CFB Notes from the Newsroom 2012 - Week 1

CFB Notes from the Newsroom 2012 - Week 1

By Michele Gordon
CSNwashington.com

It's that time of year again but it seemed like forever to get here. Another season of college football in the DMV is on the horizon so without further ado, let's get started.

Pretty much everyone is aware of the obstacles facing the Terps heading into the season. The injury bug showed up in College Park early in fall camp and did some serious damage. Quarterback C.J. Brown is out for the season with a torn ACL. Linebacker Kenny Tate is dealing with more knee issues and will miss 2-3 weeks.

This Saturday the Terps will start true freshman Perry Hills at quarterback. I've spoken to quite a few players and they have all said that they are impressed with his poise. Hills himself feels he is ready to go against William & Mary and insists he does not get nervous or the "butterflies. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross earned the starting job at running back so new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has his hands full.

Maryland hosts the Tribe this weekend at Byrd Stadium. The CAA has had a lot of success against the ACC in past years so you can never count anyone out. However, Jimmye Laycock's squad no longer has superstar Jonathan Grimes.

PREDICTION: MARYLAND

Mike London's squad enters this season as the unknown. Many say the Cavaliers overachieved last year but I wouldn't be surprised if they had another strong season in 2012. Quarterback Michael Rocco has been named the starter for Saturday's game against Richmond (coached by his uncle, Danny Rocco). However, Alabama transfer Phillip Sims continues to learn the offense and is not far behind. London told the media on Monday that his goal is to redshirt sophomore quarterback David Watford. Tailback Perry Jones should have another impressive season. He told me in late July that he's waiting for Coach Reid (defensive coordinator) to use him on defense.

The Wahoos host Richmond this Saturday at 3:00 (you can watch it on Comcast SportsNet). As I said above with Maryland, you can never count out the CAA. I believe new head coach Danny Rocco will do a great job with this program but I don't see an upset happening in Week 1.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA

The Hokies have faced big-time opponents including Alabama and Boise State in season openers but this year's week one contest takes the cake. Virginia Tech hosts Georgia Tech on Labor Day night at Lane Stadium. In each of the last seven seasons, the winner of the GT-VT game has gone on to claim the Coastal Division title and play in the ACC Championship Game. Junior quarterback Logan Thomas is expected to have a HUGE year for the Hokies and Bud Foster's defense looks to be as dominant as ever. This is always a terrific contest but I think the Hokies have the advantage with home field plus a month to prepare for Paul Johnson's triple option offense.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

It will be fun to watch the CAA this season. Defending CAA champion Towson has been picked to win again but Old Dominion is hot on their heels. The Monarchs are departing for Conference USA next year so this is their last chance to win a conference title and participate in the playoffs for a few years.

There are plenty of intriguing matchups this weekend but I'm most looking forward to watching Towson face Kent State Thursday night (on Comcast SportsNet Plus). I spoke to head coach Rob Ambrose and a couple of players at the end of July and they are a very confident and motivated bunch.

PREDICTION: TOWSON

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.