There have been a few developments for the football team during the spring practice sessions. Starters like LB Alex Wujciak and OG Lamar Young are not participating but it is normal for a few players to miss time recovering from injury. The injury bug already got one starter as fullback Taylor Watson tore a ligament in his knee and will miss the rest of the spring and summer. The staff is hoping to have him back at the start of the season but I wouldn’t count on that. Haroon Brown takes his place and has some experience at fullback but the knock on Brown has always been a lack of motivation. We’ll see if that changes. Other positions of interest in the spring are at the second corner spot opposite Cam Chism and pretty much the entire defensive line. Trenton Hughes and Dexter McDougle are battling for the other corner spot and it looks like Hughes has a slight edge at the moment. Chism, Kenny Tate and Antwine Perez look fairly solid at the other spots but Eric Franklin will see time like Tate did last season. The defensive line is up in the air besides A.J. Francis with new players like David Mackall getting into the mix. Isaiah Ross and Carl Russell are out with injury so it may just further muddy the water when they return over the summer. If players like Masengo Kabongo and Drew Gloster want to see any playing time this fall they better makes some waves in the spring game.
There is a potential tsunami coming as the rumors of the Big Ten expansion plans have heated up in recent weeks. This could lead to another round of devastating conference raiding like the ACC initiated in 2004. The Big East seems to be in the crosshairs again and while I don’t think the ACC is looking to expand you never know what might happen once the Big Ten makes its move. The folks at West Virginia have suggested that they would make a move to the ACC or SEC if the Big East breaks up its football members. I don’t think the ACC would have any interest in West Virginia but then again I didn’t think Miami, Boston College or Virginia Tech were good fits for the league either. Those moves, like the Big Ten expansion rumors, are all about selling NCAA football tickets along with television revenue. The Big Ten created this monster when they started their own network and now the monster needs to be fed. The next few months could be a perilous time for a number of programs and the fall out might also touch the ACC. The broken system of college football is driving this movement and it could lead to a wasteland of haves and have nots in college sports.
I’ll have some thoughts on a few of the 2010 men’s basketball signees shortly.