The three-year show-cause the NCAA handed to Bruce Pearl on Wednesday was little more than a formality. Tennessee fired Pearl in March -- after backing him for months -- because it realized such a penalty was coming, and wanted to save its own hide. The Vols escaped further sanctions from the NCAA, whose decision on Pearl was just. When you're intent on cracking down on rule-violators, and have extremely limited investigative powers, you need to make examples out of liars.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens' tenacious pursuit of victory on the pitcher's mound is re-emerging as he enters federal court this week to fight charges he lied about using drugs and to try to ruthlessly discredit the former friend who says he did.
The indictment of Roger Clemens was a formality from the day he told former Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia and Rep. Harry Waxman of California the legal equivalent of, "Gimme the ball." He didn't have to testify at that House committee hearing in 2008. He did so willingly. He did so because Roger Clemens always took the ball, no matter how much cortisone, anti-inflammatories and convincing of his own body -- he always talked about his body like it was not of his self, but rather like a tradesman's tool -- that it took.
Mark McGwire testified before the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives on March 17, 2005. During the hearing he declined to answer questions about whether he used steroids. On Monday, McGwire admitted that he did use steroids. SI.com's Michael McCann discusses the legal fallout.
It's all about him now. Whether Dan Snyder secretly wanted this when he bought the Washington Redskins a decade ago is less intriguing a question than why it took so long to become clear, but then, there were so many distractions along the way. There was so much free-agent cash thrown about, year after year, and the rise and fall of Steve Spurrier, and the return of Joe Gibbs, and the slew of forgettable quarterbacks, and the strange hiring of Jim Zorn -- so many high-drama ideas gone wrong -- that it was hard to cut through and see that maybe this was the real plan all along.
NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Sammy Sosa, whose memorable home run race with Mark McGwire in 1998 is credited with helping revive baseball after the 1994 players' strike, tested positive for steroids in 2003, according to the New York Times. The Times cited "lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year."
Leading members of the House of Representatives asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to probe whether baseball great Roger Clemens "committed perjury and made knowingly false statements" during a congressional hearing.
SI.com legal analyst Michael McCann has been closely following the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee story since the release of the Mitchell Report late last year. Today he answers seven key questions about what lies ahead for Clemens after last week's Congressional hearing.
Though stumbling on a couple of questions and leaving several others unanswered, Roger Clemens nonetheless emerged favorably from Wednesday's hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Keep in mind, Clemens' primary goal was not to preserve or rehabilitate his baseball reputation or even to convince the legions of fans who disbelieve him -- as others have written, he may have failed miserably on those ends -- but rather to avoid perjury charges. Unless verifiable physical evidences emerges to the contrary, it seems unlikely the available evidence would lead to a conclusive finding that he committed perjury. Here's why, along with other observations:
Although the Justice Department has not yet accepted the invitation from Congressmen Henry Waxman and Tom Davis to investigate whether Miguel Tejada lied to the staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform -- let alone has the Justice Department commenced an investigation or come to findings unfavorable to Tejada -- Tejada could find himself in serious trouble if the government can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he knowingly and willfully lied about a matter material to the Committee's investigation.
The best basketball program in Iowa doesn't play in the Big Ten or Big 12 and has not reached the NCAA tournament in 36 years. But after seven straight victories over Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa, Drake is now the king of the Hawkeye state.
A manager for a private security contractor warned executives that he lacked proper equipment in Iraq a day before four of its employees were killed and two were left hanging from a bridge, a House committee disclosed Wednesday.
Once again, I owe a debt to Jimmy Cannon, the late and truly great New York sportswriter who, from time to time, wrote a column full of witty and sentimental one-liners he called, "Nobody asked me, but ..."
To all those irate Americans, especially my brothers and sisters on the press bus, who hourly bad-mouth Congress as posturing partisans more concerned with election returns than practical results, meet six-term Rep. Tom Davis.
General aviation and charter aircraft flights will resume at Washington's Reagan National Airport, almost four years since the flights were stopped after the September 11 terrorist attacks, authorities said.
Terri Schiavo's husband has asked that an autopsy be performed on his wife after she dies so that a full report can be done on the extent of her brain damage, an attorney for Michael Schiavo said Monday.
A day before a congressional hearing on steroid use in baseball, the two top members of the investigating committee said baseball's new policy appears to be more smoke and mirrors than a legitimate attempt to crack down on steroid use.