Rumors, rumors, D**N rumors
Take our commits - if a kid is any good, rumors start to
fly [on some of the other chat boards] that his commit is shakey, and
there are other schools being considered.
-- da Coach
Immediately, the fans jump on the rumor - of course NU can't hold its commitments. Any good
player would have to listen to the "better" schools offers.
But those who attended the Cat Chat last night heard from one
participant who is apparently very close to the player in question, who
found all the rumors about his decomitting laughable. More rumors?
What everyone forgets is that NU Coach Randy Walker gets those
verbal commitments in person, face to face, over the desk or on the
phone. If he can he shakes the kids hand, he gets a personal
commitment, a verbal contract if you will, from that prospect.
Very rarely has NU had a decommitment during Coach Walker's
tenure and very rarely does a committed prospect of another team change
You see, its a rule around Trienens Hall that you don't poach
another team's recruits because Walker's rule is that a
commit is a commit. He believes that, and apparently, so do
most of his future players.
Also heard an interesting rumor during the chat about things happening
up at Kenosha.
Seems our right tackle, after a Spring of wrestling with future All
American Defensive End Loren Howard, is now supposed to
be tossing defensive linemen around with abandon. Seems Zach Strief,
now at 335 pounds, has turned into a major force on the right end of
One thing is certain - another rumble from Kenosha is that
some of the Frosh have learned that its not that easy to crack the
starting lineup of an established Big 10 team. Walker's been quoted
about how fast the game is at the Div I level.
We heard last night that a few of the new guys are learning that during
Those of us who were somewhat concerned about the shortage of
experienced linemen during the spring drills should take comfort .
For what its worth, there's not a lot of news coming out of anyone's
camps right now. Lots of rumors, but little real news.
Even Austin King seems to have disappeared from the Tampa
Bay web site [but not from the 2 deep]. The rest of the NFL
Cats are either firmly entrenched in their positions, or quietly trying
to earn a spot.
Around the Big 10, Its a whisper here, a rumble there, OSU will be playing on without Clarett Purdue
is stressing defense. Illinois promises
more offense. The first player interview from Kenosha? Pat Durr.
More rumbles about the Wildcat D.
I've always offered the use of Purple Reign to
the NU coaches' as a way to squash the rumors that were not true.
From time to time the guys in the offices and other folks in the know,
have taken advantage of that offer.
That offer still stands.
Yup, rumors, rumors and D**n rumors - they just keep swirling - until
kickoff on August 30th.
Those who would like to get a better handle on things can meet us on
our weekly Cat Chat - now, Mondays at 8 PM Central [9PM
Eastern, 6 PM on the West Coast]. Who knows who might drop by for a
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