CBS: No regrets on Ware injury coverage
NEW YORK — The chairman of CBS Sports had no regrets about banning further replays of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware’s gruesome broken leg and says if anyone wants to watch it on the Internet, that’s fine with him.
CBS aired two quick replays Sunday from a wide enough distance for viewers to see the leg land awkwardly, but not any blood or bone. It hasn’t been shown since on CBS.
“In today’s world, if you want to see a piece of video instantaneously that you just saw on television, there are a million ways to do that,” Sean McManus said Monday. “I’ve seen statistics on the millions of views this piece of footage has had on YouTube and I have no problem with that.”
Ware was injured after attempting to block a shot in the Cardinals’ regional final victory over Duke. The sight of his tibia bone protruding from his skin left coach Rick Pitino and his teammates in tears. Ware was operated on later Sunday and is expected to watch Louisville’s Final Four appearance Saturday from the bench in Atlanta.
Former NFL coach Jack Pardee dies at 76
HOUSTON — Jack Pardee, one of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys” at Texas A&M who went on to become an All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, died Monday.
He was 76.
In November, Pardee’s family announced that he had gall bladder cancer that had spread to other organs and that he had six to nine months to live.
The family has established a memorial scholarship fund in Pardee’s name at the University of Houston, where Pardee coached from 1987-89.
He also coached the Houston Oilers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins in the NFL.
W. Kentucky headed to C-USA; Tulsa leaving
IRVING, Texas — Conference USA will add Western Kentucky and new coach Bobby Petrino at the same time the league’s most recent football champion plans to leave.
Commissioner Britton Banowsky said Monday that Western Kentucky will officially join C-USA on July 1, 2014. That will be after ex-Arkansas coach Petrino’s first season in charge of the Hilltoppers.
That is also when Tulsa, the defending Conference USA football champion, is expected to join a migration to the league that’ll no longer be known as the Big East.
From wire sources