Leading off today:
It's funny how names from the past can resurface at the oddest times.
I was just finishing a column for the Press & Sun-Bulletin late Thursday morning when word came down that former Syracuse CBA great Greg Paulus was going to be introduced as a new men's basketball assistant at Louisville. I had intended to contact Paulus early this week for the column before deciding I already had enough material and would probably only be wasting his time.
The column had made mention of how Paulus, who's now 31 -- How does that seem possible? The state football title game vs. Ray Rice and New Rochelle seems like it was only a few years ago. -- had to choose between two sports and numerous college offers (He ended up playing basketball for Duke) a little more than a decade ago and how he'd been keeping tabs on current Glens Falls star Joe Girard III before Thad Matta was fired at Ohio State and most of the staff was swept out with him.
Now that he's back in business, it's not out of the question that Paulus will be keeping an eye on Girard again.
More on Girard:
You can read more about Girard on the Press- Connects.com website
. We primarily discussed how his recruitment process has changed now that he has a football offer (and more are likely to come) to go with 16 basketball scholarships.
We talked briefly about comparisons to Paulus, and Girard had his own story about coincidental timing when we sat down last week.
In the summer before his freshman year, he attended a basketball camp at High Point University in North Carolina, where former Spa Catholic star Scott Cherry has been the coach since 2009. Shortly after the camp, Cherry became the first coach to off Girard a scholarship.
"You're 13 or 14 years old and you don't have your permit, you haven't even hit high school yet," Girard said. "You don't even know what to expect going into a high school basketball season or a school year in high school."
What made it great though was a conversation involving his mother, Arleen, a few days before the offer.
"My mom's side of family was up visiting and they have some kids my age as well, around 14 at the time, and they were talking about buying cars for the kids. My mom says