Morning Money Quotes

Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders whether President Obama’s brother-in-law, Oregon State hoops coach Craig Robinson, will become the new head man at Georgia:

On the other hand, Shiflett said: “I’ve got to admit, that if you have someone helping your recruiting by the name of Obama, it can’t hurt.”

The NYT on Earl E. Devaney, a former college football player and the official President Obama has charged with ensuring stimulus monies are spent appropriately:

The job, however, comes with a glaring contradiction. Speedy spending is considered critical to jump-starting the economy. Still, Mr. Devaney must make sure the billions shoveled out the Treasury door in such a hurry are neither wasted nor stolen. He said he was aware of the tension and hoped to deter waste and fraud not with an alligator head, but with a Web site,, with voluminous details on every dollar spent.

In an interview with, conservative pundit George Will on whether baseball will survive the ballyhooed “Steroid Era“:

Oh, heavens yes. Baseball’s had gambling problems before. It had cocaine problems in the ’70s. The steroids problem has been serious, but I think we are closing that steroids parenthesis in baseball history. Major league baseball itself is funding research for the currently untestable use of human-growth hormones, so baseball is being proactive here. And the fans are snappin’ up tickets. Records are being set. Competitive balance is better than ever before. New ballparks all over the land. The old multipurpose ballparks — another one has just gone down in Shea Stadium. So the sport on the field is getting better. The fields are getting better. The game’s getting better.

Craig Calcaterra on whether Roger Clemens has anything to worry about now that his DNA has been found on syringes in the possession of Brian McNamee:

Sure, it would be better for Clemens if PEDs weren’t found on those syringes, but this doesn’t necessarily bury him. Why? Chain of custody. Rusty Hardin or, if Clemens is wise, some actually competent lawyer, will be able to attack the reliability of such evidence on the basis that it wasn’t preserved properly and was always at risk of contamination.


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