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Rick Barnes rebuilding Tennessee with new look

Rick Barnes rebuilding Tennessee with new look

Former Tennessee coaches Bruce Pearl, Cuonzo Martin and Donnie Tyndall set the bar low enough to buy second-year coach Rick Barnes some time in Knoxville.The sparse crowds at 21,678-seat Thompson-Boling Arena are evidence of that. The Volunteers have averaged only 12,306 entering...

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina knew what it had last year when fourth-year starting point guard Marcus Paige missed the first six contests with a hand injury, or in any game the rest of the way when he needed a breather.The Tar Heels had Joel Berry II. He would have started at most other ACC...

NFF  Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

NFF Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

David Cutcliffe described himself as a “basket case” on a long ago Friday night. It was the day before his 2003 Ole Miss team he coached faced visiting Alabama at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Ms.At the time Cutcliffe had Ole Miss off to a 2-0 start in SEC play. But it...

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin parlayed three years of success at SEC bottom-feeder Vanderbilt into a brand-name college football job at Penn State. That’s what makes his recent comments expressing frustration with recruiting in the Big Ten so surprising.What could be tougher than recruiting in...

Hatchell remembers dear friend Summitt

Hatchell remembers dear friend Summitt

The day after pioneer women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt died, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell sat in the Chapel Hill office she admits she owes to Summitt’s influence and domineering personality.Summett, who died Tuesday at age 64 after a five-year battle with...

Cutcliffe on the improving state of the ACC

Cutcliffe on the improving state of the ACC

You only need to listen to Duke coach David Cutcliffe speak to recognize his southern roots are in the deep south and Southeastern Conference rather than his current ACC and Durham, N.C., residences.His accent tells you as much as his bio. ...Click here for the rest of my...