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Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

You probably thought South Carolina’s upset of Duke spoiled the romance of a Tobacco Road showdown. Up in smoke went the anticipated North Carolina-Duke meeting in the NCAA championship game.If so, you have overlooked South Carolina’s Tobacco Road history. ... Click here for...

Thornwell leaves South Carolina legacy

Thornwell leaves South Carolina legacy

South Carolina coach Frank Martin looked back last weekend at a crossroads for the player who has carried the Gamecocks to their first Final Four as a rising phoenix in the Valley of the Sun.It was the moment he viewed the person behind Sindarius Thornwell the athlete. Here was...

KeVaughn Allen beats the clock in New York

KeVaughn Allen beats the clock in New York

Florida’s clock never struck midnight, thanks to KeVaughn Allen’s scoring outburst. Allen introduced himself to March Madness with a 35-point performance Friday night and Saturday morning in the basketball palace of Madison Square Garden.Florida’s Chris Chiozza made the highlight...

A look at the Sweet Sixteen

A look at the Sweet Sixteen

Here's a look at the Sweet Sixteen from myself along with FanRag colleagues Matt Zemek, Joseph Nardone and Jon Rothstein.Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Wisconsin rises from basketball obscurity

Wisconsin rises from basketball obscurity

As Northwestern’s story line moves on to whether the program can build on its first NCAA Tournament berth in school history, the Wildcats need look no further than Big Ten neighbor Wisconsin for encouragement.The Badgers have shown an obscure program can elevate itself among the...

USC took advantage of second chance

USC took advantage of second chance

Players often hear the cautionary tale that they may not get a second chance in the NCAA Tournament. Nobody understands that better than USC’s Jordan McLaughlin after back-to-back finishes against Providence befitting March Madness.A year ago, McLaughlin was the goat that allowed...

Levelle Moton worthy of NC State consideration

Levelle Moton worthy of NC State consideration

North Carolina State alumnus Archie Miller and Kevin Keatts at UNC-Wilmington are two leading candidates for the Wolfpack’s vacant job to replace fired basketball coach Mark Gottfried.Both men seem like ideal fits, but another coach with strong North Carolina ties shouldn’t be...

Collins earns notice as coach of the year

Collins earns notice as coach of the year

A few years back Bill Carmody’s Northwestern teams flirted with Top 25 rankings and posted two 20-win seasons. Anticipation heated up that Wildcats might earn an NCAA bid for the first time in school history.The 2009-10 team earned the school’s first Top 25 ranking since 1969....

Miami basketball searches for identity

Miami basketball searches for identity

Miami’s search for a basketball identity at a football school continues.The label has been stickier to shake than the optimism head coach Jim Larranaga raised his first two years in Coral Gables. He took his second Miami roster to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, suggesting he could...