By Marc Lawrence — With the NFL Scouting Combine altered this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Senior Bowl was the last opportunity NFL scouts and decision-makers will have to see such a large cluster of top-level talent compete for positioning in the 2021 NFL Draft. NFL.com reports that most who excelled at the Senior Bowl are listed its first mock draft of the year. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones missed the game but performed well enough during practices to secure first-round grades. The biggest move appears to be the Jets trading its pick (No. 2 overall) to the Carolina Panthers who project to select BYU QB Zach Wilson. To read a complete breakdown of the first three rounds click here.
Valparaiso University announced that it is dropping the team name Crusaders, the school mascot and all logos associated with the term that it said has been embraced by hate groups. The decision comes after a decades long debate that had intensified recently because groups such as the Ku Klux Klan began using the symbols and words. The school’s faculty and student senates each passed resolutions calling for the change and the university’s alumni board of directors supported reassessing the appropriateness of the team name. The Crusades were a series of bloody religious wars starting in the 11th century between Christians and Muslims. For years, Valpo’s mascot has been a helmeted figure in faux armor. “Valpo is and always has been a faith-based institution, and we want to make sure our symbolism is in alignment with our beliefs and speaks to the core values of the Lutheran ethos,” said Student president Kaitlyn Steinhiser.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the Windy City Friday night knowing they are 10-0 ATS as non-conference road favorites in double one-day rest contests. On the flip side the Chicago Bulls are 0-6 ATS in their last six home games on Fridays. That makes for a very tasty two-egg omelet.