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Tre Jones is much more than a little brother

Tre Jones is much more than a little brother

For all Cameron Indoor Stadium’s charm on television, it’s not a modern grandiose palace with plush accommodations tucked away from the masses. The hallway to the locker room is a few steps down the door from the very modest media room. I happened to be standing in the doorway...

Boeheim advice to Izzo was keep moving

Boeheim advice to Izzo was keep moving

Michigan State is again part of the Champions Classic, an “Early Four” event in its eighth year, but something clouded Tom Izzo’s image entering his 24th season coaching the Spartans. Oh, he’s again directing a Final Four contender in a season that opens on Tuesday with the...

Culpepper beats cancer to start comeback

Culpepper beats cancer to start comeback

He may spend the 2018 football season wearing a baseball cap, holding a clipboard and charting plays, but that doesn’t preclude Syracuse’s Rex Culpepper from ranking as leader in the clubhouse for comeback player of the year honors. The rising redshirt sophomore quarterback...

Clemson suffers first loss at Syracuse

Clemson suffers first loss at Syracuse

The Clemson Tigers’ unbeaten season came to a sudden end on Friday the 13th. The unranked Syracusescored on its first two possessions and upset the defending national champions 27-24 Friday night at the Carrier Dome.For the second straight week, the second-ranked Tigers...

Swofford says ACC is ready when Irish ready

Swofford says ACC is ready when Irish ready

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Think of Notre Dame’s relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference as a lengthy engagement rather than a marriage.The Irish are entering their fourth year of a unique arrangement that allows them to stubbornly remain a conference independent. Notre Dame plays...

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...

Babers prepares Syracuse for second year jump

Babers prepares Syracuse for second year jump

Duke is a full week into spring football leading up to its March 4 spring game. Syracuse is next up in the ACC.Orange head coach Dino Babers begins preparations for his second ACC season on Feb. 23 with a spring game scheduled for March 2. Babers’ history at Eastern Illinois and...

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

North Carolina State basketball coach Mark Gottfried apparently missed the Arizona-Stanford game on ESPN with Bill Walton aired on Jan. 29, 2014. That’s understandable since his own team made the NCAA Tournament that year.Had Gottfried been watching, he would have learned a...

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

This is my 2016 story for the National Football Foundation Football Matters website on Dino Babers, then newly hired as Syracuse's head coach. The story is on Babers and his friend Duane Coleman dating to their University of Hawaii days and their leadership qualities. Coleman,...