College Football: Late Spring Edition

College Football: Late Spring Edition


As grads turn their tassels, the college sports season nears an end. Lacrosse finishes up around Memorial Day and baseball in June. For football fans the season is long over, but with gridiron practice set to begin about Aug. 1, the anticipation and speculation never quite ends. The sporting news cycle is not as active right now as it is when schools are in session, but the following stories are currently being watched.

Big Ten Spring Meeting — The annual Big Ten meeting is now taking place in Chicago, with the league set to lay out its strategy for the coming year. On Monday, men’s basketball coaches were on hand and on Tuesday the athletic directors showed up. On the burner are bowl tie-in discussions. The Big Ten is working on adding bowl games closer to where its member schools are located. Also, Maryland and Rutgers join the league beginning in 2014, with representatives from those universities present as well.

Rutgers Settles Down — Rutgers is hardly a national power in any sport, but it has been in the news lately for two reasons. 1. Its new men’s basketball coach, Eddie Jordan, was found not have graduated from college after all. Still, Rutgers says that it will welcome Jordan as its coach, a former Scarlet Knight star who led Rutgers to the Final Four in 1976. 2. Rutgers is still without an athletic director, an issue that appears likely will be resolved later this week. Rutgers’ former AD was dismissed after the firing of the previous men’s basketball coach for multiple incidences of insensitivity.

Syracuse Lacrosse — With 10 national championships under its belt, the Syracuse Orangeman have the most titles of any university fielding a lacrosse team. The NCAA began holding lacrosse championships in 1971 and Syracuse has won its championships from 1983 to 2009. The Orangemen have finished as runner-up five times as well. This year, Syracuse entered the NCAA tournament as the top ranked team in the nation, but had to erase a 4-0 deficit to knock of Bryant in the opening round. This Saturday Syracuse will play Yale, the 30th time the Orangeman have made it to the quarterfinals.

American Athletic Conference — The soon to be former Big East Conference has a new name and will start off its inaugural season with 10 teams. Things get interesting in 2014 when Louisville and Rutgers depart for greener pastures and East Carolina, Tulane and Tulsa join. In 2015, Navy will also join, but only as a football-playing member. Two schools are still desperate to leave the AAC: Cincinnati and Connecticut. If one or both broker a deal with a conference that will have them, further shifting among schools across the national will likely take place soon thereafter.

Summer Breeze

We’ll be keeping our eyes on the college sports landscape throughout the summer and will take an early look at the college football season this June. And with the lacrosse finals by the end of the month and the College World Series set for June, there will still be sports news to report in the coming weeks.

See Also — College Football System Changes to be Announced


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