Played in Ed Cooley’s annual golf outing Monday at Race Brook Country Club in a foresome that included Cooley’s former college coach at Stonehill, Dave DeCiantis. Very nice guy.
At the dinner all of Cooley’s players were there — except for senior forward Greg Nero, who has returned home to Red Hook, N.Y. (he is taking classes on-line this semester) to deal with recurring sinus problems that could see him redshirt and miss the entire 2009-10 season. More than one player and coach told me this and right now, it doesn’t look good at all for Nero to see any action this season — UNLESS — his sinus issues can be resolved in a relatively quick period of time (that doesn’t seem likely, however). Although Cooley would only redshirt Nero as a last resort, it seems like that course of action is being strongly looked at.
Also spoke with Anthony Johnson, who told me that he is fully recovered and “is doing everything” with his teammates. When I asked if that was practicing, full-court running and contact drills, he said “yes” with a smile a wide as can be. This young man is so excited about playing again, he could have an awesome season.