Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Afternoon Linkage: Finally, some good news for Purdue
By Eamonn Brennan
E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson both told Indianapolis Star reporter Jeff Rabjohns that they'll be back for their senior seasons: "I think we'll be back next year," Moore said. "At least speaking for myself. I can't speak for JaJuan." "That's what it looks like right now for me, coming back to school," Johnson said. "I still have a lot of things to accomplish: a Big Ten championship, a Final Four. There are a lot of things I still want to do in college." In a year that has gone from Final Four hopes to just trying to make a respectable appearance in the NCAA tournament, this is good news for Boilermakers fans, and very bad news for the rest of the Big Ten.
An analysis prepared by a boutique Chicago investment bank found the Big Ten stands to gain money from conference expansion, which will put to ease the concerns of those worried an additional Big Ten team would actually cause the conference's teams to lose money. According to sources, "a Big East school joining the Big Ten would have to pay $5 million as a 'loyalty clause' fee." Oh, college sports. It's like you're trying to draw comparisons with the mob.
Yesterday, Binghamton removed itself from the America East tourney, effectively ending the Bears' season in the wake of the SUNY report heard 'round the world. Today, Rush the Court questions that logic, saying its unfair to the players who stuck around this year despite the program's woes: "It was bad enough when USC officials threw their promising team under the bus midway through the 09-10 season, but the players who remained at Binghamton along with interim coach Mark Macon made the best of a horrible situation this year and actually far exceeded expectations. The Bearcats finished 8-8 in the conference and were scheduled to be the #5 seed in the tournament. In a year without a truly dominant Am East team, imagine the story if Binghamton had been able to claw its way to the NCAA Tournament again this year! It doesn’t make a whit of sense to us to punish the remaining players for prior transgressions, but the school has consistently made poor decisions in this arena for some time now, so it shouldn’t surprise us."
The LeMoyne Dolphins are one of only three teams to beat Syracuse this season -- albeit in an exhibition game -- so surely LeMoyne is streaking through their Division II season with ease, right? Not really, though the Dolphins did put together a solid 18-9 season, including six more conference wins than in 2008-09.