Dayton Flyers basketball fans got a shot of great news yesterday evening with the verbal commitment of Dwayne Cohill.
The senior point guard from Cleveland Holy Name is a top 100 prospect in the country according to Rivals and 247Sports.
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Needless to say, this is a huge get for Anthony Grant, who hasn’t coached a Flyers game yet but already has matched predecessor Archie Miller’s total of four-star recruits lured to the Gem City.
In July, Ohio’s No. 5 prospect identified a final top 10 of Dayton, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Clemson, UNLV, West Virginia, Texas, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Penn State
"I think he likes the idea that Dayton is a high-major program even if they aren’t in a power conference. With Coach Grant having played there, he just trusts those guys in terms of development, and the development he has with Coach Solomon and Grant he is going to be in good hands.”
In assessing the coaching change, I concluded the main difference between Dayton and recently upward mobile programs Xavier, Creighton, Gonzaga and Butler was recruiting.
Grant has the tradition, the arena and the support of fans and the administration to build on what Miller and Brian Gregory re-established, but it’s going to take players to get to the next level.
Is there anywhere better to start in this day and age than point guard?
Probably not, but that’s even more true considering the program already has good size, including Miller’s lone four-star signee, Kostas Antetokounmpo…
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield apologized for trying to plant the OU flag at midfield at Ohio Stadium, another dumb chapter in a silly story.
Mayfield says he did not mean any disrespect, which seems like it can’t possibly be true.
More likely, that is exactly what he meant given that he said it was an act of revenge for Ohio State singing its alma mater on the field at OU last season.
Maybe someone explained to Mayfield that was a dumb reason to get bent out of shape and the flag thing was a major overreaction, but I’m not too impressed with his grasp on logic via the act or the apology, neither of which were necessary.
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The good news is nothing but feelings were hurt in this ridiculousness.
Mayfield and the Sooners won. They earned the right to crow about it. Everyone should have just left it at that.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday went to picking up the pieces from their disastrous Week 1 loss to the Ravens.
Adam Jones will be back on the field after serving a one-game suspension because the NFL mistakenly thinks it can improve its image by punishing players for stuff that happens off the field, and he already injected some juice into this week.
“I’m not big in helping nobody up, and I have friends that play on other teams,” Jones said. “But especially when we’re losing. I’m definitely not when we’re winning, I’m really not when we’re losing. The competitive edge, you just have to keep it up at a high level, and realize that everybody’s playing for jobs.
“I ain’t saying play nasty or nothing,” Jones clarified. “I’m just saying you ain’t got to help nobody up. You hit them and you run back to the huddle. Is there something wrong with that?”
That is an interesting take, although it’s fair to say the team didn’t show much edge.
Will that change with the return of Jones this week and Vontaze Burfict in Week 4? Will that be a good thing?
Jones isn’t the only veteran expected to be back this week when the Bengals take on Houston.
Starting safety Shawn Williams and first-round pick John Ross were full participants in practice Monday, as was tight end C.J. Uzomah.