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Kevan Smith seeing time with Chicago White Sox due to Geovany Soto injury

Last year, former Pitt baseball (and before that, football) player Kevan Smith made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox. Smith played in seven games last year, batting only .125.

He was back in AAA this year but a couple of elbow issues have landed White Sox starter Geovany Soto on the disabled list and that has opened the door for Smith to get another shot. Smith got off to sort of a slow start at the plate but has heated up a bit lately.

On the year, Smith is hitting only .205. However, he's starting to find his way, it seems. In his last six games, he's batting .333 (6-18) and also had a pair of doubles. He's also up to a respectable .267 for the entire month of May and is making the most of his second chance with the team.

Soto has landed on the disabled list already twice this year. If Smith continues to hit, he could find himself continuing to get some playing time even after Soto comes back. Soto is hitting for more power than Smith (three home runs on the year to Smith's none for his career) but is also only batting .190.

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SEC player on Jim Harbaugh: “Michigan will fire him”

There are plenty of people out there who do not like Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for whatever reason. However, there’s one former player of his and former Auburn running back in Brandon Jacobs who does not like Harbaugh at all. He previously said in an interview that Harbaugh had no idea what he was doing in San Francisco. Now, he’s gone one step further.

RELATED: Brandon Jacobs on Harbaugh’s 49ers tenure: “(He) didn’t know what he was doing”

Harbaugh heard about Jacobs trash talking him and took to Twitter to let him know how he felt about it.

Biblical advice for @gatorboyrb Let all bitterness & wrath & anger & clamor & slander be put away from you, along with all malice. — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 27, 2017

Of course, Jacobs wasn’t going to be outdone and tweeted out a couple more things for the coach:

@CoachJim4UM Draw up cover 6 and post it lol. — Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) May 27, 2017 Love the support but stop the super bowl talk. I will expose him, Michigan will fire him when I am done. — Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) May 27, 2017

That might have gone a step too far. You can certainly get lucky once or twice as a coach, but to get to the Super Bowl on just luck and not knowing anything as Jacobs would suggest is pretty ridiculous. Not to mention he went down to the college game and has had immediate success as well. While you might be able to “fake it ’til you make it” you can’t fake it after you’ve made it for as long as Harbaugh has now.

[h/t SEC Country]

6’7″ four-star OT Ryan Hayes announces huge commitment

Four-star recruit Ryan Hayes (6-foot-7, 252 pounds, Traverse City, Mi.) is one of the most intriguing prospects of the 2018 class, and it looks like he has made his decision.

On Saturday, Hayes announced that he was staying in-state and heading to play for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan.

“It just felt right from my first visit and I just loved everything about it there,” Hayes said to 247Sports.

The interesting part about Hayes is that he could play either offensive tackle or tight end at the next level, depending on how the Michigan offense wants to use him. Considering the frequency with which Harbaugh uses his tight ends, it’s a very feasible prospect that Hayes develops into a pass catcher.

As of now, Hayes is rated as the No. 10 offensive tackle in the nation by the 247Sports player rankings.

With Hayes on board, Michigan now has 10 commits for the 2018 class. They rank seventh in the nation at 247.

David Stern reveals the real culprit behind the infamous botched Chris Paul trade

There are plenty of Los Angeles Lakers fans that hold a grudge against former NBA commissioner David Stern for the botched Chris Paul in the winter of 2011 before the lockout-shortened season started. However, Stern recently revealed that it might not have actually been his doing that undid the agreed upon trade that would have paired Paul with the legendary Kobe Bryant.

Via Nunyo & Company:

“In fact, in the course of the weekend, we thought we could re-do the deal. We really thought that Houston would be ready to part with (Kyle) Lowry, and we had a trade lined up for Odom that would have gotten us a good first-round draft pick – not we, but my basketball folks. But Mitch Kupchak at the time panicked and moved Odom to Dallas. So the piece wasn’t even there for us to play with at the time. So that was it — just about what was good for the then-New Orleans Hornets.”

RELATED: Clippers taking the threat of another title contender signing Chris Paul “very seriously”

Stern certainly makes it sound like Kupchak is the one to blame here and completely panic-traded away Lamar Odom because he didn’t think the trade would work out. Little did he know that the Hornets — who were owned by the league at the time because of an ownership transition — were willing to re-work the deal and make things happen. Surely, Kupchak will likely regret that decision or he could deny it and claim that he remembers it differently.

[h/t Silver Screen & Roll]

One college football player is leaving the sport for one of the most unusual career choices we’ve seen yet

Contrary to the beliefs of some, college football isn’t everything in life. However, most of the players involved in the sport prioritize it above many other things, to the point where it can be all-consuming. Grant Aasen, though, did not have that issue and he will be foregoing the rest of his football career in favor of… priesthood.

In a detailed report from Georgia Tech’s official website, Aasen effectively announced that he will be leaving the Yellow Jackets in favor of a trip to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans to continue his education and, eventually, head into a different world altogether.

“I didn’t plan on it, it really didn’t even cross my mind when I came to college. [It was] about two years ago I started considering it. The past year, I’ve kind of known that that was where I was going to end up going. I visited Notre Dame over spring break with my dad and that kind of started the ball rolling. “I really didn’t make my final decision until last weekend right before I told Coach [Paul] Johnson. He’s been very positive, so that did help a lot. That’s where God’s calling me to go. He’s calling me to go now and not next year. I love football. If I wasn’t going to seminary, I’d be coming back — there’d be no question about it. I just know that at some point I just realized, I’m called to go. This is where God wants me to go right now and I can’t really do much else but to kind of say ‘yes’ to that and put everything else to the side.”

Later, Aasen would reference the move as “the hardest decision (he has) made in (his) life” and it is easy to see why. It should be noted that the punter appeared in only one game as a walk-on under Paul Johnson but, in the same breath, Aasen could have become a contributor down the line for the Jackets.

This type of action, regardless of religious belief, should be commended simply because Aasen is choosing what he believes to be his best path, perception be damned. With that said, it is certainly wild to see someone leaving major college football in favor of seminary.

Four-star LB Chad Bailey names two schools that are “high-priority” for him

Chad Bailey is a late-rising prospect in the minds of some, but the four-star linebacker is generating a lot of additional interest right now and with good reason. The 6’0, 235-pound linebacker from Ridge Point (Tex.) is picking up additional offers seemingly every day and, in speaking to Nick Krueger of Rivals, Bailey shed light on two programs he is very interested in.

First, he spoke glowingly of Ed Orgeron and LSU, indicating that he believes an offer is coming after a recent trip to Baton Rouge. However, Bailey went even deeper on Texas Tech, revealing that the in-state school is a “high priority” given the way the Red Raiders have treated him through the process.

“That was cool, I’m a big fan of Texas Tech. They just had a player picked in the first round of the draft. Even though he was on offense, I know that I could come in there and play strong there too.” “They say I am good run-stopper and that would help them out a lot. They also said that I could come in and start right off the bat, and that’s a good feeling.” “From the way it seems now, they’re hitting me up every day, DM’ing me every day. Since I’m a high priority on their list, they’re a high priority on mine.”

Bailey now ranks as a top-ten linebacker nationally and as the No. 160 overall player according to Rivals. It will be very interesting to monitor his offer list in the future as it continues to expand.

Dickie V’s preseason top 5 schools is missing one major blue blood

It is prime transfer season in college basketball and thus, also the time of year when preseason rankings come out. Dick Vitale has decided to drop his top five list and there is a notable heavy hitter missing from it.

My new pre season top 5. # 1 KENTUCKY 2 MICHIGAN ST 3. ARIZONA 4 KANSAS 5 LOUISVILLE — Dick Vitale (@DickieV) May 26, 2017

RELATED: CBS Sports’ early top 25 has two huge omissions in its top five

Despite bringing in the No. 2 recruiting class for this cycle and bringing back guys like Grayson Allen, Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier and Antonio Vrankovic, it seems Dickie V is not as high on the Duke Blue Devils. They bring in two top-5 talents in Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter as well as fellow five-star recruit Gary Trent Jr. They also brought in three other recruits into the class so they should be expected to do well.

With Kentucky bringing in the top class and keeping some talent and Michigan State keeping potential top-10 pick Miles Bridges those two picks make a lot of sense. Arizona also had a top notch class with some talent coming back in Allonzo Trier, Kobi Simmons as well as adding five-stars DeAndre Ayton and Emmanuel Akot to the recruiting class. Kansas will likely win the Big 12 again and Louisville is a nice under-the-radar team to watch in the ACC, but it remains to be seen if the Cards will be tops in the conference.

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