So this is how it ends for Barry Sanders. Not with a bang, but a whimper. Sanders officially hung it up Tuesday, retiring at the young age of 31.
Four-time Pro Bowl receiver and ex-Cav Herman Moore reportedly signed a contract extension with the Detroit Lions that takes his deal through the 2005 season. The agreement was worth a reported $33 million for seven years and includes a signing bonus worth $8.5 million.
Richie Phillips probably wants to crawl into a hole and die. And Major League Baseball officials wouldn't mind one bit if he did. Phillips and his fellow umpires knew there was a problem: they weren't getting any respect.
The questions surrounding the Virginia football team's defense just became more numerous. Two members of the defense who probably would have earned starting roles failed to academically qualify for the upcoming year. Linebacker Donny Green, who started last season, and defensive end Darryl Sanders, who backed up Patrick Kerney last fall, will be academically ineligible for the 1999 season. The absence of Green and Sanders creates more problems for an unproven defense.
Holland is the winningest coach in the program's history, leaving in 1990 to take over the athletic director position at Davidson, his alma mater. Holland has expressed concerns about Minnesota's impending NCAA probation for the academic fraud during the Clem Haskins regime.
Virginia's intercollegiate athletic program continued its steady climb to the upper tier of national Division I schools, claiming an eighth-place finish in the prestigious Sears Directors' Cup rankings this year. "It's important for any major athletic department to feel that they should be competitive in the Sears Cup," Cavalier swimming coach Mark Bernardino said.
The best Dan Ellis story turns out not to be true, after all. He didn't request the phonebook-sized Virginia playbook while still in high school and memorize it before he arrived in Charlottesville, which didn't prompt head coach George Welsh, not one given to hyperbole, to call him "the smartest player I've ever seen." It's not a matter of Ellis not wanting to.
Despite soaring temperatures and the dog days of summer, the expansion at Scott Stadium continues to remain on schedule. "The heat slows down the work in the afternoon," said Richard Laurance, director of the Carl Smith Center Expansion at Scott Stadium.
So much for the power of experience. Youth was served when Cavalier second-year golfer Steve Marino defeated two-time champion Keith Decker July 9 to magically win the Virginia State Amateur Championship. "It was great," Marino said.
After notching one of the nation's top recruiting classes one year ago, the Virginia men's basketball coaching staff is prepared to make another solid recruiting effort. The Cavaliers have two scholarships available and have already received a verbal commitment.