Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Tale of Two Almae Matres

Congratulations to the Penn State women's volleyball team, who defeated Texas in straight sets in the NCAA semifinals, and will try for their fourth consecutive national championship on Saturday.

And then there's Caltech men's basketball.

Conference play in the N.C.A.A. Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference begins after the holiday break. Caltech’s losing streak sits at 297, according to the athletic department.


A basketball in [Coach] Eslinger’s office is covered in autographs—not from players, but from the five Nobel laureates currently on the faculty. Pointing to a photograph of the team he inherited, Eslinger counted 5 among the 17 players who had played high school basketball. There were more valedictorians than starters.


  1. Hey, hey, hey. Don't knock Caltech Basketball. We won a league game in 1985. I was on that team and scored 19 points to beat LaVerne University. Check out "Quantum Hoops" the movie!

    Chris Kyriakakis

  2. Thanks for the comment, Chris! It looks like basketball is the one discipline where the Institute has let its standards slip since the good old days. Maybe this is their year.

    I've got Quantum Hoops in my Netflix queue but the availability date is unknown. Looking forward to it.


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