* PSAC/WVIAC Challenge: Nov. 9-10 at Ohio Valley (Gannon vs. Glenville State followed by Gannon at Ohio Valley)
* Gary Miller Classic: Nov. 23-24 at Gannon (Virginia Union, Daemen, Roberts Wesleyan)
* Porreco Cup: Dec. 14-15 at Gannon (Bowie State, West Va. Wesleyan, Notre Dame Oh.)
One thing I like is seeing the PSAC tournament, the Atlantic Regional tournament, and the Division II Elite 8 listed on the Gannon schedule. I love establishing that's the expectation for the program. I think that sends a good message to the players and fans.
UPDATED 6/28/12: I knew if I waited long enough -- my time has been dominated by work, family time, EYSA soccer, and this fun project -- this article on the Gannon season would write itself. Gannon SSID (Super Sports Information Director) Dan Teliski emailed me some specifics on the schedule, the PSAC, and new players. Here's some of what Dan said:
* The Gannon schedule that's online as of today isn't finalized. Says Teliski, "That is a prelim schedule. As soon as all the contracts are back, we will make an official announcement."
* "The Porreco Cup will most likely be moved to December 14-15 this year because the NCAA mandatory dead period runs this year to the 29th I believe. I have to find the actual dates but I know it interferes with the Porreco Cup dates of 29th and 30th."
* "The opening two games would not be exhibitions. Teams are allowed to play 'regional challenges' once every four years that don’t count against the 26-game schedule. Results would count, but the games don’t count against your game number, like the Disney Classic that women play in from time to time."
* "The PSAC tournament was expanded at the Presidents’ Meeting last May. The top six teams in each division will now make the tournament with the first two getting first-round byes. Everyone is not getting into the tournament. Six will play at three and five plays at four on that Saturday. After that, it returns to the original format with the Quarterfinals on Tuesday and Final Four on Friday and Saturday. We were originally scheduled to host IUP on the final day of the regular season which was Saturday, March 2. However, when the tournament was expanded, the Presidents voted to use that Saturday for the tournament and move the final game of the season to December 8. That is why it looks a little out of place."
* "We will not be announcing recruits until school starts, as we did last year. With some transfers in the mix, we cannot announce until school starts since transfers don’t sign national letters of intent."
I hope we didn't cause Dan any grief by publicizing the GU schedule before it was ready. If we did, I hope it's erased by the fact that people are talking Gannon Hoops in 85-degree weather.
Check out the complete schedule at let me know your thoughts on the independent schedule, the Porreco Cup being moved up two weeks, and the 15-day layoff between semesters. Thanks to Walter Ego for the heads up on the GU schedule.
And Happy New Year!