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Monday, November 15, 2004

And If You Thought It Was Only The Football in State College That Was Bad

At least the Penn State football team beat Indiana on the road on Saturday for its first Big 10 win. And, the Nittany Lion gridders beat non-conference patsies Central Florida and Akron to help pad their record to a gaudy 3-6.

But the Nittany Lion hoopsters fell in their season-opener to Illinois State, and that forebodes a long season for the team picked to finish last or second to last in the Big 10.

Penn State alum Ed DeChellis worked wonders at East Tennessee State, but it seems like it's been two decades since the Nittany Lions upset North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament and went to the Sweet 16 under Jerry Dunn, and it's only been four years. The Penn State hoopsters were bad last year, and two starters transferred out of the program.

The linked article says that things cannot get much worse, but there's not a huge reason for optimism, either. And losing to Illinois State in the season opener is not exactly a confidence builder.

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