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.Who will be indentified most with the new helmet rule, at least until the first player is repeatedly flagged for it? Trent Richardson.
"I feel like I made it bad for all the backs," Richardson told The Plain Dealer today. "I feel like it's my fault."
He's fairly certain that his name will always be attached to the rule, which prohibits runners from using the crown of their helmets to fend off defenders in the open field.
"People keep telling me it's the T-Rich rule," he said. "I guess I made history today."
.Butler has a youthful looking (and very successful) head coach in Brad Stevens and they also have youth, a 22 year old, powering their advanced statistics stratagems. Drew Cannon is the Doogie Howser of college basketball.
In reality, Cannon's experience in scouting and analyzing data has made him the perfect match with the numbers-savvy Butler program. Stevens, a longtime proponent of advanced statistical metrics, said if he had unlimited resources he would create his own statistics division. For now, he has Cannon and gushes about how his research has shaped lineups, substitution patterns and converted the staff's statistical skeptics.
"It's been very impactful, there's no question about it," Stevens said. "He's really an invaluable resource."
Cannon can't coach players and admits the Xs and Os aspect of the game has overwhelmed him at times. (The Norse Forse, apparently, didn't run a lot of set plays.)
.The life of an NCAA cheerleader during the tournament. When we first check into our hotel we get three days' per diem up front, usually around $55 total, which doesn't seem like a lot until you realize that, for a college kid, "per diem" is Latin for "beer money." If we win our first game, we get per diem for the remainder of the weekend when we return to the hotel. A $5 tax on all 29 people in the band makes for a nice slush fund for filling a hotel suite with booze.
.Following the Heat/Cavs game on Twitter and on the NBA app last night was wild! Some of my tweets. Feel free to follow!
.I'll just repeat what Grantland wrote. The NBA fan's guide to March Madness. Feels like this NBA draft is comparable to the upcoming NFL draft - you picked a bad year to desperately need a franchise player, because on the exterior it doesn't seem like there's a player like that available.