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USC Trojans 2014 Spring Football Preview

The new regime in Los Angeles will have plenty of talent to work with this spring.
USC Trojans 2014 Spring Football Preview

Pat Haden really didn’t want Lane Kiffin around any longer. So the USC athletic director made a decisive move just a few weeks into the season when he fired Kiffin on the tarmac at LAX.

A few months later, Haden announced that Steve Sarkisian was returning to Heritage Hall to become USC’s next head football coach. Coach Sark had rebuilt Washington into a winner but could never get the Huskies over the proverbial hump in Seattle. Yet, the timing was right for both parties and Sark made his triumphant homecoming to Los Angeles.

The ACC's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 best players to play in the ACC during the BCS Era.
The ACC's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

The ACC has experienced some peaks and valleys during the BCS Era. It began with three consecutive BCS title game appearances followed by massive expansion with the additions of marquee programs Miami, Virginia Tech (2004) and Boston College (’05).

However, the league continued to fall behind its big league brethren on the field with a horrendous record in BCS bowls (5-13) and off the field with instability among the ranks. Rumors about Florida State and Clemson's future in the league persisted, and Maryland decided to bolt the league for greener pastures.

Who are the top players in the NCAA Tournament? Superlatives on 60 of them

The top 10 scorers, floor leaders, slashers and more in this year's field
Who are the top players in the NCAA Tournament? Superlatives on 60 of them

The five-man All-America team is just too constricting.

That’s why in each year’s preseason annuals, Athlon Sports awards the top 10 players at each “superlative.”

Rather than stick a player at guard or forward, these superlatives are broken up by skill sets — floor leaders, scorers, shooters, slashers and inside-out and post.

12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament

These teams are not bringing their best into the Tourney. How much will it hurt them?
12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament
Plenty of cases can be made for the anatomy of an upset and all the great things about potential Cinderellas.

At the same time, maybe not enough of the focus goes to the other half of the upset, the losing team heading back from the NCAA Tournament with its championship dreams shattered.

NASCAR Rookie Report: Flawed system rewards best team, not best driver

Rookie of the Year should be awarded to the best rookie, not the rookie with the best team
NASCAR's Rookie of the Year should be awarded to the best rookie, not the rookie with the best team, writes David Smith.

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, and more.

Today, David openly questions how the title of “Rookie of the Year” is awarded.

Florida State Unveils National Championship Rings

Florida State's national title rings are making the rounds.
Florida State Reveals Rings for National Championship

Florida State closed out the BCS era with an impressive run to the national title. The Seminoles finished 14-0 and rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Auburn in the championship game.

Not only did Florida State take home the crystal ball trophy, the players, coaches and support staff will receive three rings for their successful 2013 season.

The picture below tweeted by assistant coach Tim Brewster showcases the rings, which includes one from winning the ACC title and one from the BCS to celebrate the team’s national title.

The Pac-12's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 best players to play in the Pac-12 during the BCS Era.
The Pac-12's Top 25 Players of the BCS Era

The Pac-12 has long been considered an offensive football conference.

With a rich history of elite quarterbacks, offensive playmakers and innovative coaching staffs, it’s not too difficult to back that claim up with facts. Bill Walsh, Don James, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll set the bar for offensive advancement over the years while new faces like Rich Rodriguez, Mike Leach and Todd Graham continue to elevate this league’s standing nationally.

Arkansas Razorbacks 2014 Spring Football Preview

Hogs fans are hoping to have more to cheer about in 2014.
Arkansas Razorbacks 2014 Spring Football Preview

Arkansas had the worst football season in its existence in 2013.

And that was after firing an extremely popular and successful coach for getting caught illegally hiring his young mistress into the athletic department and finishing 4-8 under John L. Smith.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough few years for Razorbacks fans. In the toughest division in football, the uphill climb back to SEC respectability - much less the Sugar Bowl - appears to be extremely treacherous.

Potential Cinderella Teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Which unknown teams are about to become household names this week?
Potential Cinderella Teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

The concept of a mid-major may be out of date thanks to the last few seasons.

Think about it: Butler and VCU have routinely put up high-major program results. Wichita State invests in its program in ways some programs in major conferences do not. Creighton and Xavier now share the Big East banner.

Top 10 Greatest Buzzer Beaters in NCAA Tournament History

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