Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley talks to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Washington in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in New York, Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Rhode Island adjusts and adapts amid injury-plagued season

This season was Rhode Island’s for the taking. With its most talented roster in more than 15 years, the Rams looked primed to break it’s 16-year NCAA tournament drought. Then star guard, and preseason All Atlantic-10, EC Matthews went down with a knee injury less than 10 minutes into the season. His year was over. […]

Northeastern ready to defend its CAA title

The beauty of college basketball is that you can lose big and painfully, but it will never be your end. That was the fate of Northeastern when it hosted top-ranked Michigan State on Dec. 19. The Huskies took it to the Spartans early before ultimately fading late and losing by 20 points. The loss stung, […]

Michigan State, unbeaten but vigilant, works towards perfection

Michigan State is undefeated, but the Spartans aren’t perfect. There’s a big difference between having zero losses and mastering one’s craft. The Spartans are coming off a pair of games that tested their mettle in different ways, and showed how far this talented club still needs to go. Michigan State traveled to Boston on Dec. […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: Quarterback Travis Wilson #7 of the Utah Utes runs for a first down against the Michigan Wolverines at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

10 easter eggs from the college football bowl schedule

Bowl season means a lots of weird matchups in lots of weird places. That creates a slew of quirks that are both fun and, in some cases, historic. Before the nation turns its lonely eyes to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, here’s a list of ten cool nuggets this year’s bowl slate […]

TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 07: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes away from Jamal Adams #33 of the LSU Tigers in the second quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Three-for-all: The Heisman comes down to a trio of finalists

The Heisman Trophy finalists were announced Monday evening, and no one can complain about the three selected. Alabama’s Derrick Henry, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson are the three men invited to New York for Saturday night’s ceremony. Henry had a monster season, by any metric, for the Tide. He set the SEC single-season […]

Atlantic-10 Monthly Review: November

As the college basketball seasons hits its first full month it’s a good time to check in and see how leagues have been in the early part of their non-conference schedule. Tournament berths can’t be won in November, but they certainly can be lost in the 11th month of the year. The Atlantic-10 is always a […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 5: Jahad Thomas #5 of the Temple Owls runs past Marcus Allen #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions to score a touchdown in the second quarter on September 5, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Week 13 Sampler Platter: The reckoning of the leagues

It’s time for one more Sampler Platter this season — with several neutral-site dining establishments. It’s Championship Saturday. Playoff spots will be doled out and league titles will be won. Lame duck coaches and coordinators are everywhere. Let’s open this one up and dig in. … GAME OF THE WEEK: IOWA vs. MICHIGAN STATE (Big […]

Memphis coach Justin Fuente

Justin Fuente, bad timing, and the need to withhold information

College football is a dirty business. The big munch on the small, who munch on the tiny, who in turn munch on the scraps. That’s how it’s always been and always will be, and that goes triply so when it comes to college football coaches. Virginia Tech announced over the weekend that Memphis coach Justin […]

Losers, bowls, and what it means to make the postseason

The snake is finally eating itself in college football’s postseason. This winter’s bowl season will feature a slew of 5-7 teams to fill out openings in the glut of bowls that mark the December calendar. There is a precedent for losing teams playing in bowl games, but the exceptions are so few and far between […]

TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: Chad Kelly #10 of the Mississippi Rebels reacts after passing for a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Scrambled Eggs: Rebels shine as Bulldogs falter in the Magnolia State

On a night when the winner got a golden egg, the Mississippi State Bulldogs laid a big one. A real big one. Everything was set up for a storybook finish for State star Dak Prescott. It was senior day, it was a packed stadium, and it was the biggest football game in the Magnolia State. […]

TCU prevails as Baylor flounders in the rain

As rain poured down on Fort Worth Friday night, Baylor’s playoff chances dried up and shriveled. The Bears laid strewn across the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium, covered in chewed-up grass and shredded dreams. It was a nightmarish game to behold, the aesthetic antithesis of last year’s 61-58 thriller played in calm conditions on […]

Can Keenan Reynolds lead Navy to an upset over Ohio State (Photo Credit: Ed Szczepanski, USA TODAY Sports)

Keenan Reynolds’ Heisman hopes take a major blow (but it’s not his fault)

Keenan Reynolds’ Heisman Trophy hopes went up like smoke in the night. It was no fault of his own, but that is of little comfort to Navy’s distinguished quarterback after a loss to the Houston Cougars. Reynolds had a career day throwing the ball on Friday. He compiled 312 passing yards and he rushed for […]

Navy just defeated Army and now has a very short turnaround for the Poinsettia Bowl, with quarterback Keenan Reynolds at less than 100 percent (hamstring). Navy bagged a winning season and increased its winning streak over Army to 13 games. A bowl result won’t radically reshape the way this season is remembered in Annapolis.

Week 13 Sampler Platter: The end is in sight

The food has been digested. The weekend has begun. Let’s break down the newest week and race to number one. … GAME OF THE WEEK: NAVY @ HOUSTON This game will decide the American’s West division champion, but it’ll also go a long way in determining who the Group of 5 representative in the New […]

Apr 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) dunks against the Michigan State Spartans in the second half of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship semi-final game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Five Things Learned at the 2K Classic

Another season of college basketball is underway, and while football is still center stage, the November slate of hoops is always fun with endless enticing non-conference matchups. The 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden brought Duke, Wisconsin, Georgetown, and VCU to Manhattan, and they played four action-packed games that entertained the thousands. A lot happened, […]

North Carolina makes history as Frank Beamer leaves it behind

Dreams are fickle. The controlled idealism constructed by the mind can be beautiful in its eloquence and fulfilling in its positivity. Yet, dreams always end the same way. You wake up and they fall away into the ether, blown to dust by the reality of current existence, which is what Virginia Tech learned all too […]