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Aric Almirola 2015 Season Driver Preview

Can Almirola build off of last season's Chase berth?
2015 driver profile for Aric Almirola on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

Entering his fourth full season at Richard Petty Motorsports, Aric Almirola is a believer that a low level of offseason turbulence — a rarity for the organization — is reason to believe that his team can keep moving forward in 2015.

 

Brian Vickers 2015 Season Driver Preview

Can Vickers recapture his 2013 form?
2015 driver profile for Brian Vickers on the NASCR Sprint Cup circuit.

Brian Vickers became one of NASCAR’s feel-good stories of the 2013 season. He played the role of the comeback kid, the former young gun with a Nationwide Series title and Hendrick Motorsports on his résumé who overcame a near-fatal blood clot to return to the track. A 2013 win at New Hampshire put Vickers in MWR’s No. 55 Toyota full-time last season and carried with it some veteran expectations.

 

Oregon Finds its Replacement for Marcus Mariota in Transfer Vernon Adams

The Ducks have found their answer at quarterback.
Oregon Finds its Replacement for Marcus Mariota in Transfer Vernon Adams

The battle at Oregon to replace quarterback Marcus Mariota was one of the biggest storylines set to unfold in college football’s spring practice, but coach Mark Helfrich found his answer on Monday with the announcement Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams would transfer to Eugene.

 

Remembering Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith

The stories and numbers behind one of the giants of college basketball
Remembering Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith

Dean Smith is one of the rare figures and perhaps the only figure who directly connects the birth of basketball to its modern era.

 

Smith played at Kansas for Phog Allen, the “Father of Basketball Coaching” who played for the inventor of the game, James Naismith. Smith then coached Michael Jordan. From Naismith to Allen to Smith to Jordan, it would be hard to find a better connection from the infancy of basketball to the modern game. 

 

Grading the NFL’s New Coaching Hires

The Bills get an A for bringing Rex Ryan on board
Grading the NFL’s New Coaching Hires

For the second offseason in a row, seven NFL teams have hired new head coaches. Unlike last year, however, the most recent coaching carousel took a few unexpected turns.

 

ACC Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

Dabo Swinney and the Tigers landed one of the best classes in school history.
College Football: 2014 Consensus ACC Team Recruiting Rankings

Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services team rankings for the ACC — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the ACC consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned:

 

SEC Coordinator Carousel Winners and Losers for 2015

Should Tennessee fans be excited about their new offensive coordinator?
2015 SEC Coordinator Carousel: Winners and Losers

The league’s coordinator carousel this offseason is another example of how things are just different down South. When it comes to coaching, there is no league in the nation more cutthroat than the SEC.

 

The SEC has hired 14 new coordinators since the end of the season. Six of them have coached in the SEC within the last two years, five were on staff last season and four of them are making the switch to a new SEC school in 2015.

 

Here are the winners and losers from the SEC’s ’15 coordinator carousel:

 

Did Michigan's Jim Harbaugh Take a Shot at Ohio State and Urban Meyer Over Recruiting?

Did Michigan and Ohio State's coaches trade barbs over Twitter?
Did Michigan's Jim Harbaugh Take a Shot at Ohio State and Urban Meyer Over Recruiting?

The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry is among the best in college football, and the intensity between these two programs went up a notch since Jim Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor to return the Wolverines back to the Big Ten elite.  

 

While these two teams won’t meet until November, that won’t stop the fireworks between the two programs until the matchup on the gridiron.

 

Kentucky Finds Ways to Win; Duke, Villanova Get Revenge: The College Basketball Weekly 10

Rounding up the most important news from the basketball weekend
Kentucky Finds Ways to Win; Duke, Villanova Get Revenge: The College Basketball Weekly 10

Revenge was the name of the game this week in college basketball.

 

Not too long ago, the cracks appeared to be showing for teams like Duke, Villanova and Iowa State as they took key losses. A few weeks later, those losses now look like wake-up calls as all three answered in rematches.

 

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