June 28, 2010

Linkbacker U gets political and bids farewell to another Lion transfer

We're talking politics and women's sports today on Linkbacker U, but this has nothing to do with Title IX
Well the senate just has to have their hands in everything don't they. Steroid Scandal, BCS, a missed call in a baseball game, and now Big Ten division alignment:
Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin made the request in a June 10 letter they sent to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. In the letter, Grassley and Harkin questioned how the Big Ten's expansion efforts fit with its nonprofit status.
Good to see the government has its priorities in straight. You know, rather than help the economy, or perhaps stop the oil spill, they are making sure that the Big Ten ISN'T making money.

Megan Hodge is back on ESPN...as a nominee

Who could forget the last time Megan Hodge was seen on the ESPN family of networks. The 2009 National Championship victory over Texas is a match that will live on forever in the minds of Penn State and volleyball faithful. Now a Penn State alumni and national team member, Hodge is back on ESPN, as an ESPY nominee for female athlete of the year. This the latest in a of accolades for the former Lion.
Hodge was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, having earned the honor as both a freshman and a senior and was a four-time unanimous All-Big Ten selection. She was named the Touchdown Club of Columbus 2009 Female Athlete of the Year and a finalist for the prestigious AAU Sullivan Award. Hodge was Penn State's fourth four-time AVCA All-American and just the fifth four-time First Team honoree in AVCA history. Most recently, Hodge was named co-winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup, honoring the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, and was also voted the Suzy Favor Female Big Ten Athlete of the Year.
Now that Hodge's career is in the rear view mirror, where does she compare to some other Penn State athletes? Cappelletti won a Heisman, but did he win three national championships? Check back soon as we'll break it down.

Emily Phillips Transferring from Penn State

Staying with the women's sports, transfer fever spread from the men's squad to the Lady Lion's this past week as reserve guard Emily Phillips decided to transfer to Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis...yes that's the actual name. The girl had potential and obvious skill, but she obviously wasn't getting playing time behind Alex Bentley and incoming freshman Maggie Lucas.

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