USF morning links: How's the weather?
That will be the question all week in Clearwater: Are they playing? The Big East baseball tournament is scheduled to start this morning at Bright House Field -- spring training home of the World Series champion Phillies -- and the conference was confident Tuesday morning that the first game would start as scheduled at 10 a.m.
Seems like I'm plugging Twitter.com a lot on here lately, but it continues to be relevant and useful -- today, for instance, whether you're following the Times' USF twitter or not, you can follow the Big East's twitter for live updates on weather and games. "Tuesday morning baseball update - light rain at Bright House Field, but we're on schedule for a 10 a.m. start. Next update at 9:50," their latest tweet reads.
Speaking of Big East tweets, their football one should be a good one to follow this fall, and it's fun to see the Big East is following the official twitters for the other five BCS conferences. Who has the most followers?
None of the six has been going longer than January, and that's the SEC's, which has the BCS highs for followers (3,660) with 670 updates. Next is the ACC's, which started in February and has amassed 1,996 followers with nearly 900 updates. (I'm always curious to see who someone follows, and the ACC is a perfect reciprocator, following exactly 1,996 tweets.) Next is the Big Ten, which started in February and has 1,557 followers and 422 updates.
Next is the Big 12, which started in March and has 762 followers and just 101 updates. The Pac-10 hasn't even posted an update yet, but it's managed to stockpile 242 followers, and that leaves the Big East, which started its twitter April 27 and has humbly collected 139 followers.
-- Fun link from USF's sports information department, detailing the songs that play as each Bulls baseball player walks to the plate for an at-bat. What's more, there's liner notes, with several players explaining why they chose their song. I honestly have no idea what song I'd pick -- I need the sheer intimidation factor of the Imperial March, but am probably closer to this. You guys can offer up your own personal soundtrack in the comments ...
-- ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman, chatting about college football, was asked Monday if anyone from the ACC or Big East could make a run at contending for the national title. "I think the ACC does," he says. "Not seeing it from the Big East this year, althought I think Cincy is solid and USF is intriguing."
-- The Boston Herald checked in with former USF defensive coordinator Wally Burnham about linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who remains upbeat despite knowing he'll miss the 2009 season with a torn ACL in his knee. McKenzie's made it past more trying obstacles than this, but still encouraging to hear ... The Times' Izzy Gould ran into Burnham at a spring football practice in Tampa last week -- expect to hear a lot about Iowa State in the local recruiting picture this coming year.
-- For 20 years or more, I can remember being excited to read Paul Zimmerman's mock draft in Sports Illustrated each year, and it was a thrill in college to talk to Dr. Z a few times in assembling my own feeble attempts at first-round mocks. SI's Peter King organized a fund-raiser in New Jersey on Monday night to help get Dr. Z the cutting-edge medical treatment he needs as he recovers from three strokes, and Newark Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi has a great writeup from the event. Reading Z's "The Last Season of Weeb Ewbank" right now, and the meticulous detail he finds is amazing, 30 years later.
-- It appears Friday is the day we learn where Robert Marve will play this fall, as he tells the Knoxville News-Sentinel he remains undecided. Does he walk on with the Vols or take a scholarship at Purdue?
-- More college baseball from Baseball America's great blog, which runs through what teams are on and off the NCAA bubble. Louisville's the only Big East team that can be confident of an at-large bid -- the rest of the league needs to win it all this week to get in.