Projecting the NCAA Field – Selection Sunday MORNING Update

Selection Sunday is upon us and, before nightfall, we will know exactly which 68 teams are in the NCAA tournament. There’s still some basketball left to be played today, and I will have one last FINAL projection, but for the most part the field is now set. But instead of walking you through how we got here in an obligatory introduction to this Sunday’s update, I’m going to dish out some thoughts on the many unanswered questions surrounding the field. >>>I wasn’t going to leapfrog Louisville ahead of Gonzaga asRead More

On Conference Realignment, the Godfather has Spoken

If you’ve ever seen a crime drama or gangster movie in your life, you’ve probably seen a scene that goes something like this. A room full of guys that think they know everything start shouting solutions to a problem. The louder one person gets, the louder they all get. Eventually, the bickering comes to a virtually inaudible clusterf*ck until the wise, old, soft-spoken man in the corner raises his hand. The other men fall silent as he speaks and ushers an opinion that, on status alone, cannot be argued. That’sRead More

The Big Ten Gets Bigger

Just when we all thought conference alignment in the NCAA was over, it rears its ugly head again. It was thought that when Notre Dame sorta kinda joined the ACC (but sorta kinda didn’t) it was the tail end of the shift. However that move seems more like a bridge, as the Big Ten has fired the first shot in the new round of moves by adding Maryland earlier today and reportedly Rutgers tomorrow, according to multiple reports. There are two ways to look at this, from a football prospectiveRead More

College Football Week 2: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  The Good Louisiana-Monroe: With all respect to the other upsets, ULM’s OT thriller against #8 Arkansas takes the biggest one of the weekend title. What was even more shocking and gutsy was ULM going for the TD on 4th and 1 in OT when a FG could’ve tied it, but QB Kolton Browning was able to scramble 16 yards for the win. The Warhawks offense was able to put up 557 yards on an SEC ‘defense’. Upset Saturday: ULM’s win over Arkansas might have grabbed the most headlines, but theyRead More

2012 College Football: ACC Preview

Summer is winding down and that must mean that the college football season is almost here. This means it’s time for the return of my possibly-award-winning conference preview series. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at all the FBS conferences, from the mighty SEC down to the WAC. First up is the ACC. Set to expand to 14 teams with the addition of Pitt and Syracuse next year, the conference will be trying to re-establish itself as a power football conference after going 2-6 in bowls last year,Read More

College Basketball: ACC Preview

With all the talk and coverage that college football is getting lately, the sports fan might not realize that the start of the college basketball season us almost here. As such, it’s time for my preview series to cover the basketball conferences of college. This will be similar in nature to my college football previews, but I’ll only be covering major conferences and won’t be going into so much depth. Anyways, first up is the ACC. 1 ) North Carolina Harrison Barnes is just the beginning of a loaded TarRead More

College Football Week 6: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good Arkansas: We all know that LSU and Bama are at the top of the SEC, but Arkansas is making a case for the #3 spot in the conference. They rallied to beat Texas A&M last week and blew out Auburn this week. The defense is improving each week and QB Tyler Wilson is playing extremely well. If they keep this up, they could give LSU some trouble in the SEC West. Arizona State: The Sun Devils are 5-1 and are silencing critics each and every week. They continueRead More

The Quack Effect: Fashion Faux Pas or Corporate Sponsorship?

The sports uniform is one the greatest ideas ever in all of sports history. It’s not enough to say what your team name is, but there’s the need to show the identity of your team. This can be achieved by putting the team name or location on the uniform. It can also be something as simple as a single color, such as the yellow jersey signifying the leader of the Tour de France. Ever since the New York Knickerbockers started wearing uniform (pun intended) jerseys in 1849, these shirts haveRead More

College Football: ACC Preview

Next up in my college football conference preview series is the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC seems poised to regain some of its former glory. Florida State played in each national title game in ’98-’00, winning one of them. The conference gained 3 big programs in the 2005 expansion, making the conference stronger. The ACC has a couple of teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the conference crown. Of course they’re also involved in the Texas A&M-SEC rumor being a conference where a team might be poached. OtherRead More

Is Maryland basketball relevant anymore? Terps trounced by Virginia Tech 74-57 at home

This was embarrassing.  It doesn’t matter that Virginia Tech is better than usual and Maryland is young.  It doesn’t matter that the Hokies may finish the season in the Top 25. Maryland lost by 17 points to a football school at home Thursday, falling to Virginia Tech, 74-57. In a year in which Duke is the only Top 25 team in the ACC, Maryland (11-7, 1-3 ACC) needs to win these types of games.  The Terps will be hard pressed to make the NCAA tournament unless they finish with anRead More