LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- If there's a more excited American athlete than Angel McCoughtry to be taking part in the 2012 London Olympic Games, I haven't seen her (or him).
During her last visit to Louisville before heading to camp with the U.S. Team, McCoughtry told me, "I can't even think about what it's going to be like. I'm trying to just stay focused on the basketball, but the whole thing, being there, at the biggest event in the world, playing for the U.S., I really can't describe it."
Maybe not, but she's trying. McCoughtry is one of those athletes who uses Twitter in the best way -- to try to give fans a view of what life is like as one of the top women's basketball players in the world. (Follow her @angel_35 on Twitter)
The picture at right is just one glimpse into the heady company McCoughtry is keeping.
Having covered her from the day she arrived at U of L through her WNBA successes, I can tell you that the best thing about McCoughtry is her willingness to give back, and her deeply felt responsibility to be good to any kids she encounters, especially little girls.
A couple of years back, after a WNBA game in Indianapolis I was covering to do a feature on her, McCoughtry was besieged by young girls asking for the shoes she had won in that game. It was killing her to tell all of them, "No," but she had promised that night's pair to a little girl suffering from cancer. And she pulled a letter from the girl out of her backpack to show me.
You like seeing good things happen to good people. You can see McCoughtry is having the time of her life.
FREEH REPORT MEMBER CRITICIZES NCAA: A member of the team that compiled the 267-page report with former FBI director Louis Freeh for Penn State University says the NCAA acted hastily in using the report as its sole basis for punishing the school.
"That document was not meant to be used as the sole piece, or the large piece, of the NCAA's decision making," a source familiar with the investigation told The Chronicle. "It was meant to be a mechanism to help Penn State move forward. To be used otherwise creates an obstacle to the institution changing."
The source told The Chronicle that some of the report's conclusions were circumstantial and assumed that if the NCAA was going to use the report, that it would take the trouble to interview coaches and officials involved in the Jerry Sandusky matter.
The source added that in a letter to Penn State, the NCAA implied that it would be doing its own investigation.
"The NCAA took this report and ran with it without further exploration," this source said. "If you really wanted to show there was a nexus to cover up, interview the coaches. See their knowledge and culpability and how far this went."
Read The Chronicle's full report here.
ANOTHER INSIGHT (TIME WARNER) BENCHING: Viewers in Louisville are familiar with Time Warner's negotiations that kept a couple of local television stations, including WDRB, off the air for a brief time.
Now local Insight viewers are in danger of losing the NFL Network. If the network and Time Warner don't come to an agreement by next week, the NFL Network and NFL Red Zone will go off the air in Louisville and Lexington, Ky.
It's not the first time the NFL and Time Warner have butted heads. The NFL Network has disappeared for Time Warner customers in New York and Los Angeles over the past three years, as well.
The NFL Network is scheduled to carry 13 Thursday night games this season.
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