MORGANTOWN - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while wondering if Storrs, Conn., is, for the first time, within Bob Huggins' recruiting territory.
I wondered that, of course, because it seems the roads heading out of Storrs - there aren't many, by the way - are fairly crowded these days. With Connecticut barred from the NCAA tournament next season, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond opted for the NBA draft (not that they wouldn't have anyway), Alex Oriakhi is going to Missouri, and Roscoe Smith and Michael Bradley have announced their intent to transfer and are openly shopping for new schools.
And they can play right away because of the postseason ban.
So might Huggins be interested in either Smith or Bradley? Well, yes. And no.
"Where would I put someone new?'' Huggins asked on a break from his Florida fishing trip Wednesday.
Indeed, while the NCAA's spring signing period is in full swing, don't expect Huggins to land anyone new, be it transfers or high school recruits. With eight returnees, the two transfers who sat out last winter, and three incoming freshmen, he's at the maximum 13 scholarships.
Too bad, too, because otherwise he might have had a shot at Smith. West Virginia was one of the 6-foot-8 junior's final choices when he opted for UConn out of Oak Hill Academy as the No. 16 recruit in the country two years ago.
Of course, coaches can do some pretty creative things with their rosters, so don't slam the door shut on Huggins adding someone if he just can't afford to pass. But it looks like the chances are remote.
If someone put a gun to your head and forced you to wager on whether or not the Big 12 eventually returns to 12 schools, the smart money would be on yes.
As Oliver Luck said last week, "There is some strength in numbers.'' West Virginia's athletic director pointed to the SEC and its 14 schools and the ACC, which will grow to 14 when Pitt and Syracuse eventually land there. The Big Ten and Pac 12 seem settled at 12 for now, but it would surprise absolutely no one if they expanded again, too.
Shoot, even look at the Big East, which in a few years it seems will be at what, 48? And there sits the Big 12, not even living up to its own numerical moniker. No, expansion is going to happen. It's just a matter of when and with whom.
For the life of me, though, I can't fathom how any football coach would be in favor of it. Yet there was Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville earlier this week pining for 12 teams to get back to the league's championship-game format.