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.


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

  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...

  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?

  4. * Adelphi has a magnificent new gymnasium. Check it out here:

    * 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!

  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)