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August 16, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: National publications pick their top NFL, college teams

TERRE HAUTE — National Football League teams have begun their preseason games and college football teams soon will be playing their first games.

Three sports publications devoted a big portion of recent issues to college football and offered their predictions for the season. The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine all put Alabama in the No. 1 slot, followed by Ohio State and Boise State.

Following are the Top 10s:

• Sports Illustrated: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. Boise State; 4. Texas; 5. TCU; 6. Iowa; 7. Florida; 8. Oregon; 9. Nebraska; 10. Virginia Tech.

• The Sporting News: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. Boise State; 4. Miami; 5. Florida; 6. TCU; 7. Nebraska; 8. Wisconsin; 9. Texas; 10. Oklahoma.

• ESPN The Magazine: 1. Alabama; 2. Ohio State; 3. Boise State; 4. Oklahoma; 5. Florida; 6. Texas; 7. TCU; 8. Miami; 9. Nebraska; 10. Iowa.

In Big Ten picks, ESPN says Purdue will be seventh, Indiana 10th and Illinois 11th. TSN has the Boilermakers fifth, Illinois ninth, Indiana 10th and Minnesota 11th, while SI has IU seventh followed by Michigan, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.

There you go.

•n Tom-Cattin’ It — Funeral services will be conducted today for Indiana State graduate Basil Sfreddo, 79, who died Friday.

Sfreddo played basketball for the Sycamores in the 1950s and had a long career in coaching high school basketball.

He began coaching at Kansas (Ill.) and coached for 30 years at Indianapolis Washington High School.

• Hamilton, Ohio, defeated Moline, Illinois, 4-0 in the championship game of the Great Lakes Regional to earn a slot in the Little League World Series.

• Indiana Coach Tom Crean has received two commitments for the Hoosiers in basketball.

One came from 6-foot-3 Indianapolis Broad Ripple junior Ron Patterson. He averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds his sophomore season.

Earlier, 7-footer Peter Jurkin, a native of Sudan, said he intends to sign with IU in the fall.

• Perry Meridian senior Max Landis says he will sign with Gardner-Webb. He averaged 17.6 points last season.

• Lawrence North senior Ryan Taylor says he plans to transfer to Western High School at Louisville. He earlier had said he planned to play college basketball at the University of Louisville. The 6-6 player averaged 12.7 points and 8.7 rebounds last season

• Ryan Kamman has been hired as the new athletic director at North Central in Sullivan County. He had been serving as acting AD and will continue to coach the boys basketball team.

He won the Sullivan Elks club championship in golf this summer.

• Plainfield recently shot 318 in a girls golf match.

• A new civic center is being built in Evansville. The Aces will meet Indiana in a basketball as part of the opening schedule next season.

• Parke County Golf Club is observing its 50th anniversary.


Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.

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