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Quote of the Day, part 2

Enough with this rain already.

Quote of the Day, part 2

 

"We hope that it's beneficial and sufficient for all of the coaches on their campuses."

-- New Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade on the conference's decision to conduct its media day by a teleconference.

That, and the fact that the second word I heard come out of the mouth of A-10 PR chief Stephen Haug after I was placed in the call was "cost-cutting." Then came further admissions that the cost of travel and the economic downturn led to the conference's decision to have everything done by teleconference instead of in person.

Look, I have no objection to having a teleconference or to doing so in the name of saving money. I mean, you could spin it as being greener than having everyone get on planes and buses and be telling the truth.

And not having to travel today saved me and the other Philadelphia-based reporters a lot of trouble as the World Series drags on towards infinity.

But I can't help remembering that the least happy person to be in Atlantic City at last year's event was Saint Louis' Rick Majerus. Yes, he had the farthest to travel. But coincidentally, he's also the conference's highest-profile coach, and one of the most outspoken in the nation at any level.

Coincidence. I can live with a coincidence.

We all can live with coincidences, right?

"You can't win a World Series in six innings. It takes nine innings; you have to get those 27 outs."

-- New York Times baseball writer Jack Curry on that newspaper's Back Story podcast yesterday afternoon.

How prescient.

If you need some cheering up (and it sure seems like I do), Phil Martelli was talking during the conference call this morning on what it means to be playing the whole season at the Palestra.

Martelli said he's looking forward to having more students in the house, and he wants visting A-10 teams "to have a chance to experience that building ... It will be a memory that they will never, ever forget."

You wonder just how gregarious that second part was. It's going to be one heck of a winter on 33rd Street.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming, and I bet you won't hear those words for the rest of this week. Look at the moves up by Penn State and Rutgers...

2. Penn State (3)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 9/12 Ohio State, 13-6
This week: Off

58. Rutgers (85)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 22/46 Pittsburgh, 54-34
This week: Off

75. Villanova (66)
Last week: Home loss vs. No. 54/47 James Madison, 23-19
This week: 11/1 at No. Northeastern, 1:00 p.m.

87. Temple (90)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 111/112 Ohio, 14-10
This week: 11/1 at No. 44 Navy, 3:30 p.m., CBS College Sports

128. Lafayette (136)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 184/195 Fordham, 48-13
This week: 11/1 at No. 161 Colgate, 1:00 p.m., WBPH

138. Delaware (151)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 160/169 Hofstra, 17-0
This week: 11/1 at No. 47 James Madison, 3:30 p.m., CN8

155. Penn (173)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 169/175 Yale, 9-7
This week: 11/1 vs. No. 149 Brown, 12:00 p.m., Versus

182. Lehigh (179)
Last week: Road loss vs. No. 159/157 Holy Cross, 35-21
This week: 11/1 at No. 225 Georgetown, 1:00 p.m.

207. Delaware State (190)
Last week: Road loss vs. No. 209/200 Morgan State, 20-3
This week: 11/1 vs. No. 162 South Carolina State, 1:00 p.m., ESPNU

Down the ladder...

West Chester
Last week: Home win vs. Cheyney, 60-6
This week: 11/1 at Bloomsburg, 1:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley
Last week: Road loss vs. Lycoming, 10-7
This week: 11/1 vs. Widener, 1:00 p.m.

Widener
Last week: Home vs. win FDU-Florham, 27-7
This week: 11/1 at Delaware Valley, 1:00 p.m.

Ursinus
Last week: Home win vs. McDaniel College, 26-7
This week: 11/1 at Moravian, 1:00 p.m.

Rowan
Last week: Road win vs. Buffalo State, 20-7
This week: 11/1 vs. Kean, 1:00 p.m.

Lincoln
Last week: Road loss vs. Virginia State, 54-0
This week: 11/1 vs. St. Paul's College, 1:00 p.m.

Cheyney
Last week: Road loss vs. West Chester, 60-6
This week: 11/1 at Shippensburg, 1:00 p.m.

Finally, we go to the Top 10 chart, and here's the week's TV schedule...



Rank
AP
McLane
Coaches
Sagarin
Harris
BCS
1.
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
2.
Alabama
Alabama
Alabama
Penn State
Alabama
Alabama
3.
Penn State
Penn State
Penn State
USC
Penn State
Penn State
4.
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Alabama
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
5.
Florida
Florida
Texas Tech
Oklahoma
Texas Tech
USC
6.
Texas Tech
Texas Tech
USC
Oklahoma St.
Florida
Georgia
7.
USC
Oklahoma St.
Florida
Florida
USC
Texas Tech
8.
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Florida
9.
Oklahoma St.
USC
Utah
Texas Tech
Oklahoma St.
Oklahoma St.
10.
Utah
Missouri
Oklahoma St.
Boise State
Utah
Utah

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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