Kerr to GS, A-Rodg & Munn, Bock in boxers & Paulina at TPC
Published on Wednesday, 5/14/14, at 9:33 p.m. Eastern.
Updated on Thursday, 5/15/14, at 11:03 a.m. Eastern.
By Brian Edwards
–The Golden State Warriors have reportedly beaten out the Knicks for the head-coaching services of TNT’s Steve Kerr. So basically, Kerr and Mark Jackson may just be trading places unless Jackson lands another coaching gig (there are plenty still remaining). Terms of the deal are believed to be five years for $25 million.
–Fox25 Boston is reporting that Aaron Hernandez will be indicted today for the murder of two men in drive-by fashion in July of 2012. A month later, Hernandez signed a $40 million contract extension with the Patriots. Authorities have speculated that the rest of Hernandez’s troubles stemmed from trying to eradicate those (like the man he shot in the face in Florida and Odin Lloyd) who knew about the double homicide.
–According to the Indianapolis Star, former West Va. guard Eron Harris, who averaged 17.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 2013-2014, has narrowed his transfer choices down to Michigan St., Michigan and Purdue. The report also mentioned Auburn and Indiana as potential players in the Harris sweepstakes. He will have to sit out the 2014-2015 campaign per transfer rules.
–Billy Donovan isn’t Fred Hoiberg, but the Gators have been loading up on quality transfers the last 4-5 years. Add another one to the mix, as USF’s John Egbunu is headed to UF. He will sit out 2014-2015 and then have three years of eligibility remaining. Egbunu, a 6-foot-10 center, averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Bulls last year.
–In an extremely rare use of common sense from the inept organization known as the NCAA, the group ruled that Boise St. could immediately provide assistance to juco transfer Antoine Turner, who is currently homeless while finishing out the semester at Fullerton Junior College in California. Turner, a three-star recruit, will play for the Broncos in 2014.
–Remember former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan? His future freedom or time in prison is now in the hands of a federal jury. Donnan has been charged with 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering related to an alleged scheme that led investors to lose $23 million. Some of the investors that lost more than $1 million include Billy Gillispie, Dennis Franchione and Tommy Tuberville.
–From BJPenn.com, UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown “guarantees” he can KO the champ, Johny Hendricks.
—Travis Browne isn’t happy with the antics Fabricio Werdum employed during their heavyweight showdown won by Werdum last month.
–The greatest thing to ever happen to late-night television is Inside the NBA on TNT. When Ernie Johnson announced Stan Van Gundy’s signing by the Detroit Pistons to become head coach and director of basketball operation, Charles Barkley offered this response: “Stan’s a good coach, but good luck with all them damn bums.”
–Andy Hutchins at Alligator Army had this outstanding breakdown on former Florida defensive backs Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, both of whom went undrafted after deciding to turn pro early. I especially enjoyed this take from Hutchins, who had this translation of this quote (“Football is very important to him.”) used by Will Muschamp and Bill Belichick to describe Patriots’ first-round pick Dominique Easley: “He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, only chases girls occasionally, focuses in the classroom, eats right, isn’t an asshole, practices hard, keeps the nonsense on Twitter to a minimum, and prepares himself to play well.”
–Hutchins also posted this report a few weeks back, explaining the impact at UF and Arkansas of the verbal commitment to the Gators from Kevaughn Allen out of North Little Rock. In short, Arky fans are getting restless with Mike Anderson.
–I obviously don’t read USWeekly but I do occasionally check out The Big Lead, which pointed out Wednesday that USWeekly has reported that Aaron Rodgers is now dating Olivia Munn, one of the stars of HBO’s The Newsroom. God bless, A-Rodg. Brent Musberger was clearly on to something when dishing on quarterbacks upon introducing the world to Katherine Webb during that pimpslap Alabama dealt Notre Dame in January of 2013.
–BE Sports is still perplexed at how Emily Ratajkowski didn’t win SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year honors, but she did beat out the rest of the SI cast in the FHM “100 Sexiest Women” list. E-Rata finished fourth in the rankings.
–Remember the look on Reche Caldwell’s eyes when he kept dropping those passes as a Patriot in the AFC Championship Game at Indianapolis? His mugshot after Wednesday’s arrest in Tampa for allegedly attempting to sell Ecstasy looked a little similar. Caldwell, the former Gator who played in the NFL for the Chargers, Pats and Redskins, was arrested earlier this year for running a gambling house and bookmaking.
–The Golden Nugget is always the first Las Vegas book to release lines for Games of the Year in college football. The casino will do so in the less than a month on Friday, June 13.
–Kate Bock in boxers for a GQ shoot? Yes, please.
–Sorry, gentlemen, but Octagon hottie Brittney Palmer is off the market after getting married this past weekend.
—Paulina Gretzky made an appearance at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach this past weekend in support of Dustin Johnson. She never disappoints.