Congratulations to Mike Mussina on his retirement. The righthander had such a great career in the major leagues that I remember watching him pitch at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. And since he never won a World Series championship with the Yankees, his defection from the Birds is easier to swallow now. He was a guy who always seemed in great control on the mound. He will not get to 300 wins, but I think that if I had a vote for the Hall of Fame, he'd get it. He was certainly a dominating pitcher in his era. And he will be missed.
Still getting over Monday night's loss to Virginia Tech. I think it really proved that this Mount team can be and is already pretty darn good. They don't play again until Tuesday at George Mason and that will once again be a big test. The Patriots weren't supposed to be as good this year, but they have really flown out of the gate. You know that Jim Larranga can coach and he's going to keep that program going.
Tech won today in Puerto Rico defeating Fairfield handily. I caught the last few minutes over lunch, but it wasn't that exciting. AD Vassallo had a big game for the Hokies in his homecoming. They'll face Xavier tomorrow who rallied late to beat Missouri. I've got USC and Seton Hall on right now. They are tied about midway through the first half, the winner faces Memphis tomorrow.
Just saw a preview for Feast Week on ESPN. What a great week of hoops that that is going to be. The Maui Invitational with Carolina, Notre Dame and Texas, the CBE Classic with Syracuse, Florida and Kansas, the Final Four of the Preseason NIT (BC, Purdue, Oklahoma and UAB), the Old Spice Classic - which may be the best field with Gonzaga, Maryland, Georgetown, Tennessee and Michigan State, the 76 Classic in Anaheim with Wake Forest, St. Mary's, and Arizona State, and the Mount home opener versus Boston University. Yes, it is going to be good stuff.
Put me on the record as saying that Oklahoma will beat Texas Tech this weekend.
Also put me on record as saying that I want Steve Mariucci to be the next football coach for Syracuse. But believe me when I tell you it isn't going to happen.
And I'm not saying that Randy Edsall will get the job, but I don't believe that he's entirely out of the equation. And I wouldn't be surprised at all if he's very much still a part of the equation.
I'd really like to see Syracuse win on Saturday. Beating Notre Dame would be a good way to start building for next year and beyond. Credit Greg Robinson for the quality way he's handled himself through this situation. We wish him the best in the future as long as its not as the head coach of the Orange.
I have a feeling that Penn State will blow out Michigan State this weekend. The Spartans don't seem to have enough defense to stay in the game.
Credit Mercer for its 3-0 start, including sweeping the SEC's Alabama schools on Auburn and the Crimson Tide's home floor. But don't forget the Bears won their opener at USC last season, before losing 19 games.