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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Was the End All and Be All of Heel Managers, Humanoids

In pro wrestling, especially in the ’80s, all of the above apply—just replace Mr. Dafoe with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, who died on Sunday at 73. The wrestling manager has historically been a simple machine engineered to draw the ire of the crowd?—what baby oil and face paint did to demonize the physique, so the heel manager did to play havoc on the ears of the unsuspecting audience. (The Ringer)

Boxer Jake LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died. He was 95. LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia. The Bronx Bull, as he was known, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts, in a career that began in 1941 and ended in 1954. (Associated Press)

DI infractions committee welcomes new chair

Greg Christopher, athletics director at Xavier, became chair of the Division I Committee on Infractions on Sept. 1. He takes over the role as Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey’s three-year term as chair ends. Dave Roberts, special advisor to the president on issues of compliance at Southern California, will serve as vice chair, taking over the role from Eleanor Myers. (NCAA.org)

Learfield, IMG College Close To Merger, Reshaping College Space

Learfield and IMG College have agreed to a blockbuster merger that will combine the two marketing and media behemoths in college sports, sources say. Learfield President & CEO Greg Brown will run the merged business, which will be a 50-50 split between the two companies, sources said. The merger is expected to be finalized in the coming days. (Sports Business Daily)

Tim Duncan delivers on promise of hurricane relief to victims in Virgin Islands

Tim Duncan is putting his money where his mouth is. One week after pledging to donate $250K to relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands for those impacted by Hurricane Irma, the Spurs legend volunteered his time Friday by helping with the distribution of food for those in the region. In day one of his volunteer efforts, more than 20,000 pounds of food was given out to those affected. (CBS Sports)

Spartan Stadium, Section 5, Row 43, Seats 28 and 29 – an ode to my father

My father, Christopher Couch, passed away unexpectedly at Sparrow Hospital on Aug. 6. He was 68. His 23rd installment of MSU football season tickets arrived a few days earlier, he’d told me. So last Saturday, as MSU played Western Michigan, I watched from Section 5, Row 43, Seat 28. I needed to experience that view one more time, let those memories soak in. (Lansing State Journal)

ACC Network Will Be Based Out Of Bristol Instead Of Charlotte As Widely Thought

ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus said, “In today’s world of video communication and technology, physical location is becoming less important every day. This was a circumstance born out of having the most resources at our disposal in Bristol to deliver on our plan for the ACC Network.” The ACC’s new network is expected to launch in 2019. (Sports Business Daily)

Charlie Adams, longtime leader of NC high school sports, passes away

Charlie Adams, the former executive director of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, passed away Sunday morning at his home in Chapel Hill. He was 81. Adams, a Cary native, is hailed as a visionary in high school sports. He led the NCHSAA from 1984-2010 after being promoted from assistant executive director and supervisor of officials. (Charlotte Observer)

Let Texas Play USC Every Year

Let Texas play USC again next week. Put them in the same bowl game, be it the Rose Bowl or the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. USC has to take the trip to Austin next year in a rematch to its 27-24 double overtime win Saturday night, but that’s not enough. Let’s bump the Pac-12 up to the Pac-13 so Texas and USC can play every damn year. (The Ringer)

Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan, pro wrestling legend, dead at 73

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, considered pro wrestling's greatest commentator and manager by many, has died. He was 73. Heenan had been battling health issues for many years since contracting cancer in 2002, reports Dave Meltzer with Wrestling Observer. World Wrestling Entertainment, his former longtime employer, confirmed the news Sunday evening. (AL.com)

Clemson defense rules the night at Louisville

It was projected to be a showdown between Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s defense. The latter stole the show Saturday night. Clemson’s defense lived up to its ranking as the nation’s No. 2 unit, time and again neutralizing Jackson and essentially snuffing out a Louisville offense that entered the game highly regarded and equally as hyped. (Greenville News)

Pitt football gets butt kicked so bad they offer students giveaway

A week after losing to Penn State in Happy Valley, Pitt's football team got its tail whooped at home to Oklahoma State in a game that's technically still in progress but for all intents and purposes over. (As of press time, the Cowboys held a 59-21 lead.) The beating was so bad that, before the game was even over, the school was offering students who stayed for the whole game a free beverage. (Philly Voice)

Gators announcer Mick Hubert makes memorable call on Florida's game-winning TD versus Tennessee

The Florida Gators provided quite the ending Saturday evening against Tennessee. After a slow start to the game, the Vols and Gators exchanged scores for much of the fourth quarter. The Volunteers hit a field goal late to tie the game at 20-20 in a sloppy game that provided fireworks late. (Saturday Down South)

Reliving Keith Jackson’s perfect call at the end of the perfect college football game

You remember the play. Vince Young, Texas’ star quarterback, scampers to the end zone to end USC’s 34-game winning streak and bring a national championship to the Horns for the first time in over three decades. But do you remember the soundtrack to that famous play? Dan Fouts does. On that night, Fouts was shoulder-to-shoulder with broadcasting great Keith Jackson. (SB Nation)

Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim wants to coach through son’s college career

With his son Buddy Boeheim set to become a freshman at Syracuse during the 2018-19 season, Jim Boeheim plans to coach for at least another five years. “I’m not leaving my son there,” Boeheim, who turns 73 in November, said with a smile at the Garden State Basketball Clinic at Montclair (N.J.) Immaculate Conception High School. Boeheim had initially agreed to step down after this upcoming season. (Zag's Blog)

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