(Coach Calhoun and retired sportswriter Oscar Madison share a laugh while watching some vintage Quincy Punk)

I’ve not read The Sporting News in some time —- I think I bailed right around the time the publishers decided that NASCAR was deserving of more editorial space than the NBA and NHL combined — but if they’re still runnning “The Fly”, next week is sure to feature the pithy comment, “didn’t you used to be the University Of Connecticut?

Since losing to Virginia Tech, North Carolina have beaten Clemson, Wake Forest and (today) Arizona by a combined 78 points. The most recent of these blowouts occured on hostile turf and sans the services of Brandon Wright and Marcus Ginyard. I suppose the rest of the ACC can try to trick themselves into thinking the Heels have peaked too early.

Who says there are no second acts on Staten Island? D-Wil’s student-athlete of 2007, Kyle McAlarney is said to be returning to Notre Dame. Toiling without their suspended weed fiend this afternoon, the Irish are tied at 32 with Villinova with 15:38 remaining in South Bend.

Memphis survived a late scare from Southern Miss before prevailing, 67-63, earlier today. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 5 of his 15 points in the game’s final 2:30, sparing the Tigers what would’ve been their 4th loss of the year. I guess Dan Garcia ran out of pins for his John Calipari voodoo doll (which, in all seriousness, is a far more appropriate toy for young kids than this Bratz garbage I see in the department stores).