The big talk at Big East media day (aside from the clambake...we get it, fat asses) seems to be expansion. I don't really understand why seeing as how it didn't happen and it isn't going to happen for at least another year, but whatever, go crazy kids. Yes, a 20-team basketball conference would have been insane. Eight-hundred words. Pound it out.
But the real draw from Newport for us as Louisville fans has been the fact that Charlie Strong is addressing a number of issues that have been debated and speculated over ad nauseum for the past couple of weeks.
When Strong confirmed this morning that freshman quarterback Dominique Brown was eligible and good to go for practice on Thursday, Cardinal fans collectively celebrated for two seconds before shifting their focus back to the other two high-profile players whose statuses remain in jeopardy: Demar Dorsey and Jordan Campbell.
Thankfully, Eric Crawford is doing god's work:
Strong, at Big East Media Day today, said of Campbell, "he has just got to get some things worked out where he is right now."
With academic and privacy issues, it's hard to get at what's going on, but it would appear Campbell just needs to tie up some loose ends academically at USC before moving on.
With academic issues, it's tough to assign a number in terms of likelihood that it will get done.
If I had to make a prediction, I'd say that Campbell winds up making it.
Dorsey, as far as I can tell, is purely in the realm of coach's decision, and Strong clearly is taking his time with it. Dorsey had a couple of arrests several years ago, and was not accepted at Michigan, though he'd have been the team's top-ranked prospects and one of the top prospects in the Big Ten.
People around the program are still saying "50-50" where Dorsey is concerned. The problem is that there's only one guy who can lay reliable odds on that -- Strong -- and he's not saying.
By any measure, Dorsey remains too close to call. The waiting continues.
So there's where we stand.
Your "No Fly Zone" jersey and COS t-shirt are likely to remain risky investments for at least another day.