Devin Ebanks and Derrick Character sign with Lakers

August 14, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  Devin Ebanks #3 of the West Virginia Moutaineers grabs a rebound against the Dayton Flyers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On Thursday the Los Angles Lakers inked Devin Ebanks to a minimum non-guaranteed deal worth $473,604. There still remains the formality of training camp and officially making the team, overall things are looking great for Devin. The Lakers also signed their other second round pick Derrick Caracter to a similar minimum non-guaranteed deal. The addition of the two rookies gives the Lakers 14 players under contract, so both will have a lot to prove for playing time. The question is if Luke Walton and Andrew Bynum can come back strong from injury problems. Ebanks and Caracter give them plenty of depth if those guys need extra time to be ready.

This happened while I was away on a little vacation, so I’m a couple of days late. It sucks because Devin Ebanks posts account for about 50% of my views, with the Da’Sean Butler posts being the other 50. I’ll take it, I’m happy Devin now has some ink to go along with his relationship with the Lakers. If LA had not signed them, I would have looked pretty stupid looking back on some old posts.

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A failure to comply, thoughts on the WVU NCAA allegations from a pissed off fan

August 6, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Bill Stewart of the West Virginia Mountaineers yells to his players against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

West Virginia University’s football program is entering uncharted waters, the deadly sea that is NCAA violations. And I am livid. The NCAA informed WVU they have found 5 major and one minor violation from 2005-2009. The speculation is hitting the fan as we all become amature NCAA compliance officers and try and determine what the punishment will be. Here is my take on this unholy mess.
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The Da’Sean Butler situation explained by HeatHoops.net

August 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers smiles during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After being fairly convinced that Da’Sean would be left off the 2010 Miami Heat roster, I have found hope. After many a search, and even trying to read the CBA, I finally found a source that explaines everything going on behind the scenes. Here is the meat of the article from HeatHoops.net.
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Pat White stirs up some press at Miami Dolphins camp

July 31, 2010

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Backup quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

You know its slow this time of year, and football writers are chomping at the bit, they finally have something to write about, practice. Pat White missed a day of practice and the football press, starving from the off season jumped all over it. The reason given for the absence was “personal issues”, which really gets the rumor mill going. Everything from missing the season to being traded has been floated out there. It seems its much to do about nothing, Pat returned to practice today.

Following these developments for the last two days, I see a little smoke but no fire quite yet. The Dolphins did bring in another quarterback Tommy Grady, but I see it as a business decision. They thought an arm would be gone and wanted another. The possibility of a trade or even a release is real as the QB spot is becoming a bit crowded at 5 deep. It may be time and accept any role to get on the field and stay on the team. As for the last two days I just think something went down and he had to go get it taken care of, it happens to us all, we just don’t have an army of sports writers speculating every time we take a sick day.


Offensive Line is the key to Mountaineer success

July 30, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 13:  Ryan Clarke #32 of the West Virginia Mountaineers rushes for a 37 yard touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats in at Nippert Stadium on November 13, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2010 West Virginia Mountaineer story will be written by the hogs. The O-Line is always best seen and not heard, if the line can do its job we will be talking about how great Noel Devine and Geno Smith are. The ‘Eers return 4 of 5 starters on the offensive line, only losing Selvish Capers to the Redskins in the 7th round of the draft, and are looking for consistancy that evaded them last year. Read the rest of this entry »


2010 Is Make or Break For the 3-3-5 Mountaineer Defense

July 28, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Darvin Adams #89 of the Auburn Tigers scores a touchdown as he gets tackled by Robert Sands #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The biggest question I have about the West Virginia Mountaineers coming into the 2010 season, and for that matter every season since 2001, is does Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 defensive alignment really work?

The 3-3-5 was born in response to the latest wave of spread formations taking root at all levels of football, and to take advantage of an extra secondary players speed. I’m going to save a X’s and O’s break down, because if the 3-3-5 can be an effective college defense the evidence should be on the field this year. The ‘Eers return 9 defensive starters, and the next 2 have seen game action. There are no more excuses.
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Is there room for Da’Sean Butler on the 2010 Miami Heat roster?

July 26, 2010

July 09, 2010 - Miami, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02243312 LeBron James (R) joins with Miami Heat Dwayne Wade (C) and Chris Bosh (L) during NBA basketball team Miami Heat's 'HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event' at the American Airlines arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 09 July 2010. The Miami Heat reached an agreement with LeBron James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, and sign with the Miami Heat.

I’ve spent a lot of time this summer following the exploits of Devin Ebanks, but have yet to mention De’Sean Butler. Butler was one of three players selected in the second round by the Miami Heat, and at first I thought things looked pretty good for making the roster despite the knee rehab. After all, in an attempt to keep D. Wade, and draw in some of his buddies they had cleared just about every roster spot. After the signing of the Big 3, I thought great, now they can’t afford to not sign him. After the Big 3 madness, the Heat started signing veteran players left and right. Mike Miller, Zydrunas Illgauskas, and Juwan Howard all inked deals, while also resigning Udonis Haslem, James Jones, Joel Anthony, Jamaal Magloire, and Carlos Arroyo.
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