Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 17 March 2009 14:14Oklahoma University basketball coach Jeff Capel was in the crowd during a Wichita City League high school basketball game I was officiating between Heights and Kapaun Mt. Carmel in February. I’ll go out on a limb and say I’m quite sure he wasn’t there to watch me.
Capel came to watch Perry Ellis, the freshman phenom from Heights, a talented young athlete who is attracting a lot of attention from Division I basketball coaches.
Coaches at the Division I level are recruiting student-athletes earlier than ever before. To my knowledge, this phenomenon isn’t quite as prevalent at the small college level.
According to the Associated Press, college basketball has recently seen an increase in the number of young players making early...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 03 March 2009 14:21No single high school basketball game this season has received as much nationwide publicity as the 100-0 victory by The Covenant School, a private Christian school, over Dallas Academy.
The Texas high school girls basketball game also caught the attention of my agent I.M. Slick, who thinks the coach of the winning team is getting a bad rap.
Joe: Please tell me that I misunderstood your telephone message. Did I hear you say you want me to defend the actions of coach Micah Grimes for its 100-point shutout win over Dallas Academy?
Slick: Yup. All of the politically correct crowd is criticizing a coach and school for bad sportsmanship, running up the score and so on, but the silent majority appreciates a coach that has his or her team...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 17 February 2009 14:20Depending on your emotional state, the following story will either be inspiring and too good to be true, or it may affect your gag reflex. Hey, not everyone marches to the same drummer.
One of the better-known love stories in professional sports involves Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife, Brenda.
Warner married a woman who had two children from a previous marriage, one a special-needs child. The oft-told version of the story has some inaccuracies, but the real story is inspirational.
We’ll attempt to set the record straight with the help of Snopes.com, a Web site that tries to sort fact from myth on rumors and urban legends that circulate on the Web.
According to the Web site, Kurt and Brenda did not meet while...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 03 February 2009 14:34Coaches expect to be evaluated on the basis of wins and losses. In Tony Dungy’s case, his life supersedes an outstanding record.
I’ve never met Dungy, but I’ve always respected his coaching style. He has been described as thoughtful, classy and a winner to boot.
When he recently announced his resignation as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the accolades poured in. Dungy has 148 career wins, including the playoffs, and ranks 19th all-time in victories.
He was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, the first coach in league history to reach the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons, and the only coach to preside over six straight seasons of 12 wins or more.
But there’s far more to Dungy’s life than football, which is...
Written by Joe Kleinsasser Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37Before the new year turns into an old year, here are some questions begging for answers.
n Now that former sports and entertainment celebrity O.J. Simpson is behind bars, who will pick up his ongoing quest to find the real killer of his wife, Nicole, and Ron Goldman?
n How long will college football keep making teams wait a month or more from the end of the season until they play a bowl game? Is there anyone who seriously believes it’s logical to wait four or five weeks from the end of the regular season until some bowl games are played?
n Florida was the national champion in football, but are they really No. 1? Based on the current system they are, although Utah is the only team that doesn’t have to explain away a loss.
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