CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: The Syracuse Orange mascot walks on the court during the game against the Indiana State Sycamores during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ejuan Price wants out of his letter of intent to Ohio State. After coming down to Pitt or Ohio State, Price went ahead and signed with Ohio State on signing day. Now with the dismissal of Jim Tressel and the impending sanctions headed the Buckeyes' way, Price has requested to be released from his LOI. One would think this is good news for Pitt if Price is granted his release.
Pitt defensive tackle Chas Alecxih has no sympathy for West Virginia and its coaching drama of late. Alecxih told reporters:
"I don't like West Virginia at all, so I wasn't sorry to see that happen," said defensive tackle Chas Alecxih. "But I don't think we needed that to open up our chances of winning the Big East this year."
Notre Dame is determined to start its own network (in addition to, ya know, NBC). This is an interesting story worth paying attention to as it pertains to the Big East and its exploration of a Big East Network. How would the two mesh, and would any conflict perhaps be enough to push the Irish out?
South Florida is gaining players all over the place today. The basketball team learned South Alabama's Martino Brock will transfer in. He'll sit out the upcoming season and have two years remaining. Meanwhile, the Bulls football recruiting class was busy. They lost the commitment of 2012 defensive end Ryan Brown, who instead is now "committed" to Mississippi State. To make up for their loss, they gained the commitment of defensive end Daniel Perry.
Meanwhile, Syracuse gained a commitment from 2012 defensive end Poncho Barnwell out of Rochester, NY. Another quality commitment for coach Marrone and company. Still, Orange Fizz is bummed that the Orange keep coming close without landing some of the more elite talent.