Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The spread is still solidly in favor of TTU, but the chipping away via the dismissal of head coach Mike Leach is beginning to rear its ugly head for Tech faithful.
MOVING TO MSU (9)
Cal Neva (from TTU -8 to TTU -7.5), Golden Nugget (from TTU -8.5 to TTU -8), Leroys (from TTU -8 to TTU -7.5), LVSC (from TTU -8 to TTU -7.5), M Resort (from TTU -9 to TTU -8), Mirage (from TTU -8.5 to TTU -8), Stations (TTU -8.5 to TTU -7.5), Stratosphere (from TTU -8 to TTU -7.5), Venetian (from TTU -8 to TTU -7.5)
MOVING TO TTU (1)
Caesars (from TTU -7 to TTU -8),
Atlantis (TTU -8), Hilton (TTU -7.5), Peppermill (TTU -8)
As predicted, it happened. Leach was fired this morning just prior to the hearing before court to have him reinstated as coach for the Alamo Bowl. They are speechless over at the Double T Nation.
According to ESPN, "(Leach attorney) Ted Liggett said that Texas Tech general counsel Pat Campbell approached him outside the courtroom and told him that win, lose or draw in the hearing, Leach was out, effective immediately." After being notified in writing, Liggett told the judge there was no need for the hearing.
As the ES said, you can't treat a football player under your responsibility like meat after they have been diagnosed with a concussion. You can't play doctor and give out a treatment method. It is better that you listen to the player for his welfare - if you don't get along with the player, then get rid of the kid (terminate the scholarship), but don't throw them in a closet for 3 hours (twice).
Stupid action #1: don't listen to player or trainer, and put James in a shed
Stupid action #2: don't listen to player and put James in a shed again
Stupid action #3: act like a tough guy and don't apologize to a high-profile family for your selfish, incorrect actions
Stupid action #4: take your employer (the university) to court five days before you are due $800,000
What a dummy. As a university who previously employed Bobby Knight in basketball, why would you want this nonsense around? Don't take my word for it? Listen to what Kirk Herbstreit says...
QB - 8 Kirk Cousins, 6-3, 202, So
- 9 Keith Nichol, 6-2, 215, So
RB - 22 Larry Caper, 5-11, 215, Fr
- 4 Edwin Baker, 5-9, 200, Fr
FB - 45 Andrew Hawken, 6-2, 248, Sr
- 42 Andrew Pendy, 6-2, 240, Sr
WR - 82 Keshawn Martin, 5-11, 185, So
- 87 Milton Colbert, 6-4, 210, R-Fr.
WR - 25 Blair White, 6-2, 200, Sr
- 81 Brad Sonntag , 5-8, 177, So.
TE - 83 Charlie Gantt, 6-5, 248, Jr
- 88 Brian Linthicum, 6-5, 245, So
OT - 57 Rocco Cironi, 6-6, 209, Sr
- 71 John Deyo, 6-6, 298, Fr
OG - 67 Joel Foreman, 6-4, 306, So
- 68 Ethan Ruhland, 6-5, 293, Fr
C - 65 Joel Nitchman, 6-4, 296, Sr
- 66 John Stipek, 6-5, 306, Sr
OG - 64 Brendon Moss, 6-7, 284, Sr
- 75 Jared McGaha, 6-6, 298, So
OT - 59 D.J. Young, 6-5, 310, Jr
- 64 Brendon Moss, 6-7, 284, Sr
DE - 58 Trevor Anderson, 6-2, 260, Sr
- 91 Tyler Hoover, 6-7, 260, Fr
DT - 70 Oren Wilson, 6-3, 294, Jr
- 98 Blake Treadwell, 6-3, 272, Fr
DT - 99 Jerel Worthy, 6-3, 292, Fr
- 96 Kevin Pickelman, 6-4, 268, So
DE - 89 Colin Neely, 6-1, 248, Jr
- 54 David Rolf, 6-4, 228, So
LB - 34 Brandon Denson, 5-11, 230, Sr
- 10 Chris Norman, 6-1, 215, Fr
LB - 53 Greg Jones, 6-1, 228, Jr
- 55 Adam Decker, 6-3, 238, Sr
LB - 43 Eric Gordon, 6-0, 228, Jr
- 36 Jon Misch, 6-3, 207, Jr
DB - 38 Kendell Davis-Clark, 6-0, 216, Sr
- 31 Ashton Henderson, 5-11, 189, Sr
DB - 9 Jeremy Ware, 5-10, 191, Sr
- 37 Ross Weaver, 6-1, 203, Sr
S- 33 Dan Fortener, 6-2, 205, Sr
- 11 Marcus Hyde, 6-0, 206, Jr
S - 39 Trenton Robinson, 5-10, 190, So
- 26 Jesse Johnson, 5-10, 188, Jr.
P - 18 Aaron Bates, 6-0, 192, Jr
K - 14 Brett Swenson, 5-8, 185, Sr
LS - 56 Alex Shackelton, 6-2, 245, Jr
PR - 82 Keshawn Martin, 5-11, 185, So
- 25 Blair White, 6-2, 200, Sr
KR - 4 Edwin Baker, 5-9, 200, Fr
- 20 AJ Jimmerson, 5-10, 205, Sr
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
According to ESPN tonight at halftime of tonight's EagleBank Bowl (Temple 21, UCLA 10 by the way), "sources closed to [ESPN reporter] Joe Schad state that the university will try to have Leach fired" before the Thursday deadline whereby Texas Tech coach Mike Leach will earn an extra $800,000. This is who Michigan State plays on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl, and in the meantime you can watch the betting line bend more and more in Michigan State's favor. Stay tuned on that.
In the meantime, yes, he done did it! Mike Leach filed a request for a temporary restraining order against Texas Tech to allow him to coach in the Suspension Bowl. A hearing will be held at the 99th Texas District court tomorrow morning. This may be moot, however, if Leach is terminated the following day.
"Attorney for Coach Mike Leach has filed a petition in Lubbock to temporarily stop Leach's suspension. According to the petition, Mike Leach seeks that the court enter an order restraining Texas Tech University from suspending Mike Leach from coaching the football team."
Let the entertainment begin! The game has started four days early, with the coach playing offense against his own school. The ES roars in laughter. Distraction, ha ha ha.
Word to the wise: don't sue your boss, nor your employer. It will likely just piss them off even more. Wow, Mike Leach is a COMPLETE IDIOT. Leach thinks he is all powerful and forgets who is in charge - the university!
Tech sold 14,800 tickets through its athletic ticket office, according to assistant athletic director Dave Welsh. A Michigan State spokesman said through last weekend MSU had sold about half its allotment, which would be about 5,500 tickets.
Now, we just need to break out about 5,000 gallons of green and white body paint and the Spartan Nation will be all set.
So, if you still need tickets, link here.
TOWARD MICHIGAN STATE (3)
Cal Neva, Hilton, moved toward MSU, from TTU – 8 to TTU -7.5; Leroy’s moved from TTU -8 to TTU -7 since the announcement.
TOWARD TEXAS TECH (2)
M Resort moved toward TTU, up from TTU -8 to -8.5; Caesars moved toward TTU, up from TTU -7 to -8.
NO MOVEMENT (7)
Stations is consistent at TTU -8, but last night moved briefly to TTU -8.5. The Stratosphere, Venetian, Peppermill, Mirage, LVSC, and Atlantis each have not moved and are at TTU -8.
This is a bit different then Leach earlier this spring making a player study for an hour in a blizzard on the 50-yard line because he missed study hall; that was directed at encouraging the kid to learn, although you question that punishment as well... I'm sure the kid didn't get much done (ummm, maybe he is there to play football and doesn't want to learn? Not sure if standing in a blizzard solves that).
ES still shakes his head in astonishment at this one.
THE LATEST LINE
Still not a lot of movement yet on the betting lines, as all continue to hover around 8 or 8 1/2 in TTU's favor. However, Leroy's Casino dropped from 8 to 7 1/2 after the news of the Leach suspension hit.
ES had to laugh at comment from Louis... should we rename this from the Alamo Bowl to the "Suspension Bowl"
Monday, December 28, 2009
To be fair, Leach's attorney responds that James “was placed in an equipment room as it was much cooler and darker [than the practice field] after a doctor had examined him and returned him to the field.” And, “Mike tries to keep the players that are unable to practice as close as he can.” Sorry, this is backtracking that sounds eerily like fellow southerners George W Bush and Bill Clinton. And, the ES ain't buying it. If he had any balls, he would acknowledge what he did was wrong and man up. But, instead he will likely deny everything and lie to his firing squad...
EFFECT ON ALAMO BOWL
Originally, it was Michigan State and the 14 suspended players that had a significant distraction for the upcoming game. Maybe, now it is even with the Leach distraction and suspension? What is worse - players stupidity or coach stupidity? This has huge implications for the Alamo Bowl, as Leach is a master motivator and Xs and Os guy down in Red Raider land. You can argue he may do more with less than any other coach in the country - as far as getting more Ws with the least amount of talent, and with a crazy scheme. Give a huge advantage to Michigan State in this game at this point. Going into today, the spread from the bookies in Vegas was MSU an 8-point underdog. Let's see how this changes in the next few days.
DOES LEACH GIVE A SHIT?
But, it leads to the question - does he really give a shit about his players welfare, or is he just treating them like meat? On the surface, this is borderline unethical; certainly uncaring.
In the past month, the ES attended an NCAA meeting with representatives from several coaches associations and other student affairs associations, and one of the things that was discussed was the need for education of coaches because "they need to understand the holistic environment of college for athletes as students instead of just treating players like meat." There was plenty of backlash by the coaches association ("we've had enough education") - and rightly so, as the vast majority of coaches care about their players' health and welfare. But, there ARE those extenuating circumstances and cases in which coaches (ummmm.... TTU's Leach, Kansas' Mangino, maybe like RR down in Ann Arbor pushing players beyond their off-season required limits ?) push their players too far because of the pressures to win. And, if it happens, then education IS still necessary. Too often, it is the rotten apple that spoils the bunch, no?
As a comparison, Michigan State's men's basketball team has been ranked in the AP Top 25 each and every week since the beginning of the 2007 season. That's 44 straight weeks in the regular season.
Still, it's pretty nice to have them as company for once. Welcome to our world, Wildcat fans!
|AP Top 25|
|1. Kansas (52) 11-0 1,607|
|2. Texas (11) 11-0 1,556|
|3. Kentucky (1) 13-0 1,476|
|4. Purdue 11-0 1,407|
|5. Syracuse (1) 12-0 1,398|
|6. West Virginia 10-0 1,309|
|7. Duke 9-1 1,241|
|8. Villanova 11-1 1,177|
|9. North Carolina 9-3 1,033|
|10. Connecticut 9-2 1,002|
|11. Michigan State 9-3 910|
|12. Kansas State 11-1 892|
|13. Georgetown 9-1 813|
|14. Tennessee 9-2 664|
|15. Ohio State 10-2 605|
|16. Mississippi 10-2 544|
|17. Washington 9-2 490|
|18. Temple 9-2 403|
|19. New Mexico 12-1 352|
|20. Texas Tech 10-1 334|
|21. Clemson 11-2 300|
|22. Florida State 11-2 252|
|23. Wisconsin 10-2 180|
|24. UAB 11-1 178|
|25. Northwestern 10-1 144|
Others Receiving VotesGonzaga 129, Georgia Tech 102, Dayton 94, Texas A&M 91, Florida 76, Miami (FL) 60, Brigham Young 55, Oklahoma State 37, Wichita State 35, USC 27, UNLV 26, Butler 19, Memphis 16, Mississippi State 13, Wake Forest 12, St. John's 10, Virginia Tech 7, California 7, Cincinnati 7, Baylor 7, Cornell 5, Missouri State 5, Northern Iowa 5, Rhode Island 5, William & Mary 5, Seton Hall 2, Army 1.
Dropped From RankingsFlorida 18, Texas A&M 19, Butler 20, Gonzaga 25.
Great articles in today's Freep and M-Live stating the obvious: if MSU is to win, the Spartans need to control the line of scrimmage. In particular, the Spartan offensive line needs to create a sustained running game, with long drives to give its defense a rest and a chance.
- SPARTAN LINKS
- Spartan headquarters is the Marriott Riverwalk.
- Spartan football practice is at Alamo Heights High School.
- Need an immediate Spartan gridder fix? MSU Football twitter updates here.
- TTU LINKS
- Disrupt the Red Raiders' practice at University of the Incarnate Word (yes, you read that correctly).
- Texas Tech blog: www.doubletnation.com
- MATCHUPS of MSU-TTU via the Double T Nation:
- Special Teams: KR Eric Davis vs KR Keshawn Martin. "[Martin is] still averaging 30.35 yards per return. This is going to be an intriguing storyline as the Red Raiders rank 2nd in the Big 12 in return yardage allowed, only 19.34 per return. That's close to a ten yard difference from what MSU is averaging and what the Red Raiders are allowing."
- Defense: SS Cody Dvis vs. QB Kirk Cousins. "When we look back at the results of this game, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to think that how these two lines play [TTU OL and MSU DL] will decide the game.
- Offense: RB Baron Batch vs. LB Greg Jones. "I don't know if the Texas Tech coaching staff is in a bit of a quandary in that the Michigan St. pass defense is obviously vulnerable, but the Texas Tech offense has had much more success when they run the ball."
|Big 12 |
|Rushing Offense||115||81.08||Nevada||362.25||12||Oklahoma St.||191.75|
|Passing Offense||2||380.67||Houston||450.00||1||Texas Tech||380.67|
|Total Offense||7||461.75||Houston||581.23||2||Texas A&M||465.33|
|Scoring Offense||9||36.67||Boise St.||44.15||2||Texas||40.69|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||34||116.43||Alabama||88.81||5||Nebraska||90.54|
|Pass Defense||73||223.75||Air Force||148.67||5||Oklahoma||184.92|
|Tackles For Loss||30||6.58||Middle Tenn.||8.83||4||Texas||8.08|
|Sacks Allowed||91||2.50||Boise St.||.38||9||Oklahoma St.||.83|
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The ES wuz curious and looked at the numbers for ALL the bowl teams (all 68 of them), considering the Academic Percentage Rate (APR) compiled by the NCAA each year. MSU is ranked 57th out of 68 teams with an APR of 931 (the benchmark is 925, which equates to a 50% graduation rate, and below which teams are susceptible to penalties).
FYI - the dismissal of Winston and Jenrette will bring these numbers down for MSU and depending on the progress of others (and other potential dismissals or departures) could lead to potential of the Spartans numbers dropping below the 925 threshold and forced to create an academic improvement plan. One other important thing: just because players are closer to graduation, doesn't mean they are learning anything... there is no measure for that.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Need some tickets? Try here.
Here are some early previews:
- "Texas Tech vs MSU in Alamo Bowl: Do past results tell us anything?" Rivalry, Esq.
- "MSU seeks win, redemption." San Antonio Express
- "Alamo Bowl preview." The Bleacher Report
- "Texas Tech Solid Favorite." USA Players
- "Tech to Play Michigan State." Daily Toreador
- "Caper is what is right about MSU." Battle Creek Enquirer
- "Michigan State coach turns attention to Texas Tech." AP/SI.com
- "Spartans faced with Texas (Tech) - sized task." Freep
- "Cousins says Spartans embrace challenge." Mlive.com
- "Red Raiders coach wary of talented Spartans." San Antonio Express
- "Dantonio faces his biggest challenge." Freep
- "Spartan suspensions lead to musical chairs." Detroit News
- "Alamo Bowl Odds" BetFirms.com,
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
OH well, Spartans ran out of gas, 79-68 loss to Texas. That's ok - we'll be fine come March.
Monday, December 21, 2009
|AP Top 25|
|1. Kansas (55) 10-0 1,611|
|2. Texas (7) 10-0 1,543|
|3. Kentucky (1) 11-0 1,477|
|4. Purdue 10-0 1,422|
|5. Syracuse (2) 11-0 1,397|
|6. West Virginia 8-0 1,290|
|7. Duke 9-1 1,249|
|8. Villanova 10-1 1,175|
|9. Michigan State 9-2 1,046|
|10. North Carolina 8-3 959|
|11. Connecticut 7-2 950|
|12. Kansas State 10-1 810|
|13. New Mexico 12-0 707|
|14. Georgetown 8-1 676|
|15. Mississippi 10-1 624|
|16. Tennessee 8-2 616|
|17. Ohio State 9-2 562|
|18. Florida 8-2 519|
|19. Texas A&M 9-2 320|
|20. Butler 8-3 315|
|21. Temple 9-2 244|
|22. Washington 7-2 194|
|23. Texas Tech 9-1 192|
|24. Clemson 10-2 151|
|25. Gonzaga 8-3 146|
Others Receiving VotesFlorida State 127, UNLV 126, Wisconsin 96, Northwestern89, Georgia Tech 76, St. John's 53, Miami (FL) 50, Missouri State 45, Dayton 39, UAB 29, Oklahoma State 29, Charlotte 29, Saint Mary's 21, Brigham Young 20, Wichita State 18, Memphis 16, Tulsa 12, North Carolina State 11, Cincinnati 9, Mississippi State 8, Baylor 6, Wake Forest 4, William & Mary 3, Virginia Tech 3, California 3, Richmond 2, Western Carolina 2, Army 1, Northern Iowa 1, Pittsburgh 1, Rhode Island 1.
So, the Spartans are 8 point underdogs in the Alamo Bowl to Texas Tech. Started out as 6 1/2 point 'dogs, now it is up to 8. Everyone is putting their money on the high-flying Red Raiders -- and who could blame 'em? With the suspensions to umpteen Spartan players, two wideouts and RB suspended who would have likely seen playing time... yes, Mr. MD certainly has his work cut out.
BIG HOLIDAY HOOPS SHOWDOWN: BRING ON TEXAS
The Michigan State Spartans - Texas Longhorns shootout is scheduled on Tuesday, at 7 pm. You can watch the game on ESPN 2. Of course, #2 and 10-0 Texas is coming off a big 103-90 victory over #11 North Carolina before 38,000 fans at the new stadium for the Cowboys. Noone hit that big jumbotron TV with a basketball. The ES can't find a line on the game yet, but last year the Horns were favored by 5 1/2 when we went down there and whipped their arse.
MSU has won the last three meetings between the teams; In fact, Michigan State has never lost to UT during the regular season. In each of the previous meetings, Texas was ranked higher yet Izzo and the Big Green prevailed the last three times. Time to make it a fourseome?
- Dec 20, 2008. #19 MSU 67, #5 Texas 63. at Houston, TX.
- Dec. 22, 2007. #9 MSU 78, #4 Texas 72. at Auburn Hills, MI.
- Nov. 16, 2006. #NR MSU 63, #19 Texas 61. at New York, NY.
- Mar. 30, 2003. #1 Texas 85, #7 MSU 76. NCAA Elite Eight.
Yes, the rankings are not out yet, but at least we can look at Jeff Sagarin to see where the Big Ten stands so far... and, Michigan, ranked at #162, is irrelevant as a basketball team this year, once again. The garbage they call basketball in Ann Arbor proves that the Big Least and WVU are no match for the Big Ten... but making it to the NCAA tournament once every 10 years ain't so bad now, is it?
Here's Sagarin, through Sunday. This week, Michigan State is the only Big Ten team facing competition ranked by the media poll (AP) or coaches poll (USA Today). And, when considering Sagarin ratings, MSU faces #1 Texas.. the next closest competition is Minnesota facing #48 San Diego State.
Purdue #5. Next up: Southern Illinois.
Wisconsin #17. Next up: Wisc-Milwaukee, Illinois-Chicago.
Ohio State #19. Next up: Cleveland St.
Big Green #26. Next up: #1 Texas
Minnesota #39. Next up: San Diego St.
Northwestern #42. Next up: Central Connecticut St.
Illinois #78. Next up: Missouri.
Joe Pa #142. Next up: American Univ.
Michigan #162. Next up: Coppin St.
Indiana #175. Next up: Loyola-MD, Bryant
Iowa #192. Next up: S. Carolina St.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Link below to play and follow along - you need to sign up with a Yahoo ID, but once you do, you are IN. First bowl game is the New Mexico Bowl this Saturday, at 4:30 pm - so that is when the selection process will be closed for picks.
Yahoo Pick 'Em: link here
Group #: 36800
The password is: gostate
Again, you need a Yahoo ID for this to work. Good luck!
SI: MSU HOOPS BEST IN THE NATION
Damn, that's sweet. Seth Davis over at Sports Illustrated named Michigan State as the men's basketball team of the decade -- above UNC and Florida. Read about it
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
But first up, the most likely nominations? The ES shows distance from East Lansing. A current NACDA/Learfield Sports' Directors Cup (formerly Sears Cup) ranking is also provided as food for fodder to consider competitiveness of the full athletics program. FYI - Michigan State is ranked #13 so far. Ranking is listing by the ES in order of best fit for the Big Ten.
1. Notre Dame (147 miles from EL. Cup: #39). Won't happen unless they give up FB independent status. NBC football TV contract worth $9 million will expire by 2015 and is already equated by Big Ten Network revenues; Big Ten also receives $19 million per school from CBS & ESPN for all sports -- something Big East can't match. Negative is ND Not an AAU member.
2. Pittsburgh (283 miles. Cup: NR). Big Least - its closer than Joe Pa (454 miles). Has a lean 17-sport program. Pitt is an AAU member. Strong in football and hoops.
3. Missouri (411 miles. Cup: NR). Big Twelve. KC Star already on this possibility. A long-time AAU member, with a robust athletics program. A total of 20 sports. Strong in both football and hoops.
4. Syracuse (466 miles. Cup: #5). Big Least. Accepted into the AAU two years after Michigan State. A total of 20 sports, including women's ice hockey. Terrible football, strong hoops.
5. Iowa State (562 miles. Cup: #19). Big Twelve. An AAU member. A very lean 16-sports, average football, good hoops. Likely just too far, and too small.
6. Rutgers (682 miles. Cup: NR). Big Least. A recent AAU addition. The Knights have 22 sports. Recently strong in football, great women's hoops teams. The Big knock is they are just too far, and again a smaller institution.
7. Nebraska (728 miles. Cup: NR). Big Twelve. Another long-time AAU member. One of the historically strongest athletic programs in the nation. Strong football, and Olympic sports. 21 total sports. However, many historical ties to Big Twelve (former Southwest Conference) schools. And, likely too far.
Others? Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis... May the dominoes fall. The ES still sez that ice hockey is a greater possibility than a 12th member. But, let us revisit in 2012.
Bowl: School — Payout/Allotment
Rose: Ohio State — $18.3M/$2.2M
Orange: Iowa — $4.5M/$1.95M
Capital One: Penn State — $4.5M/$1.7M
Outback: Northwestern — $3.3M/$1.7M
Alamo: Michigan State — $2.25M/$1.5M
Champs: Sports Wisconsin — $2.25M/$1.5M
Insight: Minnesota — $1.35M/$1.35M
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sweet, very sweet. Ground breaking on March 15. This is GOOD, what a university with vision can do in two years and respond to a need. This, as opposed to the City of East Lansing continuing to bungle City Center II, extension after extension for more than five years, trying to take a blighted corner and create more unnecessary retail and housing. This, in a long-term down economy and creating more retail space on a street with never-ending revolving-door occupancy... Why not listen to residents' requests the last several years for more green space? Downscale the $115 million plan to make it affordable and reasonable. Create a plan that is adjustable. But, the dimwits at EL City Hall are too proud to tell the residents "you were right! It costs too much and we don't need it!"
Monday, December 14, 2009
|ESPN/USA Today Men's Basketball Poll: MSU #12.|
|1. Kansas (30) 9-0 774|
|2. Texas 8-0 735|
|3. Kentucky (1) 10-0 701|
|4. Purdue 9-0 675|
|5. Syracuse 10-0 658|
|6. West Virginia 7-0 631|
|7. Duke 7-1 547|
|8. Tennessee 7-1 528|
|9. Villanova 9-1 524|
|10. North Carolina 8-2 497|
|11. Georgetown 8-0 494|
|12. Michigan State 8-2 423|
|13. Florida 8-1 367|
|14. Connecticut 6-2 358|
|15. Georgia Tech 6-1 229|
|15. Gonzaga 8-2 229|
|17. Butler 7-3 184|
|18. Ohio State 7-2 176|
|19. New Mexico 10-0 164|
|20. Texas Tech 9-0 150|
|21. Washington 6-2 146|
|22. Kansas State 9-1 136|
|23. UNLV 7-1 112|
|24. Clemson 8-2 110|
|25. Mississippi 8-1 77|
Cincinnati 76, Texas A&M 58, Wisconsin 58, Illinois 25, Temple 24, Memphis 21, Florida State 20, Brigham Young 17, Saint Mary's 17, Oklahoma State 15, Wake Forest 15, St. John's 14, Charlotte 14, Northwestern 13, Seton Hall 9, Dayton 9, Tulsa 9, Washington State 9, William & Mary 9, California 7, Missouri State 3, Western Carolina 3, Mississippi State 2, Northern Iowa 1, Baylor 1, Coastal Carolina 1.
Others Receiving Votes
Dropped From RankingsTexas A&M 18, Cincinnati 19, Wisconsin 23.
What about RPI Ratings for men's basketball? MSU sits at a pretty #59 in the most up to date collegerpi.com ratings.
|18||William & Mary||6-2||0.6471||28||0.5920|
|28||North Carolina St||7-1||0.6302||53||0.5683|
|30||San Diego St||7-2||0.6262||76||0.5529|
ICE HOCKEY NATIONAL RANKINGS
USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll: MSU #13
|Team||(First Place Votes)||Record||Points||Last Poll|
|19||St. Cloud State||8-7-3||120||17|
|Others Receiving Votes: Maine 42, Vermont 32, Michigan 23, Minnesota State 11, Colgate 7, Lake Superior 6, RIT 4, Minnesota 3, Nebraska-Omaha 1|
AP Women's Basketball Rankings: MSU at #16.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTESDayton 56, Syracuse 28, Oklahoma State 26, West Virginia 22, Temple 21, St. John's 18, California 16, DePaul 16, Maryland 16, TCU 13, Hartford 12, Oregon 9, Gonzaga 8, St. Bonaventure 7, Texas Tech 7, Mississippi State 6, Iowa State 5, Northwestern 5, Miami (FL) 4, Georgetown 2, Kentucky 2, Wyoming 2, Penn State 1,
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here we go again - a one-sport athletic director (and former successful football coach) looking at the Big Ten with his blinders on, and not looking at the implications of adding a 12th team from the perspective of other sports... and the cost implications to other sports. Rittenberg quotes Delaney: ""There are a lot [of schools] that could take a lot away, but there aren't a lot that could bring so much to make the choice an easy one. You have to have a lot to make something go like this, and it's broader than really a championship game or a basketball tournament."
Don't get me wrong, coaches may make a push. But there are few AAU member schools that are within the geographic region to even consider it feasible to the Big Ten. Notre Dame is not an AAU member school; Pittsburgh, Iowa State, and Missouri, however, are AAU members.
BIG TEN MEN'S ICE HOCKEY
However, Penn State is constructing a new hockey arena and is considering a move of its men's ice hockey team to Division I status. And, the ES has been privy to conversations that several Big Ten athletic directors have discussed creating a league for men's ice hockey in the Big Ten. This is also mentioned at MVN's "State of Hockey News." It is a complicated scenario because of the long standing agreements and history with the WCHA and CCHA... but this possibility has real legs now with Penn State moving forward on its hockey arena, and with the addition of many hockey games on the Big Ten Network (and remember, in 2001, Michigan State's Ryan Miller was named Big Ten athlete of the year in Ice Hockey, even the the conference did not sponsor the sport). The Big Ten really wants ice hockey, and only needs a sixth member competing in the sport to make it a reality.
The addition of Penn State is a natural, with the addition of a sixth team to CCHA's Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and WCHA's Minnesota and Wisconsin. Of course, if Notre Dame (CCHA) were to join the Big Ten as a full member, then the league would already have the six qualifying members.... but we all know ND is too full of itself to join the Big Ten in football, so the addition of Joe Pa into ice hockey fills the void nicely.
Hockey is an extremely expensive sport, and with the federal law that will require arenas (like Munn Ice Arena) to replace their R22 refrigerant units by 2015, well PSU can construct its facility with ozone-friendly refrigerant in mind, thus absorbing the cost at the front end.
Big Ten hockey? This will happen folks. It is just a matter of time. It is one helluva lot more likely than adding a 12th team to the conference.