February 8, 2010

Penn State, not Big East team, earns Lambert Trophy

I wonder how the Big East is feeling these days. That's a pretty much rhetorical question, because we all know what kind of mood that conference is and has been in lately: pretty sour. What more, today's news could make a bad day worse for the Big East...
Penn State has earned an unprecedented 28th Lambert Meadowlands Trophy presented by the ECAC, symbolic of Eastern football supremacy. The Nittany Lions also have been selected ECAC Team of the Year for a record 13th time.
Penn State has been awarded the Lambert Trophy three times in the last five years, the other two going to Louisville in 2006 and West Virginia in 2007. Since beginning football play the Big Ten--over joining the Big East--in 1993, the Nittany Lions have taken home the Lambert Trophy seven times, more than any other school. Only Miami has more than two in that time, earning four from 2000 through 2003.

Unless some Big East team comes storming onto the national landscape next season, Penn State could be on its way to earning yet another honor for being the official "Beast of the East." What would that say about the Big East's future as a conference? Basketball and other non-football sports are doing just fine. But does that conference have a future on the gridiron? I guess it all depends on what the Big Ten decides come next year, when a 12th team is formally invited into the conference. Should that team be a current Big East football member, the prospects aren't looking so bright.

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