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April 13, 2007

Clearing a Couple Tabs

Filed under: Basketball,Honors,Recruiting,Rumors — Chas @ 11:16 am

About a year and a-half ago, Scout.com was bought by Fox Interactive Media. Now it looks like Rivals.com might be absorbed by Yahoo!. Can’t say I’m shocked by this — well maybe a little by the potential buyer. Rivals.com was doing okay with the subscriptions and as a content supplier to various sports media groups, but they needed someone with deeper pockets behind them with Scout.com, CBS/CSTV/MaxPreps.com and ESPN/Scouts, Inc all in very solid financial positions.

I’m not particularly wild about Dick Groat doing color analysis for Pitt basketball, as he seems at least half-a-step behind on things. Still, congrats on getting into the college basketball hall of fame and I did find his Q&A interesting.

Q: How do you think Pitt senior center Aaron Gray will fare at the next level?

A: Knowing the kind of person he is, I think he will fare well. For no other reason than what he doesn’t do well, he will work and improve and make himself better.

Q: What are your thoughts about Bob Huggins coming to West Virginia?

A: He’s notorious. He gets away with it. The guy is a good coach, and he’s had great success. But he will bring anybody in and do any way to bring a recruit in. I just think there’s a better way to do things. It puts pressure on everybody in the Big East.

Heh.

Chock Full o’ Things

Filed under: Football,Practice — Chas @ 8:01 am

I’ll say this about Trib-Review sports writer/Pitt football beat guy Kevin Gorman’s blogging effort. He is definitely providing lots of extra content when he does the spring practice reports. Lots of various tidbits and stuff.

• A new twist to the secondary was that senior Lowell Robinson appears to have moved to cornerback for good and split second-team reps with Aaron Smith. Robinson made a nice play on a toss sweep to his side, when he spun off a block and tackled tailback Kevin Collier.

Robinson also worked on special teams as the kick return specialist (alongside Porter), but doesn’t appear to be a candidate to return punts. Those duties were handled by Aaron Berry, Smith, Porter and Ricky Gary.

• One of the players to have a strong, but subtle spring was sophomore Jovani Chappel. He’s playing second-team cornerback behind Kennard Cox, and could push Cox for the starting job this fall. When the first-team defense lined up in the nickel package, the hard-hitting Chappel was the extra defensive back.

I’m a little surprised to see Robinson shifted over to Corner. I would question his speed there — not to mention his coverage ability. He was an All-American JUCO Safety. Can he really stay with receivers without getting penalized or burned? I would guess they are just trying to find a place for him on the field. Safety seems to have some depth if Thatcher and Phillips are healthy and Fields stays out of the doghouse. Still, there is arguably good depth at corner as well.

Near the end of the post, he slips in — almost casually — that Shane Brooks is struggling with putting the ball on the ground.

Shane Brooks is fitting into the “ultra back” role nicely, especially when he hangs onto the football. If not for his fumbling, Brooks would be the backup tailback.

That’s a bit of a problem.

Final question. Anyone really that wrapped up in the whole scoring mechanisms for the Blue-Gold Game or did your eyes just kind of glaze over as well?

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