National Signing Day

The first Wednesday in February, known as National Signing Day when high school seniors are allowed to sign binding National Letters of Intent for college sports.  The media annually follow the happenings of the day related to football closely.

This year Florida were the hungry-hungry-hippos gobbling up blue chip players, despite the uncertainty in the offseason regarding the retirement, then leave of absense, of head coach Urban Meyers’.  This was a class for the history books, seeing Florida nab 17 kids ranked in the nation’s top 150.

Florida was significantly trailed by Texas and Alabama, who competed in the BCS Championship last month, and everyone else for that matter.

Tennessee and Southern California came away with top 10 recruiting classes despite coaching changes that saw Lane Kiffen leave Nashville for Pasadena.  However, other teams in the Pac-10, such as UCLA, Cal, Oregon, and Washington, also had great days which bodes well for the often criticized conference that has been dominated recently by the USC Trojans.

Ohio State had less than stellar day due to it’s Signing Day last year, which saw coach Jim Tressel bring in just about every recruit he wanted.  Notre Dame had an okay day, as Brian Kelly took over as coach for the fired Charlie Weis.

Here’s how the top 10 classes shake up, according to scout.com:   1. Florida   2. Oklahoma   3. Texas   4. Alabama   5. USC   6. Auburn   7. LSU   8. UCLA   9. Penn State   10. Florida State

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Egypt Win 2010 Africa Cup of Nations

Yesterday, January 31, Egypt won the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations held in Angola. As reported in an earlier post, this international soccer tournament determine’s the continents best national team. Egypt have succesfully the title they won in 2008 making this their seventh championship, despite not qualifying for the World Cup finals being held this summer.

Ghana finished second after losing to Egypt by a score of 1-0. Nigeria beat Algeria 1-0 in the consolation game to finish in third place.

Egyptian players also took home all three individual awards as Ahmed Hassan was named Player of the Tournament, Essam El-Hadary won Goalkeeper of the Tournament, and Geddo was the Top Scorer of the Tournament as well, finishing with five goals.

The Best XI, selected by the tournament’s Technical Study Group, were goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, defenders Madjid Bougherra of Algeria, Wael Gomaa of Egypt, and Mabina of Angola, midfielders Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed Fathy of Egypt, Peter Odemwingie of Nigeria, and Alexandre Song of Cameroon, and forwards Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, Mohammad Zidan of Egypt, and Flavio of Angola. Substitutes named were Richard Kingston (Ghana), Geddo, Emmanuel Mbola (Zambia), Karim Ziani (Algeria), Achille Emana (Cameroon), Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana), Seydou Keita (Mali), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Eric Mouloungui (Gabon), Chindedu Obasi (Nigeria), Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast), and Jacob Mulenga (Zambia).

The 28th African Cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

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