The LSU men’s athletics department is making more headlines about academic fraud and drunks in its football stadium than about its spring sports wins and losses.
Two more former athletic tutors came forward last week and said they saw other tutors typing papers, doing homework and writing papers, all forbidden by NCAA rules.
One ex tutor said he saw other tutors working on English assignments for athletes while the athletes idled nearby. Another tutor said he was asked by athletes to do their math homework but refused.
Two weeks after LSU won the Sugar Bowl, the director of LSU’s academic center for athletes, Roger Grooters, revealed that tutors may have helped football players and other athletes cheat on assignments.
Meanwhile, LSU athletics director Skip Bertman said he plans measures to curb alcohol consumption at LSU home football games. He says just a few drinkers can cause thousands can cause a bad experience for thousands. He said LSU next fall will use cameras to identify offenders and may deny admission to ticket holders who show up tipsy at the gate.
“I want people to be able to bring their children to a game,” Bertman said.
University of Minnesota president Mark Yudof describes as “fair and just” a judge’s order that ex coach Clem Haskins repay $815,000 of his $1.5 million contract buyout. Thus ends the saga of academic fraud in the men’s basketball program at Minnesota, a case dating back to 1999 when a former academic counselor disclosed she had written more than 400 papers for players.
Haskins denied involvement, but the university later concluded he had lied to investigators and committed fraud by taking the buyout.
With the Preakness field limited to 14, two horses which tried too late to make moves on Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem might have better chances at victory Saturday. Medaglia D’Oro moved from 8th at the mile pole to 4th, but War Emblem, Proud cheap jerseys Citizen and Perfect Drift were too far in front to catch in the last quarter mile. Harlan’s Holiday, the Derby favorite, moved from 11th after a half mile to 7th down the stretch, but he was too far back when he fired. Trainer Nick Zito has entered Crimson Hero and Straight Gin, who didn’t run in the Derby, and they could be a factor in the Preakness.
Home runs were always Jose Canseco’s forte. And when his production slipped last season, he began thinking retirement. Demoted to the Chicago White Sox jerseys’s Triple A team at Charlotte this season, Canseco through 18 games hit only five homers, prompting him Monday to announce his retirement, 38 homers short of a career 500. The six time All Star, now 37, says he’ll spend more time with his young daughter. . Through week six of the major league baseball season, attendance was down 5.4 percent. . Ex Vol Todd Helton, after a slow start, is Colorado’s leading hitter and has eight home runs.
Charles “Stoney” Jackson, whose vision led to the founding of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, died in a Colorado nursing home in March and was buried in Tullahoma. He was an eccentric of the first order, a college football player turned journalist and champion of stray dogs. In 1984 he ran his dog Pirate for President of the United States. According to reporter Leon Alligood, Pirate received 6,000 write in votes on the Political Action for World Strays (PAWS) ticket.
Sergio Garcia, the golfer, and tennis whiz Martina Hingis have been keeping company. . To cut costs, the New York Mets jerseys fired 24 ladies room attendants who were making $12.50 an hour or $4,000 a season. . Dallas humorist Blackie Sherrod’s neighbor asked his caddie what he should use on a water hole and was told: “An old ball.”