Aformer Ohio State walk-on basketball player, Mark Titus, has published a book, "Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey From the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench" (Doubleday, 257 pp.$24.95).
One of the moving testimonials about the book comes from Titus' former coach, Thad Motta: "Of all the players I've coached in my career, Mark Titus is one of them." It is noted that during his four seasons with the Buckeyes (2006-'10), Titus "set the record for the most individual career wins in Ohio State history - and scored a total of nine points." Titus was a little used 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Brownsburg, Ind.
Greg Oden, Evan Turner and Mike Conley Jr. were the stars on those Ohio State teams during Titus' tenure.
The book contains a number of references to Ohio State's games against Wisconsin in that time period, but Titus early on tells the reader he prefers calling UW by another name, the "Buzzcuts." Titus explains: "I refer to Wisconsin as the Buzzcuts because 99% of the guys who have played for Bo Ryan at UW had buzzcuts - look it up, it's a fact." The last time Titus was in a Buckeyes' uniform for a game at the Kohl Center, the Buzzcuts won by 22 (65-43), the worst loss by Ohio State in the 2009-'10 season. Titus was particularly down about what this meant for his stellar college basketball career.
"Since it was my last trip to Madison, the loss meant that the Kohl Center was the only Big Ten arena that I never won in," Titus writes.
Apart from his basketball skills, Titus became known for creating the ClubTrillion.blogspot.com. When you play a minute in a game and create nothing but zeros on the stat sheet, you get to the trillion mark.
Ducks in a row You imagine there may be more customers in Oregon than Wisconsin for the DVD that ESPN announced on Tuesday is now available on amazon.com.
"Fans can relive the Oregon Ducks' Rose Bowl victory with the 2012 Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio," the promotion reads. "In the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played, the Oregon Ducks defeated the Wisconsin Badgers and earned their first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years." The DVD includes the game broadcast on ESPN and the postgame coverage and trophy presentation. The Ducks beat the Badgers, 45-38.
Who (out) shot JL? Jeremy Lin's 28-point, 14-assist game for the New York Knicks against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon was not the biggest sports television attraction last weekend in the Milwaukee market.
Linsanity did not reign here. The Bud Shootout did.
Saturday night on WITI-TV (Channel 6), the NASCAR auto race drew almost 41, 000 households, compared with about 25, 400 for Lin-o-Vision on WISN-TV (Channel 12).
The final round of the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open on WDJT-TV (Channel 58), with about 29, 000 households, also attracted more viewers than Knicks-Mavs.
Defining success Former NASCAR crew chief Jeff Hammond and champion driver Darrell Waltrip offered their opinions Tuesday during a conference call with reporters about what would constitute a successful year for driver Danica Patrick.
She is running a limited schedule in NASCAR Sprint Cup this year.
The two analysts will work the Fox Sports telecast of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, in which Patrick has a guaranteed starting spot.
"I think for her it is to be able to get the laps in," Hammond said. "That's the main thing. It's not to get caught up in trying to push too hard in the races she gets into.
"From what we have seen in the past, as far as a former crew chief, she is very savvy behind the wheel. She knows what the limits are. If she is able to get in these races and finish them, complete those laps, a couple or three top-15 finishes (would be a success)." Waltrip said he thinks she will do fine on the track, but winning over fans is important as well.
"I think one thing she needs, and it will come with her being around all the time, is to be accepted by fans," Waltrip said. "People use the term she doesn't deserve to do this, she doesn't belong here. If she can overcome a lot of that, I think that will be a big accomplishment.
"I think she will do the on-track stuff better than most people expect. If she does, that maybe will put some of those skeptics that talk about her being here, it will put some of that to rest and that would be a huge success." Call SportsDay at (414) 223-5531 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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