Around the Dog Park is our daily round up of G5 football news around the internet. Feel free to submit any news we may have missed in the comments section.
- We hinted at this a while back but UConn appears to be seriously contemplating a return back to the Big East.
UConn AD David Benedict: “There is no truth to rumors & reports UConn has had discussions with the Big East for possible membership”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) February 15, 2017
Then again maybe not. I’m sure there will be a lot more news on this in the coming months.
- If UConn does bolt back to the Big East they would still need a place for football and would probably prefer to keep football in the AAC. Our USF friends at the Daily Stampede says no chance.
- East Carolina received a large donation to aid stadium renovations.
- AAC is sending 18 players to the NFL Combine.
- Fenway Park put in a bid to host Army-Navy game in 2018. Yankee stadium also put in a bid. Thoughts?
- C-USA will be sending 11 players to the NFL Combine.
- One of the 11 players was Old Dominion’s Zach Pascal. Pascal’s invite gave ODU their first ever player to receive an invite to the event.
- UL-Lafayette has been fighting to change their brand with other Louisiana state schools and received help from rival Louisiana-Monroe in the process. Why UL-Monroe is helping UL-Lafayette is beyond me but I’m sure La Tech and LSU fans don’t appreciate the Cajuns trying to get the LA abbreviation.
- Sun Belt sent five players to the NFL combine.
- Bill Connelly previews Idaho for the final time as a Sun Belt member. He thinks Idaho is going to be hard pressed to replicate last year’s success due to their schedule. Here’s an excerpt below.
Among other things, a 4-0 record in one-possession games is hard to replicate, especially with Rehkow and the rare offensive big-play guys gone. But even if you think of Idaho as more of a seven-win team in 2016, that bar might also be hard to clear with this schedule.
S&P+ is a little bearish on Idaho because the Vandals don't stand out well in recent recruiting (deep into the 120s) or returning production (a below-average 50 percent) and because 2016 was a single successful season. And with a conservative projection, S&P+ basically sees one likely win, four likely losses, and seven games that range between 36 and 59 percent win probability.
- Try to make time for an awesome edition of PAPN as Steven Godfrey and Bill talked about the Sun Belt preview series, Georgia Southern tradition and Georgia State’s potential.