Weather Forces Relocation of S.C. Football Finals
by Bob Castello December 2018
The high school football state championship games scheduled for Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia have been moved to Friday because of the threat of inclement weather.
Opinion: New OSU Coach Has Difficult Task
by Dan Wolken December 2018
By the time Hurricane Urban blew out of Gainesville eight years ago, nobody really understood what kind of cultural rot had seeped into the place and how long it would take to remove it.
UConn Basketball Attendance Up Nearly 30 Percent
by David Borges December 2018
Gampel Pavilion was a half-filled building when UConn rolled to a 22-point win over UMass-Lowell a few nights ago. Empty seats were aplenty as a mere 5,507 checked out the Huskies’ 97-75 victory on Tuesday. And yet that paltry number nearly doubled the attendance of UConn’s fifth home game of the season, and third at Gampel, a year earlier. Or don’t you remember the 3,808 that poured in to Gampel to watch the Huskies edge Columbia, in overtime (!), on Nov. 29, 2017? You could hardly be blamed for etching that one from your memory.
Opinion: Hurts Shows Character in SEC Title Game
by Mark Wiedmer December 2018
Hurts, the son of a high school coach, could have pouted and sulked. He's still expected to transfer during the winter, probably to Oregon. But from September through Saturday's first half, he never did anything but be prepared for a second chance.
Basketball Players Enjoy Tech Boost
by Pat Hickey December 2018
Jawaun Newton is a "Yes, sir" type of person. He's a freshman eager to please and does whatever his coaches ask of him. Recently, University of Evansville basketball coach Walter McCarty sent him video clips to watch on his team-issued iPad. It concerned his defense - Newton's positioning on ball screens and how he could improve at funneling the ball-handler to the sidelines.
Charlotte Rescinds Offer; Coach Kept Options Open
by Richmond Times Dispatch December 2018
After it was reported by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman on Wednesday that James Madison coach Mike Houston was expected to become the coach at Charlotte, Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said in a statement on Friday that Houston's contract offer has been withdrawn.
Opinion: Pac-12 Commish Turns League into Laughingstock
by AB Staff December 2018
At the Pac-12 championship football game Friday, commissioner Larry Scott told reporters the league “should be viewed as a media company and not compared to traditional major conferences.” Regrettably, it’s almost as if there’s nothing collegial about college sports any more. Upon reading an Oregon newspaper’s provocative four-part series on the lavish spending and dictatorial behavior of Scott, it became clear the Pac-12 has become Moneyball, a game of excess.
All Female Ski Team Hopes to Boost Racers
by Pat Graham November 2018
Foreste Peterson confronted a cold reality after four years on the U.S. ski team development squad and four more competing at Dartmouth College Her racing days were about to end. Not ready to retire, there were not many other avenues, either. Time to put those environmental and geography studies to use , Peterson reckoned. Out of the blue, Peterson received an offer almost too good to be true Funds for housing, travel and coaching to keep her on the slopes.
History: Three Iowa Women's Basketball Teams Ranked
by Luke Meredith November 2018
Iowa has always strongly backed its Division I women's basketball programs, a trend that dates back decades. Fans from across the state had reason to celebrate on Monday as three of their teams landed in the Top 25 for the first time since 1998. The Hawkeyes (4-1) lead the way at No. 14, followed by Iowa State (5-0) at No. 23 and Drake (7-1) at No. 24. Iowa joined Texas as the only states with a trio of ranked teams this week.
Chicago Suburb's Bowl Sponsorship Set
by Christopher Placek November 2018
Now that the matchup has been set, Elk Grove Village officials are making final preparations on promotional and advertising efforts ahead of the village's unconventional sponsorship of a college football bowl game in The Bahamas. Of the dozens of college football teams playing bowl games in coming weeks, those in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl — which uses Elk Grove's business marketing tagline — were the first to be announced this week. Officials said the early announcement allows players and coaches enough time to get passports if they don't already have them, as well as local fans who want to make travel plans. The game will feature Florida International of Conference USA and Toledo of the Mid-American Conference, who will square off at 11:30 a.m. Central time Friday, Dec.