Monthly Archives: January 2010

As if we haven’t had enough: Carnes waivering?

Before we end this glorious Sunday, we have one last Brion Carnes update to bring you.

Despite Carnes’ high school position coach, Chris Conboy, telling the Bowling Green Daily News that Carnes is committed to Western, Carnes apparently told that he is in between Western and Nebraska. This according to a recent report in the Omaha World-Herald.

The World-Herald doesn’t quote Conboy in its story.

Andrew Robinson


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REPORT: Carnes re-confirmed

After a couple hours of things being in question for Brion Carnes, the Bowling Green Daily News is reporting that Carnes has in fact committed to Western.

We are working to get a hold of Carnes’ position coach at Manatee High, Chris Conboy, but don’t realistically expect to hear from him until tomorrow morning at the earliest.

-Andrew Robinson

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Carnes not committed?

Like I said in an earlier post, things are going to be fluid the next couple days.

And already we have our first fluid situation. After a Bradenton Herald report earlier today said that Brion Carnes gave a verbal commitment to Western, there are reports surfacing that there either wasn’t a commitment or Carnes has changed his mind

I first got mention of this when Lincoln Journal-Star columnist Steven M. Sipple tweeted that per, Carnes had not committed and will announce his choice on National Signing Day this Wednesday.

Huskers Illustrated has this as premium content, but from a re-post on a message board, the reporter for Huskers Illustrated spoke with Carnes’ position coach at Manatee High, Chris Conboy, and Conboy hasn’t heard from Carnes about any commitment.

Attempts to reach Conboy by the Herald have been unsuccessful.

We’ll post links and other news as we learn about it.

-Andrew Robinson

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Explaining recruiting and non-qualifiers (UPDATED)

UPDATE 8:25 p.m. According to Tom Lemming at, Carnes’ grade point average is 2.9, meaning he needs an ACT sum score of 54 or an average of 13.5 on the four components of the ACT to qualify and be eligible for the fall.

Amongst all the good news that four-star quarterback Brion Carnes has committed to Western, there are reports this morning that he hasn’t posted a qualifying mark to be eligible.

So what does this mean?

Well, there are four major requirements to play D-1 athletics.

  • Graduate from high school
  • Complete 16 core courses (The basics: English, math, science, social sciences, etc)
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade-point average and test sliding score.

The last requirement seems to be where Carnes is falling short. So here’s how the sum score works:

  • There are four components of the ACT (Writing, Reading, Math and Science)
  • Typically, a composite ACT score is a calculated average of the four scores from the four components
  • The NCAA uses a sum score, meaning they add all four scores from the components up
  • If I have a 3.0 GPA in my core courses, I need a sum score of 52 or an average of 13 on each component.
  • The way it works is the lower the core-course GPA, the higher the ACT sum score must be. If I have a 2.0 GPA, then I need a sum score of 86 or an average score of 21.5 on the four components of the test
  • We don’t know what Carnes GPA is, nor have I been able to find if the NCAA allows you to take the sum score of multiple components over multiple tests. For example, if I take the test four times could I take the highest component from each test and add them together to make a cumulative sum score?
  • There are three more opportunities to take the ACT before classes start in the fall (Feb. 6, April 10 and June 10)

So what if Carnes doesn’t qualify?

Well, he can still be admitted to Western, however the university must be careful. If they admit too many non-qualifiers, it could affect their Annual Progress Report (APR) score. Typically Western scores well with the APR, so there really aren’t too many concerns there.

But if Carnes doesn’t qualify, he will not be able to practice or compete of Western during his first year, nor he will be able to receive an athletics scholarship but can receive need-based financial aid.

In that case, it may be that Carnes is only eligible for three seasons of competition unless he completes 80 percent of his degree requirements prior to beginning his fifth year of college.

Head Coach Willie Taggart can’t comment on this stuff until Wednesday, but it will certainly be a topic of conversation.

-Andrew Robinson

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REPORT: Carnes is commited to Western

I know it’s late, but this is big news.

The Bradenton Herald is reporting that Brion Carnes has commited to Western.

This isn’t a done deal by any means, but certainly a step in the right direction for Western.

There’s still four days for Carnes to change his mind, but for right now he’s a Topper.

-Andrew Robinson

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Evening Recruiting Buzz: Rumors abound

First off, let me say that the next four days for recruiting is a very fluid situation. We’re talking about 18, 19-year-old kids here. They can change their mind on a dime.

That being said, there are a lot of rumors swirling about Rivals four-star QB Brion Carnes from Bradenton, Fla. My guess is that within the next 24-36 hours he will have a decision that goes public.

Here’s a link from the Omaha World-Herald discussing Carnes.

Check back here often through the next three days. We’re devoting quite a few resources to providing good coverage.

-Andrew Robinson

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COMMENTARY: Basketball is meant to be fun

Saturday afternoon was fun in Diddle Arena for the first time in a couple weeks.

Not many folks got to experience the fun, as there were only 3,000 fans at Diddle today.

But those that were there had a joke pulled on them by Head Coach Ken McDonald. In the final seconds, with the students chanting “Serg-io, Serg-io, Serg-io,” McDonald pointed down to injured junior guard Sergio Kerusch to put him in the game, and as Kerusch raced towards the scorer’s table, McDonald grabbed him and sat him back down.

McDonald, Kerusch and the rest of the team got a good chuckle out of the move.

However, it wasn’t the only smiling happening. There was an abundance of grins. And hustle, too.

For the first time in a couple weeks, Western looked comfortable. It looked like there was chemistry again.

Freshman guard Jamal Crook provided a spark with his hustle. He also added what he called an “outstanding” line of 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and numerous hustle plays that didn’t show up in the box score.

Crook and fellow freshman guard Caden Dickerson could become key players in the month of February. They are both starting to play more like sophomores and less like freshman.

In addition, watch senior forward Jeremy Evans and senior guard A.J. Slaughter. I think they’re both beginning to realize that things are coming to an end, and they’re going to do everything in their power to go out on their terms.

Sure, New Orleans is struggling, and you can’t base a lot off of 20-point win over the Privateers.

But Western was getting desperate. They were looking for anything they could get. And while McDonald said it wasn’t quite the complete 40 minutes he was looking for, it was a step back in the right direction.

The way Western was going, they need every step in the right direction they can get.

McDonald made a good point that there is still a lot of basketball to play, a lot of time where either Western’s season can head back in the wrong direction or where they can get back on track towards their goal of a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The teams that do the best in the postseason are those that really find their stride in February and carry it over to March.

Meaning the next 28 days will be very interesting.

-Andrew Robinson

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