Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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Yet another reason for Americans to hate soccer ...

American photographer Spencer Tunick got more than 1,800 people to pose naked last Sunday at Austria's Happel Stadium, which will be one of the venues of the European Soccer Championships.

According to The Sun newspaper, Tunick told members of the crowd they weren't allowed to wear sunglasses or underwear and not to smile.


Somehow, we missed the story about Alabama State University and its statement to the sports world: Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules.

That's apparently what the school thought, because the NCAA charged it last week with violating 668 rules in a four-year span that ended in 2003. That's right, 668.

Almost 500 of the alleged instances of rules violations involved ineligible football players being allowed to work out in the offseason, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. In addition, 40 of the rules violations involved football players whose grades allegedly were changed without the knowledge of the instructors.

And yes, the NCAA hit Alabama State with the "lack of institutional control" charge as well.

The school's attorney, Kenny Thomas, told the newspaper that the school will meet the NCAA's June 27 deadline to respond to the allegations but declined further comment.

Really, what could he say?

"We're disappointed we didn't hit 700."

"At least we didn't tape opposing team's offensive and defensive signals."

"None of the alleged violations occurred at a Foot Locker."

"Hey, 500 more, and we can catch Alabama."


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