By Ed Greif
Major League Baseball came down hard on 13 of its players Monday with suspensions due to the Biogensis investigation involving the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Among the players receiving 50 game suspensions were Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Antonio Bastardo, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, Jordany Valdespin and Cesar Puello, while Alex Rodriguez received a 211 game suspension, which lasts through the 2014 season.
All of the players have accepted their suspensions, but A-Rod has filed a formal appeal of his suspension, via the Major League Players Association, sending the case to an arbitrator. He can still play until the arbitrator rules on the suspension.
The 39-year-old veteran is not man enough to accept his punishment because, in my opinion, he is greedy. He needs to accept his punishment and come clean to the whole thing.
According to one report, lost pay covering 211 games cannot be calculated until appeal is decided or withdrawn, and the length of the suspension and the time covering 2013, 2014 and 2015 can be calculated.
If 49 games are served at 2013 rate, total lost pay would $32,749,268
If 49 games are served at 2015 rate, total lost pay would $30,562,951.
The other players lost pay ranges from $27,831 (Puello) to $2,732,240 (Cruz).
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who is already serving a 65-game suspension, will lose $3,091,126.
Players are tired of hearing about this and want to get on with the season. Let the owners and players association work on cleaning up the PED and other drug problems during the off season.
Cumberland University in Lebanon is the process of jumping from NAIA to NCAA Division II, after the Great Midwest Atlantic Conference (G-MAC) accepted its application. The application will be submitted Feb. 1, with a decision made in June.
If the application is approved, CU will join the G-Mac in 2015, as part of a mandatory three-year provisional period for all schools transferring into Division II. Trevecca is entering its final year of provisional activity.
Cumberland University has a storied history in athletics, once losing to Georgia Tech 222-0 in a football game. They played for several years in the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA), before joining the NAIA's Mid-South Conference in 1984.
The Lebanon school has upgraded its facilities over the years, including the renovation of the football stadium at the old Lebanon High School, which is just a football throw from the CU campus. Standing on the top row of the home side of the stadium, you can see the clock tower on the main building at the CU campus.
This will be big plus for the once law school turned four-year institution. Kudos go to Athletic Director Ron Pavan and the university for making the move.
CU will open the 2013 season at FCS foe Tennessee Tech on Aug. 29.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel this week, Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick earned a raise and one-year extension on her contract. The contract extension is now through 2017, and she will receive $550,000 in compensation. The total includes $50,000 added to her broadcast stipend and $15,000 to her base salary of $300,000.
Warlice received $105,000 in bonuses last season for winning the regular season SEC title ($25,000), reaching the elite eight of the NCAA tournament ($60,000), winning SEC Coach of the Year ($10,000) and her team's above-average APR scores ($10,000). Including her previous salary of $485,000, she earned $595,000.
The Chattanooga Mocs game with UT-Martin is going to be televised on CSS Aug. 29, but area Moc fans are encouraged to make the trip to Chattanooga for the 6:30 p.m. CDT game. I hope there is a large crowd in Finley Stadium, as the Mocs are one of the favorites to win the SoCon title, as Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are ineligible for the title, as they are exiting the conference next year.
Coach Russ Huseman's Mocs finished 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the SoCon, while UT-Martin was 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the OVC. The Mocs are ranked 25th in the FCS Coaches pre-season poll.
Yours truly plans to be in Finley Stadium for the opener.
(Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)