The NCAA finally has cleared freshman defensive tackle Darrian Dyson academically. He can rejoin the team after having to sit out practice all of last week and this week. Though he's been out of practice for that time, expect him to see some backup action this week against Akron.
"He'll have a role pretty quickly, but how much he has on Saturday will be determined this week," FIU coach Mario Cristobal said Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, this has not been The Summer of Rhymes. First, sophomore wide receiver Dominique Rhymes suffered a bruised sternum that kept him out of practice for a while. He got back in time for Saturday's opener -- yes, he changed his number to 22 from 82 -- only has now suffered a season-ending wrist dislocation. Rhymes will be able to redshirt.
This post's title is a nod to NBC News Overnight, which debuted 30 years ago this summer. For two teenage summers, that was my late night viewing -- The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman (yes, his NBC 12:30 a.m. show was wackier and funnier than his CBS 11:30 p.m. one) followed by NBC News Overnight. Bed at 2:30.
In response to Ted Turner launching this new Cable News Network with 24 hours of news and similar networks such as Satellite News Channel, the Big Three over-the-air nets (Fox didn't exist yet) decided to fight back by extending their programming. CBS' threw down Nightwatch, anchored by Charlie Rose, which featured one-on-one interviews and extended news features that were rerun all night. ABC decided to tack a morning news program on before Good Morning, America. But NBC came first and best with Overnight. Hosted first by Lloyd Dobbins and Linda Ellerbee, it was an hour of news, features and sports scores done in a manner far more intellligently, thoughtfully and at times irreverently for standard network news shows.
Though only on a short time, it's style and features made it iconic for a small, devoted group of followers. Ellerbee became the sex symbol for news junkies who fashioned themselves smart. For her mid-1980s memoir title, she used the pedestrian phrase with which her usually concealed smirk delivery ended each Overnight: "And so it goes..."