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A little Tuesday rumble

If you missed it earlier on Twitter, former Penn State receiver Shawny Kersey has enrolled at Marshall, and well be ready for spring drills. He has one year of eligibility after leaving the Nittany Lions two games into the 2012 season.

He started those two games. Back in his high school recruiting days, the schools that reportedly offered him were WVU, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, ECU, Iowa, Michigan State, etc.

If you really, really want to relive the Thundering Herd’s loss to UTEP, here is the El Paso Times account of the game.

Quickie C-USA standings: Memphis, Southern Miss, UTEP at 2-0; Tulsa at 2-1; Marshall, Houston, Central Florida, East Carolina at 1-1; SMU at 1-2; Tulane, UAB and Rice at 0-2.

For today’s national ratings, I’ll lean on’s Basketball Power Index, which you can stare at here, if you’ve paid the insider extra.

The summary:
Memphis 34 (a 9 seed)
Southern Miss 67
UCF 101
Tulane 119
East Carolina 149
Houston 152
SMU 156
UAB 175
Tulsa 184
Marshall 200
Rice 341

Using those, C-USA gets a single NCAA bid and two NIT bids.

Index of the future C-USA teams:

Charlotte 52 (projected play-in/13 seed)
Middle Tennessee 54 (projected 13 seed)
UT-San Antonio 266
Old Dominion 294
North Texas 239
Fla. International 204
Fla. Atlantic 238

As I have mentioned, ODU’s collapse from 22-14 to 2-14 is jaw-dropping. Coach Blaine Taylor, who I believe will be C-USA’s dean of coaches if he survives all this, entered the season 237-124 in 11 seasons in Norfolk.

And add this: The Monarchs actually beat Virginia 63-61 in the Governor’s Cup in Richmond. Eight losses are by single digits, but … wow.

Five days to tip-off vs. East Carolina …