1. Urban Meyer

Ohio State announced this week that outgoing football coach Urban Meyer will teach a class on leadership and character after he retires from coaching. While Meyer sounds like a terrible choice for the position, Ohio State could have done worse. They could have hired Lance Armstrong.

2. $500,000 freebie

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia had a bonus written into his contract that paid him $500,000 if he pitched 155 innings. Sabathia fell two innings short, but the Yankees paid him anyway. Why not just give the money to charity?

3. Patriots

The New England Patriots have lost two in a row, and the same thing is happening every time the Patriots lose a few games. They’re being called vulnerable, and some are wondering if the dynasty is coming to an end. Get real. Don’t bet against Brady and Belichick.

4. Greek team

A professional basketball team in Greece reportedly is firing its coach so that it can hire former Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Pitino was under investigation for players getting paid under the table to attend Louisville and recruits being offered strippers and prostitutes on visits. If we start hearing about a wave of American players headed to Greece, don’t be surprised.

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— Eric Kolenich

Sports reporter

Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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