College football's hoops invasion

Updated: August 18, 2009, 3:20 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman
Is it already time for Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas?

Suddenly, it feels like there is more of a college hoops vibe to this 2009 football season. Monday was a very big day for the basketball crowd. Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus was named Syracuse's starting quarterback even though he last played football in 2005, and ex-Arizona forward Fendi Onobun was notified that he received clearance from the NCAA to play football for Houston.

Paulus is going to get most of the headlines. He is a quarterback, has the pedigree (he was once the Gatorade National Player of the Year) and was the more accomplished basketball player. Heck, if Andy Katz did his top 10 college hoops villains (here's mine), Paulus would probably make the cut. But from what I've heard, Onobun, a guy who turned down a basketball contract in Europe to try football, might be the guy with the greater NFL potential. For one, he plays on a team that has a good shot at cracking the top 25. The Cougars' attack already was a good bet to lead the nation in offense. Now, insiders at Houston are gushing about him.

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