College Sports Quick Takes

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Hot times on and off campus.

We’re in the middle of what is turning out to be an extraordinarily hot summer and the farthest thing from the average student’s mind is their academic studies. Then again, if you are enrolled in classes this summer, then you’re knee deep in writing papers, taking quizzes and preparing for final exams.

Here on SayCampusLife, we’re keeping busy and following important trends of note. The biggest noise since the academic year ended this May has been changes involving the conference status of several universities with Nebraska, Boise State, Colorado and Utah announcing their moves. Don’t expect too much more on this over the coming months, but we can see further changes if Notre Dame finally agrees to join the Big Ten conference. Yeah, right.

Among the stories we are currently following:

Rutgers Naming Rights – I’m New Jersey born and bred, so don’t take this news wrong: Rutgers is seeking to sell naming rights to its football stadium and basketball house in a bid to raise some much needed cash. The state is broke, Gov. Christie is holding legislators’ feet to the fire and the Scarlet Knights need a financial friend. Expect one or two Garden State pharmaceutical companies to step up.

Syracuse, Penn State at the Meadowlands – One school is from New York, the other is from Pennsylvania, but they’ve agreed to play in the New Jersey (Hackensack) Meadowlands in 2013. Cuse and the Nittany Lions have a long history, having played each other regularly until Penn State joined the Big Ten two decades ago. They started to play each other again recently and are looking at home and home games ten years out.

Dana College Implodes – How would you like to be attending college and the school abruptly announces its closure? Tiny Dana College in Blair, Nebraska recently put forth the news that the school would be ceasing operations after 126 years effective immediately. Students will have to transfer to other schools and 300 freshmen won’t even get to set foot in the door. The school’s athletic program is shut down meaning member schools in the Great Plains Athletic Conference will have one less game to play this season.

Stanford, Athletic Powerhouse – The Stanford Cardinal is college’s best sports program! Who knew? For the sixteenth consecutive year, Stanford won the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup which recognizes the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA. Measuring the top ten mens and top ten womens sports at each school, Stanford continues to lead year after year. Of course, it helped that the Cardinal won men’s volleyball and women’s tennis this year, but distanced the second place Florida Gators in the tally.

If you’re on campus right now, you’ve probably been seeing some 7-on-7 football action in advance of the fall season. Regular football practice begins in less than four weeks with the first kickoffs taking place Labor Day weekend.

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