Coach Knight's reality TV
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Bob Knight will give one Texas Tech student the chance to play on his team in a reality show hosted by the Hall of Fame coach. Sixteen students will attend "Knight School," the name of the show set to air on ESPN in February, and Knight will whittle the class to one during six one-hour episodes. Filming will begin in late September. That player will have endured what all Knight players do -- long hours of drills, conditioning and instruction -- and will have the chance to be a walk-on for the 2006-07 season. "It's a great opportunity for the kids at Texas Tech who want to have a shot at playing for a legend as well as learning from a legend," said Robert Lundgren, one of the show's executive producers with Knoxville, Tenn.-based RIVR Media.
Knight was out of town and unavailable to comment Friday. He told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that in addition to the tryout format, filming will include shots of the campus and the students in class and in other activities. "From a public relations standpoint, this couldn't be any better for Texas Tech," Knight said.
Dr. Seymour in new series
NEW YORK -- Jane Seymour, known to TV viewers for her '90s series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," has been signed to star in the WB's new comedy "Modern Men." Seymour will play Dr. Stangl, a life coach who helps three men in their 20s at different stages in their romantic lives. "Dr. Stangl is full of beneficial, yet biting, advice the guys try to apply in their everyday situations to varying degrees of success," the network said in a statement last week.
Skateboarder brings light to sport
LOS ANGELES -- Paul Rodriguez Jr. is a high school dropout, the product of a broken Hollywood home and the new king of street skateboarding. The soft-spoken 20-year-old with bushy black hair and love for slain hip-hop star Notorious B.I.G. moved smoothly from trick to trick outside the Staples Center on Thursday to win his second straight X Games street title. Raised by his mother, Rodriguez rarely visited his busy father, actor-comedian Paul Rodriguez, seeing him mostly at stand-up comedy venues or on the sets of movies and TV shows. Meanwhile, he took to the streets of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, discovering fresh skate spots and tricks. "Every time I skate, I'm always trying to find new stuff. It's always finding the next thing," he said. "There's no limits, no rules. ... Whatever your brain can think of, you can do it, man." Rodriguez has become the most recognized star of a highly technical and largely low-key sport that doesn't easily lend itself to stardom. He is amassing sponsorships that rival the more widely known vert skaters, who fly off ramps and halfpipes in dramatic fashion. Known as P-Rod, he became the first skateboarder with a signature shoe from Nike, a deal that puts him in the company of elite pros such as Michael Jordan, Michael Vick and Serena Williams.
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