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For the 27th consecutive year, Georgetown will finish its baseball season with an overall losing record, following a 12-9 loss to Villanova.
The Hoyas were 25-18 on May 1, with an outside shot at qualifying for its first Big East tournament since 1986, and are now 25-27 entering its season finale today at 1:00 pm, which will be the final game for ten graduating seniors on the team.
And congratulations to sophomore Jim Coury (F'15), winner of the 2013 Jeopardy College Championship as broadcast Friday evening. Details follow in this link to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
In Friday's Washington Post, an early look at Otto Porter's draft status entering next month's draft.
After having nearly killed off the Big East conference, ESPN is back to its old tricks, reporting that a "source" tells them the ACC is suddenly interested in moving its conference tournament from Greensboro, NC to Madison Square Garden. But given that no other major sports site is reporting this, it reads that ESPN is talking to itself as the source.
Of course, there are a few small items in the way, namely a) Madison Square Garden did not even place a bid, and 2) a conference known as the Big East has an agreement with MSG through 2026. ESPN dutifully reports that "sources said MSG can get out of its deal before 2026 if the new Big East doesn't reach certain benchmarks" but the ESPN source(s) didn't elaborate, only announcing "We'll be playing there, it's just a matter of getting all the legal ramifications worked out." Presumably, that does not mean destabilizing more teams to do so.
The Big East moves to Fox Sports One next season. And isn't this what this is really all about, anyway?
Additional details have been announced on a new arena for DePaul on Chicago's near south side, reports Chicago Business.
"DePaul's board has approved an agreement in principle to hold its men's and women's basketball games there, as well as some other events such as graduation ceremonies," said the report. "The school, which now plays its basketball games in Rosemont, will finance half the cost of the new building (or $70 million) and...it will pay ďmarket rateĒ rent of $25,000 per men's game, $15,000 for women's, which attract a smaller crowd." The arena will seat 10,000 and be ready for the 2016-17 season.
City officials in Jacksonville, FL are questioning the costs surrounding last season's ill-fated season opener between Georgetown and Florida, citing a deficit of $736,000 in city funds on the event.
ďI have thousands of questions,Ē said councilman Richard Clark in this link to the Jacksonville Times Record after an auditor's report discussed $2 million in expenses to hold the game aboard the USS Bataan, while only $1.3 million in revenues were received.
The outdoor game was ruled a no-contest after unsafe playing conditions halted the game at halftime.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that DePaul University will commit to a $300 million public-private partnership to build the Blue Demons a 12,000 seat arena near McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.
A city spokesman told the Sun-Times that "we can also confirm we are in discussions to create a state-of-the-art events center at McCormick Place, which would increase our ability to attract conventions and trade shows to the city, set up the city to host top-level sporting events of all kinds, and create many new opportunities for the Chicago Public Schools and its students. This will be part of a major, multi-faceted, coordinated effort to dramatically improve the convention and tourism industry in Chicago."
DePaul has played since the 1979-80 season at the suburban Allstate Arena (nee "The Horizon") in Rosemont, IL, near O'Hare Airport, with attendance averaging under 8,000 per game. The arena is inaccessible from most CTA public transit and a 20 minute drive from DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Of some concern: while closer to campus, the McCormick Place site is six blocks from CTA rail or subway, although a CTA Green Line extension is planned three blocks away.
"Not only is it ridiculous having an 18-event anchor tenant, but itís an anchor tenant that can barely sell 10,000 seats a game," asked sports consultant Mark Ganis to the Sun-Times. "Itís not like itís a professional sports team or a well-established college basketball power. Itís neither of those two. Thatís why there has to be something else going on. Because on its face, itís a foolish proposition."
"Thereís resistance to helping the Cubs, a team that generates $17 million-a-year in amusement tax revenue and supports all of the businesses surrounding Wrigley Field. Thereís no claim for financial assistance there,Ē said alderman Bob Fioretti. "Yet, here we are helping [DePaul] create a place to play for a very limited number of games. What will it generate?Ē
Additional details are expected later this week. Here is a review of the Big East arenas for 2013-14:
||Dunkin' Donuts Center
||Hinkle Field House
| Also plays selected home games at Wells Fargo Center
| Also plays selected home games at Madison Square Garden
The off-season also affords time to do some updates over at the Basketball History pages. Changes and corrections are, of course, welcome, but to help us maintain an accurate site, we've also posted a list of missing items which some of our readers might be able to help with, from scans of old programs to information on former players. Visit this "wanted page" for an update on what is being sought.
Earlier this month, it was reported that freshman center Brandon Bolden was transferring at semester's end. While Georgetown hasn't confirmed an exit, the Kansas City Star reports a destination: Kansas State.
"I want to thank HoyaNation for all it's support over the last few years!," said Bolden on his Instagram account. "I've learned a lot this year and truly built life long bonds with each of my teammates...But now I will start another chapter in my life at Kansas State University."
Bolden was scoreless in four games, and was the first scholarship player to end his Georgetown career without points since 1973.
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