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Thursday News:

Judson Wallace talks about his lengthy professional career overseas.

It is back to the disabled list for Chris Young.

Will Venable had a walk-off single (video) for San Diego in the Padres' extra inning victory over Seattle. A Gatorade shower (video) was his reward.

Princeton recruit Peter Miller received Northfield Mount Hermon's Richard Valentine Award, which is "the highest athletic honor given to an NMH student-athlete."

I've been thinking about Pete Carril repeatedly in the wake of the Mike Rice and Julie Hermann controversies, but Sean Gregory is the first former Princeton player to mention how Carril "walked the tightrope" with his tactics.

Here is the name of Princeton's new Director of Basketball Operations.

Harvard assistant Yanni Hufnagel left the Crimson staff for a job with Vanderbilt.

Steven Postrel said,

June 4, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

The Sean Gregory piece hits on a topic I've mentioned here a few times: Coach Carrill would not have found it easy to survive in today's environment. Unfortunately, I think Sean punted in not describing some of the closest-to-the-line behaviors he saw and explaining why he believes them to have been on the right side of the line. I also think he failed to sufficiently emphasize the impact of social and generational change on our expectations of how coaches should behave, a lesson that I believe Joe Scott has learned.

It also would be nice to get more context or verification about Rutgers AD Herrman's alleged calling her Tennessee volleyball players "whores" back in the mid-1990s. She flatly denies it. Do we think she's lying? Why? I suppose the assumption is that the former players have less incentive to lie, and there's some validity to that idea, but it wouldn't take a novelist's imagination to conjure up scenarios in which the original letter to the administration as well as the players' retrospective comments were based on something other than the unvarnished truth. Did all the players feel the same way?

Jon Solomon said,

June 4, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

He could never have known what was to come social networking / YouTube-wise but I think Coach Carril got out of the game at the right time.

There's a funny story about John Thompson III bringing Carril into the locker room before a big Ivy game in hopes that he would fire up the Tigers by calling them every name in the book but the since-mellowed Carril gave them a pep talk that was (I'm paraphrasing) more along the lines of "I know you guys will do your best out there."

Needless to say, Princeton lost.


Steven Postrel said,

June 6, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

One of my grad school professors was famous (it was actually mentioned in a scholarly journal) for reaming out his first-year students after handing back their exams for his half of the course. We were the worst students ever admitted, we screwed up the most basic things, what were we doing there, and so on in great and unflattering detail.

As you can imagine, we were all very attentive to the next professor responsible for the second half of the course, who started lecturing that same day. Of course, none of us knew that he pulled the same schtick every year. The older students didn't spill the beans until later. It was somewhat effective in keeping us humble and focused.

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