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Thursday / October 17.
  • Only in American could a man get rich off a song about the attempted rape of his sister.

    Huntsville, Ala., native Antoine Dodson became a YouTube sensation when Auto-Tune the News took his rant about the attempted rape of his sister, Kelly Dodson, and transformed it into an R&B masterpiece.

    According to Techland.com, “the song reached the top 50 on the iTunes music charts, was redone by Mario Paint and members of Paramore and New Found Glory and Relient K came up with a punk version. The entire North Carolina A&T State University marching band performed it on the football field. NPR did a story on the societal implications behind the fact a song about an attempted rape in the projects could become so popular.”

    After initially trimming his list to four schools, Tyler Harris has now added a fifth in Louisville.

    Torrel Harris, Tyler’s father, said Louisville coach Rick Pitino officially offered the 6-8 Harris a scholarship and wants him to take an official.

    “They offered him,” Torrel said. “If he goes to Louisville and he likes Louisville, they’re taking his commitment.”

    Despite a report saying Harris would trip to Louisville Oct. 22, Torrel said that date hasn’t been nailed down.

    Sonny Vaccaro, once the most powerful man in grassroots basketball, is poised to return to the summer scene and possibly partner with Chinese apparel manufacturer Li Ning.

    Vaccaro, who turns 71 Thursday, declined to mention specific potential partners, but says he has appointments Monday with “people who would like to get totally involved.”

    “I believe there are going to be opportunities for me to be involved in things next summer,” Vaccaro said Wednesday night by phone from his home in Carmel, Calif. “I don’t know exactly if I will do them or how I’ll do them, but I do know there’s a lot of interest and I’m going to listen.”

    Norvel Pelle, the No. 2 center in the Class of 2011, is close to determining which official visits he will take.

    In a phone interview Wednesday night, the 6-foot-10, 205-pound Pelle of Los Angeles Price said he was considering St. John’s, UTEP, UConn and “the whole PAC 10 except Arizona.” He specifically mentioned Oregon and Washington from the PAC 10.

    He said he wasn’t sure where he would take officials.

    “I don’t know,” he said. “I just finished my home visits. I’m planning my college visits soon.”