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Tom Nieman

Lally

Initial names are cool. AC Green (LA Lakers) EF Hutton (money, the old fashioned way) JG Wentworth (structured settlements) LL Cool J (stands for Ladies Love) SS Minnow (doomed sea vessel) TJ Hooker (TV cop) You get the idea. And then there is South Dakota State University linebacker, T.J. Lally. He says his given name...

Who Knows?

South Dakota State kicks off the football season Saturday night at home against Butler.  And while we (men, sports guys) don’t know much about much, here is what we do know. What we know about:  SDSU’s football team The Jacks went 9-4 last year.  They made the playoffs.  They won a playoff game.  They graduated some really good players...
Filed Under Football | College | South Dakota State University

Tough Calls

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has recommended several changes for the upcoming season.  The changes will likely be approved on June 18 and go into effect this November. The most notable, in my mind, is an adjustment in the block/charge call… the toughest and most controversial whistle in the game. The most recent change in this...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Total Speculation

Totally unconfirmed reports from a dubious and non-existent source in the Chicagoland area indicate that the Summit League will cease to exist immediately. Oakland University has taken its ball and gone (closer to) home to the Horizon League. Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne has discontinued all athletic programs and will...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Summit League Survival

SUMMIT LEAGUE MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING OAKLAND UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTURE “Oakland University has been a member of The Summit League for the past 15 years and we wish them well in the future. In the ever-changing college athletics landscape, this move was rumored and anticipated for several months. Although it comes at a very late time in the year,...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Williams and Williams

When asked recently, “Who moves around more?” local groups of nomads and gypsies both answered-----college basketball coaches. “They never stay put!” said Shifty Johnson, well-known vagabond. Every college basketball coach should know a travel agent and a realtor and have kids that believe in “new adventures”. (This is just an...
Filed Under Basketball | College