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Jordan Williams: ESPN's Van Pelt 'big factor in helping me make my decision' to go pro

Former University of Maryland standout Jordan Williams might have inadvertently thrown Maryland alum and ESPN personality Scott Van Pelt under the Terrapin school bus on Tuesday, telling The Washington Post following a pre-draft workout for the Wizards that Van Pelt was “a big factor in helping me make my decision” to go pro.

Maryland fans would undoubtedly love to hear more.

“Just giving me feedback, what he thought about it. Just trying to make me make the right decision. He did a great job, and I give him a lot of credit for going out of his way. He’s a really busy guy, so for him to go out of his way to do that is unbelievable.”

Williams, who left the Maryland program after two years, told the paper he met Van Pelt during his freshman year when the SportsCenter anchor and ESPN Radio host spoke to the team at a practice prior to a game versus Duke.

“A great guy; a wonderful person,” Williams said. “Always trying to reach his hand out and help, even when he doesn’t have to. He’s always using his knowledge and using who he knows to help me out.”

It may indeed have been nice for Van Pelt to share some worldly wisdom and perhaps give Williams some feedback, but included in that sagacity should probably have been the words, “Now if anyone asks if we spoke, please don’t throw me under the wheels of a large, speeding vehicle.”

ESPN told the WaPo that they or Van Pelt would have a response later in the day.

 

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Video: Jim Tressel's Wife Slams Door On TV Reporter

WSYX-TV reporter Steve Levine had the assignment of getting reaction from Jim Tressel‘s family following his resignation from Ohio State University.

Jim’s wife, Ellen, wasn’t in a talkative mood and slammed the door in Levine’s face.

Good call.

[H/T SportsByBrooks]

 

Is the Brazil World Cup Headed for Disaster?

Prior to the 2010 World Cup, the media was obsessed with discussing whether the tournament would be a total and complete debacle. Topics ranged from the lack of quality stadiums to insufficient security. Turns out things went off without a hitch.

What’s strange, however, is that the coming tournament in Brazil gets a pass even though the country is dangerous and has a history of corruption that rivals South Africa’s.

Enter the Shin Guardian, which has an article discussing Brazil’s preparations for the tournament.

The verdict: Not good. Read more

Fox Soccer Channel, MLS Agree To One Year Extension

Fox Soccer extended the network’s national broadcast rights of Major League Soccer, reaching a one-year agreement on Friday.

The network will televise up to 31 regular-season games in 2011, plus three exclusive MLS Cup Playoff matches including a Conference Final. All of the games will be in high definition

“FOX Soccer has been a tremendous partner for MLS for many years and we are very happy that we have been able to extend the relationship,” said MLS President Mark Abbott. “Through both its news coverage and its extensive schedule of MLS games, Fox Soccer allows MLS fans across the country to follow their club as well as their rivals.”

Fox Soccer has been a national broadcast partner of MLS since 2003.

U.S. Soccer Star Is Bored, Checks in With The NYT From China

The United States women’s soccer team is currently in the middle of the Four Nations tournament in China. The squad opened up with a surprising loss to Sweden before defeating Canada 2-1. They play the home country on Tuesday morning, but the players have a lot of downtime. Unfortunately, as midfielder Yael Averbuch writes in The New York Times, that’s not as distracting as it usually can be.

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – basically anything fun – is blocked. We’ve also discovered that topics or historical events that may be controversial to the country are blocked from Google. My roommate, Lauren Cheney, and I have made a game of seeing what is and isn’t prohibited. These are the things we found to do in our spare time, especially on game day.

Soccer players: They’re just like us! (Bored in China.)