Mitch Trubisky is officially a Chicago Bear. Here's an interesting article from a month ago from Bear Goggles On on the quarterback race in Chicago. Basically it comes down to Mike Glennon's locker room leadership and Trubisky's performance on the field.
Side note: If you're looking for news on the Chicago Bears football team, bears.com can't help you.
Joel Berry makes Myron Medcalf's perfect college basketball team. Duke's Grayson Allen is the only other ACC player on the squad. Medcalf has Rick Pitino as head coach and assistants John Calipari, John Beilein and Jay Wright.
And before I tackle that, let me just say that while this is perfectly fine exercise for a college basketball blog post in July, I would have found it more interesting if Medcalf had chosen actual assistant coaches for his staff.
But since he didn't . . . OK, here we go. OK. Sure. Listen, that's a perfectly fine coaching staff. A great one, you might say. There are four national championships between those coaches, two for Pitino and one each for Calipari and Wright. Wow!
But maybe Medcalf could have looked to the Triangle, where there are eight national championships between two coaches, including two of the last three. Seriously, Myron, how are you not going to have Mike Krzyzewski or Roy Williams on your 'perfect' staff? Just so I'll rant about it? Well done.
Here's an interesting stat I found while researching my rant: There are 11 active Division I coaches with national championship wins: Jim Boeheim, Calipari, Steve Fisher, Tom Izzo, Krzyzewski, Kevin Ollie, Pitino, Bill Self, Tubby Smith, Williams and Wright. Collectively, those 11 have 53 Final Four appearances and 17 national championships. Of those, Williams and Krzyzewski have 21 and 8 between them. Numbers don't lie.
Carolina's Brandon Harris has been named to the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List. Harris is a graduate transfer from LSU, and if he's won the starting quarterback job, Larry Fedora hasn't announced it yet. Candidates must be seniors or fourth-year juniors on track to graduate. I haven't looked, but as there are 47 names on the watch list, it could be that this is just pretty much every senior quarterback who is a presumptive starter. Harris could be great - he was the full-time starter for the Tigers as a sophomore in 2015. But he also lost the job to Danny Etling in game two of 2016. So while it would be great to see Harris have a triumphant year in Kenan Stadium, I wouldn't read too much into this watch list.
SBNation's Bill Connelly calls 2017 a 'reset year' for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels. He spends three paragraphs talking about Chapel Hill, which is nice. Connelly says that if Carolina is able to show potential and make a bowl game, they could be right back in the mix in the Coastal Division . . . in 2018.
The Carolina Gymnastics team went to a taping of Lip Sync Battle and got a shout-out from a certain Cool James (whom the Ladies Love).
Speaking of gymnastics, associate head coach Amy Smith is off to Utah State, where she will become that program's head coach. So the Tar Heels will have a new choreographer in 2018.
Diversion of the Day:
One of my favorite comedians is Paul F. Tompkins. He's a terrific improviser and a podcast mainstay. Here he is singing a zippy jingle inspired by a license plate.