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Virginia names change but defense the same

Virginia names change but defense the same

The Green Bay Packers finally lived up to Virginia basketball’s famed “Pack Line Defense” with a 27-13 Monday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s Green Bay roots – he played at Wisconsin-Green Bay for his father, Dick Bennett – are the football...

Bonzie Colson playing like Antonio Gates

Bonzie Colson playing like Antonio Gates

One hole to fill on Notre Dame’s roster this season was left by Zach Auguste, who averaged a double-double. He was talent earned a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers and a future playing professionally in Turkey.Who would think the Irish could sufficiently fill that...

Pitino sidesteps controversy by winning

Pitino sidesteps controversy by winning

The cover-up is always worse than the crime. That has been a catchphrase in American politics, sports, and life in general since Richard Nixon was caught covering up Watergate crimes and resigned as president in 1974.Rick Pitino didn’t understand that lesson in 1977 when he was a...

Indiana and Crean seek consistency

Indiana and Crean seek consistency

Tom Crean’s teams captured Big Ten titles in two of the last four years, but to continue to establish an Indiana legacy, his ability to adjust will be tested this season unlike the past four.The big test will be coaching a lineup without Yogi Ferrell, who ran the point for the...

Florida State remains on the fringe

Florida State remains on the fringe

Florida State is one of those schools that can attract a top recruit or two with Leonard Hamilton as its respected head coach. The problem is keeping them around to build a program that can climb the ACC ladder.It’s one step forward with a coveted recruit and then back to the...

NCAA follows through on warning to state of North Carolina

NCAA follows through on warning to state of North Carolina

NCAA president Mark Emmert warned the state of North Carolina it was in danger of joining Mississippi on its banned list.The NBA did the same before it announced on July 21 it had followed through on a promise to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte. ... Click here...

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

Americans love college rivalries. It starts at the top with coaches, and the bloodstreams of various colors bleed through to the players and fans.With another school year upon us and USA Basketball having returned from Rio de Janeiro with a third straight Olympic gold medal, this...

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – News surrounding the ACC Network deal with ESPN was dominated quite naturally by its financial impact through football and basketball. They are the revenue sports of college athletics, after all.A cast of ACC officials and ESPN executives with beaming faces...

Threat to North Carolina sports now real

Threat to North Carolina sports now real

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 legislation rose to another level once politics intersected with Duke’s basketball schedule.The University of Albany’s Nov. 12 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium has been canceled. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Tubby establishing Memphis roots

Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith’s late hire on April 14 has him off to a slow recruiting start. He has only one modest commitment in the Class of 2016 from a two-star guard, Keon Clergeot.But that doesn’t mean the sage coach is failing to find his way around the recruiting...