Hang Up and Listen on college basketball, Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton, and the Detroit Pistons' revolt.

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Feb. 28 2011 3:57 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Battle of Detroit Edition

Slate's sports podcast on college basketball, Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton, and the Detroit Pistons' revolt.

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the college basketball season to date and the misdeeds of coaches Bruce Pearl and Jim Calhoun, the performances of quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton at the NFL's scouting combine, and the Detroit Pistons' revolt against coach John Kuester.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

The nation's top college basketball teams keep losing.
Chad Ford's top 100 NBA draft prospects.
Beyond the Arc's Rob Dauster on the NCAA's allegations against Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.
ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil on the relevant precedents for the Pearl case.
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun will be suspended for three games next season due to NCAA violations.
Yahoo's Jason Cole says "Arkansas' Ryan Mallett saw his draft stock crumble and Auburn's Cam Newton kept his soaring" at the NFL scouting combine.
Mallett had to deal with rumors that he used drugs at the University of Arkansas.
Newton explained why he called himself an entertainer and icon.
Blaine Gabbert is being touted as the draft's No. 1 quarterback prospect.
Jake Locker was never as good of an NFL prospect as Todd McShay claimed.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski on Richard Hamilton's confrontation with Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester.
When Kuester was hired, Pistons GM Joe Dumars said, ""We didn't hire a $4 million-a-year coach until we were ready to win a championship."
Hamilton turned down a trade from the Pistons to the Cavs.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly Alcazars:
Mike's Alcazar: Legendary fax machine foul-ups in college recruiting.
Stefan's Alcazar: The Caltech Beavers ended their historic basketball losing streak. (And there are lots of other teams with a beaver mascot.)
Josh's Alcazar: Baseball players who are in the best shape of their lives, including Russell Martin. (According to Sports Pickle, Miguel Olivo is in the fourth-best shape of his life.)

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.



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