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Morning Rumble: Tragedy strikes in Chicago, Big East preview, and eliminating kickoffs

College football officials considering a rule change that would redefine football forever.

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Today we discuss the possibility of eliminating kickoffs, briefly preview the Big East, and mourn the loss of a former Southern Miss basketball player.

Around St. John’s

  • St. John’s baseball program recently hosted their annual Jack Kaiser Golf Classic. Over 125 alumni and supporters attended the event with proceeds going exclusively to the baseball program.

During the event St. John’s baseball program passes out the “Coach Jack Kaiser Baseball Advocate Award”. This award is handed out to the individual that possesses the same characteristics as Coach Kaiser. It is the highest honor the St. John’s baseball program bestows upon.

Around the Big East

  • Sports Illustrated recently published their Big East basketball preview. They write that Villanova is in prime position not only to win the Big East, but also the National Championship once again.

They also had this to say about St. John’s.

“The good news for the Red Storm is that it’s hard to go anywhere but up after Chris Mullin’s first year ended on a 1–21 slide. St. John’s needs to get considerably stronger on offense if it wants be more than a conference doormat next season after shooting 40.6% from the floor and 32.6% from three as a team.”

Around the nation

Jonathan Mills, 26 years of age, was preparing for a workout near his high school where he once starred. Before getting to work out, Mills and a group of friends were taken aim at by a firearm. The Chicago Tribune reports that Mills had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

During the 2012-13 season, Mills averaged about 9 points and 8 rebounds a game. He was named to the Conference USA all-defensive team two times in his career.

  • The Big East is no longer is affiliated as an FBS conference, but college football could soon witness a major change in gameplay. CBS Sports reported last week that preliminary discussions have begun in regards to remove kickoffs.

The American Football Coaches Association's board of trustees and the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee informally have discussed the possibility of removing kickoffs.

"I don't think there is any doubt it is the most dangerous play in the game," said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, to CBS Sports, chairman of that oversight committee. "How much that's the case and how we can fix it is unknown."

Discontinuing kickoffs in football would be a major change on the landscape of football. Despite the nostalgia fans may have for kickoffs, injuries in football need to be taken seriously.