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What's Better Than A National Title? Ice Cream, Of Course!

December, 20, 2014
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Penn State has a long history of athletic success, owning 73 national titles in a variety of sports. And while that’s, you know, impressive and all, there’s apparently an even greater honor one can receive in State College.

No, not the Rhodes Scholarship, I’m talking about a “hall of fame” ice cream flavor at the on-campus creamery.

In the past 20 years, there’s been just one person to nab such an achievement – Russ Rose. The legendary women’s volleyball coach, who looks for his seventh national title tonight against BYU, has been at the helm of the program for 36 years and is an iconic figure on campus. Berkey Creamery released “Russ ‘digs’ Roseberry” in the spring and it has since become one of the creamery's most popular flavors. Made from black raspberry puree, whole strawberries, strawberry sauce, red raspberry sauce and pure chocolate in a vanilla base, it sounds like pretty much the most delicious ice cream flavor named after a volleyball coach ever.

According to the Penn State athletic department, Rose was offered the distinction a few years ago but turned it down because he doesn’t like personal accolades. But after he won his sixth title last season, he finally obliged. I’m guessing the sweet teeth and taste buds in the area are forever grateful for this.

Obviously I had to see this delectable treat for myself and lucky for me, the team brought some to Oklahoma City. It was as delicious as I had hoped.

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12 Perfect pairs

April, 4, 2014
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Aubrun TigersJonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesCam Newton and Auburn beat Oregon in the most recent meeting of two unbeaten teams in a national title game.

With just the semifinals standing in the way of a clash of unbeatens between UConn (38-0) and Notre Dame (36-0) in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, we look back at the 12 previous NCAA championship games between perfect teams.

Auburn vs. Oregon football, 2010: Led by quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers edged the Ducks 22-19 in the BCS National Championship.

Alabama vs. Texas football, 2009: After the Longhorns lost star quarterback Colt McCoy to injury early, the Crimson Tide capitalized and took home the BCS title with a 37-21 victory.

USC vs. Oklahoma football, 2004: Despite entering the game with matching 12-0 records, the Trojans routed the Sooners 55-19 in the BCS Championship. The title was later stripped from the Bruins for NCAA violations and no champion is recognized from that season.

Miami vs. Ohio State football, 2002: Bringing a 34-game winning streak into the BCS Championship, the Hurricanes fell to the Buckeyes in a double-overtime classic, 31-24.

Florida State vs. Virginia Tech football, 1999: The Seminoles held off a second-half rally by the Hokies for a 46-29 victory and claimed their second national championship.

Long Beach State vs. Penn State women's volleyball, 1998: The 49ers became the first volleyball program in Division I history to finish the season undefeated by topping the Nittany Lions. Long Beach State was led by now-icon and three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May.

Marshall vs. Montana football, 1996: The Thundering Herd, featuring Randy Moss and Chad Pennington, captured their second NCAA Division I-AA title with a 49-29 victory over the Grizzlies.

Old Dominion vs. Iowa women's field hockey, 1992: The Monarchs took home their third consecutive national title, and seventh overall, with a 4-0 win over Iowa.

Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse men's lacrosse, 1984: The Blue Jays snapped the Orange's 22-game win streak -- that stretched over two seasons -- with a 13-10 victory in the national championship.

North Carolina vs. Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse, 1981: North Carolina won its first lacrosse title by edging Johns Hopkins 14-13.

Cornell vs. Maryland men's lacrosse, 1976: The Big Red needed overtime to beat the Terps 16-13 to win their second national championship.

Howard vs. Saint Louis men's soccer, 1971: The first known meeting of unbeatens in the NCAA finals, Howard topped Saint Louis 3-2. The NCAA later stripped Howard of the title for allegedly using ineligible players.

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