You’ve got to give props to Rice’s band for spelling out “$EC” during their halftime show at the Texas game. Rice lost the game, but still came out winners after that, now on to the links….
*Freshman WR DeVante Parker is already making a name for himself
“(U of L safety) Mike Evans calls me Spider-Man,” Parker said. “I guess because I go for every ball and grab it in.”Parker, a former Ballard High School standout, led the Cardinals with 55 receiving yards on three catches. He’s the first U of L true freshman to catch a touchdown pass in the season opener in the past 34 years.
*It’s looking like the Pac-16 could be created the second time around
The concept of the Pac-16 is again being discussed by Pac-12 officials as well as officials at Oklahoma and Texas, a source close to the situation told ESPN’s Joe Schad.
The source said the pair of Big 12 schools know the opportunity to join the Pac-12 is their decision. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech could also join the proposed Pac-16, according to the source.
*Could this Pac-16 ball get rolling on Tuesday?
One of our west coast sources who told us a few weeks ago (around the time that Texas A&M began making headlines) that both OU and OSU were already talking to the Pac 12 through third parties, is now telling me today that the decision has been made for both the Sooners and Cowboys to send an “exploratory letter” to Big 12 Comissioner Dan Beebe as early as Tuesday noon, and then could drop the Big 12 in a similar fashion to what Texas A&M did a few weeks ago.
* Kyle Kuric’s not the only Big East player to give up a scholarship to make room on an already-crowded roster. Uconn redshirt freshman Michael Bradley has moved to walk-on status as highly touted freshman Andre Drummond takes his scholly:
Star recruit Andre Drummond has enrolled at Connecticutand been added to the roster of the men’s basketball team.
The school has not said where Drummond’s scholarship will come from. Connecticut has none available after losing three due to NCAA rules violations and a poor academic performance rating.
CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish reported Friday and several media outlets confirmed that redshirt freshman Michael Bradley has volunteered to give up his scholarship and apply for financial aid. The 6-10 Bradley would play as a walk-on.
Drummond made the surprise announcement that he would join Connecticut last week on his Twitter page.
UConn said Friday the 6-foot-11 Drummond has decided to wear No. 12 for the Huskies, after originally being assigned No. 15, the same number worn last year by Kemba Walker.
The Huskies are coming off a national-championship season in which they finished 32-9. They won the Big East tournament in New York as well, and defeated Butler, 53-41, in Houston to win the NCAA tournament.
* Interesting piece that supposedly sheds some light on John Calipari and his years at Memphis. I think his friends meant to cast him in a positive light, instead – at least to me – they just further twist the knife and create more chatter that he perhaps knew what was going on behind the scenes with the Derek Rose SAT scandal and multiple other incidences with former players.
* Lots of schools are banning their players from using Twitter for fear that they’ll say things to get themselves or the University in trouble. Jason King of Yahoo calls for more schools to follow suit and do the same.
* Impressive opening week for the Big East as the league goes 7-0 with only West Virginia still yet to play. Huge win for South Florida last night as they beat Notre Dame on the road after multiple weather-related game delays. But ESPN notes that Louisville is indeed a work in progress:
5. Louisville, Syracuse still works in progress. There were questions going into the season about whether both teams would be able to build off bowl seasons from a year ago. The Cardinals’ defense looked strong in a win over Murray State, but the offense did not have much to brag about. The offensive line broke in five new starters and it showed. Running backs Victor Anderson and Jeremy Wright fumbled. Will Stein was up and down. They will face a big test from FIU this week. Meanwhile, Syracuse sleep walked through three quarters against Wake Forest before springing to life. Is the defense the one we saw through three quarters or the one we saw in the fourth? We shall tune in next week to find out.