Former Kent State football player Jameson Konz has made SI.com's "2010 Wes Welker Watch List." The list targets off the radar NFL prospects who could make a big impact in the NFL.
Last season former KSU star Julian Edelman was on the list and delivered with a very productive rookie season as a wide receiver with the New England Patriots. Edelman was third on the team with 37 receptions for 359 yards.
Konz has drawn a lot of attention from NFL teams after running a 4.38 time in the forty, with a 46 inch vertical and a 10 foot, 8 inch broad jump during his pro day. Konz projects as an H-back or fullback in the NFL.
SPRING FOOTBALL NOTES - The Daily Kent Stater is back from spring break and includes this spring football preview in today's paper and online at KentWired.com.
The Record Courier is checking in today with some news and notes about the first couple days of spring practice at Dix Stadium.
NCAA TOURNAMENT EXPANSION TALK - The Butler Bulldogs went on a magical ride all the way to the NCAA championship game. If you are a mid-major hoop guy like myself, I know you were loving it. Expanding the NCAA tournament to possibly 96 teams? Eh, not sure how I feel about that.
If Monday night's championship game between Butler and Duke was the last of the 64/65 team era in the NCAA tournament, it was a great one.
The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto is scribbling today about the possible expansion with quotes from Kent State athletic director Laing Kennedy. Kennedy just completed his final year on the NCAA selection committee.
KSU AT #15 IN MID-MAJOR POLL - The Kent State men's basketball team finished at #15 in the final CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
Ohio finished #26 while Akron comes in at #36.
Since the start of the 1998-99 basketball season, Kent State is fourth in the country among mid-major programs with 281 wins. Gonzaga is first with 320 wins, while Utah State (293) and Butler (289) are next in line.
FASHIONABLE 4 - Now that the NCAA tournament has ended, its time for the real tournament to begin...the Fashionable 4. Kent State's Geno Ford got a 12 seed and will go up against IUPUI's Ron Hunter in a first round match up in the Midwest region. Can Ford and staff put together a scouting report (wardrobe) to pull the first round upset? For Kent State fans everywhere, hopefully Ford can make a magical run to the Elegant 8.
FLASHES PLAYING GOOD BASEBALL - The Kent State baseball team (15-15, 4-2 MAC) is playing very well, winning 10 of their last 14 games to get back to .500. The team leads the MAC East. After defeating Duquesne yesterday afternoon, the team hosts Pittsburgh at 3:00 p.m. today. The teams have not played each other since 2008.