Morning Five: 11.13.09 EditionPosted by rtmsf on November 13th, 2009
- As of late Thursday night, we were expecting to have heard the results from Northwestern star Kevin Coble’s visit to a foot specialist that afternoon, but news was not forthcoming. Instead, the school said that there would be an update on Friday morning, but NU officials are expecting that Coble will be out at least a month and possibly more with his injury. Terrible news for a team in a loaded conference that will absolutely need every single nonconference win to have a shot at the Big Dance this year. Assuming Coble is out until late December or early January, do you consider a redshirt to make the run next year?
- This Mouphtaou Yarou thing at Villanova is just getting weirder. It all sounds very suspicious, but Villanova is claiming that they have his birth certificate which clearly shows Yarou as born in 1990, not 1985 as was alleged on the FIBA website. If VU has any reservation whatsoever, they’d hold him out of tonight’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson – guess we’ll find out what they really think soon enough.
- The University of New Orleans may be moving to Division III after all, as the school continues to struggle in a post-Katrina Bourbon City. A major drop in enrollment and state budget slashes have put the athletic department in an untenable position with respect to funding its sports programs, and this time around even Hornets owner George Shinn probably won’t be able to save them.
- Jeff Goodman says UNC isn’t a top five team, and hopefully he will note that RTC’s editing team voted the Heels #7 in our preseason poll, but he’s right. We’re less concerned with the inexperience (because Roy always figures that out by the end of the season) than the personnel, and the fact of the matter is that Larry Drew II isn’t an elite point guard and the rest of the backcourt is average at best.
- Finally, Mike DeCourcy gives us ten things to watch for in a weekend full of games, but very few good ones. Remember, RTC Live will be going strong all weekend long, with Wake Forest vs. Oral Roberts on Friday night, Creighton vs. Dayton AND Butler vs. Davidson on Saturday, and FIU vs. Tulsa on Sunday. Join us!