What a wild, wild week for University of Miami sports.
There was sublime: the mens basketball teams stunning upset of No. 1 Duke.
There was somber: the death of longtime former baseball coach Ron Fraser.
There was surprising: James Coley quitting as FSU offensive coordinator to join Al Golden.
And then there was simply surreal: The NCAAs long investigation of Miami in the Nevin Shapiro case interrupted by admitted improper conduct by the NCAA itself.
Accomplished readers know our Sunday notes column is part week-in-review, part look-ahead, and that we like to needle, tweak and poke fun. So here is a confession:
Its been too easy lately.
I mean, Lance Armstrong and Manti Teo were like gifts from above. Jeffrey Loria is always ripe and readily available. Jeff Ireland is behind the break-in-case-of-emergency glass just in case.
And now this!
The people investigating UM now investigating themselves!? Too perfect, too easy.
The crux of the NCAAs investigation of Miami, of course, centers on a lack of institutional control.
We may now state unequivocally that was the case and punishment is due.
Yes, clearly, NCAA president Mark Emmert is guilty of a lack of institutional control.
• Baseball heaven got a lot more colorful as Fraser, the UM coaching legend, fiery manager Earl Weaver and Stan The Man Musial all passed away around the same time. Weaver was up there arguing and kicking dirt on Gods sandals. Fraser was dreaming up promotional theme nights.
• The ING Miami Marathon And Half Marathon was expecting 25,000 runners Sunday. Runners are very proud of themselves, based on all the 26.2 and 13.1 stickers you see on cars. I always assume those folks bought the stickers online, have never run more than fever and are eating french fries while driving.
Miami and Marlins Park lost out to Cincinnati for the 2015 All-Star Game, thanks to Marlins owner Loria angering baseball with his latest payroll slash. Loria leads the league in destroying momentum and goodwill.
The Pro Bowl, on Sunday in Hawaii, is the kickoff to Super Bowl Week. The Pro Bowl is the all-star game the NFL might discontinue because so many players drop out or dont care. The Pro Bowl as an appetizer to the Super Bowl is a like a bowl of dog poo as an appetizer to filet mignon.
• Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed for a trademark on Kaepernicking, that flex of his tattooed biceps he does. Hey, good to know youre all locked-in focused on the Ravens, Col!
• Wes Welkers wife ranted against Ray Lewis on Facebook, alluding to a murder charge and six children by four wives. What a lie! Everybody knows Lewis never married any of those women.
Browards Sloane Stephens, 19, upset her idol Serena Williams in the Australian Open. But this weekends finals Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na on Saturday, Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray on Sunday only reminds us that American tennis is in need of performance enhancement.
• An Akron, Ohio, newspaper reported LeBron James could return to Cleveland after next season, ESPN.com speculated about a Chris Bosh-for- Dwight Howard trade, and local stories mentioned a possible Dwyane Wade- Erik Spoelstra rift. Otherwise, not much goin on with the Heat.