One of the best low-key stories in college sports is happening right now.
Columbia’s baseball team is on a 19-game winning streak, the longest in the nation.
Great story. Ivy League school becomes a legit threat on the national level, if it can beat out Philadelphia’s Penn for the title this coming week.
Temple used to have a baseball team. Made it to the College World Series twice. Finished third in the nation once. Defied all of the laws of “Eastern” teams and “cold-weather” teams not doing well in that sport in championships.
Also a great story.
Temple stopped writing that story when it dropped the nation’s past-time almost a decade ago. Drexel has a baseball team. So does Villanova and St. Joseph’s. Penn thrives in the sport and is the only threat to Columbia in the Ivy League. Temple does not but it still has a pretty nice stadium in Ambler, nicer than any of the city rivals.
Right now, tiny Arcadia College has the best college baseball stadium in the metropolis only because it rents Skip Wilson Field from Temple.
Columbia baseball, St. Peter’s basketball–at least in my mind–are the two best sports in college sports in the last couple of months, not in that order.
We’re running out of great stories in college sports and the chief reason is greed by the rich guys, not the poor ones.
That means terrible stories are obfuscating the good ones on a recurrent basis.
One such story is the Jordan Addison one currently happening.
Addison won the Fred Biletnikoff Award for being the best receiver in college football in the 2022 season while playing for Pitt.
That wasn’t good enough for Addison to continue playing at Pitt.
You would think Pitt football is big-time. The Panthers are coming off a Power 5 Conference championship and the Biletnikoff Award the school made possible for Addison has set him up for a nice pro career.
The transfer portal and the NLI rule made Addison look around and it appears he is headed for the highest bidder, likely USC.
If Pitt is negatively affected, what does it mean for cross-state rival Temple?
Something needs to be done about both the transfer portal rule and the NLI rule sooner than later but neither appears on the immediate horizon. I’m praying that some structure returns to college football but actually doing something is needed over thoughts and prayers at this point.
Addison leaving Pitt for greener (money) pastures is like Temple having a Heisman Trophy finalist leaving for another school after appearing in New York and finishing second. Fortunately, Paul Palmer never had to make that decision since he went immediately from the New York Athletic Club to the NFL but if both the transfer portal and the NLI existed (and Paul had some eligibility remaining), what would he have done in 1986?
Pitt doesn’t have the greenbacks to keep up with USC.
Temple doesn’t have the greenbacks to keep up with Pitt.
As far as a level playing field, which we once had, we can kiss that goodbye.
That’s the worst story in college sports these days and the NCAA needs to do something.