that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
The Temple Owls, the sixth winningest basketball program in the history of college basketball and the first national champions (NIT 1938) are, apparently, set to join the Big East tomorrow. Since football now drives the bus in the Big East the football program will be joining as well. Apparently, Temple is expected to join for all sports and it is perceived that the Big East will be on the hook for Temple's exit fees to the MAC (football) and A10 (other sports) such that the Owls can be added to the 2012 football schedule following West Virginia's departure.
As a current Temple student I have mixed feelings aboutt this potential new affiliation with the watered down version of the Big East (at least in football). On the other hand, I have a remarkable sense of happiness that Jay Wright and his cronies at Villanova will now have to compete with Temple for recruits in Philly and area on a level playing field. So, on that note, suck it Villanova...your years of blocking Temple are over. As Coach Brady Hoke would say: "tremendous".
All in all I see this as a good move for my Owls on a regional and national level and a better basketball conference (unsure if Big East football is actually any better than the MAC at this point). Expect sold out venues for basketball for Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, Memphis, and Notre Dame. This may well be an improvement from St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and Xavier.
Fear the Owl.
tipping off shortly
Sunday I had asked a question about the schedule on Crisler Center renovations. This question has been answered: a number of the exterior walls have already been ripped out, with the bottom of the upper seats and the concourses visible to the outside air.
UMhoops has some of the photos of the (link:) Crisler Center Construction.
Additional photos of the demolition and construction, taken yesterday, Monday Feb. 27, can be found at (Link:) Michigan Stadium Aerials.
I hadn't fully thought through the fact that the brick walls were not load bearing, and as such, could be removed and expanded outward. Seeing the photos, I can now visualize how stores or food vendors or restrooms (or the atrium, for that matter,) could be built outward from the concourse area, adding a lot of floor space to Crisler.
The renovations will result in an increase of 65,000 square feet. I have seen this figure previously, but never really had a good spatial idea of what that meant. This increase is the same as a football field plus 13% more. Here's a picture to help you visualize:
That is a HUGE increase, and will vastly change the experience at Crisler.
I had wondered why they were pressing to begin already, since this precludes the team from using Crisler for practice through the NCAA tournament. However, looking at the pictures, I can see why they wanted to begin. The new construction, especially of the atrium entrance at the northeast, is pretty extensive. Even if they are still finishing things off inside through August and September and even October, they would want to have the exterior walls completed by mid-August, to avoid construction vehicles and fencing when the football season starts.
With the completion of the Crisler Renovations, Michigan's athletic campus may be better than any other in the world. The centerpiece, of course, is Michigan Stadium, with the new luxury boxes. But in addition to Michigan Stadium, we have:
- Crisler Center
- PDC for Men's & Women's Basketball
- Indoor Al Glick Football Facilities
- Yost for Hockey
- New Wilpon Baseball Complex
- Cliff Keen Arena, for Wrestling & Gymnastics
- Canham Natatorium
There are many more facilities, but almost all of these are fairly new, and yet very attractive. Several of the recent football recruits have commented on how they were very impressed by the Stadium. With the completion of Crisler next year, It is hard to think of any sport where our physical facilities are a liability. A lot of credit needs to go to Bill Martin, who had a vision for improving the physical plant at Michigan.
Late to the board, as the 2nd half of this "B1G Classic" just started, but sports TV options are limited right now. This one has to be the biggest win of the year, right? To me, OSU seemed bigger at the time but based on what each has done since, this one was impressive.
Would love to get a rubber match with either in the B10 tourney...
According to Jim that's a big "Hell no." Interesting response.
- 1.Kentucky (63)
- 2.Syracuse (2)
- 5.Michigan St.
- 6.North Carolina
- 10.Ohio St.
- 12.Murray St.
- 15.Wichita St.
- 20.Notre Dame
- 21.San Diego St.
- 22.Florida St.