Archive for February, 2013

The Big East Name Defects from the Big East: Catholic 7 Expansion and Branding

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

It figures that a conference that has lost 5 all-sports members, 8 non-football schools and 3 schools that accept invites to join but then backed out before playing a down of football within the past 18 months would ultimately end up losing its own name.  Both Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com and Mark Blaudschun are reporting that the Big East presidents are expected to approve a plan to allow for the “Catholic 7″ defectors from the conference (Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul and Marquette) to keep the Big East name and leave the league for the 2013-14 season.  Pete Thamel of SI.com notes that Fox is pushing for the early exit and is expected to announce a contract with the Catholic 7/Big East when it unveils its plans for its new pair of sports networks of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.  He also reports that the Catholic 7′s keeping of the Big East name and early exit are effectively being paid for by leaving the exit fees and NCAA Tournament credits of the other Big East schools that have defected or will be defecting (West Virginia, Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, Rutgers and Notre Dame).  Meanwhile, a consensus has formed that Xavier and Butler will be added immediately to the new league with the old name for next season with a chance that a 10th, such as Creighton, comes in at that time.  The Catholic 7/Big East would then likely move up to 12 with St. Louis and Dayton (or possibly Richmond) in 2014-15.

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Texas Longhorns 92, Oklahoma Sooners 86: Post-Mortem

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2013 at 8:08 am

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I told you this game would be worth a watch, didn’t I?

Too bad I didn’t listen to my own advice. I admit: I was a bad fan. I came home at about the 10:00 mark. Walking in, I read about the nightmare on Twitter and decided against firing up the DVR/ESPN2 to catch the remaining horror.

Luckily, I got a text from a friend in time to tune into the final minute and overtime. So yeah, I missed the comeback (to be watched tonight), but caught the Myck Kabongo circus shot and the J’Onions! closeout in OT.

Ball don’t lie: I got chills at the end.

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Marquise Goodwin discusses his 40 time at the NFL Combine

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Taped a cheetah to his back.

2013 SG DeMarcus Croaker schedules Official Visit to the Texas Longhorns

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2013 at 8:12 am

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2013 shooting guard DeMarcus Croaker from Orlando (FL) Jones will take an official visit to the Texas Longhorns this weekend. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Reggie Rankin.

Croaker is a low 4* star recruit, ranked 89th in the nation according to 247 Sports and 132nd overall according to the 247 Composite. Croaker measures at 6′ 3″, 175 pounds. At that size, he profiles to be a shooting guard in college.

Last fall, Croaker and Texas were heavily linked, with Croaker expected to take a visit multiple times before backing out. According to recruitniks, Croaker had trouble getting an ACT qualifying score that would have allowed him to meet enrollment standards at Texas. Croaker never ended up visiting and instead committed to the Murray St. Racers in December.

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Lorenzo Joe Class of 2014 WR – Abilene Cooper (via TexasPreps)

Posted by    |    February 25th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Four star player.