Thursday briefings (links galore, MIAC official works NFL games)

It’s Thursday, which means we’re down to 48 hours before the St. John’s football team opens its season against Northwestern (Minn.) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clemens Stadium.

Here’s a story from today’s paper on freshman WR Josh Bungum getting a big opportunity (and a link to our new weekly SJU football Webcast):

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120830/SPORTS04/308300029/Paynesville-s-Bungum-set-big-St-John-s-debut-Saturday

On the MIAC beat, conference executive director Dan McKane said one MIAC official has been working NFL preseason games as a replacement official. That individual has not been assigned a college game this weekend, but with the NFL seemingly not close to reaching a deal with the regular officials, it looks like replacement officials may be working into the regular season.

Which means the individual, whom McKane did not want to name, will probably have to make a choice between the NFL and MIAC soon.

“We estimated the NFL lockout would likely last until late August and we’re at that point now,” McKane said. “So we’ll have to make a decision soon. But the training this individual got from the league was tremendous. He’s been able to work at a high level. So I’m sure we will see benefit coming back from that.”

In Moorhead, the Fargo Forum is reporting sophomore Griffin Neal has won the race for the Concordia starting quarterback job:

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/372403/

WCCO in the Twin Cities looks at St. Thomas preparing to meet Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday – the same Blugolds team the Johnnies face next week:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/08/28/tommies-blog-st-thomas-looks-to-continue-winning-tradition/

Also, the CSB/SJU weekly spotlights will run on the main sports page on Wednesday’s this fall, not here on the blog. Trying to turn them more into regular feature/preview type stories. This week’s looked at the CSB and SJU soccer teams:

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120829/SPORTS04/308300023/CSB-SJU-spotlight-Soccer-teams-set-open-their-seasons

And my preview story on this season’s St. Benedict volleyball team ran in print and online today:

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120830/SPORTS04/308300030/St-Ben-s-volleyball-aiming-build-their-2011-successes

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