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Looking ahead to the AAC Tournament

Looking ahead to the AAC Tournament

His name is Semi Ojeleye, but there is nothing semi about SMU’s transfer from Duke who is fully the best basketball player on the AAC’s regular-season championship team.In Texas, Semi is an ironic antonym to half, thanks to the great Dan Jenkins and his iconic football novel from...

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

The American Athletic Conference each week pointed to examples of football success to argue for the AAC’s involvement in a Power 6 along with the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.The reasons are debatable, but the conference can make a stronger case of...

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

North Carolina State basketball steps back in time to play Tennessee State on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack returns from PNC Arena to the campus shrine remodeled at a cost of $35 million.Renovated Reynolds is a blueprint on how to retain the outside the brick charm...

Conference USA basketball victim of greed

Conference USA basketball victim of greed

A few years ago, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series aired a documentary on the rise and fall of Big East Conference basketball: “Requiem for the Big East.” A similar account could chronicle Conference USA basketball.C-USA may not draw ratings, but the story line reads about the same. The...

Indiana offered more than Kiel realized

Indiana offered more than Kiel realized

Gunner Kiel should have stuck with his first hunch. He’d be a hero at Indiana today, showered with accolades as the Hoosiers prepare for their first bowl game since 2007.Kiel would be set up throughout his post-playing days to be welcomed back to the Bloomington campus, even when...

Houston needed more from beating Cincinnati

Houston needed more from beating Cincinnati

Houston remained unbeaten and on course for its collision with Memphis next week. But first-year coach Tom Herman’s team needed more than a 33-30 win Saturday over Cincinnati to remain topical.We’ll know by Tuesday evening if the Cougars hurt their standing of No. 25 standing –...

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week in Raleigh.I wondered how many of the elite high school players --...