Like the killer in a slasher movie or an infestation of ants, the discussion about NCAA satellite camps just won't die.
Justified or not, the SEC still has sour grapes over the sudden spread of satellite camps across college football, and the latest head coach to voice his displeasure was Alabama's Nick Saban. You know, the coach of the reigning national champs and a five-time national championship-winning coach.
Saban made extended comments during the SEC meetings on Tuesday, going after the involvement of third parties in the running of these camps rather than the typical SEC target of a recruiting advantage for programs from other parts of the country infringing on SEC territory.
And because the poster child for satellite camps is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh — who seems to be holding a camp in every state in the union every day of the upcoming month of June — of course his name came up.
"I'm not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I'm not saying anything about him," Saban said, his quotes published over at Dr. Saturday. "I'm just saying it's bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I'm not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that's what's best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what's best for the game, not what's best for the Big Ten or what's best for the SEC, or what's best for Jim Harbaugh, but what's best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That's bigger than all of this."
Despite Saban saying he didn't care what Harbaugh does, Harbaugh — who has a mighty quick trigger finger on Twitter and has put several coaches in his crosshairs this offseason — took it personally and launched a counter-attack on social media.
"Amazing" to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly "amazing."— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016
Add Saban to the list of SEC head honchos Harbaugh has targeted via Twitter, the Crimson Tide coach joining Tennessee's Butch Jones, Georgia's Kirby Smart and Mississippi's Hugh Freeze.
Regardless of how things play out on the field or in the recruiting rankings, Harbaugh is making sure he is competitive in the war of words.
Oh, and if you're interested, here's video of Saban's comments.
NEW YORK — At least the White Sox have one thing going for them: Austin Jackson could return in time to play the Detroit Tigers.
The White Sox are optimistic their center fielder may require only another missed game or two before he returns to the lineup. Jackson exited Sunday’s game with turf toe on his left foot and hasn’t played since. A day earlier, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the club hoped to avoid a trip to the disabled list for Jackson, even if it meant not having him for a week.
“It’s still day-to-day stuff,” Ventura said. “I’m really hoping to get him to the off day and have him back by the weekend. It doesn’t look DL worthy. I know today would be tough one to have him in there.”
“It’s right in the joint. Painful. It should be all right by Friday.”
The White Sox play one more game against the New York Mets on Wednesday before they get the day off. They return to action on Friday in Detroit, their first meeting with the Tigers.
The Milwaukee Brewers are in that uncertain place where the Cubs used to exist, trying to collect as many long-term assets as possible, trying to see which interesting project players might actually stick around for their next contending team.
The Brewers have now claimed reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Cubs, potentially adding a right-handed weapon to their bullpen, though that idea comes with the standard disclaimer.
"The biggest thing is good health," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. "If he’s able to maintain good health and get an opportunity, he’s going to pitch really well."
The Cubs acquired Ramirez as part of the Matt Garza trade with the Texas Rangers in 2013 and watched him develop into a dominant setup guy the following season (1.44 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 43-plus innings).
But Ramirez has been on the disabled list three separate times since the middle of that 2014 season, accounting for only 14 innings during last year’s breakthrough into the playoffs. The Cubs didn’t find a role for him this season (4.70 ERA in eight appearances) and designated him for assignment on May 21.
"He’s got a great arm," Maddon said. "He’s got a wipeout slider. The velocity, I guess, came back a little bit, but I wasn’t here to really see the difference. Primarily, with good health, this guy can be very good. And I wish him nothing but the best. It’s no more complicated than that. If Neil stays well, he’s going to pitch well."