The Dean's List
• It's been a tough season for Rutgers quarterback
• Minnesota was pretty much a unanimous pick to finish near the bottom of the Big Ten this season. This is a program that won just one game last season and finished with the lowest-ranked defense in college football. But under second-year head coach
• Somebody upstairs is looking out for James Madison. The top-ranked team in Division I-AA won its second consecutive game in dramatic fashion. One week after beating Richmond on a 69-yard punt return with one second left in the game, the Dukes were losing to No. 7 Villanova by two with 4.3 seconds to go. JMU coach
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• Light poles, stops signs, cars, parking meters, one-way-street signs, newspaper boxes -- this is the list of items exuberant Penn State fans celebrating their football team's victory over Ohio State on Saturday night destroyed. After the Nittany Lions beat the Buckeyes 13-6, a celebration erupted in "Beaver Canyon," a strip of bars in downtown State College. When people started tossing shoes, water, toilet paper, pots and pans from balconies down onto the street, police in riot gear used mace to disperse the crowd. No one is really sure why a victory on the football field causes certain fans to riot, but Penn State spokesman
• I was in the supermarket the other day and I saw a guy stuffing a chicken down his pants. He didn't hide his poultry very well. In fact, he looked exactly like a guy with a chicken down his pants and, while I was checking out, supermarket security nabbed the shoplifter. That was dumb, but not as dumb as the three Nevada basketball players who were picked up for shoplifting from a sporting goods store and suspended from the team just one day before the season started. Starting guard
• For nearly two years, the mighty Bowdoin field hockey team hadn't lost a single game. The Polar Bears hadn't suffered defeat since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, winning 31-straight since then. But all good things must come to an end and last Saturday, Trinity College halted Bowdoin's winning streak, beating the Polar Bears 2-0. The loss also knocked Bowdoin out of the top ranking in D-III for the first time this season and broke the team's 39-game home-field winning streak that dated all the way back to October of 2004. So how does a team that doesn't lose deal with losing? Pretty well. In its first game after the defeat, Bowdoin destroyed Colby 8-1.
• It's tougher than it seems being a high-school basketball recruit. As a teenager, not only do you have to deal with puberty and a wide array of vultures looking to make a few bucks off of your potential, but you've got to weather the ever-shifting nature of college coaching.