Paper already has Bulls last in hoops picks
It's still more than three months until basketball season, and as Bulls fans learned this week, rosters are still very much in flux, but one newspaper has already seen enough to predict the Big East standings in men's hoops, with USF still at the very bottom in 16th place.
The Providence Journal -- not Flo-Jo or HoJo but Projo.com -- writes that "Seven new players headed by Gus Gilchrist, Teeng Akol and Mike Mercer combine with a solid backcourt, but Bulls remain buried in this league." They pick the hometown Friars to jump from a 6-12 mark last year to finish 10th in the league, with Georgetown dropping clear to seventh -- I don't see that happening -- and same for West Virginia finishing ninth.
-- Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins has signed his rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys, and according to the Dallas Morning News, it's a five-year deal worth $9.75-million, including a $3.1-million signing bonus as part of $6.75-million overall in guaranteed money. So before he's played a game, he has the third-biggest paycheck in USF football history, trailing Anthony Henry's $25-million deal with the Cowboys and the $17.5-million deal that Kawika Mitchell signed with the Bills this spring.
-- The Olympics are less than two weeks away, and this week's Sports Illustrated, the Olympic preview issue, has medal picks in every sport. SI picks former USF standout Damu Cherry to earn a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles. And the Naples News reports that former USF discus thrower Dayana Octavien, attempting to make the Olympic team for Haiti, was unable to post a qualifying mark and won't make it to Beijing.
-- Follow me? I'll get an official-looking link on the right sidebar before too long, but I've started up with Twitter.com as a companion to the blog -- follow it at Twitter.com/gregauman and get updates on new posts here. I'm new to Twitter, so it'll be a work in progress, but should be fun this fall. Hey, all the cool kids are doing it ...