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Posted: Friday, June 30th, 2006, 3:48 AM • Permalink
Really sad news out of Chicago this morning. As I write this, itís 3:30 in the morning and Iíve been up for about an hour. I fell asleep listening to WGN Radio in Chicago and was awoken from a slumber by a radio report that Northwestern Head Coach Randy Walker has died at the age of 52. Walker, who has been a topic on our show recently as a coach to watch was said to be in great health. In fact, he had just returned from seeing his daughter over in France. Dave Kaplan whoís the Sports Director at WGN called the show I was listening to and said that Walker had a health scare a couple of years back when it was discovered he had an infection in the lining of his heart. At any rate, itís sad news and further confirmation of how precious life happens to be.

Leo Mazzone returns to Turner Field this weekend with the woebegone Baltimoreiols. His pitchers are 29th in era 5.17, 30th in walks allowed, 26th in home runs allowed (103). The Orioles have recorded 8 straight losing seasons! How can that be? Do you think Mazzone in his heart of hearts really wants to be with that pile of slop organization? I know the paycheck is good, but come on.

NCAA Tournaments to Remain at 65, 64 Teams
INDIANAPOLIS ó The NCAA's little guys could still get locked out of the most lucrative championship event in college sports ó even after George Mason's improbable tournament run last year.

On Thursday, the men's basketball committee announced it rejected a coaches' proposal to nearly double the size of the NCAA tournament field from 65 to 128, calling expansion unnecessary and not imminent.

"There is no enthusiasm on the part of the committee to expand the tournament at this time," Craig Littlepage, chairman of the men's basketball committee, said in a statement. "In the interest of sustaining the quality of the tournament, the committee has decided to maintain the current structure."

The women's committee, in an almost identical statement, also rejected expansion.

Did the AP really stick at the bottom of that story that the Womenís committee also rejected the idea of shrinking their tourney? How Ďbout this? Why donít they contract their crummy annual event? How politically correct is that? Comical indeed.

Hereís the story on Randy Walker from AP. Really sad.
Northwestern Univ. Football Coach Dies
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University football coach Randy Walker died of an apparent heart attack Thursday night. He was 52.

No other details of his death were immediately available.

"This is a devastating loss, not only for our athletic program, but for the entire Northwestern community," athletic director Mark Murphy said in a statement released by the school early Friday.

"Randy truly embraced Northwestern and its mission, and cared deeply for his student-athletes, both on and off the field," he said.

Two months ago, Northwestern gave Walker a four-year extension through the 2011 season. He joined the school in 1999 after nine years at Miami of Ohio.

Walker's Wildcats posted 37 wins, going 7-5 last season. He led the team to three bowl games since 2000, including a 50-38 loss to UCLA in Sun Bowl in December.

Northwestern shared the Big Ten title in 2000. Walker was the first Wildcats coach to guide the team to four seasons with at least six wins since C.M. Hollister in 1899-1902.

One note. Iím gone for a couple of weeks to enjoy some R&R. Youíll be in great hands with Beano. Weíll kick it when I get back on the 11th. I promise.

God Bless and Happy 4rth

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