College Basketball Nation: Darren Moore

UC Irvine player's ridiculous tattoo

December, 1, 2010
And I mean "ridiculous" in the most complimentary sense of the term, believe me.

The tattoo in question belongs to UC Irvine guard Darren Moore. Let's just say this: Darren must really, really like Spider-Man, because his level of dedication to the cause -- an intricate Spidey tattoo that mimics the Marvel web-crawler's famous suit design and chest logo, which covers Moore's entire torso -- is basically unheard of.

Moore asked Scott Roeder, a student photographer at UC Irvine, to take photos of him for a spread in a tattoo magazine. You can check out those photos on Roeder's blog here. (This isn't exactly new news, though it's just coming across my pixels this week; Roeder's blog post is actually from August of last year.) I don't know much about tattoos, and only a little more about photography, but I'm pretty sure these are nice examples of both. There are a lot of bad tattoos in the world -- bad ideas, bad executions, or both -- but this is not one of them. Well played, Darren. Well played indeed.

(Hat tips: SB SharpNation, The Dagger)

UC Irvine coach's dunk is a show-stopper

October, 19, 2010
UC Irvine coach Russell Turner confirmed to me over the weekend that he had in fact dunked at the team's Midnight Magic event, and he needed only one try to throw one down.

I wasn't going to expand on this until I saw this photo of Turner's dunk in the New University, UC Irvine's student newspaper and read the account of how after senior Darren Moore won the dunk contest, the first-year coach stole the show.
Although Moore took home bragging rights for the second consecutive year, it was head coach Russell Turner's dunk that brought down the house. Starting at the top of the key, Turner threw down a one-handed slam that got the Bren Events Center crowd on their feet.

"I told my guys to go out there and be themselves," Turner said. "This is the type of event, that if you do it well people will come out and support our team, and that responsibility is on us to be a supportable team."

Yep, the 39-year-old Turner did a dunk that came with style points.

Does that alone make him a slam-dunk hire for UC Irvine? No.

But it does speak to the 6-foot-7 former NBA assistant coach's ability to generate a buzz on campus for an Anteaters program that has never qualified for the NCAA tournament.

UPDATE: UC Irvine has released video of the dunk.