Nothing like the chaos leading up to a holiday. Kids trying to finish projects, work stuff that needs to be done before a couple days. So, just hit some links and thoughts.
Devin Street and Aaron Donald have no plans to turn pro. Uh, great. Not thinking Donald would anyways, but Street is still a possibility. I hate these questions when there are still games to play. There’s no way to give a good answer. Street probably won’t but there is still a chance.
“I won’t be taking any visits to any other schools,” he said.
ESPN.com ranked Johnson as the #2 OT in the 2013 class (Insider subs).
With Johnson, Pitt gets an athletic looking tackle prospect with a tall, lean frame and with some time in the Panthers weight program he should be able to pack on some needed but good mass. If pressed into action quickly, he could experience some growing pains as he develops his game, but this is a kid with very promising upside. He not only looks athletic, but displays the athleticism to be a good college tackle and that athleticism should help him to adapt and be productive if needed early on in his career which he may be. Johnson displays good flexibility as well as balance and agility. He may not be the biggest kid in terms of mass, but is an explosive and powerful kid who can deliver a pop on contact and drive defenders off the ball. He is not only capable of opening up running lanes at the line of scrimmage, but also blocks well on his feet in space and can deal with second-level defenders with similar type crushing results.
You not only like his athleticism, but also that he displays nastiness as a blocker. He looks to need a little more development in his pass pro, but he flashes the tools to develop into a strong pass blocker. He will need to continue to develop and strive for more consistency in his technique, but this is a player with the tools to develop into a very good O-Lineman at the college level.
So… Heinz Field had a Sunday night game. It has four WPIAL games scheduled for Friday. Then a noon Rutgers-Pitt game on Saturday. That should be fun. Naturally Coach Chyst is just saying, “whatever man.”
So, does Pitt keep the pattern going of back-to-back losses followed by back-to-back wins? Coach Chryst is willing to take it at this point.
”At this point right now, I’d be all for following that 2-2-2 schedule,” he said. ”We’ve got to go earn that one though.”
Hey, some expansiopocolypse stuff. I know I’ll write more later on the issue but here’s some reading material from others.
The Big East is screwed — again.
Louisville or UConn in the ACC. Who ya’ got?
Rutgers and Maryland: failing upward.
Not a lot of love from Big 10 fans on this move. Brian Cook at MGoBlog suggests that the BTN stop wasting time and go to 16 and finish off the traditions. He expands on his feelings more in a great Q&A with Spencer Hall.
Two great reads on the issues. The first from UConn perspective on why the whole expansiopocolypse sucks. This one from Maryland that lays out exactly why Maryland is and should join the Big 10 (hint, it’s all about the money).