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Ivan Maisel
December 07, 1998
Plight of the Irish Notre Dame may have to join the Big Ten if it hopes to retain its luster
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December 07, 1998

College Football

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"The city of Syracuse opened its arms to him," said Sam, an electrical testing engineer in Dolton, Ill., after Donovan's Syracuse sayonara. "It was a very touching moment. When you send your kid away from home, you don't know what is going to happen. I'm so happy."

The gray eminences of the Syracuse athletic department couldn't recall any other athlete who had so captivated the region. "No—well, Pearl," athletic director Jake Crouthamel said after the game, referring to former basketball star Dwayne Washington. "Pearl captured the people's imagination. I think Don has been more a part of the community. Pearl was here three years. Don's been here five years. The guy is charismatic. He's jovial. Every day is Christmas for him. He exudes confidence. He exudes character."

Saturday's start was McNabb's 48th for the Orangemen. He won 35 of those games, along with three Big East championships, the last two outright. He has set seven school or conference records. His career is a major bowl away from its end. Yet in central New York, the legend of Donovan McNabb has just begun.

Extra Points
Miami Reaping UCLA Dividends

The postponement of the UCLA-Miami game from Sept 26 to this Saturday because of Hurricane Georges has padded Miami's bottom line. "The advance sale of tickets for that game was very slight," Hurricanes director of ticket operations Pam Young says. "As soon as we rescheduled, that's all we've been selling. We're right around 50,000." The Hurricanes may have blown any chance of a sellout at the 72,000-seat Orange Bowl by embarrassing themselves at Syracuse....

Ohio State may end up ranked fifth and stuck in the Citrus Bowl, probably against 9-2 Arkansas. Blame the Big Ten's antiquated Rose Bowl tiebreaker which doesn't take into consideration the quality of the two teams. Wisconsin is going to Pasadena simply because the Buckeyes have been there more recently. That's why the Big Ten needs a 12th member. Then it could have two divisions and a title game....

Connecticut, a Division I-AA team without an All-Atlantic 10 Conference player on either side of the ball, last Saturday earned the first playoff victory in its 100-year football history by defeating Hampton 42-34. A year ago the Huskies lost three games in the final two minutes and finished 7-4. Coach Skip Holtz—Lou's son—stressed conditioning and commitment in the off-season, and it paid off. UConn (10-2) has made fourth-quarter comebacks in four games. "This team finally understands how to win," says Holtz, whose Huskies travel to top-ranked Georgia Southern on Saturday.

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