Kansas waited until after business hours but finally released its response to the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The Royals have two highly-rated pitching prospects starting both split-squad games today. The Los Angeles Angels fired their visiting clubhouse manager. ESPN is looking to shake up the Monday Night Football booth. And that’s just the beginning.
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The University of Kansas released its response to the NCAA notice of allegations on Thursday. The school wrote that the NCAA’s allegations rely on a never before alleged throes that employees of corporate partners are boosters to a college athletic program.
Kansas also took exception to the NCAA alleging that former coach Larry Brown was a booster by helping recruit players to the school. Brown has not coached at the school for over 30 years. The school says that the NCAA is saying that a former head coach is a school representative for life even though he was never asked to recruit for the program nor did he.
Kansas also said that Adidas representatives were not boosters to the program because they were working in their own interests when they gave money to the family and guardians of recruits. The school said that making such a ruling would make many athletes ineligible as they participate in events and for teams sponsored by companies such as Nike and Adidas.
Colorado 9, Royals 1
There wasn’t much offense for the Royals on Thursday but it wasn’t workout some positives. Ryan O’Hearn went 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Bubba Starling went 2-for-2.
Brad Keller got roughed up. He allowed eight runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. He threw 46 pitches.
Brady Singer will start against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. Daniel Lynch starts against the Angels in Surprise.
IN THE NEWS…
– ESPN is reporting that the Los Angeles Angels fired their visiting clubhouse manager for providing substances to doctor baseballs to pitchers on opposing teams. Major League Baseball informed the Angels about the allegations last week that the clubby was providing illegal sticky substances to visiting pitchers to help them grip the baseball. The clubby had been with the Angels for 30 years. Trevor Bauer recently said that 70% of pitchers use an illegal substance to get better grip and velocity on the ball.
– Player voting on the NFL CBA proposal started today. Voting ends on March 12.
– The New York Post is reporting that ESPN is interested in acquiring Al Michaels from NBC to pair with Peyton Manning on Monday Night Football. Michaels has two years left on his deal with NBC.
– The Boston Red Sox signed RHP Collin Mchugh to a one-year contract.
– YouTubeTV signed a deal to keep Fox Sports Kansas City along with 18 other Fox Sports Regional sports channels.
– The Chicago White Sox agreed with Yoan Moncada on a five-year, $80 million contract extension with a club option. Exercising the option would increase the contract value to $90 million. The deal buys out two years of free agency. Moncada would be 30 when he hits free agency if the option is exercised.
TODAY: It’s too hard to pick the best game at this time of year. Friday just enjoy all of the college basketball conference tournaments on television.
PODCAST: In the Thursday podcast I discussed Kansas’ response to the NCAA notice of allegations, Mike Krzyzewski’s recent comments, ESPN’s attempt to change Monday Night Football, the Royals and more.
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