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Notre Dame QB commit long on the rise

Notre Dame QB commit long on the rise

A pattern developed early among coaches who evaluated Phil Jurkovec’s quarterback skills. They quickly concluded he possesses talent and presence for the next level.The first to notice was his high school football coach at Pine-Richland in Gibsonia, Pa., 17 miles from...

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

By Tom ShanahanESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich lowered himself to retired Auburn football coach Pat Dye’s pompous level last week while he worked Michigan’s win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor. But that’s not all.Dakich stooped lower with Twitter comments posted prior to...

Walton was a football name before basketball

Walton was a football name before basketball

The Walton surname and basketball remain synonymous from Bill Walton’s Naismith Hall of Fame career, but once there was a time when “Walton” was a football identity in San Diego and at UCLA.Bill Walton is one of basketball’s all-time greats that grew up in the San Diego area. He...

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

Let’s pretend for a moment we live in world that sells the steak instead of the sizzle.Pretend that an educational PBS show can draw better ratings than a TV reality series about the vapid Kardishians. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports.com story

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – News surrounding the ACC Network deal with ESPN was dominated quite naturally by its financial impact through football and basketball. They are the revenue sports of college athletics, after all.A cast of ACC officials and ESPN executives with beaming faces...

LT labeled Belichick and his culture eight years ago

LT labeled Belichick and his culture eight years ago

LaDainian Tomlinson got it right the first time regarding Bill Belichick’s character and the culture of the New England Patriots. That was eight years ago. Let’s step back to the 2006 season when Tomlinson was still with the Chargers. San Diego was the No. 1 seed with a...

Dick Vitale and the dumbing down of America

Dick Vitale and the dumbing down of America

Mercifully, another year enduring Dick Vitale broadcasts and wondering how he became famous has wrapped up. He reminds me of the cultural trend known as the dumbing down of America that brought us the Kardashians.Yes, he draws ratings, but does he say anything besides the obvious...

Walton captures American basketball voice

Walton captures American basketball voice

Significant milestones mark the growth of college basketball with prominent announcers riding shotgun. What began as a regional sport broadcast on radio from smoky arenas has evolved to a national stage that allows us to watch games on cable TV from pristine campus arenas. Marty...