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College Crosse Prospectus - December 22, 2017: The Black & Blue Jay Podfidential Ep. 1; BU’s Ryan Polley Signs Long-Term Extension.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 22, 2017.

College Crosse News.

We made it! Adam & I did our first episode of The Black & Blue Jay Podfidential a couple of nights ago and you can find the entire post with show notes, timestamps & links here.

Speaking of great pods, Jake & Ryan cooked up something really good last night. That pod should be dropping tomorrow or Sunday.

BU’s Ryan Polley signs long-term contract extension with the Terriers.

After guiding the Boston University men's lacrosse program to its best-ever season in 2017, Ryan Polley has signed a long-term contract extension to remain as its head coach, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello announced on Thursday. At the helm of the program since the inaugural season in 2014, Polley has taken the Terriers to new heights in each of their four seasons at the NCAA Division I level, highlighted by last year's outstanding campaign. Polley led BU to a 12-5 record and the program's first-ever Patriot League postseason berth, which culminated in a trip to the conference semifinals. He was named Patriot League and New England Coach of the Year for his efforts.

"What Coach Polley has accomplished in just four years is nothing short of impressive, and the most exciting part is that the best is yet to come," Marrochello said. "Ryan has built a premier lacrosse program that will continue to compete for Patriot League championships and make an impact on the national stage. His athletes develop into terrific players and outstanding young men who will go on to great success upon graduation. I am thrilled he will remain as our head coach."

Here’s a old but great Fred Opie interview with Hopkins legend Dave Huntley.

Check out Chris’ post on Michigan’s 2018 schedule.

The Michigan Wolverines are the 33rd team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fifth team from the Big Ten. The Wolverines finished above .500 for the first time in program history at 8-6. However, they did not record a win in Big Ten play, and replaced John Paul with Kevin Conry as head coach during the offseason. Gone are Detroit Mercy, Furman, Lafayette, and Mercer. In comes Air Force and Yale, as well as first timers Marquette and Siena.

Short but hilarious Q&A with Tom Schreiber.

US Lacrosse named its women’s national team coaching staff yesterday.

Jenny Levy, the head coach for the U.S. women’s national team, has announced her coaching staff for the program.

Amy Altig, Alex Frank and Joe Spallina will serve as assistant coaches and Colleen Shearer will serve as the team’s assistant general manager. Altig will work the goaltenders and serve as the team’s defensive coordinator. Frank with the defense and draw specialists while Spallina will serve as the offensive coordinator. Shearer will work with Lance Basler, the operations manager for all of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams.

“I am extremely excited to work with this talented group of coaches who are highly competitive, innovative, strategic, and a passionate group with a wide range of experience in the game,” Levy said. “Joe Spallina, Amy Altig, Alex Frank and Colleen Shearer represent multiple conferences and lacrosse communities across the country. They will work with me to build an exciting and successful team and develop a sustainable U.S. Women’s National Team program.”

Here’s a awesome hype video for Tufts.

Check out this post on former Princeton great Dave Morrow being named on of six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.

David Morrow’s place in the history of the sport of lacrosse and Princeton Athletics was cemented years ago with his performance on the field as one of the greatest defensemen ever and off the field in his work to grow the sport in ways previously unimaginable. Now that legacy has been punctuated with an honor unprecedented for a Princeton Tiger.

Morrow, the 1993 National Player of the Year and today the CEO of Warrior Sports, has been named one of six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients.

“I’m very humbled to receive such a great honor from the NCAA,” Morrow said. “I’m very fortunate to have been raised in a family where I have always been supported and encouraged to do my best. Thank you to my wife Christine, my parents Kevin and Renee, Jim and Anne Davis, Bill Tierney, Princeton University, all my lacrosse teammates and all the excellent people I have worked with at Warrior and New Balance for the past 25 years.”

Morrow is the first Princeton alum to win this award, one of the major awards the NCAA gives annually.

Marist with a touching post on Eddie Coombs.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

The last beam of Comcast’s new tower was put in this week.

At 11:43 a.m. today, the last beam of the Comcast Technology Center’s steel frame was hoisted into place some 1,120 or so feet above 19th and Arch streets. Officials of Comcast Corporation, Liberty Property Trust execs and more than 1,200 construction workers then sat down to a lunch prepared by star chef Greg Vernick.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told the assembled crew, “There’s a sense of magic that we’re doing something special here.” The building marks not only Comcast’s continued growth but also its transition from a cable-TV firm to a technology company in Roberts’ view, according to the report.

World/National News.

Down goes Papa!!: CEO of Papa John's, John Schnatter, is stepping down.

The controversial founder and CEO of Papa John's, John Schnatter, is stepping down, the company announced Thursday.

The company said its current president, Steve Ritchie, would replace him.

Schnatter sparked controversy in November when he slammed NFL leadership over players' kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

"Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership," Schnatter said in a call with investors.

The CEO's statements quickly inspired backlash on the left and support on the right. The Daily Stormer, a white-supremacist website, even posted an article asking whether Papa John's was the "official pizza of the alt-right" — the chain responded that it did not want "hate groups" buying its pizza.

Schnatter owns roughly 25% of Papa John's and will stay on as chairman after stepping down as CEO in January. A press release from the company said he would "pursue his personal passion for entrepreneurship, leadership development, and education."

Your GIF/Video for December 22, 2017.

OHHHHHHH!! That’s mean!!

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