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Honoring the week's best (and worst) in college sports

Posted: Monday November 26, 2007 1:12PM; Updated: Monday November 26, 2007 2:11PM
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By Jacob E. Osterhout

The Dean's List knows how tough life can be around the holidays. We understand, it ain't cool being no jive turkey this close to Thanksgiving. So sit back, ingest three pounds of stuffing and enjoy a few choice pickings from the past week in college sports.

Erik Ainge lets out a smile after making SIOC's Dean's List as Player of the Week.
Erik Ainge lets out a smile after making SIOC's Dean's List as Player of the Week.

For a few minutes on Saturday evening, it looked as if Tennessee might not make it to the SEC title game. They blew a 17-point lead over Kentucky late in the game and had to block a field goal just keep their hopes alive. But under the leadership of quarterback Erik Ainge, the Dean's List Player of the Week, the Volunteers beat Kentucky 52-50 in four long overtimes. Ainge matched Heisman hopeful Andre Woodson every step of the way, throwing for 397 yards and seven touchdowns en route to Tennessee's 23rd consecutive victory over the Wildcats.

The Arkansas fans are going to be disappointed but the Dean's List Team of the Week goes to Chadron State. The Eagles erased a 29-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Abilene Christian 76-73 in the second round of the D-II playoffs. Over the course of this 4-hour and 8-minute game, the two teams combined for 1,369 yards, the most in D-II playoff history. Eagles running back Danny Woodhead, the NCAA career rushing leader, rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Joe McLain passed for 443 yards and six scores.

The Dean's List is so happy college basketball season has finally arrived that we're introducing a new feature, the Upset of the Week. And to kick it all off, we're honoring Patty Mills and Saint Mary's for knocking off 12th-ranked Oregon 99-87. Mills, a freshman guard from Australia, ruined Oregon coach Ernie Kent's return to his former school by scoring 37 points and notching five assists, two steals and one turnover against the Ducks. It was the Gaels' first win over a ranked opponent in nearly three years. Hey, it's a questionable call to name your son Patty, but any freshman that can put up those kinds of numbers in only his fourth college game deserves a pint of Fosters and a nice dinner at Outback.

How's this for a sweet deal? You get hired to coach a college football team. In your first year you struggle, going 4-8 and barely beating your in-state rival, which is nationally renowned for being one of the worst teams in D-I. At the end of this disappointing season, your school suddenly announces that you will receive a $291,000 raise. So goes the life of North Carolina football coach Butch Davis. In defense of Davis' pay raise, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour pointed out that Davis had strengthened the program with strong recruiting and on-field improvements. Honestly, if you need overtime to beat Duke in football, you should give your entire paycheck to charity, preferably one that recruits well and has good on-field improvement.

Some guys just can't catch a break. Selwyn Lymon is one of them. The Purdue wide receiver was kicked off the football team last week after being charged with drinking and driving for the second time this year. Once is bad. But twice? Come on. Oh, but it gets worse: As the cops arrested Lymon, he apparently urinated all over himself. Needless to say, this young man might have a slight drinking problem. His first drunken driving charges stemmed from a fight outside a nightclub last March during which he was stabbed in the chest. Two DUI's, a puncture wound to the upper chest, and the stench of urine emanating from your pants -- it ain't easy being Selwyn Lymon.

Is Geno Hayes a genius? Probably not, but he does have a big mouth. Before Florida State's game against Florida last weekend, the FSU linebacker predicted "Tim Tebow's going down." He also said, "The bigger they are the harder they fall." Well, that prophecy didn't really come true. Tebow ran for two touchdowns and threw for three in a 45-12 stomping of the Seminoles. But Hayes did get one thing kind of right when he said, "Hopefully we can go out there and shatter his [Tebow's] dream." Well, the Seminoles didn't really shatter Tebow's dreams but they did break his right hand. Fortunately for the Gators, Tebow's left-handed.

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