Former Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt has been gone from Knoxville since 2020, but he is certainly not forgotten. Vol fans continue to dog cuss him every time his name gets mentioned. In just three seasons at Rocky Top, Pruitt managed to ring up more than 200 NCAA violations, many involving illegal cash payments to players. While Tennessee has avoided a bowl ban, the school Friday was fined an NCAA record $8 million dollars and was placed on a five-year probation. Plus, the Vols will have to vacate all wins and individual records in which 16 sanctioned players participated. If Pruitt somehow lands another college coaching job in the next six years, he will first have to serve a full-season suspension.
The Bengals are holding on to RB Joe Mixon. I’m a little surprised, given Mixon’s on-field decline in 2022 and his always charming off-field legal issues dating back to his college days at OU. But maybe I should have seen this coming, since Cincy didn’t take a running back in the draft until the fifth round.
I just referenced an athlete’s “always charming off-field legal issues.” Mixon’s got nothing on now former Arizona Coyotes hockey player Alex Galchenyuk. AG crashed his car into a sign last weekend in Scottsdale. When police arrived, he allegedly used a series of racial slurs against an officer in training and threatened to have two other officers killed by his buddies in Moscow. Galchenyuk reportedly added, “I’m gonna chop you, your wife, your daughter,” and “One phone call and you’re all dead, your whole family, your bloodline is dead.” Galchenyuk now says he was just kidding. The Coyotes were clearly serious Friday when they terminated his contract.
It’s time for the Astros to make a move. They’re still just two games behind the Rangers after last night’s back-from-the-break 7-5 road win over Shohei Ohtani and the Angels. Here’s to your health, Houston. Get well, Altuve. And Alvarez. And Brantley. And…
Hey, fellow ‘Stros fans. Do you miss Verlander? Houston may have been fortunate to part ways with JV, who walked six in the Mets’ 6-0 loss to the Dodgers. Verlander walked the 7th, 8th and 9th hitters in the same inning for the first time in his career.
The Braves are the best in baseball for now, in large part because they get off to great starts. Atlanta has hit 30 first-inning homers.
Even Steph Curry was impressed. In fact, Curry was notably impressed. We all were, as we watched Sabrina Ionescu pour in 20 consecutive three-pointers Friday night at the WNBA All-Star carnival in Vegas. Dang!
Men’s final Sunday at Wimbledon? Let’s go, Alcaraz! I respect Djokovic, who will seek his fifth straight Wimbledon championship and 24th Grand Slam singles title. But I don’t have to like him.