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Brian – BallHyped Blog Network http://ballhyped.com Hyping up the best sports blogs and bloggers. Get posting. Get voting. Get Hyped! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:03:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 The Joe Paterno I Remember http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/30/the-joe-paterno-i-remember/ Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:39:50 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2012/01/30/the-joe-paterno-i-remember/

TweetBob reminisces about his childhood experiences with the late Vince Lombardi and Joe Paterno, long before JoePa’s incredible legacy was squandered by what some believe was a profound lapse of judgement and courage. Chances are slimmer than slim you’ll recall the winner of the 1923 Kentucky Derby, an incredibly swift three-year-old named Zev. I know […]

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Reading Tea-Leaves Made of Pigskin http://ballhyped.com/2011/09/05/reading-tea-leaves-made-of-pigskin/ Tue, 06 Sep 2011 06:08:25 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/09/05/reading-tea-leaves-made-of-pigskin/

TweetThere is no getting around it: Villanova football was embarrassed by Temple last week. Bernard Pierce broke some big runs and Mike Gerardi was barely challenged by a five-man secondary. The ‘Cats had flashes of brilliance on the field, but flashes don’t win games. When this matchup was played in 2003 or 2008, that 42-7 […]

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The Cost of Pay-for-Play: Can they afford it? http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/24/the-cost-of-pay-for-play-can-they-afford-it/ Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:10:15 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/24/the-cost-of-pay-for-play-can-they-afford-it/

TweetFor a number of athletics programs, the cost of an additional $2,500 to $3,500 per athlete seem small until you recognize that Title IX and other regulatory concerns would likely leave schools paying out that sum to every student attending on an athletic scholarship. That means that women’s water polo players would get the same […]

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History: The Sinful Seven http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/22/history-the-sinful-seven/ Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:33:08 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/22/history-the-sinful-seven/

TweetPrior to 1948, there were no real regulations to enforce the “amateurism” of college athletics. Schools and their boosters offered all sort of benefits to high school stars in order to convince them to enroll and play football. In those unregulated years, Time magazine reported that a halfback was paid $10,000 (almost $90,000 in today’s […]

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Expansion Apocalypse: SECession http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/13/expansion-apocalypse-secession/ Sat, 13 Aug 2011 07:45:45 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/13/expansion-apocalypse-secession/

TweetLast summer, when Big XII instability seemed ready to wreak havoc on that conference, the schools worked out their differences, realized their collective value, and moved on as a 10-school group, seemingly stronger than ever. During the period before last summer’s reconciliation, Texas A&M took part in some very preliminary discussions with officials from the […]

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“Addressing” Big East Expansion http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/02/addressing-big-east-expansion/ Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:48:36 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/08/02/addressing-big-east-expansion/

Tweett was announced this morning by the Big East flacks that commissioner Marinatto would take the podium and speak to the assembled reporters about a number of topics — expansion included. The remarks to that end, however, didn’t have much more substance than the announcement itself. The Big East will expand, but Marinatto can’t tell […]

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Expansion Apocalypse-Championship Subdivision http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/29/expansion-apocalypse-championship-subdivision/ Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:37:37 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/29/expansion-apocalypse-championship-subdivision/

TweetThe winds of change are blowing throughout college sports and it isn’t just the BCS conferences that are caught up in the storm of realignment. In a football-driven universe, the FCS powerhouse CAA conference has seen its share of change recently and will need to brace itself for more. “Over the last ten years, six […]

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The Pitino Proposal: Between the Lines http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/15/the-pitino-proposal-between-the-lines/ Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:02:30 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/07/15/the-pitino-proposal-between-the-lines/

TweetRick Pitino was publicly displeased with the Big East schedule handed to his Cardinals a few weeks ago. Naturally, then, Pitino has concocted a solution to the perceived problem on his website. Believing that the root of the issue is that the conference is just too-darned big, the natural solution is to form into divisions. […]

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The Father of Villanova Football http://ballhyped.com/2011/06/09/the-father-of-villanova-football/ Fri, 10 Jun 2011 05:11:34 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/06/09/the-father-of-villanova-football/

TweetAndy Talley has three children: a son, a daughter and a football program. He wasn’t the first football coach on the Main Line, but going into his 27th year and 26th season, he has held the longest tenure. More importantly, Talley has been the only head coach of Wildcat football since the program re-booted in […]

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Team Final: Philly’s Most Eligible Recruits http://ballhyped.com/2011/05/19/team-final-phillys-most-eligible-recruits/ Thu, 19 May 2011 14:29:28 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/05/19/team-final-phillys-most-eligible-recruits/

TweetMost AAU basketball teams group kids into age groups. Older players can’t play in the younger brackets, but younger players are free to compete at older levels. For Philadelphia-based Team Final, their 16-year-olds are so talented, they don’t even have a 17-and-under (17U) team. Final’s class of 2013 is so stacked with precocious talent, they […]

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Expansion Apocalypse: Countdown to 2015 http://ballhyped.com/2011/05/18/expansion-apocalypse-countdown-to-2015/ Wed, 18 May 2011 15:52:26 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/05/18/expansion-apocalypse-countdown-to-2015/

TweetThere are 14 days left until 2015, at least for Villanova football. According to an article by Mike Kern, if Villanova football’s status with the Big East conference is not resolved by June 1 (which appears more and more likely), the whole timeline would be moved back by a year . . . sources have […]

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Expansion Apocalypse: Is Nine Enough? http://ballhyped.com/2011/05/12/expansion-apocalypse-is-nine-enough/ Thu, 12 May 2011 20:14:41 +0000 http://ballhyped.com/2011/05/12/expansion-apocalypse-is-nine-enough/

TweetOn November 3, 2010, the Big East voted to expand the football side of the conference to 10 members. Internet chatter recently has focused on who a tenth member would be. People wondered, “if not Villanova, then who?” Not everyone was pondering that question, however. In fact, some were pondering a very different question: “Should […]

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