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Congratulations to DeChellis and PSU, and here's hoping they keep it up
January 11, 2011 - Cory Giger
Congratulations to Ed DeChellis on an outstanding two-game stretch with wins over Top 25 teams, and here’s hoping the Penn State men can find a way to keep this up the rest of the season.
No one has been tougher on DeChellis than me. I’ve already called for his job this season, and I can tell you that right now I’m very glad to be wrong. I hope to be able to keep eating crow, if it means the Nittany Lions can keep beating ranked teams and contend for an NCAA Tournament berth.
It’s hard to believe the same Penn State team that can beat Michigan State and Illinois also lost to Maine at home and barely beat both Mount St. Mary’s and Duquesne.
Clearly, the team has figured things out over the past couple of weeks, and the credit has to go to DeChellis. Somehow, some way he found a way to motivate his players and get them to play up to expectations, particularly senior Andrew Jones, who has been a major disappointment for most of his career.
Whatever DeChellis has been doing, hopefully he can keep it up. As I’ve said before and many people know already, DeChellis is a first-class guy, and it’s easy to root for him.
There hasn’t been a lot to root for outside of the NIT title during DeChellis’ tenure at PSU, but maybe, just maybe this senior-laden team has come together and can continue to make noise in the Big Ten.
It will be very difficult with upcoming road games against No. 2 Ohio State and No. 8 Purdue. But as long as Penn State gives a good effort against those strong teams and continues to make progress, it’s not out of the realm of possibility the team could make a push for a 10-8 league record and potential NCAA Tournament bid.
With regards to DeChellis, I would love to keep gnawing on this crow until Selection Sunday if it means we get to see Penn State’s name pop up in the bracket.