It was an exciting week. I interviewed former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington over the weekend. He is one of few former athletes who has his own radio and tv show, as well as his own newspaper column. He is cerebral, articulate, and incredibly engaging. During the in-depth interview at his house, we talked about his new sports apparel company, XTREME PROCISION, as well as his experiences in the NFL. He talked very openly with me about some of the mistakes he made and also shared a lot of wisdom about how the younger players can best make the transition to the League. I will be working on the first segment of the interview this weekend and hope to publish it soon.

I was also very pleased to bring on another new contributor this week. Sports attorney and adjunct professor Justin Sievert will be covering issues relating to NCAA student-athletes, in addition to providing commentary on general sports law issues. Check out his first column about Cam Newton and whether the NCAA got it right.

I am eager to see the one-of-a-kind talent and fellow Baltimore native Josh Selby in uniform tomorrow as he makes his collegiate debut for Kansas.

Athlete Development

  • I can't help but feel sad for Yao, as his career may be in jeopardy and he hasn't even had the opportunity to realize his full potential on the court. [Yao out for season with stress fracture
  • Using motivational tactics to incentivize defense (i.e. free reign on offense) has sparked the most dominant winning streak in the Miami Heat's franchise history. [Heat Coach Fills Defense With Incentives]
  • No wonder Jordan Hamilton is on a tear for the Longhorns. He spent the summer working out with Ron Artest and Lamar Odom. [Jordan Hamilton Q + A]
  • Do you think the Mississippi State strength and conditioning coaches will have Renardo Sidney in shape and ready to go for his collegiate debut? I sure hope so with all the hype.  [All about the SEC: Sidney’s start]


Human Relations