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December 2006 Archives

Sunday, 12/31/06

Been a while

What a ridiculously long time it’s been since I last blogged, call it a Christmas break I guess but that just means there’s even more to talk about.

Big East surprises

If you had asked me two months ago who the top two teams in the Big East would be as the year came to end I probably would have said some combination of Pitt, Georgetown and Connecticut. To be fair only one game has been played in conference but it perfectly illustrates how deep this conference could be this year.

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Tuesday, 12/12/06

Let's talk some hockey

Apologies to the Rink Rat for impinging on his territory but its December 12th and we haven't talked any hockey. Not that I've been denying you any insights on a sport I really don't know that much about but I am from a college hockey town (Burlington, Vermont) and I even have an Alma Mater in the Top 25.

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Monday, 12/11/06

Elrick Signs Extension Through 2046

February 9, 2006 was just over ten months ago but for fans of the University of Idaho football team it must seem like a lot longer then that.

At the time U of I athletic director Rob Spear was basking in the glow of the most popular and high-profile coaching hire in school history. He had managed to convince former Vandals coach Dennis Erickson to return to where he started and take over a struggling program that had won just two games the previous season.

The Idaho Statesman was full of stories about skyrocketing demand for season tickets and a new era in Vandal football. Hundreds of boosters who hadn’t been to the Kibbie Dome in years showed up just to shake the hand of the man who led Miami to a pair of National Championships and, at one time, had the Vandals rolling to 15 straight wins over now undefeated and BCS-bound Boise State.

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Friday, 12/08/06

Cougar Time

We at the Max like to think of ourselves as champions of the little guy. Far from spending all of our time talking about the Ohio State’s, Duke’s and USC’s of the world we like to keep an eye on the forgotten programs that are making noise. Earlier this year we talked about San Jose State (headed to their first bowl game since the 1990 California Raisin Bowl), Rice (rebounding from a one win season to finish 7-5 and win a bid to the New Orleans Bowl) but now it’s basketball season and so we go in search of moribund hoops programs that look like they may be making a comeback, enter Washington State.

After finishing 11-17 last year Dick Bennett stepped down as head coach and handed the reigns to son Tony who has the Cougars playing as well as they have in years. It all came to a head earlier this week when they used a late 14-1 run to top Gonzaga and move to 8-1. As you would expect of a team coached by the son of Dick Bennett the Cougars are doing it with defense, ranking just 192nd in scoring offense but 34th in scoring defense. They also take care of the ball averaging just under 10 turnovers per game. Against Gonzaga they turned the ball over just seven times while forcing 17 on the other end. They struggled a bit on offense in the first half but had their way with the Zags after the break shooting 72% from behind the three-point line.

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Monday, 12/04/06

The Sideline Scoop

One of the great joys of having a sideline pass for a college football game is the celebrity watching. Of course some programs are better then others in this regard. Go to a USC football game and you might catch a glimpse of Will Ferrell or Snoop Dog, attend a Utah State game on the other hand and you’ll be lucky if one of the cheerleaders kind of, sort of looks a little bit like Tara Reid.

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