Impact pick: Brandon Brooks (third) -- Brooks is an absolute mauler with impressive strength and surprising mobility for his size. He needs to become a consistent worker and keep his considerable weight in check, but assuming he stays in shape, Brooks can win the job at left guard and offer an immediate upgrade there.
Intriguing pick: LaVon Brazill (sixth) -- Brazill flew under the radar in 2011, but he has good suddenness and quickness, has the body control to make tough catches, is willing to work the middle and is also a special teams contributor. He'll also benefit from getting in on the ground floor with Luck. Colts GM Ryan Grigson did a great job bringing in pass-catchers who can work with and grow alongside Luck from Day 1. Ball security could be an issue for Brazill, but if he cleans that up, he should be a solid value pick.
Akron's Keith Dambrot turned down offer today to become Duquesne's next head coach, multiple sources confirmed to me in last hour.— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) April 1, 2012
Interviews on Tuesday with three coaches who are still in the NCAA tournament or have direct ties to such teams said the coaching grapevine is in virtual agreement in the following thoughts on VCU's Shaka Smart and Ohio's John Groce:
Both are expected to stay at their schools if they don't find jobs they want at higher-profile basketball schools than Nebraska.
The ball's over there. He's wondering where he should be. There ain't but one ball. How hard can it be?
Look, the MAC is a fine conference and it is hard enough to win these games on merit.
It's impossible to do so when the field is tilted so heavily in the direction of the old-line MAC teams against the newcomer.
I don't care if it's the Big East or Conference USA, the time to get out of this hick conference is now.
Ohio placekicker Matt Weller did his best to keep the Bobcats close. He connected on three field goal attempts, the last a 33-yarder with 3:23 to play. That pulled the Bobcats within 38-37, but Buffalo was able to run out the clock.
University presidents do not mind leaving leagues so bludgeoned that they need tourniquets, but killing one would be frowned upon. The only people who do not realize this are UConn officials, who are tripping over themselves to leak stories about their unhappiness with the Big East, which hurts that league’s efforts to look stable and expand. But UConn, which has no athletic director and a new president, may have nowhere to go. Because most realignment decisions are driven by football, joining Massachusetts in the Mid-American Conference could be UConn’s best available option at this point.
It could have an adverse affect on our ability to play intercollegiate sports.
You go, Mid-American Conference. On the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster, the two conferences with the most players are the SEC (11) and the MAC (eight). Need to get more Ohio Bobcats in the mix.