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Raiders acquire Campbell; Russell’s days hopefully numbered

Darrell Moody

My dream of no more JaMarcus Russell in an Oakland uniform may become a reality with the addition of Jason Campbell, the former Washington Redskins starter.

Anything, and I mean anything, is an improvement over Russell. What the Raiders need to do is admit they made a mistake, pay him his guaranteed money and get him out of town … quickly.

Campbell comes in with some pretty good credentials. He never missed a game in his last four years at Washington, and he completed 61 percent of his passes for 55 TDs and 38 interceptions.

He joins recently acquired Kyle Boller, Charley Frye, J.P. Losman, Russell and Bruce Gradkowski, who had beaten out Russell for the No. 1 job before suffering an injury late in the season, on the depth chart.

Campbell already assumes he will be the starter though Tom Cable said there will be a competition for the job. I like that Campbell feels that way. What happened at Washington wasn’t his fault, and it didn’t make sense for him to stay with the Redskins once they acquired Donovan McNabb. Barring injury, McNabb still has three or four more years left in him. Campbell is too young to be sitting on the bench rotting away at a young age.

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Former Carson High golfer Jonathan Singer was named Northeast 10 Freshman of the Week for his play at the Indiana University Invitational in Pennsylvania and the River Hawk Invitational in Maine.

At the Pennsylvania tourney, he shot 78 and 73 for a 36-hole total of 151 to finish 28th out of 88 competitors. His play helped Adelphi to a fourth-place finish.

At the River Hawk Invitational, he was the Adelphi University leader with a 36-hole total of 155 to finish 13th out of 71. The team finished fifth.

Adelphi won the Northeast 10 Conference earlier this season and will be going to the NCAA Regionals. If they win at Regionals, they will go to the Nationals in Indiana.

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I’d love to see the NBA allow college players who left school early be allowed to return to their school if they don’t get drafted or don’t make an NBA roster, whether they have hired an agent or not.

So many young players get bad advice these days, and they try to enter the NBA before they are really ready to play at the next level. There are only a handful of jobs every year.

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I agree with my colleague Mr. Joe Santoro regarding the NCAA tournament. I would have loved to see it go to 96, which means that the NIT could have been eliminated. Heck with a 96-team tournament, you could probably eliminate conference tournaments, too.

Adding three more play-in games was nothing. More teams means more possible upsets.

The best thing to come out of the discussion was the new contract that CBS signed with the NCAA, and the fact that now every game will be seen live thanks to TBS and TNT.

While we’re on the subject of the NCAA, is there anybody else that thinks that Nevada went from a sure-fire preseason favorite in the WAC to maybe fourth or fifth place team? Nevada will certainly have more depth this year, but its unproven depth.

Only time will tell.