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By Chris Lauderback on February 21, 2007 at 7:34 pm

The General Speaks Out On NBA Draft Rule In case you missed it, Bob Knight has voiced his opinion on the NBA rule forcing high school seniors to wait a year before entering the draft calling it the "the worst thing that's happened to college basketball since I've been coaching.'' Knight's chief argument is that players who are only going to college because they are forced to by the NBA rule don't have to attend class the second semester, compromising the integrity of college athletics. Personally, I see Knight's point and he's certainly a hero of mine, but I think the rule has actually been good for college basketball. Having players like Kevin Durant and Greg Oden in college, even if just for one year, has increased the overall excitement level and will make the Big Dance that much more compelling. Where do you stand on the issue?

J.J. Sullinger To Play In Phillippines The Columbus Dispatch reports that former Buckeye J.J. Sullinger has left his team in the CBA to play in the Phillippines. Apparently, he's going to make 15 times what he was making in the CBA. Considering he was always more interested in how good he looked on the court versus how he played, I hope his agent negotiated a shoe shopping spree with former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

11W Health Advisory - Don't Ride With Jamar Smith Illini hoopster Jamar Smith turned himself into to police today to face charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Smith drunkenly plowed his Lexus (huh?) into a tree and left the scene with teammate Brian Carlwell unconscious in the passenger seat. Smith is done for the season while Carlwell has an outside shot of playing again this season. News reports say Smith thought Carlwell was dead so he went back to his apartment. Wow...What a great teammate.