Today's Starting Lineup:
For most of the year, Auburn's men's basketball program found ways to overcome horrible free-throw shooting. Tuesday night, though, it cost the Tigers their season, as Joe Medley wrote.
Still, it was an unbelievable season for a team that had low expectations coming into the year. In fact, midway through the season, it looked like coach Jeff Lebo would be fired. Instead, Auburn won 11 of its last 14 and had a case as an NCAA Tournament bubble team. The seniors played very well this year while a younger crop of players made their marks as well. Frankie Sullivan, in particular, is a star in the making.
On to football. Spring practice opened yesterday. Opening impression: Gus Malzahn operates at a fast pace. All the time. Drills, coaching, it doesn't matter. It's easy to see why the 80-play per game, up-tempo offense suits him.
Auburn baseball won 18-7 yesterday at Samford. The Tigers are now 16-8. Today's game at Troy, by the way, has been rained out.
Double Down on National Sports:
UConn's men's basketball program is in serious trouble as the Huskies prepare for a Sweet 16 matchup with Purdue.
Since everything is going so well in our country these days -- e.g.: the economy, the war, the employment rate -- obviously Congress has enough time to hold hearings on the BCS. Not that I have any objections with blowing up a terrible system, it just seems like the wrong time.
The NFL is looking at expanding the season to 17 or 18 games. The real question is what took so long? It's a good thing it didn't happen earlier, though. There's no chance the Lions would have avoided 0-18 last year.
The Indians finalized their starting rotation on Wednesday.
Terrell Owens is so frequently villainized in the media that the good he does usually goes unnoticed. That's apparently changing.
Around the League:
Alabama brought VCU coach Anthony Grant in for his interview. He also met Nick Saban. Ian R. Rappaport
Auburn wasn't the only SEC team to fall in the NIT last night. Florida did too. The Gainesville Sun. Urban Meyer is thinking about running a faster offense. The Sun
Mississippi State opened spring practice on Tuesday. The Clarion-Ledger
Ole Miss held its spring press conference on Wednesday. David Brandt
Florida has made a point to remember Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin's comments. Tennessee players are OK with that. The News Sentinel
Trying to vo on vacation on a budget? Here's some help. MSNBC
An F-22 crashed in California today. MSNBC
This countess is seeking $43,000 per week in her divorce. Who said divorce isn't fun? Costly to be this guy, though. CNN
Ending on a High Note:
Who hasn't, at sometime in their life, wanted an 'Undo send' button for e-mails they've sent? That's just one more reason to go with Gmail. CNN