Some mid-day notes for Wednesday:
- Shaquille O’Neal says he wants to mentor DeMarcus Cousins, according to the website Fansided. Shaq says he wants to make Cousins the best center in the NBA.
- The Courier-Journal’s Tim Sullivan writes on the Kyle Wiltjer transfer and what it means for UK.
- Oregon football gets a slap on the wrist as Chip Kelly is stuck with a show-cause order which doesn’t mean much considering the former Oregon coach is now in the NFL.
- Remember former Mississippi State basketball player Rodney Hood? The ex-Bulldog sat out last year as a transfer at Duke, and according to Zagsblog, is champing at the bit to get back on the floor. Hood was at Colorado Springs training with the US team for the World University Games. Hood on Duke next season: “Oh, yeah, we’re going to be a lot more fast-paced, we’re going to get up and down, we’re going to press a little bit. We’re going to try to speed the game up because we don’t really have a true big man other than Marshall [Plumlee] so we gotta get in people’s faces and deny the perimeter and make it an exciting game.”
- Kansas coach Bill Self was publicly reprimanded for his outburst during an NCAA Tournament game. Self damaged the scorer’s table.
- North Carolina ended up ranking No. 1 in ESPN’s “Path to the Draft” feature. UK was No. 4. Eamonn Brennan writes, “First, let’s run through the rest of UNC’s case, which is much more straightforward. Antawn Jamison may not be anyone’s idea of a Hall of Famer, but he has had a long and almost always productive career; at his peak, he was one of the most versatile (and quirky) small forwards in the game. Rasheed Wallace often got more attention for his inability to stop freaking out on officials all the time than his actual basketball ability, but during his prime he was one of the best interior defenders in the league, the best player on a handful of title-contending Trail Blazers teams and arguably the best player during Detroit’s 2004 NBA title run despite being traded into that mix in the middle of the season.”
- Robert Cessna of the College Station-Bryan Eagle says Johnny Manziel just can’t please everyone.
- Manziel has stopped tweeting.