We officially one week away from not having to invent stories anymore. That's right, in one week the Bearcats will hit the practice field and begin the defense of their two-time Big East championship. We will get a look at how the players are progressing and I will stop linking to prediction columns. (One of those three is false, if you think you can guess)
But since today is the beginning of Big East media days there should be plenty of fodder flying out of Rhode Island. Though, I am disappointed I will miss the tasty clambake I am not disappointed I will miss hearing about how excited for the season everybody is and how everyone is "really progressing."
--- Many profiles will be written about Butch Jones this week. I doubt any of them will be as good as Bill Koch's in the Enquirer. Worth a read, if you haven't already.
--- Conditioning is finally over for the Bearcats and they believe they are in the best shape they have ever been.
--- Drew Frey and Jason Kelce claim to be excited about filming the pre-game shots and program photos. It's nice for them to humor the folks making this piece like that.
--- Dr. Saturday picks Oklahoma to win the Big 12. The higher people rank and predict the Sooners finish, the better it will be for UC if they were to pull off the victory.
--- Holly Anderson over at SB Nation heard UConn coach Randy Edsall call the Big East "as strong as any conference in the country." She isn't buying it. Nor should she. Of course, I would put the BE in the same conversation with everybody else looking up at the SEC and Big Ten. .
--- The NCAA is filled with clueless rule enforcers with no sense of reality. Despite that summation of Gene Wojechowski's story, it actually does tell us some information we didn't already know.