Gannon unveiled the upcoming season's schedule today, and maybe the most compelling part of the announcement was the subhead of the press release: "Recruiting Class and Roster Changes Expected to be Announced Soon." I'm certainly looking forward to that information.
The 2010-11 schedule has very few head-turning announcements. Here are the highlights:
* Due to the NCAA's Smart Balance initiative, the Division II regular season has been reduced to 26 games from 27.
* GU opens the season with the Gary Miller Classic Nov. 26-27. The Classic field includes Northern Michigan, Cedarville (Oh.), and Daemen. Just because you've never heard of Cedarville, don't laugh at them. They've had a respected NAIA program for decades.
* The Porreco Cup is set for Dec. 29-30 with Wayne State (Mich.), Seton Hill, and NCAA qualifier East Stroudsburg.
* The remaining independent schedule is two home-and-home series with NCAA qualifier Central State (Oh.) and Urbana.
* The Knights will see the rest of the PSAC East this year as Millersville and West Chester come to town. Gannon will face Shippensburg and Cheyney on the road.
* I'm always amused by the part of the press release that hypes the PSAC West and outlines that portion of the schedule. You know Gannon SID Dan Teliski is just dying to write one year, "If you don't know who's in the PSAC West, look it up you lazy lout."
* Did I call the NCAA "Life in the Balance" initiative "Smart Balance"? Smart Balance is a delicious buttery spread which is actually good for you. Life in the Balance is NCAA administrators fooling themselves that lopping one game off the schedule makes a real difference for athletes. My error.
You guys were pretty harsh when Gannon announced last year's schedule, most of us scoffing that the Knights had to lower themselves to play Urbana and Lake Erie ... who GU promptly finished 0-4 against. This schedule seems fine to me. There appear to be no dogs on it; everybody's a respectable basketball institution. Except for Lock Haven.
Speaking of Lock Haven, tonight I stumbled across this article from earlier this year about John Wilson, Jr., the Bald Eagles dreadful head coach. Apparently he's suing the school in part because he's been given "less than satisfactory performance ratings." In 11 years the guy is 55-209 and he's never had a winning season. If Lock Haven actually had any fans, they'd be well within their right to sue him.