MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while wondering just how the IRS feels now about being audited itself:
And then there's Tavon Austin, who also finds himself these days with the tables turned dramatically.
Austin, of course, has made no secret of the fact that his greatest joy in being a first-round draft pick is his newfound ability to take care of his family. It's not as if Austin grew up impoverished in Baltimore, but his surroundings there were not exactly something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. I've talked to him more than once about what life might be like for him and his family should he strike it rich.
Well, as it turns out, his family is quite a bit larger than he imagined.
"I've got a lot of cousins now,'' the former WVU receiver told reporters in St. Louis, where he's going through his first workouts as a Ram after being the eighth pick in last month's NFL draft. "The whole [city of] Baltimore is my cousin now.''
Yes, money has its strings attached and Austin is finding out what so many other athletes have discovered when they hit the NFL (or NBA or MLB or NHL) lottery.
"Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money. Everybody wants to be around you,'' Austin said. "My phone doesn't stop ringing now. It feels like they're counting my bank account now. So that's probably the hardest thing for me right now, just people.''
Austin said he's letting his mother handle all of that while he concentrates on football. Nothing against his mom, but if he's smart - and if she's smart - he'll do more than just hand his checkbook over to her. There are way too many financial horror stories out there that begin just like this.
So you think West Virginia's baseball team has faced some challenges regarding travel this season, what with playing "home'' games in three different cities and being part of a Big 12 Conference based a thousand miles away?
Well, perhaps this might put it in a bit more perspective. The Mountaineers play Marshall tonight in Beckley, a 6 p.m. game (the third between the teams this season) that will likely see them exit the stadium at about 9ish. Eight hours later they have to be in Pittsburgh in time to go through security for a 7 a.m. flight to Oklahoma, where they face Oklahoma State in a three-game series beginning Thursday.
"We've got a night game in Beckley on Tuesday and a 7 a.m. flight out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday,'' first-year coach Randy Mazey said. "So that presents some travel problems. But this team is used to stuff like that. We've prepared them for adversity and we're getting ready to face a little bit more of it.''
Hey, at least classes aren't in session. Final exams were last week.
"Our travel schedule for the next three days is going to be as bad as it's been the entire season,'' Mazey said. "But we're going to flip that into a positive. We started this season with an unbelievable travel schedule and we're going to finish it that way.''