April 29, 2008

Post-Draft Notes: News From Around Saints, Alumni

Congratulations to the Hornets and their NBA Coach of the Year Byron Scott. The future is bright for both major pro New Orleans sports teams, and that hasn't been said in a very long time.

Tom Benson was recently a guest of Hornets owner George Shinn courtside at a Hornets playoff game.

Don't forget the Voodoo, who are 7-2 and playing at a very high level in the Arena League, helmed by New Orleans native Danny Wimprine, who was just named AFL Offensive Player of the Week. Wimprine has 48 touchdowns and three interceptions so far this season.

Federspiel Honored: Joe Federspiel will be inducted in the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame Wednesday night. The former Kentucky Wildcat played nine seasons in New Orleans, starting 88 games, and later played for the Baltimore Colts and the Chicago Blitz of the USFL. He was a fourth round pick of the Saints in 1983. Federspiel and Tommy Myers, picked 25 picks earlier, were the only two legitimate stars from that Saints class.

Former New Orleans Hornet Jamal Mashburn and University of Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith are joining Federspiel at the ceremonies Wednesday night.

Colston Buys In: WR Marques Colston has bought into his hometown's expansion franchise in the American Indoor Football Association. Colston starred in football and track at Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg, PA. The team will begin play in 2009 and Colston will become the majority owner in 2010.

Notes: Former LSU and Saints LB EJ Kuale has been given a second shot in the NFL with the Chiefs. Kuale was cut by the Saints after a drug-related arrest... ESPN's Todd McShay has picked the Saints to pick Southern Mississippi LB Gerald McRath with the 26th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft...

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