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Cheap Shots Column: Tennessee's Bruce Pearl ends up among the swine

And some Robinsons are better than others.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:29 am

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl admitted that he misled NCAA investigators about committing recruiting violations involving excessive phone calls and use of unauthorized phones.

Pearl, who once turned in Illinois for violations, never should have included Kelvin Sampson in his “friends and family” calling plan.

Tennessee cut Pearl's salary by $1.5 million and banned him from recruiting on the road for a year. He also must attend Hypocrites Anonymous.

Mr. Robinson's neighborhood

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week after posting a school-record 502 yards in total offense vs. Notre Dame. His greatest feat, however, was removing thousands of Michigan fans from Rich Rodriguez's back.

Mr. Robinson's fraud

Former Michigan point guard Rumeal Robinson was convicted last week of borrowing more than $700,000 in a fraud scheme, which included selling his mother's home without her knowledge. He also spent $44,000 on vehicles, $3,000 at strip clubs and $1,000 on a dog. In his defense, it was a really nice dog.

Big ‘Den' fills in for Big Ben

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened with a win over the Atlanta Falcons despite being without suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Replacement quarterback Dennis Dixon passed for 236 yards and threw one interception.

Dixon looked shaky at times, but he won, and in addition, he was not brought in for questioning by police after any postgame celebrations.

Moss at no loss for words

New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss went to the interview room after the Pats' opening-day win over the Bengals and rambled on for 16 minutes about his lack of a new contract and how this would be his final year with the Patriots.

Who else is looking forward to the future book “Team Player: An Autobiography” by Randy Moss?

Bush bashing

USC officials have removed Reggie Bush's No. 5 jersey from display at the Los Angeles Coliseum, a follow-up to returning the school's copy of Bush's Heisman Trophy. Still, I think they've taken this Bush purging too far by claiming that Reggie Miller holds exclusive USC rights to his first name.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. E-mail Reggie Hayes at rhayes@news-sentinel.com.