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Posted: Monday December 8, 2008 1:23PM; Updated: Monday December 8, 2008 4:16PM

Dean's List (cont.)

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Ball State pulled off a perfect regular season, but fell in the conference title game thanks to four uncharacteristic fumbles.
Ball State pulled off a perfect regular season, but fell in the conference title game thanks to four uncharacteristic fumbles.
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• Ball State won every game of the regular season, only to drop the ball in the MAC championship game on Friday night. No, really, Ball State dropped the ball. The Cardinals fumbled four times, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and lost to Buffalo 42-24. That's got to sting, especially considering Ball State was in complete control of the game halfway through the third quarter. Up by three and driving near Buffalo's goal line, Ball State looked poised to take a two possession lead, but quarterback Nate Davis fumbled as he dove for the end zone and Buffalo ran it back for a touchdown of its own. Then, on the very next possession, the Cardinals lost the ball again, this time on a bad snap, and Buffalo ran it back for another touchdown. That's a 28-point swing right there. Not even Ball State's most famous alumnus, David Letterman, finds that funny.

• It's well known in certain regions that within a marching band, the French horn section is the craziest. They are the bad boys of band. Need proof? Seven members of the Southern University marching band were arrested for a hazing incident that left two freshmen members of the band seriously injured. What section of the band would be crazy/dumb enough to paddle their new members to the point of organ failure? You guessed it, the French horn section. The freshmen were being initiated into "Mellow Phi Fellow," an unofficial fraternity for French horn players, when the seven seniors got a little carried away with a 2x4, paddling the neophytes until they had to seek medical treatment at a hospital for their injuries. Let this be a lesson to the flutists out there. Don't mess with the French horns or you're going to be walking like John Wayne with hemorrhoids.

• Somewhere out there, Nate Newton is smiling. The former Florida A&M offensive lineman, who was once caught with 213 lbs. of marijuana, now has company on the list of athletes caught with a ridiculous amount of drugs. Texas Tech defensive back De'Shon Sanders was arrested last week and charged with possession with intent to distribute in excess of 50 grams of cocaine. Now I don't know how much you know about California cornflakes, but 50 grams is a lot. You could fund a nice-sized football program with the the proceeds from such a venture. Fortunately for Texas Tech fans, Sanders didn't keep his stash at his house, which he shares with the nation's best wide receiver, Michael Crabtree.

• You can miss many things in this life -- a long-range jumper, mama's home cooking, your father's fourth wedding -- but you can't miss a court date. Tennessee safety Demetrice Morley learned that the hard way. Thursday morning, Morley was arrested on an outstanding robbery warrant for missing a court date back in September. Ironically, skipping out on court wasn't even the dumbest move Morley made. The only reason the Volunteer safety was in court to begin with was because he and a friend robbed a Florida International University student of $35, which they used to buy food and gas. With such intelligence, it's not surprising Morley failed out of Tennessee back in 2007 before being readmitted this year.

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