Remember Ken Mink, the 73-year-old college basketball player?
Turns out Mink has a lot in common with 19- and 20-year-old college players. He flunked a class and lost his eligibility at Roane State College in Tennessee.
Mink had dropped a Spanish class, which he was failing, and picked up a sociology class at a different campus in his attempt to stay eligible. He passed the class at Virginia-based Strayer University.
However, the National Junior College Athletic Association, which oversees junior college athletics, said Mink had not passed the minimum number of credits to remain eligible.
Roane State also might have to forfeit a game that Mink played in. He was on the court for the final minutes of the Feb. 7 game against Hiwassee (Tenn.) College and scored two points.
Mink claims the Roane State administration dropped the ball on his switching classes, and he has appealed the NJCAA ruling.
• PRETTY IN PINK? — Charles Barkley was sentenced Monday to 10 days in jail following his Dec. 31 arrest for driving under the influence in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"I made a mistake and just have to take the beatdown," Barkley told The Associated Press.
The good news for Barkley, 45, is he’ll have to serve only half his time if he completes a court-approved alcohol program. The bad news is Sir Charles will do the five days in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio‘s "Tent City." That means Barkley must wear a pink outfit instead of the standard orange garb that inmates are issued in most jails.
"I’m taking a lot of heat for putting convicted illegal immigrants in the tents," Arpaio told the Arizona Republic. "How am I going to discriminate and not put high-profile people in the tents?"
Barkley’s sentence is to begin March 21.
• DEADBEAT COYOTES — Neglect your mortgage payments for seven months and you’ll probably be out on the streets. But the same rule apparently doesn’t apply in pro sports.
The Phoenix Coyotes have not made a lease payment to the city of Glendale, Ariz., for seven months yet continue to skate in Jobing.com Arena. Based on city records of past payments, the bailout could be worth up to $4 million over the course of a year.
Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs defended the city’s treatment of the NHL team, saying it’s not what it appears to be.
"I know who is going to pay the Coyotes’ rent," Scruggs told the Arizona Republic. "The taxpayers will not lose any money."
But Scruggs declined to say who was picking up the tab, citing confidential talks between the city and potential Coyotes investors over the team’s lease agreement.
• TOO LATE TO ANNUL? — Memphis Grizzlies guard Marko Jaric appears to be out of his league in recently marrying Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima. But could the relationship land Jaric out of the league?
Since tying the knot on Valentine’s Day, Jaric has yet to make a field goal, going 0-for-16 from the floor.
COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL