With a full day of high school coverage on my day gig, I was unable to make Coach Tommy Tuberville's 3 p.m. press conference for National Signing Day Feb. 6.
However, a crafty veteran always finds another way. I knew the 1200 Club would be entertained later in the evening at the Kingsgate Marriott, so after my day of high school press conferences, videos and getting a kid to his pitching lesson, I made my way to the Bearcat gathering.
It was a great event, with Coach Tuberville introducing his staff and many loyal Bearcats (such as UC's all-time leading tackler Karl Woods) on hand to meet the football crew.
Later there was a rundown of each recruit for those attending dinner in the ballroom. As always, the Kingsgate staff was at the top of their game.
While I was just there for a couple interviews, I was able to meet Tyson Helton (special teams/tight ends) who just came here from UAB. My son is a trainer for the Blazers, so it was nice to meet someone who had worked for him.
OK, personal gibberish aside, this staff includes two guys that I remember from Coach Tim Murphy's Bearcat staff from the early 90s. I got to know Coach Murphy then and covered the team when they honestly were overmatched and underfunded. Things have changed drastically.
Eddie Gran and John Lovett are now back. Gran is the new offensive coordinator and Lovett is coaching defensive backs.
I spoke to both, but I'll give you the "Gran Plan" first. For those I saw at the event that remembered me from my involvement with the football program, I appreciate your kindness. .