Vinnie Tatum was such a good soldier that he kept guard over Pitino in the back of a restaurant even as the coach was having drunken sex with a woman he had met just hours earlier. Tim Sypher valued his job so much that he gave Pitino the keys to his condominium, then kept watch as the coach gave the same woman $3,000 so she could go across state lines and get an abortion.Meantime, Shawn Teague, the father of 2011 Louisville target Marquis Teague, told Jody Demling the Pitino situation will have no impact on his son’s decision.
“It hasn’t changed a thing for us,” Shawn Teague said. “Of course, I want to see some things fall out a little bit more. Things happen and things can change – even with this situation – and we still have to look to see if anything is going to happen as a result of what did happen. But in terms of who Rick Pitino is and how I feel about him and how my family and Marquis feel about him, there’s no change in that whatsoever.”Rod Odom Sr. echoed similar sentiments to Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com.He added that “didn’t know the extent of what happened,” but added that he doesn’t have “any qualms with Pitino.”
“It doesn’t change anything with us,” the father said “We sat down as a family last night and analyzed it and spoke to Rod about it.”SELBY VISITING UCONN **Josh Selby, the point guard out of Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton High, who decommitted from Tennessee, will visit UConn Thursday, as will Long Island forward Rod Odom.
“Everybody is coming after him [Selby[,” Lake Clifton coach Herman Harried told the Hartford Courant. “It’s just going to be a matter of what he and his family thinks is best for him. If UConn doesn’t get him, that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with UConn or that UConn did anything. I want to say strongly that the UConn coaches have done a fine job recruiting him.”The 6-11 Tyler initially committed to Louisville but then announced he would skip his senior year at San Diego High and spend two years abroad and return to the U.S. for the 2011 NBA Draft. He becomes the second American player to skip college in as many years. Brandon Jennings signed a $1.2 million deal to play a year of pro ball in Italy last season before becoming the No. 10 pick in the NBA Draft. While Jennings struggled for playing time, Tyler wants to play right away.TYLER TO ISRAEL **Jeremy Tyler signed a one-year deal Wednesday with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League for $140,000.
“We’ve been working on a restructuring plan for the Journal News for a while,” Michael J. Fisch, publisher and president of the newspaper, told The New York Times. “That’s partly the reason for the move today, but the other part of the reason for having employees reapply for newly defined jobs is to recognize that our business has changed.”NADAL RETURNS TO TOUR **Rafael Nadal returned to the tour in Montreal and won by walkover over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. It is good for tennis to have Nadal back and hopefully he can round into form by the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 31. Always one of my favorite events to cover. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter.