No Big East TV games for Bulls
The Big East unveiled its TV schedule for the 2006-07 men's basketball conference season on Thursday, with 46 league games split among CBS, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and even ESPNU. And of those 92 TV appearances for Big East teams, the league gave zero -- not a one -- to USF and Cincinnati.
Breaking down the appearances, you can tell who the power players are in the conference, with eight teams drawing eight TV games or more: Pittsburgh leads with 11, followed by Georgetown, Louisville and Villanova with 10, Syracuse with 9 and Connecticut, Marquette and Notre Dame 8 each.
From there, it drops off considerably, with DePaul (5), West Virginia (4), Providence and St. John's (3), Rutgers (2) and Seton Hall (1). But none for the Bulls and Bearcats? As Dr. Evil would say, throw 'em a fricking bone here, right? (Can I say that on a blog?) I'm a guy who's annually annoyed that every MLB team gets an All-Star just so they're represented, but it seems fair that if you've got 92 TV appearances, you could bump your 11th Pitt game and televise USF-Cincy on ESPNU and have everybody on board.
Now if the Bulls can somehow get to the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Gardens -- and again, only the top 12 teams go, so there will be some overachieving required to get there -- then the Bulls will have a league TV appearance, as every game there is televised. It'll probably take five league wins to get there, and the schedule helps a bit -- USF gets DePaul, Rutgers and Providence (three teams likely to finish in the bottom six) at home, plus a second game at DePaul to finish the season.
And not to forget football: Andre Hall, already cut by the Bucs and Bears, has a workout with the Buffalo Bills scheduled for Tuesday, hoping he can make a spot on the team's practice squad. He'll fly to Buffalo on Monday and should know within a day or two if there's a place for him in Buffalo's future. The Bills already have eight players on their practice squad, including one running back in Fred Jackson from tiny Coe College, so he'll have to show enough to make the Bills cut someone else ...