This was the day we've all been waiting for -- the Knights won the Division II national championship today in Springfield, Mass. Too bad it was the Bellarmine Knights from Louisville and the GLVC.
Other thoughts and facts for you to ponder:
Bellarmine won the title, but can Gannon make a case for being the best team in the nation? Check out this series of events from this season:
- Bellarmine won national championship (3/26)
- Ky. Wesleyan defeated Bellarmine (2/19)
- Indianapolis defeated Ky. Wesleyan (2/12)
- Urbana defeated Indianapolis (11/20)
- Gannon defeated Urbana (12/16)
If Gannon gets off to a slow start next year, here's one reason not to panic. BYU-Hawai'i, who narrowly lost to Bellarmine in the DII final today, started its season 5-4 before catching fire to finish 17-8 in the regular season.
Butler advanced to the Division I Final Four today. During the Bulldogs current 13-game win streak, they've defeated the following teams/coaches/conferences: Florida/Billy Donovan/SEC, Wisconsin/Bo Ryan/Big 10, and Pitt/Jamie Dixon/Big East. Who is the last coach and team to beat Butler? Jerry Slocum and Youngstown State on Feb. 2. If you don't believe me, watch the game highlights here.
According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, the three finalists for the Lock Haven coaching job are former LHU and IUP head coach and current Penn State assistant Kurt Kanaskie, Shippensburg assistant coach Mike Nestor and Goldey-Beacom head coach Chuck Hammond. Kanaskie is the only guy I recognize. He was Lock Haven's head coach for 3 years, IUP's boss for 8, and then coached DI Drake for 7 seasons. You have to love this line from Kanaskie's Wikipedia page: "Under Kanaskie, Drake posted the two worst records in the history of the school, 2-26 in 1996-97 and 3-24 in 1997-98. During those 2 seasons, Kanaskie was 0-36 in Missouri Valley Conference games." My guess is those details were left off his current resume. Then again, they might be a selling point if Lock Haven wants to continue its losing tradition. UPDATED 3/30/11: Mike Nestor has been named Lock Haven's new head coach. Click here for details.
UPDATED 3/30/11: Longtime Findlay coach Ron Niekamp announced his retirement this week. Thanks to Gannon Hoops follower JRD for this link to the article from the Findlay newspaper. Kudos to Niekamp for consistently winning with class (which is infinitely more valuable than simply winning). The GLIAC rivalry I missed the most was Gannon/Findlay. Even the losses were doozies.