4 at 4: Afternoon links from around the sports landscape

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 14, 2013 

Rick Neuheisel lauded the success of the Southeastern Conference during an interview in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday.

NICK UT — Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. — It's time for our weekly Monday afternoon installment of "4 at 4."

These are just four stories that have caught my eye while today. Hopefully you find them as interesting as I do.

1. Former Colorado, Washington and UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel spoke to Birmingham's Monday Morning Quarterback Club earlier today — but not before speaking with media members first. He had quite a few interesting things to say according to Jon Solomon's article, most notably acknowledging that people need to "give the devil his due" in reference to the SEC having eight teams ranked in the latest Associated Press poll. (Sorry for those hoping he was specifically referring to Nick Saban.) He also believes that the Pac-12 can begin to replicate the SEC's success in the next few seasons, but just needs more time to build the correct infrastructure.

2. Speaking of former coaches, which NBA head men enter the 2013-14 season in tenuous positions? (How about that transition?) Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver names three coaches who enter this season on the proverbial "hot seat."

3. In case you missed it over the weekend, one of the most bizarre sports stories you'll ever hear about unfolded. During a high school football game in Louisiana on Friday night, the head referee and a linesman were both arrested and charged with public intimidation. Neither official was allowed to comment on the matter due to rules set forth by the Greater New Orleans Football Officials Association that prohibit speaking to the media. However, based on information that has been reported thus far, it seems the arrest spurred from the linesman, Chris Gambino repeatedly asking fans from the visiting team to back away from the sideline. A detail officer working the game told Gambino to stop worrying about it, and from there, things only got worse.

4. We end on a somber note, with a small Missouri town seemingly replicating the events of the infamous Steubenville, Ohio high school football team. The events are eerily similar. Just like Steubenville, a sexual assault by members of the local high school football team (in Maryville, Mo.,) against two younger girls took place, with alcohol also playing a role. The boys involved were charged, and then later, inexplicably, the case went away. The town rallied behind the boys, while the family of the girl most directly affected by it moved out of town, but not without still feeling the repercussions of what took place on that January night last year.

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