"Nobody in football should be called a genius.  A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - Joe Theismann

Twitter: @pdnorton3

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Favorite Sports Media Journalist: Darren Rovell

Favorite Athlete: Anthony Rizzo

Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs

If you could cover any sporting event in the world, what would it be: The Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears

Best tradition at your college: Making the Elite Eight, but failing to make the Final Four

The restaurant you most frequent in your college town: Jefferson's on Mass St

Best class you’ve ever taken: Intro to Sport Management

Dear Patrick, Is Alabama Overrated?

The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Yes, absolutely. Thanks to fellow Student Union writer Cody Goggin, we publish a Top 25 College Football Poll every week compiled of our picks and rankings among the contributors. Thanks to another SU writer, PJ Guippone, my hot takes have been exposed. In a piece published simultaneously with […]

It’s Time for Notre Dame to Move On

After a great start to the 2017 season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have fallen apart at the seams once again. Just last year, the Fighting Irish finished a dismal season with a 4-8 record. In 2017, they’ve already surpassed doubling last year’s win total, but it isn’t enough. Like every year with Brian Kelly […]

Nine People You’ll Meet Playing Basketball at the Rec

If you’ve been to your school’s rec center this year, you’ve probably come across a game or two of pickup basketball. While we all believe in our talents and think we can shoot like Devonte’ Graham or rebound like DeAndre Ayton, everybody stems from one of these nine characters you’ll meet on the court. The […]

Five Takeaways from Oklahoma’s Win Over Kansas

#12 Oklahoma played host to #5 Kansas in a Tuesday night Big 12 match with potentially serious implications on the conference’s standings. After KU held a lead for much of the second half, an interesting strategy and some key makes allowed for the Sooners and Trae Young to regain the lead with a minute remaining. […]

SU25: Basketball Edition

*extreme Pitbull voice* “We’re bringing it, we’re bringing it, we’re bringing it back.” We’re a blog of many talents, but ranking the top 25 college basketball teams isn’t necessarily one of them. The weekly segment where we compile our contributors rankings into a top 25 is back, but this time, we’re dipping into some basketball […]

SU25: Basketball Edition

“We’re a blog of many talents, but ranking the top 25 college basketball teams isn’t necessarily one of them.” – Me, Patrick Norton, two weeks ago. After Villanova, Virginia and Purdue, last week’s one, two and three seeds, lost throughout the week, we saw a considerable shakeup to our top 25. The Kansas Jayhawks saw […]

A Jayhawk’s (Half-Hearted) Prayer for Keller Chryst

In the name of James “The Father” Naismith, Bill “The Son” Self and the Almighty Mark “The Holy Spirit” Mangino: A reading from the Book of Jayhawks: Brothers and Sisters, I’ll be straight forward with you; a quarterback won’t solve a heavy majority of KU football’s issues. But if you watched a half of Jayhawk […]

SU25: Basketball Edition

“We’re a blog of many talents, but ranking the top 25 college basketball teams isn’t necessarily one of them.” – Me, Patrick Norton, three weeks ago. “…Basketbal…” – Also me, last week. Only nine days remain in the month of February and synonymous with the last few weeks, we’ve seen a few shakeups in the […]

National Lampoon’s College Vacation

Did somebody say… VACATION? With all of this talk of vacation out of South Bend, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, I can’t help but dream of a warm beach somewhere with the waves crashing against the shores, sand mixing in my hair and me, keeping my shirt on to avoid any embarrassment. Instead, I’m stuck in […]

SU25: Basketball Edition

“We’re a blog of many talents, but ranking the top 25 college basketball teams isn’t necessarily one of them.” – Me, Patrick Norton, four weeks ago. Conference tournaments begin this week, so we’re getting dangerously close to our final SU25 until football season. Only twenty-seven teams received votes for our top 25, so what happened […]

Apply to Become Pitt’s Head Coach Today!

Only a few hours removed from Kevin Stallings’ release, the University of Pittsburgh is working on finding a new head coach for their men’s basketball team through… the internet? If you have any interest in becoming the next Pitt basketball coach, you can apply here https://t.co/LpBymMz9Wx — Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) March 9, 2018 That’s right. […]

Oklahoma Sucks, Nothing Is Real, This is Bullsh*t.

I quit. I just left the Student Union Sports Slack channel. I am a rogue writer right now. This is RIDICULOUS. Besides “5+ turnovers per game” Trae Young, how in the WORLD did Oklahoma make the tournament? 18-13! 8-10 in the BIG 12, 1(!)-8 on the road in conference play, lost in the first round […]

“Academics” in the NBA Playoffs: Crafting Nine Collegiate Starting Lineups

Remember watching the tournament a couple weeks ago and being continuously bothered by Jerry Rice’s voice speaking on behalf of the NCAA about how student-athletes are students first? Well, I do. The message of the ad was also to say “hey, being a student-athlete can help you gain the skills necessary for the real world […]

The Wicked Witch Is Dead

Praise the lord, Sheahon Zenger isn’t in Kansas anymore, and from the looks of it, David Beaty doesn’t appear to be far behind. University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod sent out a staff-wide email, which served as a press release, to announce the firing of the athletic director on Monday morning. The release cited “lack […]

I Was Julius Caesared by Not Being Invited to Last Week’s Student Union Summit

This past weekend, Student Union Sports held its first annual SUS Summit somewhere near Atlanta, Georgia. To receive an invite, you had to be one of the top dogs at the blog, producing content and page views more routinely than Antonio Cromartie conceives lil’ Cromartie’s. If you buy into the Student Union #brand and help […]

Ten Things To Do at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas

With at least one more season of David Beaty unfortunately on the horizon, it’s apparent that the only reasons to attend a Kansas Jayhawks football game is for Family Weekend, you know somebody on the team or if you’ve got plans to get plastered at The Hawk immediately afterwards. With KU being a dry campus, […]

The Unnerving Realization for a Journalist in Waiting

Yesterday evening, a crazed gunman with a ridiculous motive opened fire inside the headquarters of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. A horrific, senseless act with a tragic outcome leaving five employees slain at the hand’s of another person with no regard for human life or decency. Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca […]

Student Union CFB Preview: Illinois

The Fighting Illini have been in the rebuild stage for what feels like an eternity. Their games have been hard to watch with glaring issues on all three phases, but it’s all developmental and while 2017 may not have been the most competitive showing, it takes a few seasons like those to eventually right the ship. […]

Student Union CFB Preview: Kansas

The Jayhawks have one of the most negative outlooks you can find in the game. With new Athletic Director Jeff Long in the building, the writing is on the wall for head coach David Beaty. With three wins in three seasons, another projected failure ahead in 2018, basketball season can’t come soon enough in Lawrence, Kansas. […]

What Could’ve Been: The Jim Harbaugh/Kansas Saga

Everybody’s favorite milk-drinking, red meat-devouring, chicken-avoiding, khaki-wearing football coach resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he belongs, but Jim Harbaugh’s journey to the Big House nearly took a major detour nearly a decade ago. After allegations of verbal abuse in the locker room plagued the team’s on-field success, Mark Mangino and the University of Kansas […]

Dear Vanderbilt University, Please Hire Jay Cutler.

After the news out of Vanderbilt that athletic director David Williams would be resigning, Clay Travis dropped into the conversation with an absurd suggestion for the university’s next man up: Jay. F***ing. Cutler. Yes. PLEASE yes. Pump it into my veins. Quarterback extraordinaire Jay Cutler enjoyed a successful career at Vandy, which led to an impressive […]

KANSAS FOOTBALL IS GOING BOWLING

Cancel the Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ football program IMMEDIATELY. 55-14? Are you kidding me? KU just put up 55 points on a team that only allowed 52 to THE Ohio State. Urban Meyer on the hot seat? My mind is scrambled. I just called the game for KJHK 90.7 FM – Lawrence and I’m currently waiting […]

#SU25: Week 4

Alabama (10) Clemson (2) Georgia Ohio State Oklahoma LSU Stanford Washington West Virginia Notre Dame Auburn Penn State Mississippi State Virginia Tech UCF Oklahoma State TCU Oregon Wisconsin Michigan Miami (FL) Iowa Texas A&M Boston College Michigan State Others receiving votes: Duke (15), USF (10), BYU (6), Syracuse (5), NC State (4), Kentucky (4), Boise […]

Notre Dame: Legit Contender. No! Don’t Hang Up!

A big victory on Saturday night against #24 Virginia Tech once again proved to the nation that Notre Dame is not messing around in 2018. With wins over Michigan to begin the season, now two consecutive weeks topping Stanford and Virginia Tech, the Fighting Irish have set themselves up very nicely to make a run […]

Kansas Football: At Least We Have Volleyball

Well, you can’t win ’em all, and luckily for the Jayhawks, they have two wins already in 2018, so they won’t lose ’em all either. Another fantastic defensive outing washed away with an inconsistent offensive attack and #NotGreat coaching. Ah yes, a classic Kansan tale. David Beaty is the Wicked Witch of Campus North.  Against […]

By God, Texas IS Back.

They actually did the damn thing and took down #7 Oklahoma! After losing to B1G powerhouse MARYLAND(!) in the first game of the 2018 campaign, it seemed as though Texas was on it’s way to another disappointing end result under Tom Herman. Five wins in a row has ceased that talk though, including taking down […]

LSU Punts Away Perfect Season

Noooo! Not like this, Coach O! Florida? LSU’s defense has been so good all year, but it was a pick-6 that finally ended the Tigers’ perfect season bid. Joe Burrow couldn’t get it done through the air, throwing for 191 yards and two interceptions, including the pick-6 late in the fourth quarter. Nick Brosette scored […]

Land of Lincoln: Norman, Oklahoma

Well that’s that. The Stoops family is no longer when it comes to the staff of the Sooners. This is Lincoln Riley’s team now. Has been for a year and now he’s shocked the nation in having the guts to fire a Stoops from an Oklahoma football coaching staff. After a heart-pumping defeat at the […]

Marching Bands: College Football’s Secret Weapon

The age-old debate about whether the NFL product is better than the NCAA’s commodity is easily settled: the NFL lacks marching bands. The Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins escape blame here as they do possess marching bands at their home games, but every other professional football team is on blast here: live music with brass, […]

Heisman Watch: The Year of the Back

Quarterback, that is. Remember before the season began when everybody assumed the college quarterback landscape was weak and that any of the talented running backs would be a shoe-in for the coveted trophy. Well, everybody was wrong. We’ve hit the halfway point of the 2018-19 season and five quarterbacks lead the charge in the hunt […]

SU25: Week 7

We’re halfway through the 2018 college football season and our rankings are starting to take tremendous form. More confidence in Michigan and Texas in actual rank, but not too much change in the teams in the top 25. LSU and Florida created a seismic shift with the Gators pulling off a thrilling upset in the […]

College Hockey: Postgame Presser Week Four

We are about a month into the season and there is not much time left before conference play gets fully underway. All two of our pollsters (myself and Patty Norton) have our say after an action-packed weekend. My Poll St. Cloud State Ohio State Notre Dame Providence Penn State Minnesota Duluth Denver Union College Minnesota […]

College Hockey is About to Get B1Gger.

The legitimacy of the account is in question without a blue checkmark and some questionable posts in the past, but this tweet is certainly getting plenty of attention in the college hockey universe. With the Chicago Blackhawks recently sponsoring studies for the University of Illinois to conduct gauging certain levels of interest and possibility of […]

Beaty Fired, It’s Basketball Season

After four years of David Beaty football in Lawrence, new AD Jeff Long announced the football program would be moving in a different direction come season’s end. Beaty will exit the scene with the seniors in three weeks after The Jayhawks take on Texas at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on November 23rd, leaving Beaty […]

Fight On: Ranking The Best College Fight Songs

Call ’em the best, most memorable, most recognizable: fight songs become ingrained in your mind, even if you can’t remember the associated school. When you listen to this list, there’s a chance you’ll either be pulled back into the student section of your alma mater for one more fourth quarter comeback, or you’ll remember the […]

#SU25 Basketball: Preseason

It’s that time of the year again! The college basketball season tips off tonight with the Champions Classic taking place in Indianapolis. The Kansas Jayhawks take on the Michigan State Spartans, and the Duke Blue Devils match up with John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats. A few new faces join the ranks this season after impressive tournament […]

Campus Cover 043: Blind Resume Test

The Campus Cover is the always off-topic, sometimes correct college football gambling podcast presented by Student Union Sports. Not only do we have your picks of the week, but PJ and Cody give you endless nonsense throughout. You can find us on Twitter @CodyGoggin @pjguip1 @TheCampusCover @StudentUSports This week Anthony Ventura (@anthonyjvent1) and Patrick Norton […]

The Experience: Ranking The Best College Stadium Traditions

Traditions: The sacred ceremonies that make college football and basketball unlike any other experience imaginable. Just about every college has ’em and just about every alumni remembers their school’s pregame or postgame ritual like they were in the student section last Saturday. We’ve covered the best bands in the land. We’ve argued over the most […]

Les Miles to Kansas: Wave the Grass?

Ever since the announcement was made that David Beaty would not be returning for the 2019 season, rumors began flying around Lawrence regarding the next head football coach. But today, sources to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger confirmed that the Kansas Jayhawks were finalizing a deal with longtime coach Les Miles. The Dark Ages Dating back […]

Kyler Murray Wins Heisman

After one of the longer Heisman presentation shows of recent memory, this time filled with awkward segments and enough missed jokes to make you think a Kansas quarterback was making them. Where was I? Oh, right! It was finally announced just after 9 PM ET that Oklahoma Sooner’s quarterback Kyler Murray was victorious in the […]

2018 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Preview

Folks, the College Football Playoff is finally here, and we’re just hours away from the first semifinal. This year’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is sure to excite when two undefeated squads enter Jerry’s World for the opportunity to make it one step closer to glory. How They Got Here: Clemson Tigers Clemson found themselves in […]

2018(19?) Playoff Final Preview

Monday night, the culmination of the entire college football season, but what year is Monday’s College Football Playoff Final taking place in? Is this the 2018 Natty or the 2019? I’ve had that question for a while and haven’t found a definitive answer, so feel free to give your own input on my Twitter poll: […]

Silvio De Sousa, Kansas Hosed by NCAA

Well, that’s that. Silvio De Sousa banned from the NCAA until 2020-2021. Held out for all of the 2018-19 season this point, hope remained with the Jayhawks that they might get their big back before March. Back in October, Adidas rep TJ Gassnola testified De Sousa’s guardian accepted $2,500 from Gassnola. De Sousa has not […]

#SU25 Basketball: Week (1)5!

Football season is over, but there is some good news: The Patriots can’t win March Madness. But the Patriots of college basketball find themselves atop our first #SU25 rankings of the regular season. Coach K has the Blue Devils rolling, but the Volunteers are staying close behind. We casted our votes before Tuesday night’s action, […]

Illinois Basketball: B1G Tournament Champions

Speak it into existence. Brad Underwood’s squad is trending upward, and while they sit at 9-15, an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament is up for grabs in March. The path to the madness is far from an easy one, but if Illinois performs with the same level of intensity and execution they possessed against […]

What Happened to The Jayhawks?

It’s finally over. Fourteen years stopped at a screeching halt. Oh well. For the 2018-19 Kansas Jayhawks, it’s time to learn and move on. No longer at the top of the Big XII mountain, doubters finally have the ammunition to attack Bill Self; fourteen-time Big XII Champion, one-time national champion. I’m not the type to […]