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Welcome to the Athlon Rookie Report, where each week David Smith will evaluate the deepest crop of new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series talent since 2006. The Report will include twice-monthly rankings, in-depth analysis, Q&A sessions with the drivers...
David Smith
1 year ago
Ryan Williams
The ACC Coastal has been one of the most unpredictable divisions in college football over the last couple of seasons. Miami was expected to be a consistent conference title contender when it joined the ACC, but the Hurricanes have yet to play in...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss went 6-18 overall and 1-15 in the SEC the two years prior to Hugh Freeze taking over as head coach in Oxford.While Freeze has two losing records in conference play in two years, there is little doubt that he was clearly the right guy for...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Jimbo Fisher
Most college football fans generally consider Signing Day the official start of a new season, but spring practice is the first time all 128 FBS teams will hit the field in preparation for the upcoming year. Of course, it’s hard to glean much...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Larry Fedora
It was a tale of two halves for North Carolina last season. Larry Fedora’s team lost five of its first six games, including a disheartening 55-31 home loss to East Carolina and 0-3 start in ACC play. From late October until the end of the...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Marshall Henderson
Beware of bid thieves.For weeks, basketball fans been watching the NCAA Tournament bubble, hoping their teams can win the games they should and maybe score an upset or two.But an NCAA Tournament bid isn’t always in the hands of the bubble...
David Fox
1 year ago
Dabo Swinney
Clemson and Georgia are set to meet in the season opener for both teams next season (Aug. 30), but the Tigers will be shorthanded for the meeting in Athens.Coach Dabo Swinney announced in his pre-spring press conference four players are suspended...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Rich Rodriguez
A rule proposal limiting how fast offenses can snap the ball has received plenty of criticism from coaches. Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez has been one of the outspoken coaches against the rule, which forces teams to wait 10 seconds on the play...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Yasiel Puig
If you ask Carlos Rodriguez why there are more Cuban players entering the major leagues than ever before, his answer is quick, humorous and right on time.“There are 68 million reasons,” he says.Rodriguez, Tampa Bay’s director of...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Ray Gallegos
Crunch time is here.Conference tournaments are starting this week in 13 league. But with most of those tournaments featuring a winner-take-all for an NCAA bid, the bubble watch is taking place in the final week of the regular season for the major...
David Fox
1 year ago
Kurt Busch has a busy Memorial Day weekend planned. The 2004 NASCAR Cup champ announced on Tuesday that he will attempt “The Double” by running IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C., on...
Matt Taliaferro
1 year ago
John Calipari
Kentucky entered the season hoping to be in rare company. The idea of the top recruiting class in the history of college basketball challenging 40-0 always seemed far fetched.But at the start of the season Kentucky certainly appeared much closer to...
David Fox
1 year ago
Andrew Luck
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly likely welcomed the turn of the calendar this New Year.The calendar year began with his team getting trucked in the national title game by Alabama, continued with his star quarterback getting suspended in the...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Billy Donovan
While many teams are fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament from the bubble, another key part of the bracket is still being determined.A No. 1 seed carries with it not just prestige, but also a decisive advantage history wise to advance to the...
David Fox
1 year ago
One thing you can say about Kevin Harvick: he’s a quick learner. Thirteen years ago, in the midst of NASCAR mourning its national tragedy, he won in just the third Cup start of his career. Replacing Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 wasn’t...
Tom Bowles
1 year ago
Mike Moser
When Oregon’s season hit a critical point, the Ducks leaned on a fifth-year senior who has been around the block.Mike Moser, a veteran who has played for UCLA and UNLV, kept the Ducks in NCAA Tournament contention with back-to-back double...
David Fox
1 year ago
Dana Holgorsen
West Virginia’s entrance to the Big 12 hasn’t gone according to plan. The Mountaineers started 5-0 in 2012 and seemed to have all of the momentum on their side. But since that 5-0 start, Dana Holgorsen’s team is just 6-14 in its...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Bronco Mendenhall
BYU went 8-5 for a second straight season last fall, but the Cougars followed two different scripts to get there. In 2012, the nation’s No. 3-ranked defense, both in yards and points allowed, led the way in a season that culminated with a...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Gary Patterson
TCU’s transition to the Big 12 hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. After finishing 7-6 overall and 4-5 in conference play in their first season as one of college football’s so-called “big boys,” the Horned Frogs...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Frank Beamer
Former Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has decided to transfer to Virginia Tech. The news was announced on Sunday, as Brewer announced his intention to transfer after the 2013 season and he will be eligible to play in 2014.Brewer was expected...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
The Bowl Championship Series is dead. But even the harshest of BCS detractors must acknowledge that the 16-year run was arguably the best era of college football in the history of the sport.The era was highlighted by the advent of the BCS...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Southern Miss hasn’t had much success on the field over the last few years, but the program seems to be trending in the right direction under Todd Monken.The Golden Eagles have released a few uniform tweaks over the last few years, and a new...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Mark Helfrich
The SEC is college football’s No. 1 conference, but the Pac-12 has narrowed the gap in recent years. And this conference will play a key role in shaping college football’s new playoff format, as Oregon, Stanford and UCLA are considered...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago

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