Enterprise Journalism Release – August 19, 2010
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“State of Officiating:” Big 12 Whistle Blowers
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)
The second installment in the ongoing “The State of Officiating” series goes inside a Big 12 basketball officiating camp as the NCAA continues to re-evaluate how it hires, trains, and pays referees. Critics say because the NCAA does not employ full-time game officials there is a greater chance for arbitrary calls with part-time refs. Mark Fainaru-Wada reports on the state of officiating in college basketball.
JaMarcus Russell Hoping For a Second Chance
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
The Oakland Raiders made Jamarcus Russell the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft and gave him a record contract worth up to $68 million over six years, including $32 million guaranteed. Three years later and $39 million richer, Russell is out of the league and considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history. Last month Russell was arrested for being in possession of codeine syrup without a valid prescription, a felony. In an exclusive interview with Colleen Dominguez, Russell talks about failing an NFL drug test, playing for coaches Lane Kiffin and Tom Cable, and being released by Raiders owner Al Davis.
“Not at all. The people who are saying it probably don’t know the ins and outs of football. And, I played what, I’d say two-and-a-half years of football? I have a lot more left to play. Deep down inside I know what’s inside of me and a lot of it has yet to come out.” — Russell, on if being called “the biggest bust in the history of the NFL” bothers him
Gruden’s Champ Camp – A Visit With the Super Saints
SportsCenter Special (Tuesday, 7 p.m., ESPN; 11 p.m. ESPN2)
SportsCenter (Special segments Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden looks back at the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl season in the film room with head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. Using game tape from the 2009-10 season, Payton and Brees reveal the secrets to their championship run, and what it will take for the Saints to repeat.
Boys Have at It
NASCAR Countdown (Saturday, 7 p.m., ABC)
SportsCenter (Saturday, 10 a.m., 5 p.m. ESPN)
This year, under a new more lenient policy, NASCAR determined that it would be best for the sport if it loosened the reigns on the emotions that often build up in a driver on a weekly basis. NASCAR’s message: Boys have at it.
“If someone roughs you up, rough them up.” — Jimmie Johnson
“When people come to a NASCAR race they don’t want to see a bunch of friends out there waiving each other by out there — I mean they want to see some racing.” – Carl Edwards