Monday, October 5, 2009

No Surprise: Knights Absent From National Poll

The Sporting News beat everyone to the punch today with the first Division II poll of the 2009-2010 season. Preseason national rankings and All-American teams are about as meaningful as NFL preseason games or John Edwards' marriage vows. On top of that, TSN loses more credibility by rating a defunct cable company first among Possible Breakthroughs.

So, the following information is strictly "for entertainment purposes only." I've placed asterisks by PSAC and Atlantic Region notables.

Top 10: 1. Bellarmine, 2. BYU-Hawaii, 3. Central Missouri, 4. Valdosta State, 5. Bentley, 6. Indiana (Pa.)*, 7. Grand Valley State, 8. Humboldt State, 9. Cal Poly Pomona, 10. St. Cloud State

Possible Breakthroughs: Adelphia, Arkansas Tech, Augusta State, Barton, Bridgeport, Cal State-San Bernardino, Central Oklahoma, Central Washington, Christian Brothers, Dallas Baptist, Findlay, Florida Southern, Johnson C. Smith*, Kutztown*, LeMoyne, Massachusetts-Lowell, Merrimack, Metropolitan State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Northern Kentucky, Philadelphia, Saint Anselm, Seattle Pacific, Southern Indiana, Southwest Baptist, Southwest Minnesota State, Tarleton State, Tusculum, Virginia Union*, West Liberty State*, Western Washington and Winona State.

Nobody from the PSAC or Atlantic Region made TSN's first- or second-team All-American squad, but a few did make the Honorable Mention list: Gerald Brooks, Indiana (Pa.); Darryl Webb, Indiana (Pa.); Stephen Dennis, Kutztown; Brandon Byerson, Virginia Union; Duke Crews, Bowie State.

Thanks to GU's Dan Teliski for the heads up on this information. He's my preseason first-team All-American Sports Information Director. That and 75 cents will get him a can of Coca-Cola.

5 comments:

  1. Stephen Dennis made the honorable mention list for his defensive prowess and effort.

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  2. Agreed. If it wasn't for his defense, he'd not be able to be on the floor with the rest of the team...

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  3. Adelphia is a possible breakthrough? Didn't they get bought out by Time Warner? Is John Rigas escaping from prison?

    Uh, they might be referring to former MCC foe Adelphi. Did they ever get a better "arena" than their version of the Downtown YMCA?

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  4. * Adelphi has a magnificent new gymnasium. Check it out here: www.aupanthers.com/trads/CRS.html

    * With IUP being so highly rated, I thought I'd look into them a little more. Did you know they open their season with exhibition games at Maryland, at Wake Forest, and at Georgia Tech. Yeesh!

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  5. And nobody from IUP made first or second team?! Guess that means just a well-rounded team then.... which is always scary! (for opponents)

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