These past few months have been a whirlwind for Penn State coach James Franklin.

Since his hiring was made official on Jan. 11, the 42-year-old has had to move to State College, finish the recruiting season and oversee the Nittany Lions' spring practices.

With all that on his plate, Franklin can be excused if he hasn't exactly had time to look for a house in the area. At the start of his tenure he was living in a hotel. But with the hectic pace of spring football, he moved into his office.

Laken Litman of USA Today spoke to Franklin, who said he sometimes works from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. For the past month he's been sleeping on an air mattress in his office.

"I'm not a sleep-in-the-office kind of guy," Franklin said. "You hear about coaches sleeping in their offices. I've never done that. It's just my family isn't here and I haven't had a chance to look and find a place."

Penn State's spring game was last weekend, so presumably Franklin will have more time to search for housing in the coming weeks.

Or, if he's looking for some more excitement, he could shack up with his assistant coaches, who have also relocated to Penn State but haven't found permanent housing. Franklin told Litman that several assistant coaches are staying at offensive line coach Herb Hand’s home.

"It's almost like Animal House over there," Franklin said.

Franklin comes to Penn State after going 24-15 with three bowl appearances in three years at Vanderbilt. He signed a six-year, $27 million contract with Penn State, so he should be able to find some comfortable housing once he gets out of his office.

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Kobe Bryant was so unhappy with how this season went for his Los Angeles Lakers that he didn't even stay in the country for his team's final game.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times notes that Bryant bolted for France with his family early this week. The Lakers played their final game of the season on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.

Bryant was spotted at Los Angeles International airport on Monday and in Europe on Wednesday:


It's been a tough season for Bryant, who sat out the first few weeks as he recovered from a torn achilles tendon. He came back for six games but fractured his left knee on Dec. 17 and was sidelined for the rest of the season.

Bryant has repeatedly expressed frustration with his Lakers, who finished the year with the franchise's worst record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. Bryant couldn't even muster a smile for the team's photo last month.

As if his early exit wasn't evidence enough that Bryant is already moving on from this disastrous season, the 35-year-old sent out a tweet confirming that he is already looking towards the 2014-15 campaign.


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They've got their own nickname, reality show and now, dating website.

They are Green Bay Packers fans, and they are ready for love.

According to Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin, the site GreenBayPackersLovers.com has been in operation for less than one month and already counts more than 400 people as members (the website lists 236 male members and 197 female members).

"Packers Backers alike will enjoy the site," Kelly Davis, the site's founder, said in a press release. "This is a state of the art dating website with the ability to participate in forums, real time full featured chat with members, send messages, receive messages, send winks, build a friends and hot people list, ban others from contacting you, see who has visited your profile, see who has winked at you, upload photos and decide whether they'll be private or public, and even a built in calendar to keep track of important dates and public events planned for the community."

With any luck, this site will bring together Cheeseheads who will watch games together, go on to have a Packers-themed wedding and maybe even name their son after quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Professional athletes are used to being solicited for autographs on weird items and at inopportune times, but Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons still must have been thrown off when a woman recently asked him for his signature after crashing into his car.

According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Parsons was outside the Toyota Center when a woman ran a red light and smashed into his SUV.

After the guilty driver and Parsons, who missed a game over the weekend with a sore back and right wrist, discovered that neither was seriously hurt, she proceeded to ask the forward and part-time model for his John Hancock.

“She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons said. "She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card."

It's unclear whether Parsons actually signed the card, but he seems like a good enough guy and probably followed through. No harm, no foul, right?

Parsons was cleared to play on Monday, and he put in 40 minutes and a team-high 21 points in Houston's victory over San Antonio. The 25-year-old is concluding the best statistical season of his career, one in which he has posted per-game career highs in points (16.6), assists (4), rebounds (5.5) and minutes (37.6). His Rockets currently own the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

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Don't feel too bad for Matt Harvey.

Sure, the New York Mets' ace may miss the 2014 season as he recovers from offseason Tommy John surgery, but he's been making good use of his time away from the diamond.

Harvey was spotted at Sunday's Knicks-Bulls game at Madison Square Garden with British model Asha Leo, whom he is reportedly dating.

As Steve DelVecchio over at Larry Brown Sports notes, Leo would be Harvey's third model girlfriend in the span of two months.

Last fall and early this year Harvey, 25, was spotted with Russian model Anne V.

But by February the two had apparently split and, according to the New York Post, Harvey was spotted with another model, Ashley Haas.

That fling has apparently come to an end.

Harvey has said that he's trying to emulate Derek Jeter's dating style, and it appears he's on the right track.

"That guy is the model," Harvey told Men's Journal of Jeter. "I mean, first off, let's just look at the women he's dated. Obviously, he goes out – he's meeting these girls somewhere – but you never hear about it. That's where I want to be."

At first it seemed like Harvey may have been violating his rehab agreement by appearing in New York while the Mets were on the road. He's supposed to be rehabbing in Florida when the club is away from home. But, as it turns out, he has Sundays off, so he flew up to the city for the day and is presumably back in the Sunshine State.

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Saturday was a big night for the Pacquiao family -- both for Manny and his mom, Dionisia.

The younger Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley in their anticipated rematch of their June 2012 bout. The elder Pacquiao attended the match and was caught on camera before the fighting started. It's unclear what she's doing here, but it looks intense:

As one might expect, Twitter was abuzz with talk of this moment:





Many have speculated that Dionisia is either praying for her son or putting some sort of hex on Bradley. A devout Catholic, Dionisia has used religious explanations to explain her son's previous losses.

After Manny's victory, Dionisia made her way into the ring and reconciled with Bradley:


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For a few speedy Marshall and Ohio State students, this season's spring games will provide the chance of a lifetime.

Both schools are holding promotions that allow several students to take on some of the fastest players on the football team. At Ohio State, that's running back Dontre Wilson and and receiver Devin Smith.

While only pride is on the line in Columbus, at Marshall there is a $3,000 prize for any student that can outrun a football player.


A student victory may seem unlikely, but reports out of Ohio State indicate that there are some legitimate challengers from the student pool. Apparently at least one student ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, which would be faster than all but nine prospects at this year's NFL Combine.

Wilson has reportedly run a 4.33 in the past. Smith isn't a track slouch either -- he qualified for the Ohio state high school meet in the 4x200 relay and was the state's long jump champion.

The Buckeyes threw in some football players during their final qualifying heats, and not all of them fared as well as you might expect.

Ohio State's spring game is set for April 12 while Marshall's is on April 26.

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Johnny Manziel's already-high draft stock could be on the rise again.

Weeks after Manziel impressed scouts at his pro day last month, the 21-year-old from Texas A&M can now add a strong Wonderlic score to his portfolio.

Lance Zierlein, a Houston radio host, and John Middlekauff, a former NFL scout and current San Francisco radio host, each tweeted Thursday that Manziel had scored above 30, and NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Friday that it was a 32:




The Wonderlic test doesn't ask anything about football, and as is the case with many intelligence tests, it has been criticized for its reliability. It consists of 50 questions, with a 12-minute time limit. "The questions are not especially difficult, in and of themselves, but the compressed time frame is a wild card that can make questions seem more challenging," according to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Although the Wonderlic has been used in numerous occupations, it is most famous as the aptitude/IQ test for NFL prospects."

According to Breer, the scores for the other top two quarterback prospects this year were 28 for Central Florida's Blake Bortles and 20 for Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.

There has only been one perfect score of 50 among NFL prospects on the Wonderlic, and it figures that the player who aced it was a Harvard man. Pat McInally, who went on to play 10 seasons with the Bengals as a punter and a receiver, registered the 50 in 1975, and his score might have actually worked against him, according to George Young, then the general manager of the Giants.

"He told me, 'That may have cost you a few rounds in the draft because we don't like extremes. We don't want them too dumb and we sure as hell don't want them too smart,' " McInally said to the Los Angeles Times.

Cincinnati took McInally in the fifth round (120th overall).

Another Harvard player, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, posted a 48 on his Wonderlic in 2005.

Of course, the important thing to remember here is that the Wonderlic score can be misleading. Wonderlic scores for quarterbacks drafted high the past few years have varied wildly. Scores for Cam Newton (21), Blaine Gabbert (42) and Christian Ponder (35), for example, have not correlated correctly with success or failure.

For what it's worth, other scores among active NFL quarterbacks include ...

  • 40 Alex Smith
  • 39 Eli Manning*
  • 38 Colin Kaepernick
  • 37 Andrew Luck
  • 37 Tony Romo
  • 35 Aaron Rodgers*
  • 33 Tom Brady*
  • 28 Peyton Manning*
  • 28 Russell Wilson*
  • 27 Joe Flacco*
  • 25 Ben Roethlisberger*
  • 24 Robert Griffin III

* Super Bowl Champion

Manziel is a top-five pick on many mock draft boards, and some have him going as high as No. 1. One of his limiting factors, in addition to his relatively small stature, is said to be questions about his character.

But these scores, as well as his in-person meetings with teams, appear to be easing those fears.

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Just how strict are the rules at Augusta National?

According to Lorne Duncan, the caddie for U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, he won't be allowed to work for the 19-year-old this weekend because of a medical condition with his feet.

Augusta National's policy is that caddies must wear sneakers. Fitzpatrick prefers sandals because of his condition.

Duncan (below, left) wrote on his blog that he attempted to discuss with officials his unique situation but was shut down.

"I went to speak to the powers that be at Augusta National about alternative foot wear that would allow me to get through the week but my inquires were met with a resounding 'No.' I spoke to the head person there who is about as bright as a post and about as malleable as one. My feet were so sore after one practice round in runners that I had no alternative but to withdraw my services."

Fred Ridley, the chairman of the Masters competition committee, said Duncan's concerns were considered but ultimately the club would not bend.

"Duncan was told he had to wear tennis shoes like all caddies," Ridley said. "We are not treating him any different."

Despite a late push by Crocs, Duncan ultimately had to sit out the tournament.


For his part, Fitzpatrick said Duncan's plight won't be a distraction. He'll be accompanied on the course by Ricky Elliot, who normally caddies for Brooks Koepka.

"It doesn't bother me," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm very happy to be here and look forward to the week with an experienced caddie on the bag."

Paired with defending champion Adam Scott on Thursday, Fitzpatrick shot a respectable 76.

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The NCAA's collapse is inevitable, and unless it makes some serious changes, it will soon cease to exist.

That's the view of John Calipari, one of the most controversial and high-profile college coaches of our era. In a forthcoming book, Calipari, whose Kentucky Wildcats finished as surprise runners-up to UConn in the NCAA tournament, likens the collegiate governing body to the crumbling Soviet Union in its final days.

"The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years," Calipari writes, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. "It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist."

The 55-year-old head coach, who has taken his teams to three Final Fours (five if you count the two that were vacated), presents a 13-point plan for improving the NCAA. His suggestions include doling out player stipends of $3,000 to $5,000, allowing athletes to accept loans up to $50,000 against future earnings and letting athletes have one round-trip flight home every year.

Calipari also suggests that if a coach leaves a school, players should be able to transfer without having to sit out a season.

Two of Calipari's former schools -- UMass and Memphis -- have had Final Four appearances vacated because of NCAA transgressions. Calipari, who was not personally implicated in either case, says he has tried to work with the NCAA to improve the system but has been turned away because of his reputation.

"I think we could have gotten somewhere with me as the point man, but the NCAA was not interested in my help," Calipari writes. "The message I got, between the lines, was, 'No, not you. Not Calipari. We don't want him involved.'"

Calipari's book, "Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out" is set to be published April 15. The timing seems ripe, as the discussion surrounding college athletes' rights has grown deafening in recent weeks. An NLRB regional director ruled last month that Northwestern's scholarship football players should have the right to unionize, while an antitrust lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon against the NCAA is scheduled for a June trial.

Shabazz Napier, the UConn standout who led his Huskies to the national title this week, recently said he sometimes goes to bed "starving" because he can't afford food.

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