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College Crosse Prospectus - December 24, 2017: Bellarmine’s 2018 Schedule; Holidays With The Tar Heels; David Gross Is Still MLL’s Commissioner.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for December 24, 2017.

College Crosse News.

Chris did a nice post on Bellarmine’s 2018 schedule.

The Bellarmine Knights are the 35th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fifth team from the SoCon. The Knights just missed out on the SoCon Tournament after losing to Jacksonville in the last game of the regular season. Marquette replaces Ohio State as the other game for the Knights in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic, while Cleveland State and Manhattan are on this year’s schedule. Off it are Mount St. Mary’s and Quinnipiac.

Here’s a fantastic behind the scenes look at North Carolina’s holiday party.

Chris with a fantastic post about MLL Commisioner David Gross: “One year after announcing he’d step down as MLL’s Commissioner, David Gross is still MLL’s Commissioner.”

Exactly one year ago today, Major League Lacrosse commissioner David Gross announced he would be stepping down from his post following the 2017 season. Fast forward one year later, and he’s still there.

It’s been 126 days since the conclusion of the 2017 season, and there’s been zero information or updates during the entire search. When former NLL commissioner George Daniel announced his resignation, it took the league 44 days to name their new leader (h/t Ryan Conwell).

Since The Announcement

What’s happened in the span of a year? Let’s start off with the good news.

R.I.P. to former PSU women’s lacrosse & field hockey head coach Gillian Rattray.

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics mourns the passing of Gillian Rattray, former head coach of the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams, who helped lay the foundation for the success of women's athletics at Penn State. She died on Thursday, Dec. 21 in State College at the age of 83.

Rattray was head coach of the Penn State field hockey program from 1974-86 and women's lacrosse team from 1974-85, guiding the programs to a combined five national championships. The year of 1980 was among the many coaching highlights for Rattray, as in the span of seven months, she directed two national championship squads, the first in May with the women's lacrosse team and the second in November with the field hockey squad. She was recognized by the Guinness Book of Sports Records for the accomplishment.

She earned a combined career record of 319-68-24 as the leader of the Penn State field hockey and women's lacrosse programs, leading both squads to their first national championships.

Here’s a great Notre Dame hype video.

Investigators think that Kenneth Patterson, the Rutgers club lacrosse player who passed away last week after being hit by a train, may have tripped and fell over the tracks as he was trying to cross.

The Rutgers student who was hit by a train and killed last week at an NJ Transit station tripped and fell onto the tracks, according to a New Brunswick police report on the incident.

Kenneth Patterson, 18, of Boonton, tripped and fell as he was trying to cross the tracks at the Jersey Avenue station, according to a New Brunswick police report made public Wednesday. He fell onto the tracks at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 and was hit by a southbound Amtrak train. Patch originally reported he was killed at the New Brunswick station, but that was incorrect; the death occurred at Jersey Avenue.

The conductor of the Amtrak train, Shawn Savage, 45, told police he saw Patterson "crossing over the tracks, he then tripped on one of the tracks causing him to fall," according to this article in the Bergen County Record, which obtained the New Brunswick police report.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

The Philly Voice asked Philly residents if they’d rather win the Super Bowl or have Amazon pick Philly as the location of its new headquarters. I’m just surprised it wasn’t 100% for Super Bowl.

Hundreds of people milled about Dilworth and LOVE parks on Friday afternoon, snapping photos with the Christmas tree, sipping hot drinks or searching for a last-minute Christmas gift. So, with the holidays upon us, PhillyVoice took a moment to ask people a simple, but thought-provoking question.

If you could only pick one, would you prefer an Eagles Super Bowl victory in 2018 or to see Amazon bring its second headquarters to Philadelphia?

Naturally, the decision was quite easy for the most die-hard Eagles fans. After all, the franchise last won an NFL championship in 1960, seven years before the Super Bowl was born. The city has long been ready to parade the Birds down Broad Street. "Eagles – obviously," said Bob Rahn, of the Somerton section of Philadelphia. "I'm a season ticket-holder for 25 years. Amazon headquarters would be nice, though."

World/National News.

Oh boy, will the Packers be forced to release Aaron Rodgers?

Multiple teams complained to the NFL last week that the Packers violated the rules regarding players who are eligible to be placed on injured reserve -- and that Green Bay should have to release quarterback Aaron Rodgers as a result, league sources told ESPN. NFL rules stipulate that a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve. If that is not the case, the team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy.

Rodgers was activated off injured reserve and played last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers but came out of the game because he was "sore," according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy. But Green Bay did not announce its decision to place Rodgers back on injured reserve until Tuesday, after the Packers had been eliminated from a potential postseason spot.

Had the Atlanta Falcons lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, keeping alive Green Bay's playoff chances, it's possible Rodgers could have played Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings. But the Packers opted to shut him down, which teams complained was a violation of NFL rules.

Your GIF/Video for December 24, 2017.

Big brother to the rescue with an amazing save.

That’s it for today!! I’ll see you out there!! Make sure you follow us on social media!

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