The Dean's List
Welcome to this week's installement of the Dean's List, where we're not superstitious, but still think it's pretty creepy that O.J. was found guilty on the 13th anniversary of his original murder acquittal after the jury deliberated for 13 hours and the trial lasted for 13 days.
My mom is not a college football fan, but she is from the South, and she understands how things work below the Mason Dixon line. So when Vanderbilt beat Auburn, my mom called me all in a tizzy. That's not supposed to happen to the red-headed step child of the SEC. Vanderbilt isn't supposed to be undefeated five games into the season. Vanderbilt isn't supposed to lead the SEC East. And Vanderbilt isn't supposed to beat Auburn. But that's exactly what's transpired so far this season. With its 14-13 victory over the Tigers, Vandy moved to No. 13 in the nation and leads both Florida and Georgia in the SEC East. "Next thing you know," my mom said. "Duke's football team will win the ACC." Let's not go overboard here. Duke lost 27-0 to Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Hey, you've earned it, so here is your weekly Division III women's volleyball update. In a shocker that no one saw coming, Lee University, the pride of Cleveland, Tennessee, beat the No. 2 team in the nation, Emory. And the Lady Flames did it in convincing fashion, sweeping three-straight sets from an Emory team that entered the contest on a 13-game winning streak. Previously, Lee was best known for producing Four Voices, the 1996 SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) Collegiate Barbershop Quartet champion.
I've got a buddy who says he would chop off a finger for a Super Bowl ring. Mesa State offensive lineman Trevor Wikre is a little more extreme. Wikre had his pinky finger chopped off so that he could return to the football field for the Mavericks game against Colorado-State Pueblo. Last Tuesday, Wikre got his finger caught in a defensive lineman's jersey and suffered a severe dislocation, which is a fancy way of saying that the bone was sticking out of the skin. Wikre could have had surgery, but his season would have been over. Instead, he opted for amputation. While he still missed Mesa State's 27-24 victory over Colorado Mines, he'll be back on the field for next week's game against Colorado State-Pueblo.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel abused Nebraska on Saturday, throwing for 253 yards and three touchdowns on the way to a 52-17 thrashing. The victory was the Tigers' first over the Cornhuskers in Lincoln since 1978. You would think a performance like that would speak for itself. But after the game, Daniel accused the Huskers of spitting on him and throwing footballs at Missouri during pregame warmups. "I'm not going to say who it was," Daniel said. "He knows who it was and that's bush league." Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he watched game film and didn't see any dirty play, but he'd investigate further and punish any player caught expectorating on his opponents.
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