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I’ve been away for the past few weeks since my mother-in-law passed away. Thanks for the nice wishes…

Legalized sports betting and name-image likeness have made inroads into Arizona’s sports landscape over the past nine months. Make no mistake, both have transformed fans and competitors at all levels of the sport. Most for the better. some not.

Sports betting is a harmless form of entertainment for many, however many years ago I worked with a gambling addict. I will never forget his tragic story. I was also the color analyst on the radio during the Arizona basketball point shave scandal of the 90’s. To think that something like this can’t happen (didn’t happen) again is just plain naive. Underage gambling is also a problem. On the other hand, I enjoy going to a sportsbook, flipping a few pennies, playing with friends while watching a game. For me it’s a good form of relaxation on occasion.

I have a much bigger problem with NIL. I am in favor of an athlete in any sport earning some form of income from their name, likeness and likeness. However, what I do see/hear early on is players’ parents, guardians, street agents and I become part of the bargaining circle. Gone are the days of getting that amazing full ride scholarship and performing on the court, field, diamond, pool, mat or track. I’m hearing from parents, even at the high school level, getting into the NIL money pile. So when you open your business and are scouting for talent, do you write them a big check once they agree to come on board even if they didn’t complete a task for you (enrollment bonus is one thing)? What if they don’t work well for you? You’re getting rid of them, aren’t you? In collegiate athletics, just keep feeding and looking for players to add to the list. NIL at one school disappears, but in some cases the lure at another school increases. Texas A&M soccer coach Jimbo Fisher said in December, “NIL has been going for a long time, it just wasn’t decent, now it is, I think it’s affecting things.” That would be a gigantic understatement.

On the plus side, a school like Arizona or Arizona State can quickly get out of the also-rans by using NIL and being able to play right away. Both programs have seen mass abandonments, so the player looking for substantial playtime to keep up with NIL money could/could bring in some much-needed talent…

Leftovers…

Brandon Clarke played on the basketball court at Desert Vista High School and graduated in 2015. A first-round draft pick in 2019, Clark is now thriving in Memphis, averaging double digits. He was on the 2020 NBA All-Rookie Team. In comparison, Marvin Bagley is averaging fewer points and fewer minutes in Sacramento, although I think (hope) that’s changing now that Alvin Gentry is leading the Kings. Taking it a step further, Bagley and his former Corona Del Sol running mate Alex Barcello have had quite a bit of travel since splitting from the Aztecs in 2015. Bagley went the prep school route, a year at Duke, and then the Kings and Luca passed him on (Suns took Ayton). Now Sacramento must decide whether to trade with Bagley next month or make him a qualifying offer. Bank account aside, it’s very fair to say things haven’t gone well for the former Corona Del Sol player. If Bagley had stayed with Corona del Sol, he would still have had opportunities like Duke, would still have been drafted high, and would have probably won four high school state titles in my opinion.

Barcello, on the other hand, went to Tucson from Corona Del Sol to play for Sean Miller in Arizona. Wisely, when the program imploded, he left Tucson and enrolled at BYU. Today, the Cougars are 16-4 West Coast Conference and Barcello is having a stellar senior season, averaging 17 points per game on 47% shooting.

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— BYUtv Sports (@byutvsports) January 21, 2022

Shaun Aguano getting the job as Hawaii head coach would be a great move for both sides. Aguano assumed the position of head coach at Chandler High in 2011. In 2019 he moved to the state of Arizona. He’s done enough at the college level to earn the job in Hawaii, a program that has become a revolving door.

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— Brad Cesmat (@bradcesmat) January 22, 2022

Arizona State fans should want their assistants pursued or leave for better career opportunities. Shaun has earned that right…

Nine long months in advance to hear about Kliff Kingsbury’s future as Cardinals head coach. Arizona Cardinal head coaches typically have a shelf life of just over three years. Here we are…

When people start the conversation with “what do you think about _________” that’s code for “let me tell you what I think”. Happened to someone at the grocery store earlier this week. This person wanted to talk about how Chris Paul is overrated for not winning a title. Yes, these people are among us. I just wanted to buy some broccoli…

It’s cute that someone would pay to put up a billboard somewhere on I-10 promoting ASU owning Arizona in football.

Is it worth the cost of a billboard to brag about having the worst program in D1 Football? Try to get a Pac-12 title game or beat South Power Utah. Ignoring does more harm. That spices up a “rivalry”? Really? Donate the poster money to a charity…

Devin Booker will be on the All-Star team. Being chosen by coaches is a bigger deal than being chosen by fans in a popularity contest. An NBA Title MVP is whoever one could wish for…

Jimmy Garrapolo-Eastern Illinois, Aaron Rodgers-Butte Junior College, transferred to California, Josh Allen-Reedly Community College, transferred to Wyoming. Yes, other daddy-baller routes to the NFL than Stafford, Brady, Mahomes, and Burrow are available if you only humble yourself at your son’s college pick…



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