Bearcats Breakfast 1.26.12

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Not much on basketball in the Breakfast today with a media availability coming this afternoon with Mick and players. I'll have more from that.

As always, follow me on Twitter (@pauldehnerjr) for updates on any news or notes that would come out of the afternoon press conference.

Let's eat....

--- Want to start with the Senior Bowl as practices continue this week. Isaiah Pead has been receiving some love from a few media outlets and teams alike.

The predictable rumors are swirling of the Bengals interest in the UC running back.

Apparently Bengals RBs coach Jim Anderson spent much of the postgame practice this week talking with Pead. I'm still unsure how he fits into the Bengals backfield with Bernard Scott being a similar back, but I selfishly would be elated to be able to keep covering Isaiah the next few years.

Joe Reedy wrote a story about how his versatility is shining through and Senior Bowl North Team coach Leslie Frazier has liked what he's seen out of Isaiah returning punts as well.

--- The Kansas City Chiefs media
folks pulled Pead aside for this video piece. Standard Pead playing well to the camera.

--- Pead says he'll have a bunch of family around for the game and hopes to play well. Obviously a great game wouldn't hurt his stock, but it's far from the ultimate measuring stick.

Remember, Mardy Gilyard was MVP in 2009 after racking up 160 yards, but on draft day he slid to the first pick of the fourth round.

--- Ran into JK Schaffer at the
basketball game this week and he said his experience in the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Saturday wasn't fantastic. Not because he didn't play well necessarily, but because he got dinged up early in the game and had to come out.

JK's exposure opportunities are limited right now, so missing that much of an all-star game wasn't a great break. He weighed in at 6-3 1/2, 227 pounds, by NFL standards that will be a little undersized. For example, the smallest linebacker on the Bengals roster is Keith Rivers at 6-2, 235.

Still, putting on a few pounds between now and then as well as a nice pro day at UC should do the trick to put him on the radar.

Still believe Schaffer will get his shot in camp next year, whether he's drafted late or picked up as an undrafted free agent. Then he'll have an opportunity to do what he does best and that's make plays. By the way, I'm not just saying this because this is the UC blog, I truly believe Schaffer will be on a 53-man roster next season barring injury.

His consistency, intelligence and inherent ability to find the football are too valued by NFL teams for it not to pay off. 

--- Schaffer made Andrea Adelson's all-interview team. 

--- Speaking of all-interview teams, Sports Illustrated Draft analyst Tony Pauline gave a glowing review of Derek Wolfe from Senior Bowl practice.

"Derek Wolfe/DT/Cincinnati: Wolfe is not flashy nor a defender that makes a lot of plays on the ball.  What he does so well is hold the point of attack and control blockers.  This allows his teammates to get to the action and make the play.  On more than one occasion Wolfe was double teamed by blockers yet did not give up an inch of room.  He's going to make some defensive coordinator happy at the next level."

--- The question isn't who,
but how many Bearcats end up in Philadelphia, right?

--- Might as well stick with the football theme as Phil Steele already took a look at the total returning starters in the Big East. UC ended up on the bottom of the list. It's no secret there will be a number of young faces playing expanded roles next year.

He has UC with four returning starters on offense, six on defense and two on special teams. Those calculations rank 96th out of 120 nationally.

Remarkably, UC will be the only team in the conference not returning their quarterback. And even UC will return a QB that started three games and went 2-1. Can't remember seeing that kind of signal-caller retention in any league I've covered before.

Steele's offense calculation still seems a little low to me. I'd count Travis Kelce, Eric Lefeld, Sean Hooey, Austen Bujnoch, Anthony McClung and Alex Chisum for six. Regardless, UC will be one of the youngest teams in the conference. Though, there's plenty to like among the young talent.

--- Sidenote: WVU
(assuming they are in the league) will be the undeniable preseason favorite. (Secondary sidenote: This is not different than every year)

--- In case you missed my story yesterday about Butch Jones incredibly being one of the most tenured coaches in the Big East, well, signs are pointing to only Doug Marrone of Syracuse (entering his fourth season) being in the conference longer.

Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Bucs? I'll only say one word and move on before I get myself in trouble. Wow.

--- One bit of basketball.
What in the name of Derrick Coleman is going on in the Big East conference right now?

Up is down, down is up, DePaul winning is not a surprise, Pitt winning is, Rutgers losing is a surprise, everyone is scared of Notre Dame.

No team (not named Syracuse) should be favored by more than five points on any given night. Period.

--- Randomness...

--- Fact of the case: If you let your phone ringtone go off in the middle of a Slovakian violinist concert, he will call you out musically.

--- In case you haven't heard it enough from me, Stats 101 reminds you that you need to stop caring about rebounding margin. It's more archaic and pointless than a Richard Marx 8-track tape.

--- Apparently, there is
going to be a Hangover 3. As much as I loved the first one, I will be fine never watching the third.

--- I don't care how far I have to drive, I'll go as far as necessary to see Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle on tour together.

--- Blake Griffin doing what Blake Griffin does, but, to quote White Men Can't Jump: And a hook shot!

--- Big Lead posted this
video of weightless cats. I can't stop giggling and I don't know why.

--- In honor of the Greg Schiano
to the Bucs reports, I think this video seems appropriate.

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