Thursday, April 14, 2011

TCU refutes Cannon cancer story

TCU has officially responded to the story put out this morning that claimed offensive lineman Marcus Cannon had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, through a statement from media relations director Mark Cohen.

"It''s 100 percent inaccurate," Cohen told National Football Post. "It's a false report. It stunned me. You wonder where did it come from? It's disappointing that someone could just throw that out there."

Cannon himself was reportedly upset by the story, and understandably so: even a hint of an ongoing health problem can be enough to scare potential NFL employers into dropping a player far down their draft boards- and potentially costing that player millions of dollars in future earnings.

So why was the story put out there? I've got two theories. One is that this false information was leaked to a reporter by an NFL team who wants to draft Cannon, but wants to dissuade other teams from being interested in doing so and thus allowing them to take him later (and cheaper). The other, more likely scenario is that the website, NFLmocks.com, just wanted to cause a little bit of a pre-draft stir and increase their traffic numbers.

Either way, since we here at Spit Blood included a link to the story in this morning's dump, we felt we needed to help clarify the situation. If any NFL GMs are reading this (they aren't) that need a 6'5", 358 lb insurance policy for their QB's blind side, stop reading NFLmocks.com and just make sure you've got a #61 jersey ready.

Gotta get that Bling

Incoming recruits at just about any school have a dream of someday winning a national championship for their school. In the last week, though, one future Horned Frog as well as a future Texas Longhorn have verbalized their desire to bring honor to the schools that they will soon be attending.

First it was future UT linebacker Peter Jinkens, after an impressive performance at the Nike Camp held on the TCU campus last weekend, who expressed his intentions in a report by ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree (the report also includes praise for 2012 TCU commit Daje Johnson) by stating that:

"We're getting a ring -- a BCS ring. I'm talking one of those fat ones that you knock people out with."

Impressive, huh? Watch out though, Pete- the APD might consider that assault with a deadly weapon...especially when you compare a BCS ring to those decidely non-lethal "We lost to Baylor" rings that the current Longhorns are wearing around town.

Kolby Griffin, who will be graduating from Houston's St. Pius X High School next month before enrolling for summer classes at TCU, also sees a championship in his future (thanks to the guys at purplemenace.com for allowing that to be free content):

"I went to the spring game and am truly excited to be a Horned Frog, it is up to this team to carry on the tradition the classes before us have set and to better that by winning a national championship."

Interesting comparison...

Morning Dump

Football:

Carder named to Lott Trophy watch list
GoFrogs.com

TCU motto: do it now
ESPN

Gruden QB camp: Andy Dalton
ESPN

Equestrian:
TCU competes in Equestrian national championships for fifth time
Star-Telegram

Athletic Department:
Notes on a scorecard GoFrogs.com