KONZ WORKS OUT FOR SAINTS - According to Steve Hare at the Kent Sports Report, Jameson Konz will work out for the NFL champion New Orleans Saints at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Kent State field house. Konz put on a show at his Pro Day with a 46 inch vertical leap and a 4.38 40-yard dash among his other measurements. Konz' vertical leap was two inches better than anyone who attended the NFL combine while his 40 time would have been second among all tight ends and wide receivers.
Hare, who covers Kent State football unlike anyone else, has posted some spring roster notes. Kent State's spring practice will begin April 5.
Kent State has released its spring depth chart.
HOOP ALL-STAR GAME - I had a chance to check out the all-star games of the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association last night at Brecksville High School. The marquee player of the feature game was Central Michigan recruit Derek Jackson from Cleveland Benedictine. Jackson is a 6-1 point guard with amazing athletic and leaping ability. The MAC appears to have a pretty exciting player coming into the league and I look forward to watching him, except against Kent State. Jackson also considered KSU, Ohio, Youngstown State, Eastern Michigan, Duquesne, Butler and James Madison.
“His abilities are going to give him a chance to compete for time right away," CMU coach Ernie Ziegler said. "He has an ability to score the ball, but he understands how to run a team. His toughness and athleticism will bode well for us once he arrives on campus. He has the ability to play both guard positions, but we see him as more of a point guard.”
BASSETT GOING PRO - What has been speculated for a while on the internet now looks like it has some validity to it. Ohio's Armon Bassett, who took the MAC and Ohio on a wild ride through the conference tournament and into the NCAA tournament, appears to be turning professional.
KOWALCZYK LEADING CANDIDATE AT UT - Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk is the leading candidate to be the next men's basketball coach at Toledo, according to this report. The Toledo job has been vacant since March 11 when Gene Cross resigned, amid some awkward situations.
Kowalczyk led Green Bay to an 87-86 overtime victory over Kent State this season. Other candidates thrown around for this job have included Todd Lickliter, Larry Hunter, and former Akron coach Dan Hipsher. Even Cleveland State's Gary Waters and Akron's Keith Dambrot were targeted according to some.