The Best Home-Field Traditions
While the SEC's squashing of these school traditions is, to put it mildly, pretty lame, there are plenty of noises and traditions that are still intact. At Penn State, for instance, there seems to be a lion's roar that blasts through the arena after every big play. Even at Texas A&M, the constant swaying of the crowd makes it feel like the whole stadium is moving.
Today, we want to know who has the best home field "tradition." Although the SEC is trying to crack down on it, our favorite is still Mississippi State's cowbells. What is yours?
Who has the Nation's Top Backcourt?
10. Virginia (Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds)
9. Southern Illinois (Jamaal Tatum, Tony Young, Bryan Mullins)
8. Creighton (Nate Funk, Josh Dotzler, Nick Porter)
7. Hofstra (Loren Stokes, Antoine Agudio, Carlos Rivera)
6. Memphis (Antonio Anderson, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Willie Kemp, Andre Allen, Jeremy Hunt)
5. Arizona (Mustafa Shakur, Jawan McClellan, Marcus Williams, Nic Wise)
4. Marquette (Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, Wes Matthews)
3. UCLA (Arron Afflalo, Josh Shipp, Darren Collison)
2. North Carolina (Tywon Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Bobby Frasor, Marcus Ginyard, Wes Miller)
1. Kansas (Brandon Rush, Russell Robinson, Mario Chalmers, Sherron Collins)
We call this feature The Vent for a reason. Let’s hear your complaints about our list
Who's your Coach of the Year?
Terry Hoeppner, Indiana: Chances are that NCAA Coach of the Year honors will go to Jim Tressell and Lloyd Carr, who have both done a marvelous job with the nation's top two teams. But did anyone think Indiana -- I repeat ... Indiana -- would be a force in the Big Ten? The 5-4 Hoosiers need one victory to qualify for a bowl game. Did we mention that Hoeppner missed time early in the season for additional surgery on a brain tumor that he was diagnosed with at the end of last season?
Ralph Friedgen, Maryland: The 400-pound Refrigerator has led the Terrapins to a 6-2 record in the ACC – and a higher division ranking than heavyweights Florida State, Miami, N.C. State and Clemson. Furthermore, we like the way Friedgen isn't afraid to call out his assistants, as he did to special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski on Saturday for choosing to play into the wind in the fourth quarter against Florida State instead of dealing with it in the third. "The wind died down in the third quarter and like someone turned a switch on in the fourth quarter, it went up pretty high," Friedgen told the Baltimore Sun after the game. "I told Ray [yesterday that] he made the wrong decision, and that's my prerogative as a head coach."
Who do you think deserves praise for a coaching job well done?
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