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When packing for Illinois' trip to Austin, Texas, to play Colorado in Friday's NCAA tournament matchup, Illini coach John Groce will skip the cowboy hat and boots. He cannot vouch for his wife, Allison. "I'll leave that to her,'' Groce said Sunday...
These are dark times for the NCAA. As an organization in charge of monitoring all things college athletics, the NCAA has prided itself with creating a certain brand of integrity. That integrity, however, has taken a big hit as of late. From the way it...
The name for college football's new playoff system is … "College Football Playoff." "Brand X" and "Your Name Here" apparently were already taken. College football commissioners meeting in Pasadena this week were looking for simplicity in...
College football commissioners were going to end their three-day unity conference in Pasadena with a round of "Kumbaya" at the hotel's valet carport. That was before the consulting firm that dreamed up "College Football Playoff" suggested something more...
It was so simple, it seemed almost a joke. In Pasadena, where so much college football history has been made at the Rose Bowl, the collective powers that be met last week to discuss the future of the sport. It was there amid all of the tradition and...
The Olympics have come and gone for Bryshon Nellum. So has the pain in his legs that made his success in London last summer so amazing. His story was seized upon, correctly so, by much of the media in London, even non-U.S. outlets. After all, even in...
Dave Ryan has done just about everything there is to do as a radio and television broadcaster over the past three decades, everything from professional bowling to the Little League World Series and from major league baseball to the NFL, NHL and NCAA...
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Bowl Championship Series officials trimmed the fat Thursday. Off the table are playoff proposals that were absurd (the Rose Bowl as part of three semifinal games), would have harmed the regular season (eight- and 16-teamers) or...
Punxsutawney Phil usually predicts the start of spring. Here in the South, spring is marked by the start of football practice. On Saturday, most of the Sunshine State schools wrapped up their spring practices with their annual football games, leaving...
Kentucky is the top-seeded team entering this year's NCAA tournament that tips off Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, and ends on a Monday in Atlanta. Check that: A team from Kentucky, coached by a former Kentucky coach, is top-seeded entering the NCAA...
I know the look. For the last three decades, every year at this time, I get the look. A friend or family member will slowly approach with a piece of wrinkled paper, a chewed-off pencil and a wistful stare. It's always someone who doesn't follow sports....
SALT LAKE CITY — Top collegiate athletic directors need many things but should not live without a back-door office exit or a secret list of coaching candidates in advance of their next football and basketball openings. It doesn't matter if your...
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