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College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85

Tony Barbee's rough tenure ended earlier this season
<p> College Basketball's Worst Coaching Tenures since 1984-85</p>

Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

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Superquarterbacks, freshmen, defenders change Heisman Trophy voting

College football's most prestigious award is going through a revolution.
<p> College football's most prestigious award is going through a revolution.</p>

If Heisman voters were as open minded as Hugh Green’s peers in 1980, the fraternity of the award for the most outstanding college football player would be much different.

During a tour organized to promote the 1980 football season, the Pittsburgh defensive end, along with five other top players that year, made a handful of stops across the country to meet with reporters.

Unit Rankings: 2013 SEC Wide Receivers

Alabama leads the way in the SEC wide receiver rankings for 2013.
<p> Unit Rankings: 2013 SEC Wide Receivers</p>

The SEC is very top-heavy when it comes to receivers in 2013. Leading the way is a cast of potential All-Americans, including Alabama’s Amari Cooper, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, Ole Miss’ Donte Moncrief and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. But Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell and LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. aren’t far behind.

Ranking the SEC's College Football Stadiums

All things considered, which SEC stadium is the best? The worst?
<p> Ranking the SEC's Football Stadiums</p>

Fall Saturdays are special. Especially, in the South.

Small towns, huge crowds, tailgating, bands, cheerleaders and student sections are just a few of the reasons college football is the best sport on the planet. When campuses jump to life across the nation each weekend in the fall, college stadiums become a staging ground for history.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators Preview and Prediction

Marcus Lattimore looks to lead South Carolina to a win over Florida.
<p> South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators Preview and Prediction</p>

Even with South Carolina’s loss to LSU last week, Saturday’s game between Florida and South Carolina is one of the marquee games for Week 8. The Gamecocks still have national and SEC title aspirations but another loss would eliminate those possibilities. Florida ranked No. 2 in the first release of the BCS standings and needs a victory over South Carolina to strengthen its grip on the No. 1 spot in the SEC East.

2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders: Post-Week 4

Florida State's EJ Manuel made a big jump into the rankings this weekend.
<p> 2012 Heisman Trophy Contenders: Post-Week 4</p>

Each week, the Athlon editors vote on the most prestigious award in all of college football. A nine-man conglomerate of college football gurus from Athlon Sports voted this week for their top Heisman Trophy candidates. The votes will be tallied and the result will be posted as the Athlon Sports Heisman Watch List every week of the regular season.

SEC Week 1 Preview and Predictions

Athlon previews the Week 1 action in the SEC.
<p> SEC Week 1 Preview and Predictions</p>

The first week of action in the features an interesting slate of games. South Carolina-Vanderbilt open conference play on Thursday night, while Auburn and Alabama have a chance to earn key non-conference victories on Saturday. Tennessee takes on NC State on Friday night, and Kentucky travels to in-state rival Louisville on Sunday. 

SEC's Top Storylines to Watch in Week 1

College Football’s Pivotal Players: Eight from the SEC

Who does Derek Dooley need to emerge to turn the tide at Tennessee
<p> College Football’s Pivotal Players: Eight from the SEC</p>

This week, teams around the nation moved from preseason camp mode and into game-week preparation.

We’re starting to see coaches name starting quarterbacks and settle on position battles.

Although questions are still out there before the season, some weigh more heavily than others. As the preseason winds down, we’re picking who we believe to be “pivotal players,” or in other words, key players who need to step up where their teams need them most.