Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blog Chips: the Jamaican rum edition

Sorry about the lack of posting lately but I've been extremely busy getting ready for vacation in Jamaica mon! Suffice it to say for the next 4 days (starting Thursday) my life will consist of the following:

I'm booked at an all-inclusive (read: all the alcohol you can drink!) resort and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Goal #1: Have more fun than an adult should be allowed

Goal #2: Stay out of Jamaican prison

Yes, in that order.

In the mean time the Big Ten conference handed out men's Basketball awards and Penn State is well represented. Talor Battle was selected first team by both the coaches and the media, Jamelle Cornley was selected second team by the media and third team by the coaches, and Stanley Pringle was honorable mention by both.

The Big Ten Wrestling championship was last weekend and Penn State finished a very disappointing 7th place with no Big Ten champs. Quentin Wright and Dan Vallimont were the lone bright spots for the Nittany Lions but the team finished at or near their pre-seeds and often lost by fall. Questions are really starting to mount about the future of head coach Troy Sunderland.

Penn State athletic director Tim Curley attended both days of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Curley said he's waiting until after this month's NCAA Championships in St. Louis to assess the state of the program.

"Right now, we are anxious to see how we come out of this weekend and how well we can do in two weeks out in St. Louis," Curley said before Sunday's 184-pound final. "We will see where we are from there."

"The Big Ten is a strong conference," Curley said. "We certainly would like to be in contention year in and year out, but there's a lot of good competition and programs in the Big Ten."

I'm not one of these "what have you done lately" kind of fans but this season has fallen way short of expectations. From the Dual meet season to the Big Ten's this team just hasn't performed like most would have expected.


wvlion said...

First a compliment: the all-inclusive Jamacian package is a stroke of genius.

Second a contention: you didn't give proper credit to Bubba Jenkins or Quentin Wright; both did very well at the Big 10 wrestling championship.

Bubba got beat by the #1 ranked wrestler in his class, Brent Metcalf. Nobody will beat Metcalf this year...he's DanGable-esque.

Wright faced a similarly formidible opponent: #1 ranked Steve Luke. Even Luke himself expressed disbelief that Quentin was a true freshman. Wright will be a D-1 champion in a couple of years I predict.

Galen said...


I said Wright was a bright spot and I was very happy to see him make the finals especially after beating an Iowa wrestler to get there. Its true Jenkins had a good tourney but he didn't wrestle like I thought he could, he seemed listless and not very aggressive especially in the finals, and let's face it he gave up in the finals. I agree, Quentin will be a champ before it's all said and done; he gets better and better.