PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 12: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles is interviewed after practice during rookie mini-camp at their practice facility on May 12, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Ryan Finley's in-depth piece of where the Arizona Wildcats will be headed after the first 10 rounds of the 2012 MLB Draft was a nice story of the draft disrupting some practice time at Hi Corbett before UA's Super Regional's matchup with St. John's, but now it's a wonder of whether those five juniors will stick around next season to make another deep run in the NCAA postseason. Losing their All-American in Alex Mejia and ace Kurt Heyer will surely hurt, but combine that with all-around contributors Robert Refsnyder, Seth Mejias-Brean and Joey Rickard, and there could be plenty of holes to fill next season.
The Wildcats were represented well in the MLB Draft when five players were taken in the first 10 rounds. But unlike last season when the draft coincided with an NCAA Regional loss to Texas A&M, Arizona and head coach Andy Lopez are still trucking along, if you could call blasting Missouri once and Louisville twice for a combined 47 runs trucking rather than cruising.
The baseball team took another hit on Tuesday when Chaparral High School's Dylan Cozen's said he'd be heading straight to the pro baseball ranks after the Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the second round (77th overall) in the draft. Cozens was committed to Lopez's team as well as the football team, where he was tabbed to play defensive end for Rich Rodriguez. Apparently a team from Japan offered the guy $2 million, so we guess it's a smart move on Cozens' part.
Nick Foles is working himself into position to be a contributor on what should be a very good Philadelphia Eagles team next season, according to The Morning Call. I know, a rookie quarterback won't have much of a chance to play, especially when the starter is Mike Vick, but considering Vick's likelihood of running around and his injury history, Foles might see some action. Apparently he's third on the depth chart with second-stringer Mike Kafka holding the No. 2 slot. That means Foles has already jumped former NFL starter Trent Edwards -- not too bad.
The Arizona track and field team heads into the NCAA Championships today with the men ranked at No. 3 in the nation and the women coming in at No. 10. Coach Fred Harvey's men's squad is especially stacked with NCAA cross country winner Lawi Lalang ready to go alongside fellow distance runner Stephen Sambu. But the Wildcats have contributors in most specialties on both the men's and women's sides; look for them to make the most noise in the men's distance events and both the men's and women's jumps.
You are gamer? Those at the mothership have found the pot of gold for NCAA '13. They've uncovered the team rankings from Tradition Sports Online. The problem? Well, there are a number of problems. The Wildcats have an 83 overall ranking which is fair I suppose, but their rank of 81 on offense and 84 on defense I'm pretty sure doesn't reflect that, uh, the defense is probably going to be pretty awful while, even in RichRod's first year, the offense should be half-decent. Or maybe we don't know what we're talking about.