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Dean Smith Leaves $200 for "Dinner Out" for Each of his Players

The coach leaves one final statement of love for his players
Dean Smith Leaves $200 for "Dinner Out" for Each of his Players

Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith was renowned for his relationship with everyone who played for him during his 36 years with the Tar Heels. 

 

That extended to his will.

 

After his passing on Feb. 7, Smith left $200 to each letterman who played for him at North Carolina. The checks carried the note for “Dinner Out.”

 

Here is the letter addressed to Dante Calabria, who played guard for North Carolina’s 1993 championship team.

 

 

Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: UCLA vs. Gonzaga

Can UCLA maintain this unlikely run?
Sweet 16 Game Preview and Predictions: UCLA vs. Gonzaga

Gonzaga is one of the nation’s most consistent basketball programs and, really, one of the great success stories in the sport.

 

Who would believe that a West Coast Conference school in Spokane, Wash., would be an NCAA Tournament regular with a coach who has stayed for more than a decade?

 

Yet coach Mark Few has one major hole on his résumé — a trip to the Final Four. The Zags haven’t even been to the Elite Eight since his tenure began. The postseason exits have included five losses in the Sweet 16 or round of 32 as a top-four seed.

Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes Has Embarrassing Moment Caught on Hot Mic

Smooth move, Nigel
Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes Has Embarrassing Moment Caught on Hot Mic

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes already familiarized himself with the NCAA’s stenographers. Now he’s learning a little something about a hot mic.

 

At Wednesday’s pregame press conference, Wisconsin’s players were asked a question by a female reporter. Hayes leaned over to whisper to teammate Frank Kaminsky, “God, she’s beautiful.”

 

Washington Huskies 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Athlon analyzes the Huskies '15 football schedule.
Washington Huskies 2015 Schedule and Analysis

Chris Petersen isn’t accustomed to losing.

 

Washington lost more games in Pac-12 play in Petersen’s debut (5) than he did the three previous seasons combined at Boise State (4).

 

But this is one of the best jobs on the West Coast and in the Pac-12, and his track record of success speaks for itself.

 

College Basketball's 10 Best Coaches Who Have Never Been to the Final Four

Could the drought end for any of these guys?
College Basketball's 10 Best Coaches Who Have Never Been to the Final Four

The Sweet 16 will feature its share of powerhouse coaches. Nine of the coaches in the regional semifinals have a grand total of 41 Final Four appearances. Five of those have five or more appearances in the final weekend.

 

On the other side, seven coaches this weekend are trying to reach the first Final Four of their careers, and for many of them, it’s been a long climb.

 

Jets Players Help Girl with Promposal

The New York Jets helped Sarah Kardonsky ask Michael Pagano to prom.
The New York Jets helped Sarah Kardonsky ask Michael Pagano to prom.

Michael Pagano asked Sarah Kardonsky to prom, but she already had a date. Pagano has autism and is a big Jets fan. Kardonsky explained the situation to her previous date, and she decided she wanted to ask Pagano in a special way.

 

Kardonsky reached out the Jets with the story, and this is what she got.

 

Watch what happened when Pagano sees the video:

USC Trojans 2015 Spring Football Preview

What's ahead for the Men of Troy this spring?
USC Trojans 2015 Spring Football Preview

There is a lot to like about the 2015 USC Trojans.

 

Steve Sarkisian has a year under his belt as the head man at Heritage Hall and this roster is loaded with elite-level talent. The quarterback position is locked down by a potential Heisman candidate and the offensive line is filthy good.

 

Vanderbilt Commodores 2015 Spring Overview

What are the key questions to watch Derek Mason's second year?
Vanderbilt Commodores 2015 Spring Overview

Derek Mason’s first season at Vanderbilt wasn’t easy. The Commodores did not win a game in SEC play and two of their three non-conference wins came by three points or less. However, as the 2015 season approaches, there’s reason to expect improvement out of Vanderbilt in Mason’s second year. The losses in the senior class were minimal, and the Commodores return 17 starters.

3rd-Grader Banks No-Look Backwards Three-Pointer

Third-grader Tyrik Petway banks a no-look, backward 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Third-grader Tyrik Petway banks a no-look backward 3-pointer at the buzzer.

We've all seen some crazy buzzer beaters. But you don't see a buzzer beater like this everyday from a third-grader.

 

Tyrik Petway banked a no-look, backward three-pointer at the buzzer during the AAA County Championship Game in Maryland. Watch the incredibly lucky shot below:

 

 

Early 2015 Heisman Betting Odds: Top Picks, Sleepers and Busts

Who should you bet on to win the Heisman in 2015? Who should you avoid?
Early 2015 Heisman Betting Odds: Top Picks, Sleepers and Busts

The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in sports and gambling is a huge part of the game of football.

 

Put them together and you get preseason odds for the coveted stiff-armed trophy.

 

Bovada recently released an updated list of Heisman Trophy front-runners for 2015 and, for entertainment purposes only, we’ve offered up our unsolicited gambling advice.

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