall signed on a two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after playing for the Utah Jazz last season and having the least amount of minutes played in his career. In his short three-season career and also only averaging six points per game his minutes and points per game have gone down in each of his three seasons as his rookie. I think you may remember, I believe he was on the rookie first team with the golden state warriors and he averaged like 13 points a game and they were talking at the beginning of the year that maybe this guy wins rookie of the year, and then his second season, his minutes dropped by 10 minutes per game and he only averaged nine points and it fell to six.

Now he is going to the timberwolves on a two-way contact. I don’t know how this guy is on a two-way contact. First of all, the rule used to be that you could only be on a two-way contract for three years for your first three years in the league but this is his first fourth year in the league so I don’t know if the changed the four because this also happened with I believe Brandon goodwin. I think that’s how it happened and I believe it happened with one other player too but I am not quite sure and I am not remembering off the top of my head. There are a couple of instances like this where I don’t know how they get a two-way contract when they were not in their first three seasons. So let me know if you guys know of this NBA way to change that rule or what buy his minutes are probably going to go down even more because this team has a lot of big guys. They have Jaden Mcdaniels who might not even start because he plays power forward and Carl Anthony is getting bumped up to power forward next season.

 

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McDaniels can’t just slide to the center because Rudy Gobert is going to be a center and they also have Nas Reid like they got a pretty big roster. They got a lot of guys that are going to play those positions. So, I don’t know if I see Eric Paschall getting too many minutes. He did not even get a lot of minutes with Jazz last season, really did not play much at all when I went and watched the jazz play the Leakers in person he just did not play that much and I don’t know if the signing is good for the timberwolves. He is a good player to sign on a two-way contract or a great player to get to get on a two-way contract but unless someone gets injured when you are gonna ever play this guy and why is it gonna ever be worth it, I just don’t see it being worth it unless someone does get injured which you don’t want to but like I don’t know why eric Paschall would sign this deal because I feel like someone else would have offered him a two-way contract and he could have gotten more run because I don’t see him getting a ton of playing time at all with the timberwolves especially with the timberwolves trying to be competitive and I think Anthony Edwards is going to probably have MVP lever year but let know what you guys think in the comments section below.

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