Men make mistakes, errors in judgement that allow predators like Jerry Sandusky to roam free for years. Myths grow more perfect with each passing day, inspiring generations. If Joe Paterno loves Penn State as much as he claims to, it’s time for the man to step away right now rather than play out the rest of the season.
The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, coming off a transition year on offense that resulted in a 4-8 record (1-6 Big East), head right smack into another transition year. The defense returns only five starters from last season, and some of those five will be seeing time at new positions. On the other side of the ball, the offense returns 10 starters, but they’re a young group who must adapt to new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and his pro-style offense.
2010 was a big step in the right direction for the Toledo Rockets. Following years of sanctions and poor play, the team returned to postseason play with an 8-4 regular season record (7-1 MAC) that earned them a spot in the Little Caesar’s Pizza (Motor City) Bowl. The Rockets were led by a ball-hawking defense that finished eighth in the FBS with 20 interceptions and a balanced offense that gained over 2000 yards both passing and rushing.
The Big Ten expansion this past offseason set off another wave of panic over whether we’d seen our last classic tournament performance at Madison Square Garden. This time, it was the Big 12 that had to deal with the fallout, but in 2003, we were the ones who had to figure out how to keep the conference together after losing three members. To say that Big East basketball survived is putting it mildly. But what of those who followed the cash to the ACC?
Recently, when the Minnesota Timberwolves went to Denver to play the Nuggets, not only did we get three of those players in the same place, we got the last three top-10 draft picks out of the ‘Cuse: Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson for the ‘Wolves, and Carmelo Anthony for the Nuggets. Truly, this was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some old friends in the pros.