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SEC Football
Let’s get one thing clear right away. There is no such thing as an “easy” schedule in the SEC. When putting together Athlon Sports' college football preview magazines each year, a huge part of the process is scheduling....
Braden Gall
1 year ago
During the next few days, many of the headlines for this Final Four will surround the powerhouse programs and Mount Rushmore of coaches who will vie for the national title. All of that is true. Rarely has the Final Four had this many...
David Fox
1 year ago
Chris Petersen
Washington opens its second spring under coach Chris Petersen with just 10 returning starters and major concerns on both sides of the ball. The quarterback position is up for grabs, and the battle includes true freshman Jake Browning after he...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
LSU Tigers
LSU has trended backwards in the SEC West standings for four consecutive seasons, going from first (2011) to second (2012) to third (2013) to fifth (2014). One major reason for that type of trend is the SEC West schedule. It’s the...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
If college basketball is taking a backseat in the sports world, no one told this year’s Final Four participants. The final weekend of college basketball promises to be one of the most important Final Fours in terms of history for the...
David Fox
1 year ago
Rick Barnes
When fans think of the best coaching destinations in college basketball, few may name Texas as one of the top names. True, the Longhorns are not Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Indiana or UCLA. This is a school and a state where...
David Fox
1 year ago
Name an achievement at Gonzaga and Mark Few has done it: win conference titles, go to the NCAA Tournament, win postseason games, produced All-Americans and a player of the year, send players to the NBA Draft. There is one notable exception:...
David Fox
1 year ago
For most of the season, Rick Pitino and Tom Izzo said they didn’t have teams capable of doing what their previous teams had done in the postseason. They both have their share of Final Fours in their careers, so who could blame anyone for...
David Fox
1 year ago
Jerian Grant
Notre Dame may be the best team Kentucky has played all season. That’s worth saying right here right now since Notre Dame probably won’t touch that kind of talk, not after Kentucky answered West Virginia’s pre-game bravado...
David Fox
1 year ago
Sam Dekker
Opportunities like the one Arizona is facing don’t come around all that often. And this doesn’t just refer to an Elite Eight appearance. Instead, the Wildcats can clinch their first Final Four for the program since 2001 by avenging...
David Fox
1 year ago
Ohio State claimed college football’s first playoff trophy with a 42-20 win over Oregon on Jan. 12. And thanks to a few tweets from the staff and players, we are getting our first glimpse of the championship rings. Check out Ohio State...
Steven Lassan
1 year ago
Donnie Tyndall
Tennessee needs a coach ... again. The coaching turmoil with Tennessee’s football and men’s basketball continued Friday with the firing if basketball coach Donnie Tyndall after one season. Only months after his arrival at Tennessee...
David Fox
1 year ago
Auburn Tigers
Auburn’s offense will be virtually unstoppable as long as Gus Malzahn is in charge on The Plains. But with the addition of Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator, the Tigers possibly boast the best offense-defense sideline combination in...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Dan Mullen led Mississippi State to unprecedented heights in 2014. The Bulldogs had a record-setting, Heisman-caliber quarterback and a veteran-led defense that had MSU in the playoff picture until the final weeks of the season. And the school...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Texas Longhorns
Charlie Strong probably feels like he cleared one hurdle in his first season at Texas. He reestablished a physicality and toughness in the Longhorns that had been long missing under the previous regime. But entering his second season,...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Denzel Valentine
It wouldn’t be fair to Tom Izzo to call Michigan State’s run to the Sweet 16 unlikely. Really, it is business as usual for the Spartans’ head coach.  But for this Michigan State team — a team that started January...
Athlon Sports
1 year ago
Recent years have been a renaissance of basketball in the West. Arizona is a Final Four contender again. UCLA is back in the Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons for the first time since reaching three consecutive Final Fours from 2006-08. And Gonzaga...
David Fox
1 year ago
Before this season, Louisville and NC State hadn’t faced each other in a game since 1988. The coaches at that time were Denny Crum and Jim Valvano. Thanks to ACC expansion, the two met during the regular season this year, and thanks to...
David Fox
1 year ago
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...
David Fox
1 year ago
Tony Parker
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...
David Fox
1 year ago
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...
David Fox
1 year ago
Washington Huskies
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...
Braden Gall
1 year ago
Sean Miller
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,...
David Fox
1 year ago
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...
Jesica Parsley
1 year ago
USC Trojans
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...
Braden Gall
1 year ago

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