Bluejay Banter for 7/19/09

July 18, 2009

This Sunday on the Bluejay Banter Radio show, Tim and Heath no wait– former Bluejay Nick Bahe will be discussing  the following:

  • They will be continuing the Valley basketball season preview with a focus on Indiana St.  (Indiana St. is ranked #137 on College Hoops Net look at the top 144 teams for the 2009-10 season.)
  • Indiana St. coach and former Bluejay assistant Kevin McKenna will be on the show talking about the Sycamores.
  • Former Jay Anthony Tolliver will be on the show to talk about the continuing quest to land on an NBA team and his current status on the New Orleans Hornets summer league team out in Las Vegas.
  • As always, other news going on in Creighton Athletics.

Tune  in on Sunday at 10AM on 1620 AM in Omaha or online at


Odd Man Out?

July 5, 2009

Sunday’s Bluejay Banter radio show on 1620 the Zone had a lot of great information today.  From talking to Art Mains of Missouri St. media talking about the Bear’s chances next season to Creighton’s strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval talking about the Jays offseason workouts with Justin Carter leading the way and hearing that  P’Allen Stinnett puked for the first three days of workouts, it was definitely entertaining.

However, Cavel Witter was also on the show today.  A great interview reliving a bevy of winning shots in his career–The 40+ against Bradley on senior night, the winning shot against Rhode Island in the NIT, and the three clutch free throws at the end of the game last season against Southern Illinois to send the game into overtime–Cavel has had some great performances in the friendly confines of the Qwest.  The question everyone has been asking for a month or two now was, “Cavel, will you be on scholarship?”   And he answered a resounding “Yes.” He went on to say, he didn’t know anything else about how that was being handled.

So as Otter pointed out a little more than a month ago the return of Witter poses the question of who does not get a scholarship, or at worst, who may not be coming to Creighton of the 5 signees?  From all indications, it appears that the players that didn’t transfer out and graduated will be a part of the ’09-’10 Jays and newcomers Ethan Wragge, Andrew Bock and Wayne Runnels have been eagerly participating in offseason drills here in Omaha.  So as the dust settles and as Greg Allen and Darryl Ashford have not arrived in Omaha yet, are one of the two now not coming to Creighton?

This past week the Omaha World Herald published another article on Cavel Witter’s story on his quest to return to the Jays.  Later in the week when an article was published on the offseason program, questions arose about Ashford and Allen on their status with the team:

Two recruits — Darryl Ashford and Greg Allen — have yet to report as they take care of academic issues. Both said when they committed to Creighton in the spring that they hoped to be in Omaha by mid-July.

Altman declined to comment when asked if he’s concerned that either Ashford or Allen might not be able to clear all of their academic hurdles.

“That’s their business,” he said.

Ashford has had challenges in the past with academic problems as he was recruited out of high school by Bobby Knight and appeared to be a part of a Texas Tech class in ’07 when academic problems kept him from getting into Texas Tech.  He subsequently went to a prep school where again he was recruited by Texas Tech for ’08 class but still had to settle for Junior College in Jacksonville, Texas.   However, as he said when he signed is Letter of Intent,  he will do what he needs to in order to get to Omaha.

Allen on the other hand just graduated high school.  There were some academic issues with him as well as far as his SAT scores go as he originally committed to Idaho during the fall, but did not have a qualifying SAT score.  After receiving a qualifying score in the winter, recruiting interest went up in Allen and the Jays were the lucky ones to receive the commitment.  You could hear the excitement Greg has in coming to Creighton.    But if coach says there is still some academic work for Allen just getting out of high school, it sort of raises some red flags to me.

Allen is a little more of the interesting case as well because literally a few days after Allen was signed to his Letter of Intent (taking the scholarship left by Cavel Witter), the story came out of Cavel Witter trying to return to the team.

As far as NCAA Letter of Intents go, players aren’t required to sign them.  However, it keeps the John Wall’s and Xavier Henry’s of the world dangling their carrot out there that they may jump to another school if a different situation arises.   But for informational purposes,  there are a few situations where the LOI becomes null and void that might apply for one of the incoming players:

a. Admissions Requirement. This NLI shall be declared null and void if the institution named in this document notifies me in writing that I have been denied admission or, by the opening day of classes in the fall 2009 has failed to provide me with written notice of admission, provided I have submitted a complete admission application.

(1) It is presumed that I am eligible for admission and financial aid until information is submitted to the contrary. Thus, it is mandatory for me, upon request, to provide all necessary academic records and an application for admission to the institution named in this document.

(2) This NLI shall be rendered null and void if I am eligible for admission, but the institution named in this document defers admission to a subsequent term. . However, this NLI remains binding if I defer my admission.

b. Eligibility Requirements. This NLI shall be declared null and void if, by the opening day of classes in the fall of 2009, I have not met (a) the institution’s requirements for admissions, (b) its academic requirements for financial aid to student-athletes, or (c) the NCAA requirements for financial aid (NCAA Bylaw 14.3) or the junior college transfer requirements, provided I have submitted all necessary documents for eligibility determination.

(1) This NLI shall be rendered null and void if I become a nonqualifier (per NCAA Bylaw 14.3). NLI remains valid if I am a partial qualifier per NCAA Division II Bylaw

(2) This NLI shall be rendered null and void if I am a midyear football junior college transfer and I fail to graduate from junior college at midyear (only for Division I nonqualifier). The NLI remains binding for the following fall term if I graduated, was eligible for admission and financial aid and met the junior college transfer requirements for competition for the winter or spring term, but chose to delay my admission.

c. One-Year Absence. This NLI shall be declared null and void if I have not attended any institution for at least one academic year, provided my request for athletics financial aid for a subsequent fall term is denied by the signing institution. I may still apply this provision if I initially enrolled in an NLI member institution but have been absent for at least one academic year. To apply this provision, I must file with the appropriate conference office a statement from the Director of Athletics at the institution named in this document that such athletics financial aid will not be available for the requested fall term.

Now, I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but it looks to me that if I had to take a guess, either Ashford or Allen will not be on this team this season.   Something is making me lean towards Allen.  Now it isn’t out of the question that one of the players like Allen ends up going to Junior College for a year.  He may even go to prep school for that matter.  However, that opens up the recruitment again for him and he may not return to Creighton after this.

There is still a possibility that he could still be a Jay as it is listed in a(2) up above that if Allen defers admission to another semester, his LOI is still valid as long is it isn’t a full year as it says in section c (where he would then have to apply for a provision) . What could be a real hit is if both players for some reason don’t end up making it to Creighton.  That changes the landscape again.  It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

In the end, we got one question answered today, but it just raises and keeps alive several more during this crazy offseason.  What do you think?

Banter Recap and ATR–6/29/09

June 29, 2009

I figured today as I recap the Bluejay Banter radio show from yesterday, I would also throw in some links of interest in a little Around the Rim.

Bluejay Banter recap

  • A nice interview with Lance Wilkerson from Evansville TV and Radio.  I nice preview of the incoming players for the Purple Aces squad and their chances for next season.
  • Later in the show, Mary Simmons from Evansville took some time from a father/son camp to talk.  Very entertaining.
  • A great interview with Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen.  In the interview it appears within the next couple of seasons there is a good possibility of a home-home matchup with Vanderbilt and LSU.    There is also one game left to schedule for the Jays this season which is expected as Coach Altman likes to hold one game late to see if a high level team needs to fill a game late.  If necessary the Jays will go on the road for this game this season depending on the opponent available.    (With the Jays also already bringing back St. Joesph’s in 2010-11, the home schedule that season is starting to look quite favorable in 2010-11) Also a lot of great info with the new Ryan Center and the new baseball stadium stuff.

Around the Rim

  • Northern Iowa’s Lucas O’Rear has decided to stay at UNI for this upcoming season.  Very interesting the different scenario’s presented to him and UNI keeping him from going to another Valley school for baseball.
  • Gregggg Marshall seems to be pretty happy with what he as built and Wichita may be interesting for the next couple of seasons.
  • Summer workouts–with the Jays not in Summer League this season, the Jays are having their own private summer workouts, so it is hard to know how they are looking and I don’t know if media types or others are let in to see them play some pickup games.  However some have had looks at other teams.  See New Mexico (who the Jays play at The Pit this season) and Wichita St.
  • This was just funny to me.  See what the University of Iowa is doing to provide incentives for students to attend athletic events.   Lunchboxes and stickers?  Is this junior high?
  • The Jay’s odds to win the 2010 NCAA tournament?  Vegas has their say.
  • Coaches Twittering…Jim Les and Chris Lowery do it.   Marty Simmons might be next to join the Valley coaches who Twitter.  Any Creighton coaches?

Also, Booker Woodfox did not get drafted last week in the NBA draft.  Anyone know where he is headed for Summer League?  I would imagine he will get a shot on some NBA Summer League team.    Also Kyle Korver has until tomorrow to decide if he is staying in Utah or not.  Things I have heard say he is leaning toward staying.  Should be interesting.

Bluejay Banter for 6/28/09

June 26, 2009

This week on Bluejay Banter, it will be a full show.  Tim and Heath will be jumping into a smorgasbord of things:

  • Start previewing the Men’s Basketball teams in the Valley for 2009-10.  The first team up is Evansville
  • Lance Wilkerson that does Aces TV and Radio will be on to discuss Evansville’s chances.
  • Evansville head coach Marty Simmons will be on the show.
  • Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen will be on the show to talk about scheduling, the new ballpark, and more.

It looks like a full show on Sunday at 10AM on 1620 AM and online at Check it out.

Note: Cavel Witter will be on the show July 5th along with Art Hains of Missouri St.

Bluejay Banter Recap–6/21/09

June 22, 2009

If you were not able to hear the Bluejay Banter radio show live on Sunday, here is what you missed:

  • Tim and Heath put in their early predictions on the MVC standings for next season.  They each had their own rankings, but here was their consensus rankings:
  1. Creighton
  2. Illinois St.
  3. Northern Iowa
  4. Southern Illinois
  5. Wichita St.
  6. Indiana St.
  7. Bradley
  8. Drake
  9. Missouri St.
  10. Evansville

Now, I’m not an expert, but if Bradley really finishes in the bottom half, then Jim Les will be looking for a job.  At this point, Jim Les has the most tenure in the Valley behind Dana Altman and I think Bradley fans are getting a little impatient after slowly falling down since their Sweet 16 appearance.  Sam Singh does get a 6th year of eligibility coming this season, though I don’t think that will necessarily help.

There was a big discussion about who was bringing back the most talent.  Northern Iowa looks to have most everyone coming back according to Heath, but Tim thinks Creighton and Illinois St. will have the most.  They didn’t discuss this, but it is possible that Lucas O’Rear might actually leave Northern Iowa if he gets a better opportunity with Baseball.

  • A great interview with Chad Millard–Pitino vs. Altman, who is the tougher coach to play for?  I don’t want to mince words, so you can listen to the podcast.   But a lot of great insight.
  • A bunch of quick hitters on other topics of discussion–Like the Nebraska non-conference schedule, Nick Bahe, Booker Woodfox nba workout, P’Allen Stinnett chasing Rodney Buford, .
  • There was a nice plug to this site.

Bluejay Banter for 6/21/09

June 18, 2009

On the Bluejay Banter radio show this week, Tim and Heath will be focusing largely on Bluejay basketball.  Check out what they are talking about.

  • Chad Millard will be on the show to talk about the offseason and how workouts are going.
  • A preview of the 2009-10 Missouri Valley Conference and some early predictions.
  • They will be taking your phone calls and e-mail with your predictions as well.
  • Cavel Witter may also make an appearance

Be sure to check out the show on Sunday at 10AM locally on 1620 AM or or listen live at .  If you miss the live broadcast, you can access the podcasts from or use the links located in the right column here.  Go Jays!