Friday, March 14, 2008


Average, huh? Almost Made It

It was quite the up and down season. I'd go back and rehash it but I don't that that's worth anyone's time. Mike, of course, does an intelligent and thorough wrap up...what follows does not really qualify under those conditions.

Our two best, most experienced players were hurt. Depth, which would normally make up for this kind of misfortune, is not something you associate with Penn State Basketball. There was the sinking ship of the post-Claxon losing skid, and of course the uplifting wins over ranked Michigan State and Indiana, but what really happened this year?

Yes a 7th place finish is a step in the right direction, but I can't remember the bottom half of the Bit Ten being this bad in a long time. Before this year? Finishes at 11 (2007), 8 (2006), 11 (2005), 11 (2004), 11(2003), 11 (2002). That's pretty bad.

I'm not really getting at anything here, I suppose. Penn State's commitment to basketball is about on par with their commitment to keeping tuition stagnate. They have no interest in hiring a high priced football coach, so the thought of them opening up a 'national search' for someone better than Ed is laughable at best. That's the kind of thing that happens when Disney On Ice draws a bigger crowd than the Basketball team.

The team was forced to play freshman, showed improvement, gained a new leader in Battle, and actually came back at the end of a game....I should be happy. You know what, things could be a lot worse. (This is my attempt to end on a positive note.)

And before you ask: 169 more days.

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