Two red-shirted redshirt freshmen, A.J. Leggett and DeAndre Scott, are part of the quintet battling for the wide-open safety positions, but they won't be hurt as much. They have simply been paired together in seven-on-seven and other noncontact drills, and are getting a lot of work that way.
The down side is they won't do much in the two important scrimmages, April 13 and 20, or the Green-White Game, April 27.
Stay tuned in August.
(These few fans obviously forget the Toledo mascot, Rocky the Rocket. That alone is reason to run screaming from the MAC.)
The increase in TV revenue always has exceeded the increase in travel, usually by a substantial margin. Every time I ask MU dime-counter David Steele, he confirms as much.
Additionally, the league does a good job in limiting travel in several sports. In several sports (golf, track and field, swimming, etc.), the only league function is the conference championship.
I vividly remember how desperate MU fans were about leaving the MAC, and I have long expressed zero tolerance about second-guessing.
And one final note: MAC football was overrated last year. I know, for I won a bowl confidence pool loading up on MAC losers.
The Pirates defeated Savannah State, Rider, Loyola (Md.) and Evansville to get there, even beating the Aces 81-58 before 5,625 at Minges Coliseum.
Deride it all you want, but remember the Pirates' (lack of) basketball heritage. I know one basketball fan base that would love to trade places about now.
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