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The Kotchman signing and what it means for Shelley: “However, I can’t shake the feeling that the Indians have found real value with Shelley Duncan and it’s a shame to not take advantage of it somehow. I don’t mind the Kotchman signing but this was not a case, as it has been portrayed most of the offseason, of a club with no first basemen or right-handed bat available. When I really sat down and looked at this, I’m surprised there wasn’t more of a push to simply hand Duncan the job and see how it goes. I certainly hope Duncan’s on the roster on opening day, and I wouldn’t predict he’ll be cut. The Indians are generally pretty smart and the smart thing to do would be to find Duncan at-bats. If I were Michael Brantley, I’d be wondering where, and if, I’d be playing most of the season.” [Let's Go Tribe]

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The Vikings at-large chances as college basketball hits the home stretch: “ Unfortunately for Cleveland State, the Horizon League isn’t as strong this year. CSU has to hope an early win at Vanderbilt and a victory over Akron is good enough to offset losses to Youngstown State and Hofstra. Assuming CSU can keep winning, the Vikings’ BracketBusters matchup with Drexel could be critical. It’s the only Top 100 RPI game remaining on their schedule.” [Dave Ommen/Beyond the Arc]

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More on Urban Meyer and recruiting: ”I believe Meyer did not break a single rule in flipping Kyle Dodson, Noah Spence, etc., this recruiting season. And I believe that because he’s the coach at Ohio State, and I know folks these days at Ohio State have to play by the rules. The NCAA is not only watching, but the NCAA knows every phone line, every email address, every car belonging to Ohio State and probably has spies at every stoplight on campus, too. Meyer is always going to walk on the line between right and wrong and NCAA-legal and NCAA-illegal, but he’s going to stay on the right side — especially now. I’m not in the camp that believes Meyer is an entirely wholesome and genuine guy who just cares about the kids, but I do believe he simply out-hustled and out-sold the rest of the Big Ten and most of the rest of the country the last eight weeks and will spin this momentum forward. The others should hustle themselves rather than whine. Game on.” [Zac Jackson/FoxSportsOhio]

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Hello darkness, my old friend: “I really don’t get it, but Brian Daboll has once again found another team to be the offensive coordinator for. This time, he is joining former Browns head coach Romeo Crennelwith the Kansas City Chiefs…I think I’m just surprised that when you have new head coaches who are receiving opportunities, it surprises me that a guy like Daboll (who did not go over very well in his two years here) can retain such a high position for three different teams in three years. Heck, with that honor, you’d almost think that he’s in line to be a head coach somewhere in the future.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]

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Looking at the Cavs roster as contract deadlines approach: “But, the bigger news is that next Friday all non-guaranteed contracts for the season become guaranteed if the player is still on the roster. That means a team has to release the player by 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday so they can clear waivers before being released. Thus, if Alonzo Gee, Samardo Samuels and Mychel Thompson are still on the Cavaliers roster at tip time in Miami next Tuesday night they can rest easy as they will be getting paid for their entire contracts regardless of if they make it through the season in Cleveland.” [Fear the Sword]

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It’s not in comic sans, but it’s close: “On Saturday, newish Jazz owner Greg Miller took to his own blog to tear into Karl’s hypocrisy. Or, as we delicately put it on Friday, Malone “playing the martyr” as he often does. Miller’s post, and I’m not sure you’re allowed to use this description in Salt Lake City on Sundays, is scathing.” [Kelly Dwyer/Ball Don't Lie]

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