The Dean's List
• Some things don't last long, so we've got to appreciate them while they last. So let's take a moment to celebrate Vanderbilt's first top 25 ranking in 24 years. The Commodores climbed into the rankings and boosted their record to 4-0 with a 24-17 win over Mississippi on Saturday. A perennial SEC cellar dweller, Vanderbilt hasn't had a winning season since 1982 and hasn't won a conference championship since the SEC was founded in 1932. But with convincing wins over Miami of Ohio, South Carolina, Rice and Ole Miss, the Commodores are off to a fast start this season. Unfortunately for the only private school in the SEC, the schedule gets just a little bit tougher from here on out. In its next five games, Vanderbilt plays Auburn, Georgia and Florida. That's going to be a real tough stretch for a school with a .345 winning percentage in SEC football games.
• Due to the physical nature of the game, football constantly reminds us that we're perpetually teetering on the verge of dramatic change. With one awkward tackle, a player can go from being a superstar to a hospital patient. Ball State wide receiver
• Last college basketball season, I had the chance to hang out with UNC Asheville basketball player
• The Connecticut field hockey team doesn't do things the easy way, but so far this season, the Huskies are getting the job done. On Sunday, UConn beat No. 16 Michigan 4-3 in overtime to push its winning streak to eight. It was the third-straight overtime victory for the Huskies, who needed extra time to beat both Princeton and Providence earlier in the week. UConn is now a perfect 8-0 on the season and ranked fourth in the nation. The Dean's List wonders if there is a record out there for most consecutive overtime victories in a collegiate sporting event. If no one knows and UConn wins its next game in overtime, we're just going to go ahead and proclaim four consecutive overtime victories a new world record.
• What's wrong with booing? It seems like a pretty healthy way for a fan to express his or her displeasure. It sure beats the alternatives, like cursing, or throwing items onto the field, or holding up signs asking your coach to sleep with himself. So why would the dean of students at Auburn University send out a mass email to students asking them not to boo the football team during its weekend showdown against LSU? The statement read, "First, please join me by agreeing to demonstrate your support for, and not criticism of, our football team. That means no booing! Remember, the team isn't trying to lose the game." That's ridiculous. Who cares if the team is trying to lose? As a fan, you should be able to let your team know that its play is unacceptable. Here's a better idea than begging kids not to boo. Tell your team to start playing better. Maybe if it can score more than three points against Mississippi State or pull off a victory against LSU, the fans will actually choose to cheer.
• Entering the season,
• When I was a kid, I had this funny-looking tennis coach who was really creepy. He drove a minivan that had tomato sauce stains (at least, I thought it was tomato sauce...) on the ceiling and Playboys under the floor mats. While that was kind of weird, it doesn't hold a candle to former Richmond men's tennis coach