| Apr 24, 2015
| 6:54 PM
Running off at the typewriter …
New University of Florida football coach Jim McElwain recently took over a downtrodden program, interest among his fan base might be at an all-time low, the offensive talent he inherited is abysmal and one of his...
| Apr 8, 2015
As ESPN's crack and ubiquitous research staff rapidly unearthed Monday night — or was it Tuesday morning? — Duke's national-championship conquest of Wisconsin included record contributions from freshmen.
Tyus Jones, Grayson Allen, Justise...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 8:20 PM
At Valparaiso, they welcomed fans into the student union to revel in the return to an NCAA tournament the Crusaders coach, Bryce Drew, helped make special 17 years ago with a shot famous enough to use in commercials.
At Notre Dame, the ACC champs all...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 8:43 PM
The calendar said March 1, but Tom Izzo knew better. It's not March until the brackets come out.
So on the day that followed Feb. 28, Izzo set a lineup at Wisconsin that didn't include his most important player. He benched the bruising Branden Dawson,...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 7:54 AM
Pat Riley has always been in a hurry. Impatience has been his virtue. At least when it has come to his tenure with the Miami Heat.
Barely two months after his arrival in 1995, he blew up his roster and traded for Alonzo Mourning. Less than three...
| Mar 17, 2015
At the risk of alarming Virginia and Duke faithful, a confession: Bracket chaos has followed me like a stray puppy for the last five NCAA tournaments.
Our fling began in 2010 where many flirtations commence: New Orleans. There I saw Old Dominion, an...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:25 PM
Couldn't Scott Barnes have lied? C'mon, Mr. NCAA Selection Committee Chairman. Did you really have to admit that Wisconsin would have been a No. 1 seed regardless of how the Big Ten tournament played out?
OK, OK. We appreciate the honesty. And it's...
| May 20, 2015
| 1:33 AM
When Julie Hermann played volleyball at Nebraska in the '80s, the program would have brownie sales to raise revenue.
At Notre Dame in the '70s, Gene Smith recalled that a discussion between a football player and coach might go like this: "You have an...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 5:20 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — At NCAA headquarters, the basketball enthusiasts view Selection Sunday as Christmas morning.
This mock selection exercise would be akin to Thanksgiving.
"So let's eat," says David Worlock, the NCAA point man for this event....
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:10 PM
Many Virginia basketball faithful are unhappy — thank you, Twitter and email — with the NCAA tournament bracket unveiled Sunday. Two reasons.
One is rooted in conference rivalry — loathing seems too strong a word for Lent — the...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 11:09 AM
Wisconsin didn’t play like a 1-seed in the Big Ten tournament, let like alone a team worthy of the top seed in the NCAA bracket.
The Badgers struggled to get by a height-deficient Michigan team that entered the game 16-15.
But they eventually...