Tim Pearrell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch checked in with Shaka Smart. Smart is excited about the talent on this year’s squad. VCU Rebuilds with Youth, Talent (Richmond Times-Dispatch).

Mike Litos ponders the talent gap – perceived or otherwise – between the top of the CAA and the ACC. The Thursday Work Session… (CAAHoops.com).

Speaking of CAA Hoops, Litos is also having a contest. Pick your CAA All-Stars from the past five years HERE.

Great heartwarming story about a kid who had brain surgery befriending the UNCW Baseball team. One year after brain surgery 11 year old takes batting practice at UNCW (WWAY).

Man wins his body weight in ham. I don’t think I need to add anything more to that (ESPN.com).

Vikings Sticking With McNabb Because They Hate Him (The Onion).