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Friday, August 26, 2011
3-point stance: On Miami's suspensions

By Ivan Maisel

1. Fans and schools alike complain about slow NCAA investigations. But they are never slow when competition is afoot. It took Miami fewer than 10 days to declare 13 players, including veteran quarterback Jacory Harris, ineligible in the Nevin Shapiro case. The university acted Thursday not only to give the NCAA the opportunity to rule on the players before the Hurricanes’ opener on Sept. 5, but also to give head coach Al Golden time to prepare a team without those players.

2. I like Dan Persa as much as the next writer. The Northwestern quarterback has been an exciting player, and if the Wildcats are winning, there’s usually a good story in it. But the hype for Persa is setting up Wildcat fans to be disappointed. I have read this week on the ESPN.com Big Ten blog that Persa’s mobility remains limited from the Achilles tendon injury he suffered late last season, yet I also read on the blog that Persa the No. 3 player in the Big Ten. It just doesn’t add up. I hope I’m wrong.

3. There may be a reason that tennis star Caroline Wozniacki is a three-time defending champion in the ATP event on the Yale campus in New Haven. The last two years, Wozniacki has spoken to the Bulldog football team and they have come to her matches to cheer her on. The team has tentative plans to attend her semifinal match Friday. While there, the players also plan to run on the pink treadmill outside the stadium, a fundraiser for breast cancer research.