GOODELL CALLS NOLA 'TERRIFIC' DESPITE BLACKOUT: The blackout at the Superdome will not stop the Super Bowl from returning to New Orleans.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that despite the electrical outage which delayed Sunday night's game for 34 minutes, the city did a "terrific" job hosting its first pro football championship in the post-Katrina era.
"Let me reiterate again what an extraordinary job the city of New Orleans has done," said Goodell, speaking Monday at a post-Super Bowl media conference held for the game's most valuable player, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, and winning coach John Harbaugh. "The most important thing is to make sure people understand it was a fantastic week."
New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls, including Baltimore's 34-31 victory over San Francisco, tied for the most with Miami.
While serving as the site of America's biggest sporting event and focus of an unofficial national holiday gets any place a lot of attention, this game had special meaning for New Orleans.
NATE ROBINSON HONORED: Bulls’ reserve guard Nate Robinson was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 28 through Feb. 3.
Robinson led the Bulls to a 3-1 week, which included road wins over the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 17.8 points, tied for second in the conference, and placed third with 6.8 apg.
Robinson has scored in double figures in 10 consecutive games for the Central Division-leading Bulls, who stand third overall in the East at 29-18 (.617).
PURDUE'S HAMMONS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Gary native A.J. Hammons, a 7-foot center at Purdue, was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Hammons averaged 24.5 points on 57.6 percent shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in games against Indiana and Northwestern last week.
He finished with a career-high 30 points against Indiana on Wednesday, shooting 71.4 percent from the floor and chipping in five blocks and five rebounds
On Saturday, Hammons recorded his second double-double of the season against Northwestern, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds
PENN STATE WOMEN BEAT NO. 13 PURDUE: Maggie Lucas scored 17 points, and No. 8 Penn State withstood a second-half rally by No. 13 Purdue with defense to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 69-61 victory Monday night.
After struggling in the first half, 6-foot-4 center Nikki Greene (six points, nine rebounds) gave the Lady Lions (18-3, 8-1) an interior presence in the game's final 6:39, when Penn State finished off the Boilermakers (18-4, 7-2) with a 12-6 run.
Purdue had narrowed a 12-point deficit to 57-55 before going the next five-plus minutes without a field goal.
Courtney Moses (21 points) scored six points in a 13-second span to get within 67-61 with 1:05 left, but Alex Bentley helped Penn State hold on with a bucket and steal.
GERARDOT EARNS ANOTHER HORIZON HONOR: Valparaiso junior forward Tabitha Gerardot has received her third Horizon League Player of the Week honor of the season after a pair of big performances.
Gerardot recorded her sixth double-double of the season against Wright State, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She also became just the 13th Crusader to surpass 1,000 points for her career.
In a 92-84 overtime win against Cleveland State on Saturday, Gerardot scored 32 points and grabbed a career-best 19 rebounds. She scored 21 of her points after halftime, including 11 of Valparaiso’s 17 points in overtime.
It was the second time in the last four games that Gerardot scored at least 30 points, after posting 33 against Milwaukee on Jan. 24.
LUERS FOOTBALL COACH ESCAPES CHARGES: A northeastern Indiana prosecutor's office says no criminal charges will be filed against a former Bishop Luers High School football coach fired after police said they were investigating possible inappropriate video clips of students on his computer.
The Allen County Prosecutor's Office released a statement Monday saying an investigation regarding work computers controlled by Matt Lindsay has been completed and no illegal images were found. The statement said Lindsay's personal computer was not found.
The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend announced in September it had fired Lindsay for violating school and diocesan policies. He could not be reached for comment because there was no telephone listing for him. Lindsay won nine state titles during his 26 years as head coach.