SBD/Weekend Rap

Quick Hits....

"I'm a Diamondback. ... What Kenny Rosenthal writes or other people, I would imagine a lot of it was just tied to I worked there before and I'm on the hot seat here" – D-Backs GM Kevin Towers, on reports that the Padres were considering him for a senior advisory position (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/19).

"I'm very confident that's going to be passed" – Univ. of Missouri AD Mike Alden, on whether the NCAA BOD will grant the power five conferences autonomy next month (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/20).

"We've fought for many years to at least try to get to a level playing field. This seems like it would create the opposite" – Univ. of Central Florida football coach George O'Leary, on the proposed autonomy for the power five conferences (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/19).

"They take their time and it's like kicking stones until they get their (signal). It's kind of a four-corners stall until you get the thumbs up or thumbs down" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo, on how managers' disputes with umpires have changed since the introduction of expanded instant replay (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/20).

"It’s maybe the best stadium I’ve ever been to. It’s my favorite" – Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, on his experience at Target Field for last week's All-Star Game (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/20).

"They have a lot of chutzpah to start this when they do" – ESPN's Paul Finebaum, on the SEC holding its '14 football media days in July, six weeks before the season begins (N.Y. TIMES, 7/20).
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