|August 04, 2009||Morning links for Tuesday, Aug. 5||no comments|
|August 04, 2009||Mississippi State voted off the island by ESPN||no comments|
|August 04, 2009||Beavers move slowly but surely||no comments|
|August 03, 2009||UPDATED: Bill Hall recalled by Milwaukee||no comments|
A few of the things we've looked at this morning despite the fact our Internet is running rather slowly:
Florida's Urban Meyer has signed a $4 million deal at Florida, making him the best-paid football coach in the SEC. Here's the Gainesville Sun take on that story.
SEC football teams reporting to camps on Monday: Georgia, where they're celebrating the fact there were no off-season arrests; South Carolina, where Steve Spurrier has six (!) new assistant coaches; Tennessee, where new coach Lane Kiffin insists only one starting job on his depth chart is secure. Auburn was set to report on Tuesday with workouts starting on Wednesday.
The watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is out this week and the odd thing isn't that the list contains two Heisman Trophy winners but that it has an Arkansas QB on there who has yet to take a snap with the Razorbacks. Yes, Jevan Snead of Ole Miss is on there, too.
The Cincinnati Enquirer updates Monday's injury of tight end Reggie Kelly, who's from Aberdeen. He's still on track for season-ending Achillies surgery on Wednesday.
Bill Hall, the big-league veteran from Nettleton, tells MLB.com that his brief trip to Triple-A Nashville helped him get "some confidence back" at the plate. He went 0-for-3 Monday night at Los Angeles but did draw a base-loaded walk -- and that goes in the books as an RBI.
Big lefty pitcher Joe Savery, the Philadelphia Phillies farmhand who has family in Tupelo and Oxford, won his Triple-A debut on Monday night. That story is the lead item in the Phillies' minor league update today at MLB.com
ESPN.com decided this week, just for fun, to “downsize” major college football to improve its overall quality. On Tuesday, four of their writers held a mock draft to select the 40 best programs out of the 120 now in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
You can see the mock draft here.
The bottom line? Nine SEC teams made the cut, with Mississippi State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt all voted off the island.
Southern Cal was the No. 1 draft pick, followed by Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and LSU.
Howls are surely being heard from Ohio State (6), Alabama (8) and Notre Dame (9) in particular. Hey, at least they made the top 10 -- 80 teams got cut.
The rest of the SEC’s picks worked out like this: Georgia (10), Tennesee (15), Auburn (19), Ole Miss (29), South Carolina (33) and Arkansas (35).
A few other draft picks of note: Utah (17), Boise State (20) and Texas Tech (25).
Off the top, a few notable omissions would seem to include Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Colorado and TCU.
The Daily Journal published the entire major college football schedule in Sunday’s newspaper and we noticed that Oregon State was the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team that had not yet set a kickoff time for its opener. Are the Beavers trying to sneak up on their opponent, Portland State?
“We’re working on some details with our regional television provider, Fox Sports Northwest, so we can get this game on TV,” Oregon State assistant athletic director Steve Fenk told us Tuesday morning. He probably was puzzled why someone from Mississippi cared about the kickoff time for that game, but we were curious and now we know.
Bill Hall of Nettleton was recalled to the Milwaukee Brewers after outfielder Corey Hart's unexpected need to have his appendix removed. Hall was at Triple-A Nashville to work on his swing, having stumbled to a .201 batting average with the big-league club this season.
UPDATE: Hall was in the lineup for Monday night's game at the L.A. Dodgers in right field.He drew a bases-loaded walk on four pitches to drive in the Brewers' first run, but otherwise went 0-for-3 and is now batting .198. Milwaukee won 6-5 as Hall caught the final out in the ninth off the bat of Manny Ramirez with the bases loaded.
The AP reports that Henry Winkler, best known as Fonzie on Happy Days, was in the crowd.