Random Thoughts: After Basketball, Etc...IMHO

Random Thoughts: After Basketball, Etc...IMHO

Coach Roy is all over the Wildcat Athletic Map today, as all those "random" thoughts at the end of Winter perculate to the top of his consciousness. [did we really say that?]

Now that basketball is totally over for the Wildcats
and I think we've discussed the Coach, Bill Carmody, recruiting and the NU/Princeton offense to death, here's my take

How do you start these in the chat room?
Roundball IMHO?
  1. There's more on the plate in Welsh-Ryan for 2007-08 than many of us think. BC warned us at the Fast Break Tip Off - the two Croatians were injured and had to bulk up, to deal with stress fractures as they transitioned to the faster, bigger Big 10 game.
  2. I think Nikola Baran should turn out to be another Ivan Tolic without tendinitis. Don't know why, but he's big enough to play the NU post position, at least on offense.
  3. Craig Moore finds his shot again - he just has to stop thinking about it.
  4. One of the other soon to be Juniors [no including Moore] steps it up and becomes a significant force both underneath on offense, and down on the defensive end.
  5. We're going to miss both Tim Doyle and Joe Kennedy - Doyle for his point forward antics and Kennedy for his work in practice.
Go ahead, write 'em down.
Did anyone else notice that all of our NCAA Wrestlers will be back?
Not sure they'll accept the "fearsome foursome" label, but Jake Herbert, Ryan Lang, Dustin Fox and Mike Tamilow all have another year of eligibility.

Look out [Big 10/National Champ] Minnesota.
What's with CSTV's web site?
I went to check their recruiting lists today and there are Illinois colors on the site, not NU's Purple, Black and White.

Has the ghost of the Chief, with nowhere else to go, invaded our web space now?
Another pundit has been "musing" about the Softball team
After sweeping the Mizzoo Tiger tournament, winning every game on the "slaughter" [mercy/8 run rule], this observer [the Evanston Review's Larry Watts] suggested that NU won't be invited back until Tammy Williams and Lauren Delaney graduate.

Given the margin of victory in each of the games, I doubt they'll every be invited back as long as a Drohan is at the helm of our "Diamond Girls."
Spring Football for the Cats is almost here
but around the Big 10, some schools have started, to great anticipation and little real information.

The change in Minnesota is obvious, lots of interview and a pretty open set of practices. We're linking to as many stories as we can find in the Sports News Digest, its down at the bottom.
I'm working on updating the Scout.com Roster database
and one thing I've noticed so far is that the Cats appear to be a little lighter heading into the spring that their listed weights in the Fall.

Having had a kid who played NCAA Div III football, I know that sometimes roster sizes are "padded" or overstated to intimidate opponents [or to give them the impression kids are bigger to change their rush/block schemes] but you have to wonder if the Cats are working on getting faster/quicker instead of being the biggest.

Hey, it works for the Denver Broncos.
-- da Coach

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