Minnesota AD calls Saul Smith arrest 'embarrassing'
Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague said Monday that the unpaid leave for assistant basketball coach Saul Smith following his weekend arrest for drunken driving is indefinite and the discipline is up to him, not Smith's famous father.
"We're the front porch to the university in a lot of different ways no matter how you slice it, and we just can't have behavior like that," Teague said. "It's just not good for anyone. It's embarrassing, and I won't tolerate it."
Teague said he's still evaluating Smith's status but indicated he'd keep him on indefinite leave from his post as one of coach Tubby Smith's assistants at least until the fourth-degree driving while intoxicated charge is resolved.
"Tubby and I talked a lot about it, but in the end it's my call. I want to be respectful. It's his son. It's very personal," Teague said.
The 32-year-old Smith was pulled over early Saturday on a highway after leaving downtown when a state trooper saw his vehicle driving on the shoulder between 70 mph and 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Armstrong's Tour titles officially stripped
Seven lines of blanks. From 1999 to 2005. There will be no Tour de France winner in the record book for those years.
Once the toast of the Champs-Elysees, Lance Armstrong was formally stripped of his seven Tour titles Monday and banned for life for doping. As far as the Tour is concerned, his victories never happened. He was never on the top step of the podium. The winner's yellow jersey was never on his back.
The decision by the International Cycling Union marked an end to the saga that brought down the most decorated rider in Tour history and exposed widespread cheating in the sport.
"Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," said Pat McQuaid, president of the governing body.
It's also devastating for Tour de France organizers, who have to carve seven gaping holes from the honor roll of the sport's biggest event and airbrush Armstrong's image from a sun-baked podium on the Champs-Elysees.
Florida St.'s Thompson out for season
Florida State running back Chris Thompson is out for the rest of the season after injuring his left knee in the Seminoles' win against Miami on Saturday. Thompson was the 11th-ranked Seminoles' leading rusher. He hurt his knee in the second quarter at Miami after making a 32-yard reception.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has issued one-game suspensions to North Carolina freshman linebacker Shakeel Rashad for colliding with a Duke player during a substitution, and three officials from the Duke-UNC and Florida State-Miami games.
In the Duke-UNC game, Rashad knocked down receiver Conner Vernon — who was already lined up — from behind while running in at the last moment from the sideline. Vernon returned to the game on the next play.
Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has been named Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the No. 16 Cardinals' 27-25 win over South Florida. Making his second straight start, Mauldin had six tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss, along with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. His strip sack and fumble recovery late in the first half helped Louisville lead 14-3 at halftime.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter are the Southeastern Conference's offensive and defensive players of the week. Murray completed 30 of 38 passes for a career-high 427 yards and four touchdowns in a win at Kentucky. He set the school record for completion percentage. Minter led the Tigers with 12 tackles, including a sack, and had an interception in LSU's win at Texas A&M.
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is freshman of the week.
The mother of Auburn coach Gene Chizik has passed away. Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson said Rita Chizik passed away early Monday morning.
Maryland quarterback Perry Hills has a torn ACL in his left knee and is done for the season. Hills' injury occurred in the second quarter of Saturday's game against North Carolina State. He threw an interception and was trying to make a tackle when he was flattened by an illegal block to the back. In seven starts, Hills completed 97 of 169 passes for 1,336 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw seven interceptions.
Asher gets Conference USA nod
Already honored as the College Soccer News National Player of the Week, Kentucky junior Dylan Asher has been named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. Asher, a native of Richardson, Texas, had a prolific week for the Wildcats, leading UK to a pair of conference wins with four goals in two games.
Behind a straight-set 7-6, 6-3 win in the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Ohio Valley Indoor Championships, Kentucky men's tennis player Tom Jomby advanced through to the singles semifinals, marking the furthest he has ever advanced. Jomby later fell 6-2, 6-4 to the No. 2 overall seed.
The last word
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski noticed the huge "Chosen 1" tattoo on Lebron James' when Krzyzewski coached Team USA. Said the coach:
"I said, 'I think I'm going to get one of those.' And he looked at me and leaned over and says 'No, coach, there's only one chosen one.' "