Happy Friday to one and all. Except Covid-19.
The NCAA announced late Wednesday a few important updates for the benefit of student athletes that are up for vote today. First, that all championships be moved to the spring because more than 50% of D1 schools cancelled or postponed their seasons. That students can participate in 12 hours a week on athletic activity (meaning they can practice), that all fall athletes will get an extra year of eligibility, and that returning (super) seniors won’t count agains the scholarship limits for the 2021-2022 season. These decisions won’t be without issues, but these are all the right moves.
Boyd Grant, the all-time winningest coach in Fresno State men’s basketball history passed away this week. He won 194 games in nine seasons at the helm. Among those, was the 1983 NIT championship, three conference championships resulting in three NCAA tourney selections. Grant also produced an eye-popping seven NBA draft picks from a mid-major program.
Mike McCarthy has been around a ton of wide receiver talent as an NFL coach for the Packers and now the Cowboys. He wasn’t afraid to put former CSU Ram Michael Gallup in that elite group. He called Gallup a #1 caliber wide receiver in the NFL. That’s high praise.
March Madness: Orlando Edition?
Sources: Following the success of the NBA restart, Orlando has emerged as a prime location to play multiple early season college basketball tournaments in a bubble type setting.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 19, 2020
The journey of Shaquil Barrett.
On the horizon:
Later today: Another MWCConnection Roundtable
Later today: Utah State 2020/2021 Non-Season Season Preview