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John Clay: After third NCAA strike, hall-of-shamer Brown should step down

Random notes:

■ When you're a basketball coach, a Hall of Fame basketball coach, and Dick Vitale says you've got to go then you must be in a heap of trouble.

Hello, Larry Brown. Or should it be good-bye, Larry Brown? After all, Brown got UCLA in NCAA trouble, and then Kansas in NCAA trouble, and now has placed SMU in the NCAA doghouse thanks to academic fraud and unethical conduct and Brown's laissez-faire attitude about the wrongdoing.

Three strikes and you're out, Dickie V wrote on the ESPN website Tuesday, and we'd have to agree. Even those of us with a soft spot for Brown have to admit that, at least collegiately, trouble follows him wherever he goes.

■ It might not surprise you to know that the Packers' Aaron Rodgers leads the NFL in passer rating at 135.4. It might surprise you to know that the Bengals' Andy Dalton is second at 121.0. (Tom Brady is third at 119.6.)

■ The Bengals' back-and-forth, back-and-forth 28-24 win at Baltimore was one of the more exciting NFL games I've seen in a while.

■ Kudos to UK volleyball for its huge win at No. 5 Florida on Sunday. The Cats dropped the first set 25-22 before storming back to win the next three. That's been sort of the story of their season to this point. After a 4-5 start, Craig Skinner's squad is on a five-match win streak.

■ Why you shouldn't judge a team off its first game: The Raiders looked awful in a 33-13 loss to the Bengals opening weekend. Oakland is 2-0 since with wins over Baltimore and Cleveland.

■ At the Sacramento Kings' media day on Monday, head coach George Karl and star center DeMarcus Cousins described their relationship as "solid." That's an interesting description of an interesting coach-player relationship.

■ Why you shouldn't judge a team off its first game: The 49ers dominated Minnesota 20-3 on the opening Monday night. San Francisco has been dominated twice since — 43-18 by Pittsburgh and 47-7 by Arizona.

■ For the first time in six years, Alabama is not favored in a football game. The Tide opened as a 1.5-point underdog for its game at Georgia on Saturday. I'll bet Georgia Coach Mark Richt cringed when he saw that.

■ By the way, Jeff Sagarin's college football computer ratings have Alabama ranked as the No. 1 team in the country. Ole Miss, which beat Bama in Tuscaloosa, is No. 2.

■ Why you shouldn't judge a player off his first game: After week one, the experts claimed Peyton Manning couldn't cut it anymore. Two weeks later, the Broncos are 3-0. And those Peyton Manning DirecTV commercials are hilarious.

■ Patrick Towles completed 81.5 percent of his passes (22 of 27) against Missouri on Saturday night. That was the highest completion percentage by a UK quarterback with 20 or more attempts since Mike Hartline completed 23 of 28 passes for 82.1 percent in a 37-34 loss to eventual national champ Auburn in 2010.

■ Jonathan Papelbon is not the first, nor will he be the last, to want to choke Bryce Harper.

■ As an AP college football poll voter, I placed Utah No. 7 on my ballot after the Utes clubbed Oregon 62-20 in Eugene. Utah ended up 10th in the actual poll. And I really think I should have voted Utah higher.

■ For the over/under on the number of points to be scored in this week's Texas Tech-Baylor game, go with the over no matter the number on the over.

■ Matchup every NFL scout will be watching Saturday night: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III versus Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. May the best pro prospect win.

■ A couple hours before kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium last Saturday, SEC Network analyst Jesse Palmer could be found on the 50-yard line having his picture taken with a female fan. If I had a dollar for every time that's happened to ... Palmer.

■ Speaking of dollars, Sports Illustrated reports that Jordan Spieth's caddie made $2.14 million this year, more than 200 golfers on the PGA Tour.