Vegas Line - Temple by 10
Dan Welch's Preseason Preview of the Owls
The 2001 season was a crucial year for the Temple football program. The Big East had already announced the revocation of Temple's membership. In fighting to reverse the decision, Temple needed a big year not only on the field but also in the stands because the economic contributions of Temple to the conference were at the root of the membership issue. Head Coach Bobby Wallace had his team poised for a breakout year as the senior-laden team contained 20 returning starters but the Owls repeated a 4-7 (2-5) season that demonstrated little progress. Attendance was still abysmal. Television ratings were terrible. The Big East postponed Temple's eviction but confirmed its inevitability.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- Big East Preview - Temple
Big East Football
Some might call it a bunch of bowl to discuss the college postseason with three games remaining, but if you can do it, why not give it a whirl? The Pitt football team pretty much locked up a bowl berth Saturday with a definitive 28-21, come-from-behind victory over then-No. 3 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The 22nd-ranked Panthers improved their record to 7-2 overall, 4-0 in the Big East, and remained tied for first in the conference with No. 2 Miami.
PittsburghLIVE.com - If Pitt wins out, BCS bowl looms
Miami Number 1 again; Pitt climbs; Tech Falls
No. School Record Points Previous
1 Miami (FL) (61) 9-0 1,525 1
2 Ohio State 11-0 1,462 3
3 Texas 9-1 1,363 4
4 Washington State 9-1 1,310 5
CBS.SportsLine.com - Coaches Poll
1. Miami (Fla.) 9-0 Defeated Tennessee 26-3
2. Oklahoma 8-1 Lost to Texas A&M 30-26
3. Ohio State 11-0 Defeated Purdue 10-6
4. Texas 9-1 Defeated Baylor 41-0
5. Washington State 9-1 Defeated No. 15 Oregon 32-21
After proving last season he could win with somebody else's players, second-year coach Gary Waters will show this season he can win with some of his own. As good as Waters was last season on the bench, leading Rutgers to an 18-13 mark and the NIT, he might have been even better on the recruiting trail. He signed two big-time recruits who turned down scholarships to national champion Maryland (6-7 forward Cortez Davis) and Final Four-bound Oklahoma (6-1 guard Calvin Wooten). With that kind of talent joining a core of skilled players featuring gifted 6-10 wing Herve Lamizana (6.6 ppg, 41 percent on 3s) and guards Jerome Coleman (16.8 ppg), Mike Sherrod (8.6 ppg) and Ricky Shields (11.5 ppg), Rutgers has the kind of roster that could make a dent in March. Don't laugh.
ESPN.com: NCB - Team preview: Rutgers
Big East Basketball - Tech getting too rich
BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Ricky Stokes signed six players last fall and received an oral commitment from a seventh.
A good haul, right? One problem - under NCAA rules, Stokes only had four scholarships to give to the newcomers this year. Stokes wasn't sure all seven would qualify academically, but when they did, he didn't have enough grants to go around.
Big East Preview
Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland started laughing, maybe because he knows the joke ultimately could be on him. Howland had just been asked about being the favorite to win the Big East this season. Instant giggles. Then he answered. "I don't think preseason polls mean that much," he said. "But it's better than being picked sixth."
ESPN.com: NCB - Pitt prepared to play new role of Big East 'favorite'
National Basketball - An old friend reports on the storm at Michigan
You don't hear the word "ashamed" used much these days. It fits here, and anyone who rooted for the players who took money from Martin should now feel the same way. Because Ed Martin and the kids he paid stole things that are irreplaceable, took pieces of people's lives.
So many wrongs will never be fully righted
The worst still may be yet to come for the University of Michigan and its men's basketball program. School officials admitted as much Thursday after announcing the university would forfeit 113 men's basketball games, return $450,000 in tournament revenue and take down the 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners and two others from Crisler Arena as punishment for NCAA rules violations committed by rogue booster Eddie L. Martin.
NCAA holds U-M fate
Talk about it on the Bulletin Boards:
Note of caution to those RU fans who have unrealistic expectations for the remainder of the 2002 campaign and next year. Temple, a team that has slapped us badly the last few years scored 22 points against Pittsburgh yesterday. Next week will be no walk in the park. Notre Dame looked like a tired team yesterday and managed a win against a game navy club. With two weeks to rest up Notre Dame will be more than prepared for RU and for those who already have a "W" chalked up next year against Navy... think again. Boston College is clearly the best team in the conference without a win and will have something to play for against RU in a few weeks.
So, unless someone can demonstrate how the RU offense is going to move the ball against it's opponents it will be a long few end of the season weeks unless, of course, the defense can put up three scores a game.
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