The Olympic dream came to an end for both Trindon Holliday and Xavier Carter yesterday as neither finished in the Top Four spots in the 100 m dash in the Olympic Trials.

Holliday bowed out in the semifinal round with a seventh place finish in his heat and Carter finished eighth in the finals.

For Holliday, the Olympic dream is over. One person not fully upset with that is LSU football coach Les Miles, who will now have his junior receiver for a full season with no obstacles.

For Carter, his next shot is in the 200 meter event, where he is one of the favorites to win gold in Beijing. Good luck to Carter and all of the other LSU men and women looking to make the Olympic team.
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LSU basketball coach finalized his coaching staff for the 2008-09 season yesterday, naming Brent Scott, Donny Guerinono and Keith Richard as his three assistant coaches. Chris Bobel will serve as Johnson’s director of basketball operatins and Juan Pablo Reggiardo will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

All-in-all, I think Johnson has built a solid staff. Scott has a knowledge of Texas, having graduated from Rice and Richard has the Louisiana pedigree having graduated from ULM in 1982. Together, I think they can be vital in Johnson’s recruiting staff as Texas and Louisiana are LSU’s two primary states for blue chippers.

Reggiardo joins the staff from Stanford and did a fabulous job with the Cardinals basketball and volleyball programs. I suspect the primary job Reggiardo will have this summer is to add 15-20 pounds of muscle to Chris Johnson’s frame, because the loss of Anthony Randolph and recruit J’Mison Morgan leaves LSU a little thin in the paint.

But all-in-all, the staff looks fine and I think LSU will be a player in the SEC West next season.
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Sunday marked the end of Euro 2008 and the tournament ended with a bang as Spain took the tournament with a 1-0 win against Germany.

The Spaniards won the title for the first time in more than 40 years with a 33rd minute goal by Fernando Torres and fabulous defense that kept the set-play specialist Germans off the attack.

I am not a fan of soccer unless if the United States is on the field, but I must say watching bits and pieces of this tournament gave me an appreciation for the sport and also an understanding for why America is so far behind in the world ranks compared to Europe.

I will not go into detail, because I will just make myself sound silly, because I admit I am in no way an expert on the subject, but congrats to Spain for a fabulous win.
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In NBA news, ESPN NBA expert Chad Ford reported on Sunday that the reason the Hornets traded their first round pick in the NBA Draft to the Blazers was to clear cash and cap space for the team to make a run at potential free agent guard Ben Gordon.

Wow. If the Hornets get Ben Gordon, it’s check-mate to the rest of the NBA. With a starting five of Chris Paul, Gordon, Peja Stojakovic, David West and Tyson Chandler, the Hornets will have five guys who could potentially make the All-Star game in any given season.

On paper, the team actually resembles in a way the show-time Lakers with both teams having fabulous point guards and both teams also having four players around their point guards who can score the ball from nearly any spot on the floor at a fast-paced tempo.

It may be just wishful thinking for now, but New Orleans fans need to get on their knees and pray to the basketball Gods on this one, because Gordon to New Orleans means the NBA Title will sit on the mantle of George Shinn for upwards of 3-4 times in the next 10 seasons.

I have connections inside the Hornets front office and will find out more about this story as the July 1 free agent period nears.
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Countdown:

It’s time to get deeper into our newest list and get into the Top 8 football coaches in the SEC. At this point in the game, we’re really getting into the niddy griddy and are getting close to having to narrow down a field of all national champions. But for today, our tour stops in the SEC West for the third day in a row as we stop in Oxford, Mississippi.

No. 8 SEC football coach:

Houston Nutt

Nutt began his head coaching career in 1993 with the Ohio Valley’s Murray State. After winning just nine games in his first two seasons combined, Nutt won 11 games and 16-straight conference games in his final two seasons, earning him a promotion to the Big West’s Boise State the following season.

Following a rebuilding 5-6 season in boise, Nutt was named Arkansas’ head coach in 1998. In 10 seasons as a Razorback, Nutt won 75 games and made eight bowls, which also winning a share of two SEC Western Division Championships.

But tension with players and recruits led to Nutt’s resignation following an 8-4 season this past year, capped by an upset win against LSU in Tiger Stadium.

A day after his resignation, Nutt was back in the SEC with Ole Miss.

Nutt may not be the most pleasant guy in the world and may not be the most honest, but his kids play hard to the last second for him and under Nutt, Ole Miss is a legit threat to upset anyone on any given day. Just as Les Miles and Co., they found out the hard way this past season.

No. 7 on the list tomorrow.
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Headlines:

Chi Sox sweep Cubs – I am not going to predict this, because then it will be certain to fall through, but the Chi Sox remind me of their world championship team. This team will be a real player down the stretch if they keep getting some hits, because the pitching, especially at the back end of games is definitely there.

Angels beat Dodgers 1-0 – What hard luck for the Angels. In two games, they give up three combined hits and only have one win to show for it. The Angels need a big bat in a big way. Barry Bonds anyone? It’s worth a shot.


Howard injured, waits out Olympic status
– A collective “oh no” should be said by all American Olympic fans on this one, because Howard is America’s one and only center. The doctors say he should be fine, Coach K said he should be fine and Howard went a step farther and said he will play in Beijing, but either way, it’s a cause for concern as we await August’s games.

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That’s all for me. I promised football Monday. But Troy’s website did not cooperate for me, so I had to push that back. Assuming they get back up, I will give you guys that tomorrow.

Have a good one.

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