Today’s top ten news links…
Charles van Commenee has resigned as Britain’s head track and field coach, as he promised he would if the goal of eight Olympic medals was not reached. Unfortunately, this probably means the end to the CharlesVComedy twitter feed.
This could end up in Chuck Shephard’s News of the Weird: Nadzeya Ostapchuk’s doping ban has been reduced to one year because her coach says he sneaked the drug into her food, thus earning him a four-year ban. Riiiight…
The D-I collegiate cross country poll is out, with Wisconsin’s men and Washington’s women at the #1 spots.
Michigan is planning to put $90 million into upgrading its track and field facilities, which will move them from the Yost Arena area and into a dedicated site on the south side of the U-M golf course. I only see a mock-up of the indoor facility but it looks on par with the Spire Institute (Geneva OH) and the Crossplex (Birmingham AL).
Arizona’s Georganne Moline has been through a lot and come out victorious.
The SEC website does a profile on new Ole Miss head track coach Brian O’Neal.
Kevin Liao talks about his dream summer in Europe covering the circuit. I can barely contain my envy.
And this is very cool: remember when the Canadian men’s 4×100 relay stunningly won Olympic bronze, and then got DQ’d on a ticky-tack lane line violation? And then a ten-year-old Newfoundland boy sent the Canadian 4×100 team a letter in support along with the only athletic award he’d ever won? The team is traveling to his house to surprise him and thank him.
The Austin Track Club will host a Professional Track and Field Summit on December 6, bringing together athletes, sponsors, fans, media, vendors, and any and all other stakeholders in the sport.
Cool video of the day: a profile of Olympic silver medalist Lashinda Demus.