Tony Meier Injury Report

Tony Meier will be good to go on Wednesday against Northwestern.

It surfaced on the D-Board this afternoon, something no Panther fan wants to hear – Tony Meier is wearing a boot and using crutches to walk on campus.

Not exactly welcome news with Northwestern just two days away, but the news is good.

When I asked someone in the know what the deal was with the boot and crutches, the answer was this:

It’s a sprain, but the boot and crutches are more of a precaution.  Meier should be good for Wednesday night.

That should be good to hear.  I know Tony, and I wouldn’t think a sprained ankle would keep him out of the NIT.  It doesn’t even seem like that much of a sprain, seeing as the boot and crutches are a precaution.  They’ll help keep the ankle from swelling, which will speed up the healing process.


Let him bark!

Add PantherU to the growing list of supporters for Butler’s Blue II, the live mascot for the Butler Bulldogs.

In case you didn’t know, Butler Blue II is banned from Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center for their match-up against Old Dominion.

Blue II doesn’t rebound very well and his defense is slobbery at best, but he’s an integral part of the Butler Way and the NCAA Tournament will not be as doughy and furry without him.

He was in attendance at the Final Four last year, but the NCAA says that because of the quick turnaround and everything, allowing live animals in the arena is not allowed.  What a bunch of garbage.  Old Dominion should request to bring a live lion just to show how ridiculous it is to say no to the cutest pooch in the midwest.

In Indianapolis, this is the face of March.


Milwaukee bus to Northwestern

Attention, Milwaukee Panthers!

Milwaukee Athletics is putting together a fan bus to head down to Northwestern for the first round of the NIT.  The price is $25 for students and $40 for fans, and that cost includes the ticket and bus ride.

The bus will leave at 4 p.m. from campus and return following the game.  Fans are encouraged to attend, and there will be as many buses as there are fans.

Contact the Milwaukee ticket office at or call them on the phone at (414) 229-5886.

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Whitesell out at Loyola

Whitesell never won a conference championship at Loyola.

Dave Kaplan of is reporting that Loyola has fired Jim Whitesell as head men’s basketball coach.

The Ramblers, who finished in eighth place in the Horizon League this season, will be renovating the Gentile Center and are looking for a fresh start.

Whitesell was 109-106 at Loyola, but without winning a conference championship and never getting further than the semi-finals in the Horizon League Tournament doomed the head coach.

The team was 16-15 this season, but that record was padded by many low-majors on the schedule.  A loss by 8 to Kansas State had many in the Horizon League wary of the Ramblers, but they couldn’t string together a good winning streak despite good victories like at Milwaukee.