How do I know it's summer? Not because of the weather, but because I can see this year's Athlon and Lindy's college football magazines on the grocery shelves.
Both Athlon and Lindy's give the stars of the Big East Conference plenty
of recognition. Athlon puts its
Heisman hopefuls in three categories-the A, B and C list. Of the five stars on Athlon's A list,
two are from the Big East, Steve Slaton and Ray Rice. Brian Brohm is the headliner for the
four players on the B list, and Pat White appears on the C list. Lindy's doesn't go into as much depth,
but it does rate the Heisman candidates from 1 to 10. Steve Slaton is #6, Ray Rice is #8 and
Brian Brohm is #9. Not bad for a
conference that many thought would be dead after the loss of Miami of Florida,
Virginia Tech and
Athlon continued to show a bit more respect for the Big East when ranking the conferences. Athlon has the Big East ranked 3rd behind the SEC and Pac 10. Lindy's ranks the conference 6th behind the other BCS conferences.
In its "On the Rise" segment, Athlon recognized
When the Beavers come to
Both Athon and Lindy's rank four Big East teams among their top 26
schools. Athlon has WVU at #5;
Lindy has the Mountaineers #4.
Athlon also has a very interesting article about the class of 2002. They took the top 40 high school players from that year and followed their college careers up to the NFL draft. Of that top 40, only 8 players were drafted on the first day of the NFL draft (rounds 1-3). Twenty-one of the forty were not drafted.
Athlon predicts the Bearcats will go 6-5 in 2007 with 1 swing game that is too close to call. The magazine ranks the Bearcats #53 among all the 119 Division IA schools. Lindy ranks the Bearcats slightly higher at #52.
Jihad Muhammed is back in town after playing professionally In Saudi Arabia.
Paul Longo's neighbor is Jonathan Hayes, an assistant coach for the
Cincinnati Bengals. They live in
I'm told that a good friend of Bearcat Insider, Tim Swanger is now
Justin Moore, a defensive back from
Paul Longo was on staff for
I really thought Marcus Waugh would consider transferring after his
position of fullback had essentially been eliminated from the offense, but
Marcus has no intention of leaving
A lot of players really struggled with the farmer's walk during a weight lifting workout. Can you imagine walking 80 yards with a 100-120 pound dumb bell in each hand?
While visiting with the football team during a workout, I saw Dave Andrews putting Rashad Bishop through a workout and later Coach Cronin worked out. I asked Coach Cronin about Bishop, and he thinks Rashad will be a fine player at UC. Rashad can do a lot of things well. Coach Cronin also marveled at the football players and said his basketball squad will eventually look like the grid iron boys.