We have an assortment of things to discuss, beginning with Friday's Faith Not Fear football scrimmage in Mentor.
As I wrote, the defensive line played well in a game that honored one of its own.
-Defensive coordinator Tom Matukewicz called the game from the press box, a departure from his rookie season when Tuke was on the sideline. Campbell said he's not married to either way, but hinted Tuke might be more comfortable working in the box. More times than not a defensive coordinator is on the sideline. But that's not a hard-and-fast rule.
-Chaz Whitaker played with the first team at free safety. D.J. Larkins, who began the spring No. 1 on the depth chart. was with second team. It's a long way until the season opener, so I wouldn't glean too much from this. Whitaker made a couple of nice plays.
-Tough day for freshman quarterback Logan Woodside. A couple of turnovers and some bad passes. That's to be expected of an early enrollee. Better he make those mistakes now than had he waited until the summer to arrive. Woodside, I feel confident in saying, will win the back up job. I've heard solid reports. But the game appears to be moving too fast for him at the moment.
-Liked at times what I saw from Cassius McDowell and Dwight Macon. Consistency is the next step. Both of these offensive skilled players could be factors, or they could be afterthoughts. Their call.
Now for some basketball thoughts ...
-Both the men's and women's teams have a scholarship available to use this offseason. I do not expect the men to bring in anyone who will compete for playing time next year. The roster already is filled with enough guys worthy of getting 10 mpg or more. Expect Kowalczyk to bring in a transfer who will sit out the 2013-14 season or to bank the scholarship for next year's recruiting class. I don't see him using it on a high school player, but I am not ruling that out. ... As for the women's scholarship, it will become available if/when sophomore Taylor Carver leaves the program. The Rockets need a point guard,one who can provide quality minutes immediately. There's only one type of prospect that fits that description this late into the recruiting process — a junior college transfer.
-UT men's assistant Ryan Pedon is leaving for Illinois where he'll be special assistant to Illini head coach John Groce. Pedon did a great job at Toledo. He is affable, energetic, and a tireless worker. I recall an instance or two in which he sent me a text message at 6 a.m. I have some thoughts on who Kowalczyk might hire to replace Pedon, but I will save them for later in the week.