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Don't forget that Darnell Wilks is taking part in the Collegiate Slam Dunk contest later tonight. Ballin is a Habit has a exhaustive preview for your viewing pleasure. If you happen to be in Houston then head on over to the Hofheinz Pavilion on the campus on the University of Houston to check it out. I think it starts at 6:30 local time. If you don't happen to be in Houston watch it on TV like the rest of us. It will be on ESPN2 at 9, or after the conclusion of the riveting NIT final between the Shockers of Witchita State and the Crimson Tide of Alabama. A live thread will be going up at 9PM sharp so stop on by. Now, onward and upward.


Spring Football

UC expecting big things from tight end Kelce | UC Athletics Blog
I have been expecting Big Things from Travis Kelce as well. I just assumed they would be on the defensive end of things as a, well, Defensive End.

Cats begin spring workout - The News Record - Sports
Basic rundown of spring proceedings

Bearcats 'D' to be Blackcats? - Big East Blog - ESPN
A variant on the revered Blackshirts no doubt.

Video: Cincinnati's J.K. Schaffer - Big East Blog - ESPN
As you may or may not know Brian Bennett was at the first spring practice of the year earlier this week. He posted this video interview J.K. Schaffer.

Other Bearcat News

Cincinnati Drops Tight Game Vs. Flyers - University of Cincinnati Official Athletics Site
One out away from victory, the University of Cincinnati baseball team fell to University of Dayton 4-3 Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.

Cronin, UC Negotiating -

Not really surprising but something had better come of this, and fast.

Around The Big East

New offense on display as spring practice begins  - WVU - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -
The transition from the delightfully simplistic offense of Jeff Mullens to the infinite variability of Dana Holgersons is going to be time consuming

Pitt Football: More Position Changes At Spring Practice - Cardiac Hill
Ah, spring position changes, as natural as flowers blooming and people bitching about taxes.

USF Football Spring Depth Chart Revealed: Thoughts And Observations - Voodoo Five
The Mike Ford Fallacy isn't reserved to USF though. Round here we call it the Demetrius Jones Conundrum.

Final Four: Rivalry between Kentucky's John Calipari and UConn's Jim Calhoun fuels Final Four game
No idea why that could be.

West Virginia Mountaineers Spring Practice Preview: Quarterbacks - The Smoking Musket
This Geno Smith is apparently pretty good.

Odds and Ends

I am embarrassed and I apologize | Sports Forums - Bernie's Press Box
It is not every day that you see a media member take to a forum to discuss a retraction. You would never see Bill Koch do that to be sure.

Ex-Colerain star admits to theft | |
Sad, sad thing to see.

Nationally Recognized

Ranking the Final Four starters from most to least valuable - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Further proving the adage that guard play wins the NCAA tournament. You know what else helps? Having the best player.

NCAA may ‘explore’ paying players. It may also have no other choice. - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
This makes absolute sense. So of course it isn't going to happen.

Reading This Will Make You Smarter

Do Not Anger the Alpha Android - BusinessWeek
This should be really familiar to iPhone users unless you jailbreak your iPhone of course, in which case you have no idea.