The Big East Conference announced the rest of the men's basketball awards on the eve of the BET. Luke Harangody was named Player of the Year; Mike Brey Coach of the Year (second year in a row); Pitt's DeJuan Blair and Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn were named Rookies of the Year; Patrick Ewing Jr. of Georgetown was named Sixth Man of the Year; Hasheem Thabeet of UConn was named Defensive Player of the Year; and Pitt's Ronald Ramon and Darris Nichols will split the Sportsmanship Award. Actually the committee was going to split the award, but Darris felt the Award shouldn't be ruined so he started pleading that they give it to Ramon which proved that Darris was the rightful owner and he was given the award. Additionally, Ted Talkington was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year for Men's Basketball. And Jamie Smalligan received a beautiful "Participation" ribbon for this year.
The baseball team swept Valparaiso to run their record to 8-3 on the year, then lost to St. Bonaventure at home yesterday. So far the Mountaineers have only managed 4 homeruns on the season and over half of the team is batting under .300. However, half the pitchers have ERAs under 4.00 so maybe no one is using aluminum bats this year.
In football news Judge Robert Stone has set a trial date of April 3rd with depositions of Roriguez on March 26th and Ed Pastilong on March 19th. Also new Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Joseph has had some write-ups about his style going up this week. Of course Barwis was a genius here until he left then everyone blamed Slaton's speed this year on Barwis. As if he knew that was coming Joseph has already started to attempt to alleviate the fears of those that believe weightlifting is bad (and some do still exist).
“All of these guys coming in are fast but we want to increase that and make them even more efficient and not decrease their speed over time as we add more weight and more strength,” Joseph said.He did not address the need to Pensify your shirts when lifting. Finally, for those that hate basketball and baseball and need something to get you through the spring until Spring Practice for football we suggest this. Your welcome.