1. Fighting words
Verbal commitments to Colorado State's football program don't get much attention on Buffzone, and rightfully so, it's called Buffzone. What Pomona High School offensive lineman Zach Stefo had to say upon his announcement of intentions to sign with the Rams, though, ripples the recruiting waves around the University of Colorado.
"I could have gone to CU, but I'd probably have lost for the next five years. CSU has a bright future and coach McElwain has established a great base. I trust him for the next five years," Stefo told the Coloradoan on Tuesday following his pledge to the green and gold.
Stefo is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound recruit out of Arvada who projects himself as a tackle at the collegiate level. He is unraked by the major recruiting services and his other reported offer was from New Mexico State. Stefo jumped on board with the Rams following a skills camp at CSU last weekend.
Is this mild-mannered fun on the recruiting trail or the sentiments of in-state recruits? Colorado has verbal commitments from Longmont offensive lineman Isaac Miller and Aurora safety Evan White -- who reports via his Twitter account that he ran a 4.48 40 today -- for its 2014 recruiting class, so obviously not all in-state recruits feel the same way as Stefo. If anything it's bulletin board material for the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
2. Holy Ducks
Did you see the new facilities the University of Oregon? If you haven't, grab a tissue because you're either going to be drooling or crying. The Ducks' new digs made the rounds on the Internet this morning and truly are fit for a king. See what $68,000,000 can get you.
3. Game on
The NCAA and video game giant EA Sports ran into a hurdle today in the on-going legal battles regarding profiting off the use of players likenesses. CBS Sports reports, "a circuit court of appeals rejected game manufacturer Electronic Arts' claim that its use of player likenesses in its football game is protected by the First Amendment in a lawsuit brought by former quarterback Sam Keller. The move is seen as significant in the case going forward, at least as it applies to a Keller's suit brought against EA and the NCAA."
Remember Sam Keller, former quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers? Keller filed his lawsuit in May 2009 and Ed O'Bannon and his crew filed their class-action lawsuit in January of 2010. The NCAA is looking at writing out some large checks in the near future.
4. Pac-12 Network expansion
If you live in the Midwest, have Comcast as your cable provider and love the Pac-12 conference, you're in luck. The company is set to roll out Pac12Nets on Thursday in the heartland of the country, most specifically in the greater Chicago region. Next stop, east coast.
5. Nick Waisome, law enforcer
Burglars in Tallahassee, Fla., picked the wrong guy to mess with when they broke into the home of Florida State defensive back Nick Waisome. Waisome chased down the two intruders, leading to the arrest of one of the men. The other burglar got away, but Waisome helped in his arrest by calling the Tallahassee Police Department three weeks later after seeing the suspect at a gas station wearing his stolen shorts.