The NCAA Can Fine Student-Athletes?

I haven’t really followed the whole James Wiseman Saga at Memphis for the past few weeks. I remember hearing word that the top NBA Draft prospect from Memphis was getting suspended and thought “huh, that sucks. At least Cincinnati can continue to be Penny Hardaway’s daddy now that he won’t be a factor.” Well… not so fast my friend. It turns out both match-ups with the Bearcats fall after the NCAA’s date of January 12th to clear Wiseman. Under one condition. Continue reading

Lil Penny is Making a Comeback

USA Today Sports – Wednesday on ESPN’s morning talk show Get Up! the Memphis basketball coach said his miniature alter ego, Lil Penny, would be appearing again. 

“Lil Penny is actually going to be coming back out soon,” Hardaway said on the show. 

Lil Penny, of course, was the star of Hardaway’s iconic Nike commercials in the 1990s, narrated by actor Chris Rock. 

“Lil Penny is getting in shape,” Hardaway added. “He’s coming back.”

I don’t watch any of ESPN’s trash so I didn’t catch this news, but luckily it came across my Twitter feed tonight as I re-watch Arrested Development for the 15th time through (only the OG episodes, I’m not into the reboot). Anyone that grew up in the heyday of the Orlando Magic with Penny Hardaway and Shaq remembers how awesome the Lil Penny marketing campaign was. We loved his commercials. We loved the shoes they were trying to sell. Hell, I even had this poster in my room. I’m pretty sure it’s rolled up and in a box somewhere at my parents’ house still.

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