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Yes, This Gonzaga Team is for Real

Mark Few's best team is built for the Final Four
Yes, This Gonzaga Team is for Real

For better and worse, consistency explains Mark Few’s tenure at Gonzaga.

 

Over the past 16 seasons, Few has amassed 427 wins, 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 13 conference regular season titles and 11 conference tournament championships … with zero national championships, zero Final Fours and zero Elite Eight appearances.

 

The model of consistency, for better or worse. 

 

Top Five Candidates to Receive the NFL Franchise Tag

Kasey Kahne 2015 Season Driver Preview

Even though he won just once last year, Kahne received a contract extension through 2018
Kasey Kahne 2015 Season Driver Preview

There’s an old adage in racing that says, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.” For Kasey Kahne, that motto perfectly sums up his most recent Sprint Cup campaign. Kahne was good, and he had fast cars, but the luck just wasn’t on his side. He failed to finish five races in 2014, all due to crash damage in which he was almost always an innocent victim.

 

A Very Early 2015 Fantasy Football Top 150

Le’Veon Bell checks in at No. 1 following a breakthrough 2014 season
A Very Early 2015 Fantasy Football Top 150

The New England Patriots’ reign as Super Bowl champions is just beginning, but for everyone else the focus has already shifted to the 2015 NFL and fantasy football seasons. The offseason work has really yet to begin, with free agency still about a month away and the draft even farther out, but here’s Athlon Sports’ initial fantasy football rankings for the upcoming season.

 

Clint Bowyer 2015 Season Driver Preview

Bowyer is looking to bounce back after a career-worst 19th-place finish last year
Clint Bowyer 2015 Season Driver Preview 2015 Season Driver Preview

More than a year removed from “SpinGate” — NASCAR’s biggest controversy in a decade — Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing continue to spiral downward in performance. Bowyer’s Toyota team has gone from a runner-up points result in 2012, his peak, to a career-worst 19th-place finish last year.

 

Who Will Be College Basketball's National Player of the Year?

Wisconsin's Frank Kaminksy and Duke's Jahlil Okafor set up possible two-man race
Who Will Be College Basketball's National Player of the Year?

At this time last year, the folks with the Wooden Award and Naismith Award could have started engraving Doug McDermott’s name on the national player of the year trophy.

 

The Creighton forward started the season as one of the favorites and turned it into a one-man race early into conference play.

 

This season could have more drama. The player of the year race may be as heated as any 2010-11 when BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and UConn’s Kemba Walker battled for end-of-year hardware and the scoring title until late into the season.

Big Ten Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

The Buckeyes are lapping the Big Ten on the recruiting trail.
Big Ten Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

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

 

Remembering Jerry Tarkanian: The 2011 Athlon Sports Interview

The Shark discussed his legacy, his battles with the NCAA and his thoughts on coaches today
Remembering Jerry Tarkanian: The 2011 Athlon Interview

Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian spoke with Athlon Sports Monthly and CBSSports.com college basketball columnist Gary Parrish in an exclusive March 2011 interview, detailing his career, his thoughts on current coaches and his bouts with the NCAA.

 

Tarkanian died in Las Vegas on Wednesday, leaving one of the most compelling legacies in college athletics. He was 84. Tarkanian finished his career with the 1990 national championship, four Final Fours and 761 career wins. His feuds with the NCAA, including a Supreme Court case in 1988, were just as historic.

 

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