1) Despite the recent installation of a carousel at the Dunning Coaches Center, one Penn coach is raking in national honors. Not surprisingly, Karin Brower won her second-straight W. Lax Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year award after Penn went 15-3. It would've been interesting to see if Brower still prevailed had Maryland coach Cathy Reese been in Brower's region. Reese led a very young Terrapins team to an undefeated regular season and Final Four berth, before falling to North Carolina in the semis. (She did win Southern COY honors.)
Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller won National Coach of the Year, after the Wildcats went undefeated en route to a fifth-straight NCAA championship.
2) In what's got to be considered an upset (or at least proof that there are more University of New Mexico voters than Penn voters), the Palestra almost certainly will lose its matchup against the University of New Mexico's "Pit" on CBS' Arena Wars. And it's not even close, as Penn has 42% of the vote to the Pit's 58%. I guess people believe in separation of church and sports since somehow the Cathedral of College Basketball can't beat a Mountain West gym.
3) Temple has released its men's hoops schedule, and Fran Dunphy's going to be in for a rough year. The Owls host Kansas, which almost certainly will be a top 5 preseason team, as well as Siena who has won NCAA tournament games in each of the last two seasons. In addition, Temple faces five other Power Conference teams, hosting NIT champion Penn State Dec. 5, playing at Georgetown Nov. 17, taking on Virginia Tech and St. Johns at the Palestra Nov. 27 then 28 and of course battling in the annual Big 5 matchup with Villanova at home Jan. 2. (As a side note, the link also confirms Penn's recruits, though Noah already commented on that.)
4) In case you're ever quizzed on terms related to Cornell Athletics, here's your Big Red sports glossary. I guess it's supposed to be funny, though saying that Dartmouth excels in ice sculpture isn't exactly back-breakingly hilarious, especially considering this exists. Penn's entry:
Pennsylvania: Slimy Ivy rival in Philadelphia. It has strong athletic teams and questionable recruiting ethics. Learn to hate them. They’re ruthless, bad sports and play to win at whatever cost — even if it means throwing toast on the football field. And they call themselves Quakers.
So I guess we are Cornell's biggest rivals?
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