Some Super thoughts, and more: I don't know how Mid-American Conference football coaches sold their programs to prospects before Wednesday's signing day, but they could have used Sunday's NFL championship game as a recruiting tool.
"Forget the BCS! Come to the MAC and play in the Super Bowl!"
Checking the Pittsburgh and Green Bay rosters for Super Bowl XLV, I was surprised to find that the MAC ranks behind only the Southeastern Conference in alumni in the Packers-Steelers game.
Green Bay's roster has eight players from current MAC schools. The Steelers have five from Marshall's old home conference. However, add former Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich (Pittsburgh) and ex-UCF safety Atari Bigby (Green Bay), because they played their college careers in the MAC before their alma maters moved to Conference USA.
That's 15 former MACmen, as many as the Big Ten has in the Super Bowl and exceeded only by 18 from SEC schools. (If you wanted to stretch it, former MU center Doug Legursky played as a freshman in the Herd's MAC farewell season, 2004).
As for the Big East, it has only four alumni in this Super Bowl, a number exceeded by nine other major college conferences and tied with the Sun Belt's four players.
The Big East only gets to four by counting Steelers safety Ryan Mundy, who played one season at West Virginia after most of his career was spent at Michigan.
Yes, TCU can't arrive to help Big East football soon enough.
IN READING reporter Zack Harold's news story on Wednesday's Daily Mail front page about the University of Charleston's revived hopes for a replacement for Eddie King Gym in the near future, I was struck by what Kanawha Valley small college basketball might face soon.
UC, during new arena construction, could be looking for a place to play and practice men's and women's basketball (and volleyball, and spring sports practice when it's too cold outdoors) at the same time as rival West Virginia State.
WVSU has secured $15 million in state funding to build a new athletic building that will include renovation of the adjacent - and similarly ancient to UC's gym - Fleming Hall. When construction starts there, the Yellow Jackets will be hoops homeless, too.