BOZICH: Bridgewater's Non-Campaign Heisman Campaign; Siva Gains
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Notes Written Across A Broken Bobblehead:
*Teddy Bridgewater's non-campaign Heisman Trophy campaign rolls on. Where? Check your nearest newsstand.
You'll find Bridgewater, the junior quarterback at the University of Louisville, rolling out on the covers of The Sporting News and Lindy's College Football yearbooks. Expect a third sighting when the Athlon yearbooks arrive this week.
Who needs a bobblehead when your picture is going to be parked on the shelves of grocery stores, drug stores, book stores and convenience stores for months?
The Sporting News ranks Bridgewater the nation's third-best quarterback behind only Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, and A.J. McCarron of Alabama, who has led the Tide to back-to-back national titles.
Two other local guys stirred up some love, too. Bridgewater's teammate, Hakeem Smith, is ranked a third-team all-American at safety, while Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky is the third-team all-purpose back.
*As for the team predictions?
Louisville is picked to beat Rutgers and Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference.
Kentucky is picked seventh in the SEC East, behind sixth-place Missouri and – surprise -- first-place South Carolina.
Indiana is picked to finish fifth – ahead of Illinois but behind Purdue – in the Big Ten Leaders division.
Western Kentucky is TSN's favorite to win the Sun Belt, ahead of second-place Louisiana-Lafayette and third-place Louisiana-Monroe.
*Hearing more chatter that Louisville guard Peyton Siva has helped himself over the last eight weeks and is pushing his way into the second round of the NBA Draft, which is scheduled for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn June 27.
Siva stirred buzz when he was featured in an article in Saturday's New York Times after he delivered another solid performance at a pre-draft camp in New Jersey last week.
"I just want to show teams I'm a capable leader and that I can continue to run teams and find open people and get them open shots," Siva said. "A lot of people always say, ‘Why didn't you score a lot in college and why didn't you up those big numbers?' For me, it wasn't my job to do that. I'm all about winning."
*The annual Southeastern Conference spring meetings unfold in Destin, Fla., beginning Tuesday. The number one topic of conversation?
What do you think?
It's not basketball.
Buckle up your chinstrap. Athletic directors and coaches will begin the expected arm wrestling over moving from an eight-game schedule to a nine-game schedule. Alabama coach Nick Saban is in favor of nine games. Schools that need to schedule four non-league wins to secure bowl eligibility aren't so sure about that St. Nick's plan.
Yes, Saban has won three of the last four national titles, but there is no guarantee he will win this debate. In fact, Saban's support of the proposal could be a reason other schools will reject the idea.
They've got to beat Saban sometime, don't they?
*The biggest winner in college football over the weekend?
The Cincinnati Bearcats.
Gunner Kiel tweeted to the Cincinnati Enquirer this simple message: "I'm a Bearcat."
Two seasons ago Kiel was a five-star prospect from Columbus (Ind) East High School. He orally committed to Indiana, changed his mind, orally committed to Louisiana State, changed his mind and signed with Notre Dame.
Kiel did not play last season with the Irish. Prior to spring practice, he announced his plans to transfer to UC. When Notre Dame lost starter Everett Golson to academic issues Saturday night, speculation percolated that Kiel might return to Notre Dame, where he could play from day one.
Not happening. He'll sit one season and then play for UC.
*Add Kansas coach Bill Self to the list of coaches crinkling their noses at the increasing trend of fourth-year college players earning their degrees and then transferring to another school with immediate eligibility.
Kentucky added Julius Mays through the rule last season. Indiana will add Evan Gordon of Arizona State – and lose Maurice Creek – because of the rule next season.
But Self's annoyance evidently did not begin until after Tarik Black left Memphis for Kansas, where he will be a fifth-year player eligible to play for the Jayhawks next season.
"You applaud anyone that can get their degree early," Self told one reporter. "I am not knocking that at all. You look at it from the big picture. If you are a mid-major and you sit (red-shirt) a guy because it's best for his life and he graduates after four years, you have to re-recruit him just to get him to come back to your school if he's any good at all. I think it's a bad rule."
Self admitted that his program has benefited from the rule. He also expects the loophole to be closed – at the urging of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
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