Blue Hose's Transition to D-I A Rocky Road

Former twenty-win team getting spanked nightly —and loving it
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 25, 2007 10:15 AM CST
Ohio State's Kosta Koufos, left, shoots over Presbyterian's Odist Harmon second half of a college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – South Carolina's tiny Presbyterian College is still adjusting to life in the world of Division I hoops. The school of 1200 students, whose team nickname is the Blue Hose, made the switch this year to attract better recruits. Though the team is 1-10 thus far, coach Gregg Nibert and players couldn't be happier with the results, reports.

Nibert explained: "I knew we had a great product here. But our name wasn't getting out there." Added one player of his team's obscurity, "Everywhere we go, everyone asks, 'What's a Blue Hose?' Sometimes they say stuff like, 'Hey, I got a blue hose out in my garage.' I just laugh at it."