A long week and a joy to finally see Friday here. Final weekend before the season begins in Clifton so I will be enjoying my final hangover of the summer on Sunday. Should be a good one.
First, let's eat...
--- UC barely finished outside the Top 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. They are at 26. Pitt landed at 15 and West Virginia at 25.
--- The triumphant return of Dan Hoard! Looking forward to seeing the voice of the Simpsons/Bearcats when he returns from his summer PawSox gig. But he took some time to check out the well-dressed Bearcats during Big East Media Day.
--- If you aren't busy today, turn on ESPN, you'll probably spot Butch Jones. He is running the gauntlet in Bristol today and will be all over the place. Here is his schedule.
--- College Football Nation provides a sneak peak at Fresno State as the Bulldogs open camp. Once you see the phrase "young secondary," you can stop reading. That's all you need to know when analyzing the mathcup vs. the Bearcats.
--- There is so little experience at quarterback in the Big East this season that two guys who hadn't taken a snap at the beginning of last season are the most tenured in the league. And a guy who started only four games for the Bearcats is probably the most accomplished. Friend of the blog Greg Auman at the Tampa Tribune breaks down the young guns.
--- Brian Bennett caught up with Ben Mauk. If you see him, wish him good luck in latching on somewhere. Then tell him his younger brother needs to be a Bearcat.
--- For those of you not following Josh Schneider's day at the US Nationals, be happy. It was as bizarre as they come. At the end of the day, Schneider was able to race in his event, the 50 freestyle, but he waded through a lot of politics along the way.
Apparently nobody over there cares about the spirit of the rule, only enforcing it.
--- Bad news at West Virginia. As if this state needed another reason to curse Rich Rodriguez. For Mountaineers fans, he's the gift that keeps on giving.
--- Dr. Saturday checks in on Syracuse. Where even three days after the media preseason poll was released you hear on campus echoes of a tribal chant, "We're not the worst! We're not the worst!"
--- Former Bearcat and current Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis received some unfortunate news that his season is over. He tore a ligament in his right thumb and was shelved. Tough break for a guy that has been as consistent as they come for Boston.
--- For the depressing nugget of the day, as if the story that Rosie O'Donnell is going to be on TV again isn't enough, apparently Oprah Winfrey is going to have her own TV network? Ugh.
I can't wait to watch Stedman Gone Wild.
--- As you half-ass your way through Friday at the office and are worried if people notice how bad you are at your job. Just know somebody is way worse at their job than you. His name is Bob Davidson.