In November 2010, I watched "HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and saw a piece on the hazing antics at several historically black colleges and fraternities. I took to Twitter to share my thoughts on the issue.
A threat of legal action by Baylor has, at least temporarily, held up Texas A&M's move to the SEC. The SEC's presidents voted unanimously Tuesday night to extend an invitation to Texas A&M to become the league's 13th member, but that invitation is contingent upon all of Texas A&M's Big 12 counterparts waiving their right to a legal challenge.
Depending on your choice of historical conflict, several of America's largest college athletic programs are either at Lexington, Mass., or floating in Charleston Harbor, waiting for some conference to fire the first shot. If that shot comes -- and indications are it could come as early as Wednesday -- the first stages of a major realignment of the conferences could be sudden, swift and dramatic.
The problem with the speed at which information travels in this era is that everything has to mean something immediately. In the Twitter age, we must be able to consume information, process it and explain what it means in the grand scheme of things within seconds. In the world of Internet journalism, it also helps if we can just as quickly declare each event to be either the best or worst thing that has ever happened.
Don Poffenroth spent more than 20 years watching his 401(k) eke out returns of 3% to 5%. Until, in 2007, he decided to take a bold step: He emptied out his 401(k) into a self-directed IRA and funneled all of his savings -- $300,000 -- into a vodka distillery.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse, the Texas A&M fans were exhilarated at winning their first NCAA women's basketball national championship, while the thousands of Notre Dame fans went home saddened by coming so close to winning it all.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas A&M overcame a lot on Tuesday night. Its own gender-biased history. A hostile Indiana crowd. The newly anointed "face of the game" in Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins. The hand-wringing over a national championship game without UConn.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The buzzer sounded, the game was lost, and Skylar Diggins was gone. Into the tunnel the Notre Dame star went, about as fast as she sped down the court the last four days at Conseco Fieldhouse. Until the final moments of Texas A&M's 76-70 win Tuesday night, the week had belonged to the sophomore from South Bend.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas A&M coach Gary Blair is a superstitious sort. He carries two lucky coins in his left pocket: a 1945 Mercury Head dime for the year he was born and a Texas A&M logo coin given to him by associate head coach Vic Schaefer. Prior to every Aggies game, Blair draws a plus sign in black ink on his hand as a reminder to be positive with his players. He also makes sure he has four two-dollar bills with him at all times. If his team loses a game, he will exchange two of the two-dollar bills for a fresh set. If his team loses two games in a row, he will replace all four bills.
Conventional wisdom went 2-for-4 in the women's NCAA tournament. The story of this year's tournament was supposed to be that any of the No. 1 seeds could win a title, but only two of the top seeds -- the same two that made it to the championship game last year, UConn and Stanford -- are going to get the chance. Both Baylor and Tennessee stumbled in their respective regional finals.
•Call it an Aggie Dynasty in the works. For the second straight year, both the men's and women's track and field teams from Texas A&M won team titles at the NCAA championships. Last weekend in Eugene, the men amassed 55 points, edging Florida by one, and the women scored 72, easily outdistancing the host Ducks who were second with 57.
If you've ever heard a corny joke, it likely was an Aggie joke. These are launched against those of us who hold Texas A&M University (aka the "Aggies") near and dear, usually by fans of our arch-rival, the University of Texas.
In a hotel meeting room in Scottsdale, Ariz., in April, SEC commissioner Mike Slive essentially promised that if the tectonic plates beneath the college sports' landscape began to shift, Slive's league would not sit on the sidelines.
The most poignant scenes of conference tournament season typically involve plucky clubs from small conferences that have played their way into a shot at NCAA tournament glory. Those moments can be magical, especially for the supporters of those schools, but they're not where the bulk of the NCAA tournament bracket is forged.
BYU's 79-66 destruction at the hands of No. 9 seed Texas A&M was bad enough to beg the question -- or bellow it, as the belligerent Cougars fans behind me did until they went hoarse, then mute, then left: "How do you get eliminated by the same team two years in a row?"
On Wednesday, coach Keno Davis was pushing the position that Providence (19-13, 10-8; RPI: 71; SOS: 60) didn't have to beat Louisville to get an at-large. That was unlikely to begin with, but even Davis probably realizes that an 18-point loss to the Cardinals doesn't even qualify as a moral victory for consideration. The defeat leaves the Friars just 2-8 against the RPI Top 50 and 6-13 against the Top 100. As bubble peers like Minnesota (21-9, 9-9, RPI: 41; SOS: 41) continue to advance in other tournaments, it looks like the NIT for Provy.
Underrated: Oklahoma. Most prognosticators have already written off the Sooners after a soul-crushing, three-game losing streak. Not me. I like that the players will have had 12 days to stew over the program's worst defeat in years, a first-round loss to Missouri in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament. What's changed? "Fresh air. Clear heads. Deep breaths," says Oklahoma coach Sheri Coale. "A chance to look at what we are and what we've done, what we're capable of and what the possibilities are -- and what's missing and how to find it and how to put it back together." Remember, this is a team that beat No. 2-seeded Texas A&M by 12 points last month, and lost to Tennessee by three in November. They still have the nation's most dominant offensive player (Courtney Paris) and a coach who has won big in the postseason.
The week of reckoning has arrived. Check out my latest projected bracket below, then click to the next page for a detailed breakdown of 27 teams that head into this final week of the season on the bubble.
The week of reckoning has arrived. Check out my latest projected bracket below, then click to the next page for a detailed breakdown of 27 different teams that head into this final week of the season "on the bubble."
Yep, it's that time of year again. With Selection Sunday a mere five weeks away, it's time to start speculating what that ever-anticipated bracket might look like. Much will obviously change between now and then, but it's at least becoming clear which teams are in line for the highest seeds and which ones are treading dangerously close to bubble territory.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The South team finished up three days of hard practice here this afternoon. The session was highlighted by outstanding performances from a number of late arrivals as well as small school prospects.
With a record 32 games played over 19 days and broadcast on six networks, the bowl season was anything but easy to navigate. Here's what you might have missed from games involving the 62 schools that did not play for the national championship.
With all the firing and hiring of college football coaches, there has been a lot of interest in the status of prospects already committed to certain schools. It's still early, but it appears as though the new coaches at Nebraska, Texas A&M and Ole Miss might be able to hold their classes together.
If you're the sensitive type of homeowner, you may want to skip the rest of this paragraph, which recounts the unrelentingly grim news about home prices. At least 42% of major housing markets are in decline, with some projected to fall by double digits over the next five years. One alarming sign: The National Association of Realtors has reversed its usually sunny outlook and is now predicting a 1% drop nationwide in existing home prices in 2007, the first such prediction in the four decades since NAR started tracking prices.
With only a week until the Major League draft and three weeks until the College World Series in Omaha, college baseball is heating up in a big way. Last week, the NCAA selection committee announced the 64 teams that made the postseason tournament, playing in 16 regionals across the country. These regionals, hosted by a home university in each instance, will send one university to the next round after playing a double elimination weekend tournament. The 16 regionals are below, with my picks for each regional along with the skinny on every team involved.