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How To Fix College Football Before It's Too Late

The greatest sport in the world is under assault from many different sides.
<p> The greatest sport in the world is under assault from many different sides.</p>

The greatest sport in the world is under assault from many different sides. Conference realignment talk has replaced conversation about who’s number one. Cheating coaches are ruining their schools’ reputations and jeopardizing future success. And players are succumbing to temptation out of anger because they feel exploited.

What a mess.

Red Sox 1986 Rollercoaster: The 25th Anniversary of Bill Buckner's Game 6

We look back at the Boston Red Sox incredible 1986 postseason 25 years later
<p> We look back at the Boston Red Sox incredible 1986 postseason 25 years later</p>

Dave Henderson called timeout and stepped out of the batter’s box. He had just fouled off a fastball out over the plate. The Boston Red Sox center fielder grimaced.

“There’s a lot of thinking that goes into a timeout called with the pitcher on the rubber,” says Henderson, 53. “I knew that when you miss your pitch, you’re in big trouble.”

Kent State’s Terrific Trio in 1972: Nick Saban, Jack Lambert and Gary Pinkel

The trio led the Golden Flashes to a MAC title in a time of turmoil at the Ohio school
<p> Nick Saban, Gary Pinkel and Jack Lambert led the Golden Flashes to a MAC title in a time of turmoil at the Ohio school</p>

They have celebrated one conference championship in the history of Kent State’s football program. One. Oklahoma, this ain’t. In 1972, the Golden Flashes won five of their last six, including a season-ending triumph over Toledo that clinched the title and earned a Tangerine Bowl berth.

 

It couldn’t have come at a more important time in school history.

 

Peyton Manning and the Colts: Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Peyton Manning's injury leaves the Colts among the worst teams in the NFL
<p> Peyton Manning's injury leaves the Colts among the worst teams in the NFL</p>

Peyton Manning and the Colts: Where Did It Go Wrong?

This article originally appeared in Athlon Sports' monthly. Available in newspapers nationwide.

Bubba Starling Is A Wanted Man

Nebraska's two-star athlete has a big decision to make.
<p> Nebraska's two-star athlete has a big decision to make.</p>

Bubba Starling
University of Nebraska/Kansas City Royals
Hometown: Gardner, Kan.

There is no truth to the rumors that Bubba Starling could hit 10 home runs, rush for 350 yards, cure the common cold, reverse the trade deficit and teach the cast of “Jersey Shore” some manners — all in the same afternoon. It only seems that way.

Milwaukee's Best

Looking back at the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
<p> Decades have passed since their World Series appearance, but the city’s love affair with Harvey’s Wallbangers is still going strong.</p>

It was all becoming a little too much for Jon Loomer to take last summer.

He’d log on to Twitter, and there were the Yankee fans, chirping about the success of the Bronx Bombers. In 140 characters or less, there were the Phillie fanatics, crowing about their team during the pennant chase.

Talent Has No Color

Jackson State golf coach Eddie Payton
<p> Jackson State golf coach Eddie Payton, older brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter and an NFL veteran himself, has cast a worldwide recruiting net in building his program into an unlikely success story.</p>
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It was a frustrating afternoon for Jackson State golfer Tim O’Neal. He was having one of his best days striking the ball from tee to green. Just one thing was missing.

“I couldn’t putt it in the ocean,” the 37-year-old former PGA and Nationwide Tour golfer says of his frustrating performance at a tournament at SMU roughly 15 years ago. “I walked over to Coach Payton and said, ‘Coach I cannot make a putt.’ He thought a moment then offered: ‘Hit it closer to the pin.’”

Top 5 Most Dramatic Shots in NCAA Tournament History

<p> Heading up to the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, we compiled what we think are the Top 5 Most Dramatic Shots in the tourney's history.&nbsp; See if you agree.</p>
  • Christian Laettner, Duke
    1992 East Regional Finals (vs. Kentucky)

Jerry Tarkanian

An Exclusive Q&A with the former UNLV Head Coach
<p> I was a teenager — a young teenager — living in the Central Time Zone in the late 1980s/early 1990s, which means I loved Guns N’ Roses, the Sega Genesis and staying up late to watch Jerry Tarkanian’s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels destroy overwhelmed opponents. They sprinted. They dunked. They made college basketball fun — and, yes, controversial. Every Final Four seemed to bring an investigation, which makes it tough to determine, even all these years later, whether Tarkanian is more proud of his success or bitter about the NCAA.<br /> <br /> Here is what Tark had to say.<br />  </p>

Athlon Sports: HBO Sports did a documentary on the peak of your career called “Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV” that recently debuted and is airing all month. I know you saw an advanced screening of the hour-long program at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas back in February. What did you think?

Jerry Tarkanian: The parts on me were really good. I just thought they went too easy on the NCAA. But that’s because I’m so bitter about them.

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