TEXAS FOOTBALL coach Mack Brown doesn't get it.

His friend Jim Tressel, who coached at Ohio State for 10 seasons, resigned Memorial Day and admitted he lied to the NCAA about his players trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

Brown, speaking to the American-Statesman, of Austin, had this to say about Tressel:

"He's done a lot of great things in college football, and I know he'll be a Hall of Famer at some point. [He's] a good friend. I hate it for him, and that he and Ellen [Tressel's wife] are going through this."

Did Brown forget that Tressel had a choice in the matter?

Did Brown forget that five players on Tressel's team, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended for the first five games of next season for accepting money and tattoos in exchange for autographed jerseys and Big Ten championship rings? And that Tressel knew about it?

Tressel is not the victim here. He screwed up, and it deservedly cost him his job.

Brown, who already has Tressel in the College Football Hall of Fame, said he wouldn't mind if his buddy tries to get back into coaching.

"I think that's totally up to him," Brown said. "He'll have opportunities to coach again if he wants to. That'll just be a personal decision."

Artest keeps the peace

Ghandi. Martin Luther King. Ron Artest.

The Lakers' forward legitimately became a peacemaker over the weekend when he broke up a fight between a man and woman outside a nightclub on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, according to a report by TMZ.com.

Is this the same guy who went to jail for domestic abuse in 2007? The same guy who was suspended for 86 games for his part in a brawl in which he went after a fan in a game against Detroit in 2004? Apparently, time and counseling have mellowed Artest.

"I tried to diffuse the situation," Artest told TMZ. "Some people just don't think clearly when they've had too much to drink - it's an unfortunate reality."

- Tom Mahon

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