The 2014 BSPYs

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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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Defending champs Kentucky fall to Robert Morris, yes Robert Morris

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On Tuesday night Robert Morris University beat the mighty Kentucky Wildcats 59-57. Not many thought RMU could beat Kentucky, the 2012 NCAA Champions. As RMU took out the one seed in the NIT, but many people forget, in 2010, RMU took Villanova, a two seed, to overtime in the NCAA tournament.

When comparing the two schools, there are big differences.  In 2011-2012, Kentucky had an enrollment of 28,094 and RMU only had 5,100. According to ESPN Stats & Info Kentucky home games averaged 23,099 fans while RMU in their 15 home games had a combined attendance of 15,692.

Many people had never heard of the little school, one person who did was Kentucky coach John Calipari who is originally from Moon Township. He went to high school less than a mile away at Moon High School and his mother used to work at Robert Morris back when it was just a Junior College.

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Indiana Hoosiers claim preseason No. 1 in USA Today Coaches Poll

Tom Crean’s restoration project of Indiana University basketball has pretty much come full-circle.

After being crippled by NCAA sanctions stemming from former coach Kelvin Sampson’s violations, struggling through six-, 10- and 12-win seasons his first three  years in Bloomington, and leading a remarkable turnaround in 2012-13 that resulted in a Sweet 16 appearance, Crean has his Hoosiers sitting atop the USA Today Coaches preseason poll, released today.

With key returnees in Player of the Year Candidate Cody Zeller, senior Christian Watford and juniors Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey — plus a loaded freshman class dubbed “The Movement” — Indiana appears poised for a run at a sixth NCAA championship, which is remarkable given all the program has been through in recent years.

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10 things the NCAA should absolutely do right now

Will the Big 10 give Penn State the boot?

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In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky trial and the cover-up by Penn State officials of the fact that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children, there has been much speculation on what the future holds for the Penn State football program.

What sanctions will the program face?

Will the Paterno statue be taken down?

Will the NCAA remove the football team from the school altogether for a period of time (the Death Penalty)?

However, few have asked what the Big Ten will do with the program. Could the Big Ten decide to remove Penn State from the conference?

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Indiana Hoosiers appear tourney-bound after win against Michigan State

No. 1 Kentucky? Check.

No. 2 Ohio State? Check.

No. 5 Michigan State? Check.

Each of those three teams, while ranked as listed, has fallen at Assembly Hall this season, adding a feat to the already deep lore of Indiana University basketball: the Hoosiers (23-7, 10-7 Big Ten) have knocked off three top-5 teams in the regular season for the first time ever.

Knocking off the Spartans in a 70-55 win Tuesday night adds yet another key victory to IU’s tournament resume — one that probably doesn’t need any more work to ensure the Hoosiers will go dancing for the first time under coach Tom Crean. For Crean, the players and Hoosier Nation, that has to feel good.

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Indiana Hoosiers Starting to Feel Grind of Big Ten Slate

 

All in all, the Indiana Hoosiers still are in a greatly encouraging spot right now compared to where they’ve been at this point each of the last three seasons.

The resurgent Hoosiers, who have suffered through three years of aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson debacle, have finally found their way in this fourth year under coach Tom Crean, knocking off Nos. 1 and 2 teams (Kentucky and Ohio State, respectively) for the first time in program history en route to a 15-3 start and the team’s first appearance in the top-25 (and top-10) rankings for the first time since 2008.

It appears, though, the grind of the Big Ten schedule is starting to get to IU as the Hoosiers have dropped two straight conference contests — a completely lousy home loss to Minnesota last Thursday and a drubbing at Ohio State on Sunday.

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SEC Football: Oversigning (“Cheating”)=More Championships

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As Wes Bynum’s 19-yarder sailed through the desert air to split the uprights and down Oregon in the Tostitos BCS national championship there was no question Auburn was the best team in college football.  There was also no doubt which conference was at the top of the summit.  The cheers of “S-E-C” that rained down like ticker-tape on the Auburn players and coaches was evidence enough.  Fans chanting the conference’s moniker knew, and so did the rest of the nation, the SEC, with victories in the last five national championships, was college football’s king.

Fans, writers and even coaches have sought to explain this domination.  Many pegged blazing SEC speed as the reason, asserting that kids from Florida and Georgia just have better wheels than farm-boys from Ohio and Wisconsin.  For years, that reasoning has been widely accepted, but lately a new explanation has bubbled to the surface: oversigning.

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Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush Compares NCAA to the Mafia

Al Capone once said: “capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.”

Many people today believe that idea is best illustrated by the NCAA, the ruling body over the multi-billion dollar college basketball and college football industries.

I guess you can include Democratic congressman Bobby Rush in that group; he compared the NCAA to the Mafia in regard to its control over the lives of “student athletes.”

Illinois 38, Northwestern 35: Rapid Reaction

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It was a game that could have changed the Northwestern season. The Wildcats had Dan Persa back, had an 18-point lead on the road, and had momentum. Then, it all fell apart.

Northwestern did everything in its power to lose on the road at Illinois. So did the Fighting Illini. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, fate appeared to be favoring orange over purple in the Big Ten season opener. Northwestern fell to Illinois 38-35, allowing the Illini to keep possession of the Land of Lincoln trophy. [Read more…]

Northwestern suffers tough road loss to Army 21-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

After starting the season 2-0, Northwestern faced a tough test in the triple option offense of Army. Unfortunately for ‘Cats fans, Northwestern wasn’t as prepared for it’s second road game of the season, and NU fell 21-14. [Read more…]

Breakdown of Potential Ohio State Head Football Coaching Candidates

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The NCAA is set to determine the fate of the Ohio State football program on August 12 and while no one knows exactly how hard the Committee on Infractions will come down on the Buckeyes, it is safe to say a number of sanctions are well within the realm of possibility.  Couple the upcoming hearing with the fact that Ohio State will be headed into the 2011-2012 season without their head coach of the past decade, their former starting quarterback headed to the NFL (CFL UFL?), and their No. 1 wide receiver, running back and starting offensive tackle gone for the first five games of the season and you have what we in the biz like to call uncertainty.

By: Jeff Beck

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