Despite coming off an 11-20 season, Saint Joseph's was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll released this week.
It's the highest the Hawks have been picked to finish since 2012-13 when they were the preseason favorite.
St. Joe's went just 4-14 in the conference last season after winning the A-10 with a 13-5 conference record the previous year. The Hawks have won the A-10 twice in the last four seasons.
Phil Martelli enters his 23rd season as head coach, and he has all five starters coming back. The Hawks lost some key players last season. Shavar Newkirk was averaging 20.3 points per game until he tore his ACL in the conference opener. Lamarr Kimble was averaging 15.5 points and leading the team in assists when he fractured his foot in February.
Newkirk was named to the preseason All-Conference Second Team; Kimble and Charlie Brown Jr. were third-teamers.
St. Joe's begins its season on Nov. 11 at Toledo, with the Hawks' home opener coming the following Saturday, Nov. 18 against Princeton (see schedule).
It was a beneficial weekend for the Eagles, who got to kick up their feet and rest Sunday following their impressive win in Carolina on Thursday.
The 5-1 Eagles, after making the Panthers 4-2, watched Sunday as two main NFC contenders — the Packers and Falcons — lost. The Eagles are the NFC's only 5-1 team and their 4-0 record within the conference bodes extremely well for tiebreaker purposes moving forward.
The only previously unbeaten team, the Chiefs, lost on Sunday as well, meaning the Eagles are tied for the best record in the NFL.
Vegas noticed. The Eagles are now tied for the third-shortest odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl, according to OddsShark.
Here's a look at the updated odds:
• Patriots: 9/2
• Steelers: 8/1
• Eagles/Chiefs: 17/2
• Seahawks: 11/1
• Falcons: 14/1
The Eagles have scored the fifth-most points in the NFL, and among teams who have played six games, they've allowed the fourth-fewest. Their plus-43 point differential is third in the NFL to only the Chiefs (plus-47) and Jaguars (plus-46).
Prior to Week 6, the Eagles' Super Bowl odds were 16/1, per Westgate, so the events of this past week cut the Eagles' odds nearly in half. Their season-opening Super Bowl odds, via Westgate, were 60/1.
Another member of the Phillies’ coaching staff is joining the front office. Larry Bowa on Friday was named senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.
Former manager Pete Mackanin was also reassigned to the front office at the beginning of October.
Bowa, 71, served as the Phillies’ bench coach the last four years, joining the staff after a stint as an analyst for MLB Network.
As the Phillies search for a new manager, their coaches have been told they’re free to seek other opportunities. A new manager typically likes to bring in his own coaches, which could be bad news for Matt Stairs, Mickey Morandini, Juan Samuel and Bob McClure.
Bowa has spent 52 years in baseball as a player, manager, coach or analyst, with 33 of those years coming with the Phillies.
“Larry Bowa is a genuine Phillies icon and he has made enormous contributions to this franchise during his 33 years in uniform,” Klentak said in a statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Larry has accomplished throughout his baseball career and I am thrilled that he has agreed to continue to impact the organization in this new role.”