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Wright State’s Davis chosen for dunk contest

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:52 PM

Wright State’s Steven Davis throws down a dunk during the first half of Sunday’s Horizon League tournament game vs. NKU. Contributed photo/Jose Juarez
Wright State’s Steven Davis throws down a dunk during the first half of Sunday’s Horizon League tournament game vs. NKU. Contributed photo/Jose Juarez

Steven Davis will get to wear his Wright State jersey one more time.

The WSU senior has been chosen to compete in this year’s Slam Dunk contest at the Final Four in Phoenix on Thursday, March 30. The complete list of participants has to be announced.

Davis made SportsCenter in December with a huge dunk against Urbana.

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The Slam Dunk contest, along with the men’s and women’s 3-point championship, will be held at Grand Canyon University and broadcast live on ESPN.

Davis is the first Raiders player to compete in the contest. In 2014 the NCAA selected seven participants and had an online voting contest called the “Dark Horse Dunker” in which Wright State’s Jerran Young was a finalist.

Davis appeared in 68 games with 41 starts during his Wright State career, scoring 639 points and 216 rebounds.

Patriots upset loss gives the Steelers a golden opportunity

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:16 AM

The New England Patriots fell to the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, 27-20. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, that opens the door not only to the top of the AFC, but they could even force Tom Brady and the Patriots to play an extra game.

“[Because] of the Dolphins win last night, the Steelers can knock the Patriots to the No. 3 seed on Sunday,” wrote James C Wexell‏ of Steel City Insider.

The Steelers are sitting at 11-2, at the top of the AFC North. The Patriots are now 10-3. They still lead the weak AFC East, but they’ve slipped below the Steelers, giving up that potential No. 1 seed. The Steelers now control their own fate. If they just win out, they can hold that spot.

If the Patriots lose and the Jacksonville Jaguars win over the weekend, they’ll be tied at 10-4.

Obviously, nothing is set in stone here. The Steelers could knock the Patriots to the No. 3 seed and then lose two games in a row, handing back the top spot.

However, looking ahead makes it easy to project. After the Patriots, the Steelers play the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns. As Miami’s upset win proved, anything can happen, but odds are the Steelers can win both of those games if they need them to stay ahead of New England. If they can also beat the Patriots head-to-head, they may wind up forcing New England into the Wild Card round and ensuring that the path to the Super Bowl runs through Pittsburgh, not Foxborough.

Good news, Arkansas: Chad Morris may take Texas by storm, by force

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

Arkansas football rules the world of Razorbacks sports. So, with your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast and get caught up. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas … especially Arkansas football. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points! There is no place like it on the web.

Arkansas is the heel; other states are rest of foot

By golly, Chad Morris is already making his recruiting mark with the Arkansas football team. At least, that’s the narrative.

Morris landed an in-state commitment from 3-star cornerback LaDarrius Bishop late Sunday night. He landed two commits from Texas earlier in the weekend, too. It fits with what he said his goal was recruiting-wise.

The new Arkansas coach wants to put his foot down in the Natural State. This is home base for him. The idea is to put a fence around the state and keep the best as Razorbacks. After that, the foot extends out to the surrounding states (as to how a foot can go more than one direction at once, I’m not sure, but it’s a metaphor, roll with it). Such a tactic, in theory, is a winning one, too.

Three states produce an overwhelming chunk of college football players: California, Florida and Texas. Texas being right next door to Arkansas, the Hogs need to make inroads there to be competitive with some of the powerhouse schools. Louisiana is one of those next-tier states, like an Ohio or a Georgia or Pennsylvania. It, too, shares a border. Memphis, in Tennessee, is a stone’s throw from the Natural State. Poach from there. Even up in Kansas City and St. Louis, Arkansas can, or should, make at least a mark.

The returns are early, but so far they are positive.

Stealing commits is what Arkansas needs to do

Look, it isn’t a crime. Coaches are more than welcome, actually, to continue recruiting players once that player commits to another school. Sweeten the pot. Get them to flip.

That’s how Arkansas can turn its ship around quickly. Morris collecting players from in-state and bringing SMU commits isn’t going to return the Razorbacks to powerhouse status. Not that alone, anyway. But doing things like what  may happen with Joshua Moore, however, is a different story.

The 4-star wideout de-committed from Nebraska recently. Now, he’s opening his mind to Arkansas. The appeal of playing in Morris’ wide-open offense is almost certainly a draw.

And that’s what Arkansas will have to continue to do. Flip players. Until the Hogs become nationally relevant again, Morris and company have to vulture where they can.

This man will help Arkansas in Texas

Welcome Jeff Traylor to Razorbacks Nation.

The man who was named interim coach at SMU when Morris left is now reportedly on his way to join Morris at Arkansas.

Traylor did not, apparently, receive the full-time head coaching gig with the Mustangs. Morris had left a spot open for him, it appears. That gives the Razorbacks a — get this — experienced special teams coach, if Traylor ends up doing that. Special teams have been, if you haven’t been watching the last four years, brutal at Arkansas.

ICYMI

Tweets and the like

• Former Clemson and current NFL wideout Sammy Watkins sings the praises of Morris:

• They are missing Morris down in Dallas already. This piece has some hurt to it:

• This. Is. The. Greatest. Hype. Video. Ever:

• This has to be priority No. 1 for Morris when it comes to the Class of 2018. Arkansas wants to keep the best player in the state. Treylon Burks is a 5-star recruit. Look at these stats:

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Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster takes nearly 200 kids to the movies

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:12 AM

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) smiles on he sideline during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary roughness and taunting after a blindside hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory Monday night, Dec. 5. Iloka was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) smiles on he sideline during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback George Iloka have been suspended one game each by the NFL for violating league safety rules. Smith-Schuster was flagged for unnecessary roughness and taunting after a blindside hit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory Monday night, Dec. 5. Iloka was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)(Keith Srakocic/AP)

Some children in Pittsburgh got to go to the movies with a Steelers star.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster held an advance screening of "Jumanji" with nearly 200 children from the United Way, Bike Pittsburgh and Beyond Type 1.

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"I didn't think there would be this many people here today. It's a great crowd," Smith-Schuster said. "I'm seeing more and more people wearing my jersey and that's exciting."

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The children got the chance to meet Smith-Schuster and then watch the movie with him, with free popcorn and drinks.

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South Carolina recruiting: More on K.J. Henry; Jaycee Horn and Rosendo Louis

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 8:10 AM

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link.


More on the 5-star

After the first Shrine Bowl workout of the week, 5-star defensive end K.J. Henry detailed the pitch he gets from Muschamp, who’s taken on a significant role in his recruitment to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks head coach wants Henry to be a “trailblazer” and sign with him on Dec. 20.

“Coach Muschamp asked me, he said, ‘When was the last time you sat the bench?’ Not necessarily sitting the bench came to mind, but not being the guy would be a little different,” Henry said, “Knowing that I’ll have a good opportunity to be that guy at South Carolina.”

Henry, who’s graduating from West Forsyth High School (Clemmons, N.C.) later this month, is being recruited to play the ‘Buck’ position at South Carolina, which is a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end role.

It’s the same type of job he had this past season in high school.

“Just being creative, that’s what I like about my position,” Henry said, “With my size and my speed, I can be creative.”

Another FSU target

According to an interview with Phil Kornblut, 3-star linebacker Rosendo Louis is considering an official visit to South Carolina this weekend, before he signs on Dec. 20.

 

“They told me I can come in, put in the work and the time, and play as a true freshman,” Louis said.

The Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School prospect remains committed to Florida State, the school he committed to while Jimbo Fisher was still head coach.

Official visit in the books

Four-star cornerback Jaycee Horn (Alpharetta, Ga.) took an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend. The former Tennessee commitment is considering a stop by Alabama or Ohio State this upcoming weekend.

That’s according to an interview with Kornblut.

The Gamecocks certainly made a favorable impression this past weekend.

“They were talking about how they need me on the outside so they’ll be able to play more of the scheme they want to play,” Horn said.  “They were already high in consideration and the visit didn’t do anything but help that at the end of the day.”

He added, “They are a real cool group of guys. It felt good being around them and I can see myself being around them a lot.”

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