Tuesday Tidbits: Irish, Angel & The Rick on Gun Control

Notre Dame is headed to the ACC.

In all sports except football. Of course. Because the Fighting Irish, for some unfathomable reason, remain a singular, untouchable presence that is hard to imagine even in an out of kilter sport like college pigskin.

The move will come sooner or later, depending on variables including moves by the Catholic 7, Rutgers, Maryland, television networks, Louisville and the outside looking in schools that comprise the Big East, such as it is.

I’ve never, the Gipper and Knute Rockne notwithstanding, understood the deference afforded South Bend. By the BCS muckety mucks. By the Big East. Whomever. Somebody, please, tell me why?

But, today, I read something new, to me anyway, that just about trumps all those other perks.

While Syracuse and Pitt and Louisville and Rutgers and West Virginia, you know the Big East ship jumpers — Am I missing anyone? — all have exit fee responsibilities to the league that have already been paid, or are still owed. (Owed to somebody or other, to be determined after the lawyers get their hands on most of the bounty.)

But, Notre Dame, by contract with the league, owes no exit fee. Zero. Nuttin’, honey.

Riddle me that one, Batman?

What was the Big East thinking when they contracted with Notre Dame? An afterlife in purgatory if they didn’t provide some papal indulgence to the Fighting Irish?

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Now we bid a sad adieu to the Angel Nunez Era at U of L.

The sophomore sharpshooter, as has long been rumored, is announced to be transferring. Destination is currently unknown.

So the innuendo circulating around when Nunez was nowhere to be seen for weeks in the Yum! turned out to be true.

I also believe the official story of “severe concussion” was also true. School SID Kenny Klein, as honorable a guy as there is in college sports, told me to my face that Nunez indeed had a concussion.

So, both explanations turn out to be correct.

Such situations however unmask The Rick at his least likeable. Another recruit with potential who didn’t immediately dazzle the coach means the kid is cast aside.

I just don’t like it.

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On the other hand, I’m disinclined to give Pitino too much grief these days. And it has nothing to do with the progress of this season’s national contenders.

Did you hear his pre-game radio interview before the Memphis State game?

The no nonsense, always focused coach took five minutes to talk compassionately about the Connecticut shootings. More important, he spoke passionately, forcefully, unequivocally and eloquently about the need for gun control. It was stunning really.

My estimation of the man increased exponentially.

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That said, I write this while watching “Around the Horn,” during which, Boston scribe Jackie MacMullan just called on Pitino to explain why he “faxed in his resignation to the Celtics.”

– Seedy K


  1. Birdie King
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I caught that on Around the Horn, also. Didn’t seem to bother Bob Ryab and scribs in the area. I guess because they were glad to get rid of him whether he used a fax or not.

  2. Ernie Muppet
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Any chance Nunez just goes down the Parkway to play for my beloved Bellarmine Knights?

  3. c d kaplan
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    @Birdie King Ryan & Pitino were not friends. Ryan was constantly ripping Pitino during his Celtics reign, when it became obvious the direction the team was headed. Several years back, Ryan was covering first rounds of NCAA when Cards were in Dayton. When he asked Pitino a question during press conference, you could see the icicles forming on the ceiling.

  4. c d kaplan
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    @ Ernie Muppet. That would be great. I have no insight. My guess is the kid will head back northeast, but that’s simply a guess on my part.

  5. Ernie Muppet
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Thanks, c.d. Appreciate the BU coverage over the years; you were doing it when most others weren’t.

    Best wishes for the holidays and new year!

  6. doug
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    c d, I’m with you on the praise of Coach P for speaking out on gun control, much unlike our senior Senator Mitch McConnell, who remains cowardly silent. I guess he hides behind the coattails of the NRA until they give him direction with their Friday presser. How pathetically small he has become.

  7. cbcard
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    A guess as to the reason for ND’s sweetheart deal is that the already in the BE Catholic schools sold their souls to get ND into thr league so they could have home basketball games with The Irish. Never have heard this but in the greedy world of college athletics I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.

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