2009 Off-Season Roundup
The News Stories You Need To Know ... April 15
* Charlie Weis says he considered leaving Notre
Dame when things got particularly rocky over the past two seasons.
"We talked about all that as a family, and we felt that we didn't
want to leave that way. That would have been the easy way out." And
as any Irish fan will tell you, nothing about the Weis Era has been
* USC's freshman QB Matt Barkley is making things look easy...
easy enough that he's reportedly edged out Mitch Mustain and is
seriously challenging Aaron Corp for the starting job. So a QB who
went 8-0 as a starter in the SEC is third on the depth chart behind
a true freshman? Either Barkley is a superstar in the making, or
this is yet another vintage Pete Carroll prank.
* Former Alabama tackle Andre Smith has reportedly fired his
agent. Yeah, whoever told him to pack on those extra pounds, run
with no shirt on at Pro Day and blow off the NFL Combine has made
some really poor choices.
* Despite leading the nation in all-purpose yards last season,
Missouri playmaker Jeremy Maclin has not been invited to sit in the
green room at the NFL Draft. He said, "I'm fine with it. I'm not
tripping off that. I've seen as high as sixth and as low as 17. I've
seen the Raiders quite a bit." We tend to believe him: if anything
would have you tripping, it would be seeing the Raiders quite a bit.
If that doesn't faze him, nothing will.
137 days and counting...