1. Women's softball is playing its first ever NCAA Tournament game.
In just his second season at the helm, head coach Mike Smith has led Ole Miss to a program-record 39 wins and a berth as a No. 2 seed in the Norman, Okla. regional tilt. The Rebel women face off against three-seeded Tulsa on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT, and you should most definitely crack open a twelver and stream the game on WatchESPN. New to college softball? Not sure how the bracket functions or which players you should be cheering/cussing? This handy guide will get you caught up with everything you need to know, including what the other teams' mascots look like as Crying Jordans.
2. Spurrier called out the Cheatin' Rebelbears and let's be honest, it was funny.
When Steve Spurrier admirably resigned last October, he did so with the best interests of Gamecocks football in mind. South Carolina's season was more or less already a disaster, and the 71-year old Spurrier saw plainly the writing on the wall. It was time to step away.
The head ball coach's professional life has slowed to leisurely outings on the golf course, but Hatin' Ass Spurrier's caustic wit remains as pointed as ever. WIAT's Nic Gulas caught up with Spurrier at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Wednesday, where he asked about the prospect of a college football commissioner and whether Spurrier would be interested in such a gig. Well:
I doubt it. That sounds like a lot of work, traveling around the country trying to keep up with, uh, Ole Miss and whoever else is being under investigation right now ... But that might be something that would be good for college football.
Here's Steve Spurrier's full answer on if he would consider being College Football Commissioner pic.twitter.com/GTXkFaZHsf— Nic Gulas (@Nic_Gulas) May 18, 2016
HATIN' ASS SPURRIER NEVER LEFT US, Y'ALL.
3. Men's hoops signed a man who is 7 feet tall.
On Monday, Andy Kennedy announced that he had bagged Dominik Olejniczak, a 7-foot behemoth of a man who previously played 20 games for Drake but originally hails from Torun, Poland. SEVEN FEET.
Olejniczak averaged 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with the Bulldogs, and his size will come as a welcome replacement for the 2017-18 season, when Ole Miss will no longer enjoy the services of one Sebastian Saiz. Here's a clip of him hauling in a defensive rebound, posterizing some poor schmuck, and then getting called for a moving screen on three consecutive possessions:
See you in a couple years, big guy.
4. Laquon Treadwell finally signed his contract with the Vikings.
Somewhat old news, but last week Laquon officially became a millionaire. The No. 23 overall pick in this year's draft was the last of the Vikings' rookies to sign his contract, which is good for $9.9 million over four years with a fifth year option.
Congratulations Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) on signing his first NFL contract with the @Vikings!!! #ISM pic.twitter.com/GGQe6NAi9k— IMPACT SPORTS (@ImpactSportsInc) May 12, 2016
Dude looks justifiably pleased, even if he has to take a pay cut from his time at Ole Mi$$.