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Even though it's OT, I have to lead off with the reason I'm so damn tired this morning.
NHL Hockey Recap: Final statistics from the New York vs. Washington game played on May 02, 2012
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Update on the four-team playoff proposal for FBS:
"In the plan Delany discussed, a conference champion automatically would qualify for the playoff if ranked in the top six. If fewer than four conference champions were among the top six, the remaining spots would be filled by the highest ranked teams."
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says a model being considered for a four-team college football playoff would give preference to conference champions ranked in the top-six nationally.
The real take away in this article is that Idaho and New Mexico State are screwed and likely headed back to FCS:
"The departures of San Jose State and Utah State leave the WAC decimated. Texas State, a prospective WAC member, is now joining the Sun Belt. Multiple sources expect Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio to head to Conference USA. Texas-Arlington may be off to the Sun Belt, as well, according to sources."
Boise State is set to join the WAC in all other sports, but multiple sources said the Broncos are trying to get in the Big West as well now that the WAC is falling apart.
ESPN covers the Sims announcement:
"Virginia has not yet said whether Sims will seek an NCAA appeal citing family circumstances as the reason for his transfer, which, if granted, would give him eligibility for the 2012 season."
Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims will officially transfer to Virginia, the Cavaliers announced on Wednesday.
ESPN College Football Live discussion on way-too-early preseason #18 Clemson (video link):
ESPN Video: College Football Live's panel of experts preview Clemson's upcoming season.
RTD on Sims:
"Sims carries more hype than all of them, and a week of speculation will turn into three months of anticipation before he hits the field in orange and blue."
Phillip Sims is Virginia-bound, and the Cavaliers quarterback situation for 2012 just got a lot more interesting.
AP report on Chris Cook:
"Cook may have been welcomed back to the Vikings after being acquitted in March of all charges of assaulting his girlfriend, but he knows the process of assimilating himself back into the team he was forced to abandon last season is just beginning."
ChrisCook was back on the Minnesota Vikings practice field bright and early Wednesday, resuming the football workouts that he was unable to do during a long and messy trial on charges of domestic assault. Cook may have been welcomed back to the Vikings after being acquitted in March of all charges of assaulting his girlfriend, but he knows the process of assimilating himself back into the team he was forced to abandon last season is just beginning.
Hootie on Sims:
"According to sources, Sims must first enroll at UVa before he can begin the appeal process with the NCAA, ending speculation that he might jump to a FCS (formerly Division I-AA) school so that he could play the 2012 season."
Former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims has cleared admissions and is officially now a Virginia Cavalier.
DD chimes in on Funderburk:
"As a senior at Oscar Smith in 2010, Richardson had 65 receptions for 1,465 and 14 touchdowns. It was his second straight season with more than 60 receptions and 1,000 yards, the first with Sims as the Oscar Smith quarterback."
Hey Doug, who's Richardson?
Pilot update on ODU's big decision:
"A few days aren't enough time to weigh the pros and cons of a move that would chart the future course of the athletic department, sources familiar with the decision-making process said Wednesday."
Old Dominion might not be ready to announce a jump to Conference USA by Friday, when the league is expected to unveil expansion plans. That doesn't mean school officials aren't strongly considering the offer, or that the league is no longer interested.
And a Radford column on the same topic:
"Call me a dreamer, but here's what I see. ODU accepts Conference USA's offer, but with a caveat: The Monarchs remain a Football Championship Subdivision team this year in hopes of playing for a national title. Their football step-up clock doesn't begin ticking until 2013. But that's OK with Conference USA because that also happens to be Charlotte's timetable."
Picture this: Old Dominion's football team is hosting East Carolina in a sold-out, nationally televised game at 30,000-seat Foreman Field. Taylor Heinicke is flicking passes to Blair Roberts and Roberts is gobbling up yardage on the back-pedaling
Another OT story, but this one does a tiny bit to counterbalance the Caps' loss:
"Desmond ultimately was the hero, but rookie Bryce Harper was the star of this win. In his fourth major league game, the wunderkind went 3-for-4 with two runs and two doubles. He injected some life into an offense that had mustered only seven runs during the five-game skid."
Either this website doesn't exist or is not currently available.
And a Zimmerman update from the Post:
"Ryan Zimmerman will hit off a tee on Friday and, even though he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, he could make his return from an inflamed right shoulder injury on Tuesday at Pittsburgh, Manager Davey Johnson said."
Third baseman will hit off a tee on Friday, be evaluated and possibly return to action on Tuesday.
More fun times in College Park:
"Maryland has announced that Lukas Foreman, who redshirted during the 2011 season, has been suspended from the football team for one year because of a violation of the school’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct."
The redshirt freshman was suspended because of a violation of the schools Code of Conduct.
Even the Post is covering the Sims transfer, and they never bother to cover UVA news:
"This time last year, Virginia Coach Mike London didn’t even know if he had a viable quarterback on the roster. But after the addition of a high profile transfer Wednesday, the Cavaliers might have more quality signal callers than they can handle."
Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims has decided to transfer to Virginia, and he could be eligible to play next season.
I really don't want a neutral site except for the championship. Can you imagine a home game for a Final Four in college football? And it's a guaranteed sellout in stadiums that are usually larger than NFL arenas. And more dramatic. I do not understand putting both rounds in neutral sites and making fans pay huge bucks to travel twice.
Why can't we just copy the FCS/NFL model? It's awesome. 8 teams with school sites until the Natty.
Quote from the article: "Sims’s younger brother, Zack, a wide receiver, recently gave a verbal commitment to join Virginia’s 2013 recruiting class." Say what?
Probably because you're going to have to factor the big bowls into this somehow or they are going to lose a huge chunk of cash. So if you don't, for example, rotate the three playoff games between Miami, Glendale, Pasadena, and New Orleans, you're going to have some ticked off bowl organizers and chambers of commerce.
I don't think it's necessarily a problem as long as you can send the teams to appropriate regional sites. And if you think about it, it's the same way in NCAA basketball. One weekend you're in DC for a regional final, the next weekend you're in Dallas for the Final Four. Those games still tend to sell pretty darn well. (Granted, up until the Final Four the games are held in arenas that hold about 20,000 people vs. 70,000 for football.)
Ha, good catch!
Ugh - he also calls Tim Smith "Tim Scott". Isn't Giannotto the VT beat writer for the Post? Why is he writing this article and not Yanda?
And why are reporters who cover UVA so lazy (present company excluded, of course!!)?
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