Happy Tuesday, everyone. I'm starting to feel more and more like an old guy these days. Waking up to random pain after not doing a thing the night before. Then it goes away and you feel pain in another part of your body the next day. I think the someone has a pain remote and is laughing hysterically at my plight.
I digress, but if you see me hobbling around campus, feel free offer any ideas or some Aleve.
Let's eat ...
--- The football open house is tonight. A cool concept for fans to get an insider look at those connected with the program. Of course, Tommy Tuberville will be in the house along with AD Whit Babcock, players and Voice of the Bearcats/Bengals Dan Hoard.
As lucky media types, we get access to these guys all the time so we maybe take it for granted, but they're all great personalities to have fronting the program -- along with so many others in the administrative/coaching offices.
If you are looking for more information, you can check it out here.
--- As some of you will find out tonight, few can weave a tale quite like Tommy T. He sat down with Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com for an hour and Dodd plucked the top stories out of it. I'd highly recommend combing through them. I found his discussion of possible playoff expansion to be interesting:
"I don't think they'll ever go to eight teams. I was in I-AA playoffs at Arkansas State and that's a survival contest. You got to remember, we only played through two playoff games one year we were beat up. It's not just the game. You've got to practice to get ready for the game and you've got to practice through finals. It was hard.
"If you went to eight or 16 teams you'd be jumping into that part. I've never been for paying players, but if they go to eight or 16 I'd be for paying players. Then you're going to look at buying insurance for guys. I don't want to play that game."
--- Those were just the extras of Dodd's visit. The must read is his analysis on realignment, Tuberville and the state of Bearcats football in uncertain times. Dodd does a fantastic job putting in place the reality of the situation.
--- Can't contend Tuberville is thinking inside the box with regards to personnel. UC added a professional Australian rugby player to the roster and plan on trying him out at linebacker. This from Tom Groeschen.
--- Bowl tie-ins are becoming scarce as the Power 5 snatch many up. Just add it to the list of unknowns heading forward.
--- UC Big East champ David Tepe found out his national tournament draw yesterday and it was good news. He had his hopes set on landing at the Ohio State regional and did just that. The other options took him all over the country, but this way there will be a much more familiar feel at the Scarlet Course.
We may even see a return of the strong four fraternity brothers that made the trek to Orlando. If you haven't read that cool story, you can follow the link here.
--- Never got to this last week, but UC received the rings for their shared Big East title and Belk Bowl victory. Nice swag. You look at a few of the seniors who left this year, they head out the door with four rings from five years. No matter how much it's discussed, not enough is made of the run that class made.
Better believe if I was walking through that graduation, I'd have all four rings clinking on my fingers the whole way across the stage.
--- We've written in this space a few times this spring about Anthony McClung, but Andrea Adelson took a run at the senior wideout in this blog. Even as an established guy, McClung enjoyed the most promising spring of about anyone on the squad.
--- The NCAA announced the 2014 and '15 Final Four semis will be televised on TBS instead of CBS. That's fine. As long as they don't move to TruTv and the national title game is followed by an all-new episode of Lizard Lick Towing, I'll be happy. Maybe with TBS they can sneak an old Seinfeld episode into halftime instead of letting Charles Barkley ramble.
--- More on the Lance Stephenson story. The Indy Star writes about how the controversial decision to stick with Lance is paying off. He has become a rebounding machine in the playoffs from his guard spot.
During the regular season he hit double-digit rebounds twice. He's now done it each of the last three playoff games.
Here's his averages from the last four games (final three against Atlanta and opener vs. NYK): 9.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists.
Not many could have seen that coming two years ago, except for Larry Bird.
--- Randomness ...
--- If you went to bed before the final four minutes of what appeared to be a Golden State blowout of San Antonio you missed the best NBA game of the playoffs.
--- Charles Ramsey. Bless you for all that you are and all that you brought to our lives. What I wouldn't give to eat ribs and listen to salsa music with you.
--- Cincinnati band The National played one song for six hours recently. And you complain about the length of Stairway to Heaven.
--- Remember if you have any UC comments, questions or just want to recap the stories Tommy T told you, shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter @pauldehnerjr.
--- Meanwhile, here's the lineup for the Austin City Limits music festival. It is predictably ridiculous. I'm a Kings of Leon fan myself, among many of the others there, so I'll leave you with them. Have a great day everyone.