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College World Series feels a draft

College World Series feels a draft

The Tampa Bay Rays are the winners of the College World Series – at least until play begins. The American League franchise selected three high-round draft picks competing in the eight-team championship stage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.Louisville first baseman...

Guide for following NCAA baseball

Guide for following NCAA baseball

The NCAA baseball tournament doesn’t dominate the public consciousness like the College Football Playoff or March Madness. So you could be forgiven for not knowing the difference between the contenders and pretenders now that it’s down to a sweet 16.With that in mind, here’s...

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

Notre Dame begins its fourth season under the Atlantic Coast Conference deal that allows the football team to maintain its treasured conference independence. In exchange, the Irish schedule ACC schools and grant ACC membership for other sports.From the results of the...

Lamar Jackson and more return for Cardinals

Lamar Jackson and more return for Cardinals

Here are two quotes from Louisville’s first day of spring football on March 21 that should raise the hackles on the back of every ACC defensive coordinator. They’re both from Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino.On Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson entering his junior year:...

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

The bottom fell out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The top capsized, too.The mighty USS Duke and Louisville both went down on Sunday among eight ACC teams eliminated the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina is left hanging on and hoping the shell will stay...

ACC Tournament is still Tobacco Road in Brooklyn

ACC Tournament is still Tobacco Road in Brooklyn

The ACC Tournament came to New York for the first time, but Duke beating Notre Dame for the title on Saturday demonstrated you can take the event to Brooklyn, but you can’t take Tobacco Road out of the event.Remember when Big East blue bloods Syracuse and Louisville were supposed...

Keatts ready to hit state recruiting trail

Keatts ready to hit state recruiting trail

UNC-Wilmington’s Chris Flemmings is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association pick that grew up in North Carolina State’s backyard, although he was lightly recruited at Green Hope High in Raleigh’s suburban Cary.Not bad for a fifth-year senior that has developed into a nice...

Shortsighted Heisman failed to promote future

Shortsighted Heisman failed to promote future

Dear Heisman Trophy trustees:You blew it. Again.Do you realize the challenge football faces these days with declining numbers at youth levels due to parents concerned about the safety of the game? ... Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports.com story

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

A couple of weeks ago Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson seemed to have the Heisman Trophy wrapped up. The Downtown Athletic Club was ready to send out the engraving order for the stiff arm trophy.But Louisville and Jackson have stumbled two weeks in a row. The Cardinals lost...