Nick Saban didn’t hold back when addressing the rash of NCAA investigations surrounding college programs. Saban went so far as to compare some agents to “pimps” as they try to sign future NFL stars. "I don't think it's anything but greed that's creating it right now on behalf of the agents," Saban said at the SEC media days. "The agents that do this -- and I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp?"
The University of Georgia could be the next school to face an investigation. The university received a phone call on Wednesday from the NCAA asking permission to send investigators onto campus to conduct an "inquiry." UGA associate athletic director Claude Felton told the NCAA that the school will cooperate fully in the matter.
It turns out the NHL’s rejection of the 17-year contract New Jersey offered Ilya Kovalchuk wasn’t a surprise. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was aware of the league's plan to deny the deal prior to a press conference announcing the signing Tuesday afternoon. The press conference went ahead without any suggestion the deal was in jeopardy.
Stephen Strasburg earned his 5th win of the season, leading the Nationals over the Reds, 8-5. The rookie struck out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings while walking just one. Strasburg improved to 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA this season. His next scheduled start is Tuesday, July 26 against the NL East-leading Braves.
Now that Lou Piniella has announced his impending retirement, Ryne Sandberg made it perfectly clear that he wants the job. Sandberg said Wednesday that - after four years managing in the Cubs minor league system - he's ready to take over the big club. "There is a lot to managing," Sandberg said, "And with almost four years under my belt, I believe I'm ready."
NASCAR penalized the No. 60 team and the No. 22 driver for penalties committed during last Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 car, will lose 60 points for "actions detrimental to stock car racing/aggressive driving". Edwards was also fined $25,000 and is placed on NASCAR probation until December 31. Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 car, was also placed on probation until December 31.
Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed said Wednesday that he expects to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. That would mean Reed would miss at least the first six games of the season. "I'm going to be on the PUP list for a minute," Reed said this morning. "And I'm not going to let them take me off like they took me off last time."
Former Florida Gators lineman Maurkice Pouncey denied allegations Wednesday that he took money while in school. Pouncey released a statement through his Lawyer Stephen Stanfield: "I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim. I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me."
The Heisman Trophy Trust says it will be "considering the issues" raised by USC. The university decided Tuesday to return its copy of the Heisman Trophy that Reggie Bush won in 2005. USC was hit with four years of probation, a two-year bowl ban and severe football scholarship restrictions after the NCAA found serious rules violations in the athletic department.