The Collegian
Friday, February 23, 2024

Media Timeout: 10/7/10

• Washington Redskins quarterback Donavan McNabb's much-hyped return to Philly on Sunday was supposed to be unforgettable. The matchup pitted McNabb and the Skins against the Eagles and Mike Vick, the ex-dog fighting quarterback McNabb mentored last year when he piloted the Eagles' offense. Vick's rib injury late in the first quarter put a collar on the game, which didn't become interesting again until the last few plays of the fourth quarter. McNabb played terribly, only registering a QB rating of 60.2, but he still was able to squeak out a much-needed Washington victory, 17-12. The Skins are 2-0 in the NFC East, and the Dirty Birds, I mean Eagles, are winless at home. This sounds like a role-reversal, and not just with the quarterback shuffle.

• University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl has reportedly violated NCAA recruiting rules yet again. His first offense was in 2004, when Pearl was the coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from meeting with high school juniors at off-campus sites. Sources indicate that Pearl invited top junior recruits to his Knoxville, Tenn., home in the fall of 2008. We all know that toeing the foul line with recruiting players is absolute ... almost as absolute as his heinously offensive bright orange blazer. That's a fashion police violation if we ever saw one.

• Chad OchoCinco's new cereal was supposed to raise money for "Feed the Children," but a typo on the box has children raising eyebrows instead. The "Feed the Children" number printed on the box connects OchoCinco fans with phone-sex operators happy to discuss their honey-nut toasted oats. The distributor, PLB Sports, Inc., is re-issuing the boxes with the correct number.

• The Yankees announced Tuesday that pitcher A.J. Burnett would not be part of their starting rotation in the American League division series that started this week. Burnett has struggled this year, going 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA. This makes Burnett, who is in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract, the highest paid middle-reliever in MLB history. Talk about an ace in the hole.

Contact staff writers Amelia Vogler and Zak Kozuchowski at amelia.vogler@richmond.edu and zak.kozuchowski@richmond.edu

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