Hot on the heels of word that one of NU's commits was now considering the new situation at Illinois, comes word that two of the offensive assistants may already be looking elsewhere.-- da Coach
Herb Gould of the Sun Times reports that newly hired Offensive Coordinator Larry Fedory, and Joe Wickline, O-Line coach and top recruiter, are considering offers from new Oklahoma State head man Mike Gundy...
The new Illini coaches recently went calling on almost everyone else's Illinois commits, checking to see if those commitments were solid and re-offering kids they had originally wanted. We know that at least two of our top offensive prospects were called over the holidays.
It would certainly be funny if now two of the guys who made those calls suddenly called the same kids from their new offices, down in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
So much for credibility.
I was supposed to be on the road last night, but instead was treated to watching the NU-Indiana game on ESPN's internet service. Its the first time I've been able to actually watch the Court Cats since Virginia...
So after listening to all those Bill Carmody post game interviews, reading stories about how messed up the NU offense has been and following the talk on the message boards, I kept wondering who the new guys in Purple were at Welsh-Ryan last night.
Michael Jenkins obviously added the spark of a kid who has sat on the bench for the last 3 years waiting for his chance - you have to love that story - but the entire team suddenly started to play as if the season was for real now.
For years Purple Reign fans have debated the logic of playing tough teams in the pre season, or easy teams. Over the years we've wound up playing more than our share of hard games, and this year Carmody seemed to have eased off on selecting tough teams. The result was some lackluster wins and even bad losses that provided lots of fuel for speculation and discussion.
Last night we saw Mohamed Hachad play his brand of smothering defense, we saw Vedran Vukusic and Davor Duvancic play team ball at a higher level, we saw Tim Doyle's game continue to emerge, and we saw what Mike Thompson brings to the table at both ends of the floor. Jenkins' heroics at point was just one more good thing on a night full of good things.
The Cats defended their home court and did it with style. Gone were the scattered cat-calls that we heard during Christmas week, the team was hot and the fans showed their appreciation.
Now we have three tough games ahead - MSU, Michigan and Illinois. Carmody says that to be successful in the Big 10, you have to steal a few on the road.
If we can continue to play all season the way we played last night, there'll be no "theft" involved.
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