Tue Apr 20 09:48am EDT
Making the morning rounds.
• Retired men tell no lies. All 11 conference commissioners are meeting in Scottsadale, Ariz., today for the annual BCS meetings, and it's no secret that expansion is first, second, third and fourth on the agenda. Says Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, representing all Big East ADs: "I don't know what else we'd be talking about." Longtime Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel, who was a part of the creation of the Big East as both a basketball conference in 1979 and a football conference just over a decade later, told the New York Times he predicts "utter turmoil" for college sports, including the death of the Big East as a football league and the rise of four 16-team superconferences that eventually form their own basketball tournament to compete with the NCAA's version: "I don’t see a whole lot of alternatives for anyone. You only control what your conference has. You don’t control what the Big Ten or the Pac-10 or the SEC does. What do you do?"
Current Big East commissioner John Marinatto reminded the Times that Crouthamel also predicted the conference's demise when the ACC plucked three teams from its ranks earlier this decade, but you may recall that his predecessor, longtime commish Mike Tranghese, isn't so optimistic about the Big East's survival, either. Marinatto may be getting a lot of sympathetic pats on the shoulder in Arizona. [New York Times]
• Now it's personal. Former Oregon State linebacker David Pa'aluhi, who apparently told coach Mike Riley he planned to join the military when he left the team in February, may be resurfacing at Hawaii instead, where he'd be eligible to play for his home-state university in 2011 -- when, coincidentally, the Warriors will close the season against ... Oregon State. One of Pa'aluhi's old linebacking mates with the Beavers, Keith Pankey, said Pa'aluhi's exit was "like losing a brother," and if he sees him lined up on the opposing sideline, "I would take that personally." [The Oregonian]
• W. On April 13, word leaked that West Virginia had been contacted about potential NCAA infractions under former coach Rich Rodriguez. On April 14, the following ad showed up on the NCAA's Career Center website:
According to its own site, West Virginia currently employs six compliance staffers, including a director, a coordinator and two assistant directors (all but one of whom arrived after Rodriguez's departure). I dunno, maybe they just need a little direction? [SBN, Voodoo Five]
• Tragedy strikes ex-Wildcat. Former Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier, who played in 35 games with 11 starts for the Wildcats in 2004 and 2006, was reportedly killed in a hiking accident at age 26, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Meier was believed to have been hiking with other members of his family, including brothers Shad, a former K-State/Tennessee Titan tight end, and Kerry, who became one of Kansas' all-time receiving leaders after a year as the Jayhawks' starting quarterback. Details of the incident weren't available. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
Quickly ... The driver of the car in which Ohio State signee Jamel Turner was riding when he suffered a non-lethal gunshot wound over the weekend had a long list of priors on gun and drug charges. ... Chris Petersen's new deal could ensure him a perpetual five-year contract as long as he keeps winning eight games a year at Boise State. ... South Florida receiver A.J. Love, a potential starter, tore his ACL during Saturday's spring game, the same injury he suffered to the same knee in the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl. ... A BYU study finds NFL wide receivers from "mid-major" conferences are more productive on average than receivers from "Big Six" leagues, though it fails to mention that the big conferences produce substantially more pro receivers. (The results might be less decisive, too, if Randy Moss hadn't Moss'd his way out of Notre Dame and Florida State before landing at Marshall.) ... Steve Addazio gets intense for Florida boosters. ... And voting is well underway in the 2010 "Name of the Year" tournament, with college football candidates abounding. Naturally, my sympathies lie with Southern Miss signee Furious Bradley, up against tough competition in the Crotchangle Regional. And of course, don't forget to vote for Lane Kiffin, who continues to lead Danica Patrick in the second round of Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" gauntlet despite the magazine's best efforts to combat shenanigans.