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Golden’s Nuggets: Can Texas earn a top eight seed, host super regional?

The Texas Longhorns roared into the No. 12 slot in the DIbaseball.com top 25 poll after a Big 12 title-clinching series sweep of TCU, and barring an unforeseen turn of events, the Horns will host an NCAA regional in two weeks. While a top eight seed — and a super regional at UFCU Disch-Falk Field — is unlikely, coach David Pierce has his team performing at a nice level at...


Lindsay Whalen juggles jobs as a WNBA player and an NCAA coach

Lindsay Whalen juggles jobs as a WNBA player and an NCAA coach

Lindsay Whalen had already secured her legacy in the state of Minnesota. She led the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team to a Final Four as a player, after growing up in Hutchinson, about an hour’s drive from campus. After a successful tenure with the Connecticut Sun, she returned to Minnesota in 2011 to join the Lynx, and served as point guard for four WNBA championship teams...

Sailing around the world, in his father’s footsteps

Long before Peter Blake was killed by a Brazilian pirate in the Amazon in 2001, he talked at the dinner table with his young son James about the privileges that came with successfully sailing around the world. “He always told me that you couldn’t put your elbows on the table until you’ve gone around Cape Horn,” James Blake said. Blake, now 31, has joined the club at last: rounding...
Ace Max Scherzer's hitting hasn't gone unnoticed for Nationals

Ace Max Scherzer's hitting hasn't gone unnoticed for Nationals

Earlier this month, Max Scherzer walked past an eight-piece mariachi band performing on the field at Nationals Park for Cinco de Mayo and couldn't help himself. He wasn't scheduled to take batting practice on the field that day; none of the Washington Nationals' starting pitchers were. That didn't matter. The opportunity was too enticing. "I've gotta hit BP," Scherzer said. "When else...
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson's new life six feet under

Hall of Famer Andre Dawson's new life six feet under

The first time Andre Dawson drove a hearse, he turned to the woman in the casket and said, completely serious, "I'll do my best to make sure this isn't bumpy." The first time he told Hall of Fame baseball friends Tim Raines and Jim Rice he was in the funeral business, they stared at him with what Dawson realizes is a universal blank look and finally said, "You're doing what?" The...
Cycling's 'domestiques' ride, serve and do everything but win

Cycling's 'domestiques' ride, serve and do everything but win

Minutes before the start of the race, Tom-Jelte Slagter is still fussing over his bicycle, adjusting the brake caliper on the rear wheel, searching for just the right setting. The day ahead figures to be arduous, with many of the world's top riders facing a hilly, 97-mile course that sweeps inland from Ventura and ultimately scales the mountains above Santa Barbara. "There will be 40 or 45 minutes...
The long-lost 'Laws of Base Ball,' and one fan's outsize bid to get them

The long-lost 'Laws of Base Ball,' and one fan's outsize bid to get them

The gentlemen meeting in convention to ordain and establish the fundamentals of their game began with the object at the heart of things: "The ball." "Must weigh not less than six, nor more than six and one quarter ounces . . . must be composed of india rubber and yarn and covered with leather. It shall be furnished by the challenging club, and become the property of the winning club...
We're looking at deep 3-pointers all wrong in college basketball

We're looking at deep 3-pointers all wrong in college basketball

I didn't mean to stumble onto a Jay Wright secret ... but that may have been what happened this week when I started to research a potential blog topic. Recently, I've been fascinated by the work of analyst Will Schreefer, especially when it comes to the excellent (and free) shot-chart tool he's created for college basketball players. And one thing, in particular, interested me: his breakout on the...
Men and women’s champions repeat at AVP Austin Open

Men and women’s champions repeat at AVP Austin Open

Three of the four champions from last year’s AVP Austin Open successfully defended their titles on Sunday during the final day of competition at the 2018 AVP Austin Open at Krieg Fields. Olympic silver medalist April Ross repeated as the Austin Open champion — albeit with a new teammate — as she and Alix Klineman won their draw. On the men’s side, Olympic gold medalist Phil...
Linked together, Lago Vista uses bond to ready for state tournament

Linked together, Lago Vista uses bond to ready for state tournament

Hannah Long and Mikayla Adams were cracking jokes and giggling before their practice round Wednesday at Grey Rock Golf Course. The Lago Vista juniors appeared relaxed and eager to take their swings. Joined by teammates Lyla Vaughn, Elizabeth Talley and Schuyler Burke, they were preparing for the UIL Class 3A Golf Tournament Monday and Tuesday at the golf course located in south Austin. Lagging behind...
Stars outshine IceHogs in overtime 3-2, nab 2-0 conference finals lead

Stars outshine IceHogs in overtime 3-2, nab 2-0 conference finals lead

Falling to the ice on the power play halfway through the first overtime period, Curtis McKenzie chopped the puck across the rink to keep the Texas Stars in the offensive zone and give his defenseman a chance to retrieve the puck. He was rewarded for his efforts just moments later as he banged home a loose puck in front of the net to give the Stars a 3-2 win. As the Calder Cup Western Conference final...
‘It’s tough to be done:’ Texas’ softball season ends with 3-0 regional loss to Minnesota

‘It’s tough to be done:’ Texas’ softball season ends with 3-0 regional loss to Minnesota

SEATTLE — Texas couldn’t pull of an upset of No. 25 Minnesota twice in two days. The Longhorns (33-26) fell 3-0 to the Gophers (41-16) late Saturday night, ending their season and Super Regional hopes, a postseason round they haven’t reached since 2013. Coach Connie Clark said despite the Longhorns’ season coming to a close earlier than the team wanted, they still...
Sale of NASCAR was once unthinkable, but it may be overdue

Sale of NASCAR was once unthinkable, but it may be overdue

Just a decade ago, going to a NASCAR race meant an hours' long ordeal in traffic, idling amid the exhaust fumes of miles and miles of campers, pickup trucks and sedans. For stock-car racing fans, the price was well worth it to celebrate the distinctly American, high-octane thrill of side-by-side battles at 200 mph and the prospect of hair-raising crashes and photo finishes. Race-day traffic jams today...

Express split doubleheader after early win, late loss

Jonathan Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the first inning, leading the New Orleans Baby Cakes to a 10-8 win over the Round Rock Express in the second game of a doubleheader in Metairie, La. on Saturday. The teams split the doubleheader with Round Rock winning the first game 15-4. The home run by Rodriguez gave the Baby Cakes a 6-3 lead and capped a six-run inning for New Orleans. Earlier in...
Washington’s late rally sinks Texas in NCAA softball regional

Washington’s late rally sinks Texas in NCAA softball regional

SEATTLE – Texas held on for as long as possible, but fifth-ranked Washington’s offense finally came alive to drop the Longhorns 2-1 Saturday in the NCAA softball regional at Seattle. Texas (33-25) got good pitching and defense for the second game in a row, having upset Big Ten champion and 25 th-ranked Minnesota 2-1 in the regional opener Friday. But the Longhorns...
Best of the Big 12: Texas drops TCU to claim its first conference title since 2011

Best of the Big 12: Texas drops TCU to claim its first conference title since 2011

One down and four to go. Kody Clemens hit his 19th home run, Kamron Fields picked up his first victory, and Texas scored five times in the fourth inning of a 7-3 win over TCU on Saturday. With the victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field and Oklahoma State’s 7-3 loss to Texas Tech, UT claimed the Big 12’s outright title. It was the Longhorns’ first conference championship...
Bohls: Pierce’s Longhorns make some history, grab title

Bohls: Pierce’s Longhorns make some history, grab title

If memory serves, they used to light the UT Tower for conference championships around here. It’s been a minute. Lots of ’em actually. While Texas has been saving on light bulbs for much of this decade, the school will gladly spring for some extra voltage because it has an actual, real live Big 12 title in a team sport to celebrate. The football team hasn’t won one since...
Straight-set victories put top-seeded volleyball teams in semifinals

Straight-set victories put top-seeded volleyball teams in semifinals

The No. 1 seeds on both the men and women’s sides advanced to the semifinals with victories Saturday in the AVP Austin Open beach volleyball tournament at the Krieg Softball Complex. The top women’s team, April Ross and Alix Klineman, remained undefeated in the tournament, beating No. 13 Sarah Day and Nicolette Martin in straight sets 21-17, 21-17. Ross and Klineman have won all three...
Historic season ends for Stony Point baseball team

Historic season ends for Stony Point baseball team

Stony Point’s baseball players learned plenty during the longest playoff run in school history. But in a 3-1 loss Saturday to Klein in the third game of a best-of-three regional quarterfinal series at Nutrabolt Stadium, the Tigers found out that even the briefest of defensive lapses can cost plenty this deep into the postseason. All of Klein’s runs were unearned, and all came in the two...
Johnny Manziel’s comeback heads to Canada

Johnny Manziel’s comeback heads to Canada

Johnny Manziel, who tried mightily to impress NFL scouts last month when he was in Austin, is continuing his pro football comeback. But it’ll be in Canadian Football League, specifically with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Manziel made the career announcement Saturday via Twitter. He wrote: “Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long...
Round Rock sweeps Klein Collins in regional quarterfinals

Round Rock sweeps Klein Collins in regional quarterfinals

With the score tied in the fifth inning, two outs and runners on first and second Friday night, batter Kyle Froemke and Round Rock coach John Carter met along the third base line to discuss the situation. Carter’s words proved prophetic as Froemke delivered a two-run double to give Round Rock the lead for good as the Dragons posted a 4-2 victory over Klein Collins. That clinched the best-of-three...
Round Rock Express: Torn between two MLB lovers?

Round Rock Express: Torn between two MLB lovers?

Stay with the Texas Rangers? Return to your roots with the Houston Astros? Round Rock Express ownership will face its biggest call in at least eight years, and it’s already a hot topic among fans at Dell Diamond. The Express’ Player Development Contract with the Rangers will expire when the team’s Triple-A season ends on Labor Day. The franchise was an Astros affiliate from the club&rsquo...
Potential McKalla Place rail station for MLS priced at $13 million

Potential McKalla Place rail station for MLS priced at $13 million

Mass transit for potential Major League Soccer fans in Austin would come with a hefty price tag. On Friday, Mariette Hummel, a spokeswoman for Capital Metro, confirmed that building a light rail station at the specific spot at McKalla Place site Precourt Sports Ventures envisions for a MLS stadium would cost nearly $13 million. The cost was first reported Thursday by The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio...
With a $187 million payroll, Dodgers are a hot mess

With a $187 million payroll, Dodgers are a hot mess

There is a point at which a good team playing bad baseball loses the benefit of the doubt and must be considered, by virtue of the overwhelming evidence, simply a bad team. The distinction does not carry a firm date or any other definitive marker, but you know it when you see it. And by all appearances and measures, some time over the past week or so, the Los Angeles Dodgers zoomed past that point...
Texas starts NCAA regional with a win in Seattle

Texas starts NCAA regional with a win in Seattle

SEATTLE – Kaitlyn Slack’s RBI blooper to right field in the top of the sixth put Texas on top for good as the Longhorns battled through a pitching duel in their 2-1 win over Minnesota at the NCAA regional in Seattle Friday. The victory advances Texas to the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination regional of the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns (33-24) ...

Letters to the Sports Editor

Safe bet: State won’t offer gambling Re: “Texas needs to be in on gambling,” May 16. Kirk Bohls makes a number of very convincing and persuasive arguments as to why the state of Texas should consider allowing its citizens to legally gamble on sporting events. He astutely points out that the not-insignificant financial rewards to the state could be used for a variety of civic-minded...
Texas Stars take series lead in Western Conference finals opener

Texas Stars take series lead in Western Conference finals opener

With all the momentum in the second period and the game tied, Tanner Kero took a two-minute penalty for interference, which gave the Texas Stars much needed time to breathe and their second power play of the night. After not converting on their first opportunity with a man advantage, Remi Elie slotted home a loose puck in front of the net to put the Stars up for good. Sheldon Dries scored an insurance...

Last year’s champs roll into third round of pro volleyball’s Austin Open

The Association of Volleyball Professionals is back in town for the 2018 AVP Austin Open. It is the second consecutive year the AVP tour has made a stop in Austin, with last year marking the tour’s first time back since 2005. The winners on the men’s side last year — Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena — were also the champions of the 2005 AVP Austin Open. They are back to defend...
Golden: Baylor-bound Kalon Barnes in a sprinting class by himself

Golden: Baylor-bound Kalon Barnes in a sprinting class by himself

When Silsbee sprinter Kalon Barnes blew away the Class 4A competition at last week’s UIL state track and field meet, it was business as usual. Such is life when you walk away from the state’s biggest annual showcase of athletic talent as the fastest dude in the stadium for a second straight year. This time he walked away as the fastest prep athlete in the country. Barnes smoked Myers Stadium...
LBJ doubles team rolls to school’s first UIL state tennis championship

LBJ doubles team rolls to school’s first UIL state tennis championship

History was made and a reputation was enhanced at the UIL boys and girls state tennis championships Friday at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center. Dripping Springs’ Jayci Goldsmith won her second consecutive Class 5A girls singles title. And in winning the 5A boys doubles crown, LBJ’s Chaitanya Aduru and Vishwa Aduru delivered the school’s first state championship in tennis...
Complex partnership behind Preakness favorite reveals state of racing

Complex partnership behind Preakness favorite reveals state of racing

Behind the mighty chestnut horse stands an ambitious Kentucky farm owner, a former Johns Hopkins lacrosse player who bought in with less than two months to spare, an executive with the NFL's New York Giants and a consortium of Chinese business people looking to popularize thoroughbred racing in their home country. On Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, every eye will focus on Kentucky Derby champion...
Baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza: Dare to be different

Baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza: Dare to be different

As Jessica Mendoza was completing her master's degree at Stanford, her plan was to move to Washington, enter politics and focus on educational reform. Mendoza secured an internship, but she never got to D.C. after making the U.S. women's national softball team. It's just as well. In some ways, Mendoza admits she can be politically incorrect, a key reason why she was surprised when ESPN initially approached...
A Pennsylvania firm gets down and dirty with Phillies, other MLB teams

A Pennsylvania firm gets down and dirty with Phillies, other MLB teams

It was 10 years ago, on a famously miserable October night in Philadelphia, that this oddly named borough in an opposite corner of Pennsylvania began to acquire another strange appellation: the Capital of Baseball Dirt. During Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, a cold rain fell relentlessly on Citizens Bank Park. Just before play was suspended, with the Phillies leading, 2-1, Tampa's B.J. Upton took...
2018 NBA mock draft: Do the Suns go with Ayton or Doncic at No. 1?

2018 NBA mock draft: Do the Suns go with Ayton or Doncic at No. 1?

Now that we know the NBA's draft order, following Tuesday night's lottery, it's time to take a look at how the draft itself will shake out. Here is The Post's first stab at doing so, as we project how the lottery portion of the first round (plus the Washington Wizards' pick) will play out next month in Brooklyn. This will likely either be Doncic or DeAndre Ayton, and people are leaning in Ayton's...
USGA’s long relationship with Shinnecock Indians frays ahead of US Open

USGA’s long relationship with Shinnecock Indians frays ahead of US Open

The second U.S. Open, in 1896, was played at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, a course situated on a strip of Long Island once owned by the Shinnecock Indians and built by a Shinnecock work crew. At the 1896 event, two teenage residents of the nearby tribal grounds played in the event. For generations thereafter, the Shinnecock worked at the golf club as groundskeepers and caddies. When the championship...
Inside the Hamptons house where Kevin Durant hosted suitors in 2016

Inside the Hamptons house where Kevin Durant hosted suitors in 2016

The client wanted a 10-day house rental in the Hamptons that offered privacy and proximity to East Hampton Airport. Several important guests would be visiting. The real estate broker handling the account lined up three options. The first one she showed the client’s manager was a farmhouse built in the 1800s. The door frames were deemed too low. “We would cut to the chase much better if...
Sorry, Caps: Rabid fan Harper adores his Vegas Golden Knights

Sorry, Caps: Rabid fan Harper adores his Vegas Golden Knights

When the Washington Nationals take batting practice these days, it's nothing for them to be wearing Capitals hats across the board. Manager Dave Martinez's shtick of wearing a Capitals sweater and cap when he meets the media before games is now so routine that it barely draws notice. When Martinez got his job, he received a congratulatory text from Barry Trotz, the Capitals' coach. So when Trotz entered...

Tilting at tennis rackets

Tennis players are doing it wrong. All of them. Roger Federer? Improper form. Serena Williams? Same. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic? Bad, bad. At least that’s what Professor Tennis believes. Don R. Mueller, a former physics professor who calls himself Professor Tennis, has been on a yearslong campaign to persuade tennis players that they could be so much better if they considered physics. He is...
Throwback Thursday? Nolan Kingham returns to old form as Texas creeps within a game of Oklahoma State

Throwback Thursday? Nolan Kingham returns to old form as Texas creeps within a game of Oklahoma State

Before he took the mound on Thursday night, Nolan Kingham got a haircut, dusted off his old cleats and asked for the warm-up song he used while earning all-Big 12 honors in 2017. The moves gave Kingham enough confidence to proclaim to his teammates that his old self was back. Hours later, he would tell UT coach David Pierce the same thing. That claim, tough, was backed by statistics...

Campbell leads New Orleans to win over Round Rock

Eric Campbell hit an RBI single in the eighth inning, leading the New Orleans Baby Cakes to a 3-2 win over the Round Rock Express in the series opener played in Metairie, La. on Thursday. Campbell finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Isaac Galloway scored on the play to give the Baby Cakes the one-run lead. Round Rock had tied the game in the seventh inning when Christian Lopes hit a solo...
Texas golfer Doug Ghim wins prestigious Ben Hogan Award

Texas golfer Doug Ghim wins prestigious Ben Hogan Award

Doug Ghim’s name will now appear alongside names like Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Bill Haas. Ghim, a senior golfer from Texas, was named the winner of the 2018 Ben Hogan Award, given to the top men’s college golfer. He accepted the award at Colonial Country Club, the site of the PGA TOUR event this week. He was the only amateur to make the cut at the 2018 Masters...
LOOK: Former Florida S Keanu Neal reports to Falcons OTAs in excellent shape

LOOK: Former Florida S Keanu Neal reports to Falcons OTAs in excellent shape

Keanu Neal has already become an impact player for the Atlanta Falcons. After being selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the former Florida Gator proceeded to earn a starting spot on defense almost immediately. He’s been a staple in Atlanta’s secondary ever since. Now that’s the 6-foot, 211-pound safety is heading into Year 3, he’s looking...
Nebraska AD Bill Moos continues work to keep Black Friday position

Nebraska AD Bill Moos continues work to keep Black Friday position

Nebraska football is certainly no stranger to playing on Black Friday, and Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos wants to keep it that way. Moos joined radio show Sports Nightly on Monday and discussed why he wants Nebraska to continue playing on Black Friday. In addition, Moos noted the importance of keeping an annual rivalry game with Iowa on Black Friday. Here’s what...
Alabama women’s golf enters match-play part of NCAA Championships tied for first

Alabama women’s golf enters match-play part of NCAA Championships tied for first

It wasn’t the best of rounds for the University of Alabama women’s golf team, but it was good enough to secure a tie for first place heading into the match-play portion of the NCAA Championships. However, with No. 3 UCLA catching top-seeded Alabama, as both teams finished stroke play at +9, the Crimson Tide moves forward as the second team in the brackets due to...
Alabama OL Brandon Kennedy confirms report that he’s transferring

Alabama OL Brandon Kennedy confirms report that he’s transferring

The speculation is now over. After three years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama reserve offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy will be transferring to a new school to continue his collegiate career. Kennedy made the announcement official with a statement that he released via his Twitter account on Monday night. Included in the tweet was a heartfelt message regarding his time spent at the...
LSU officially adds former Ohio State QB Joe Burrow to roster

LSU officially adds former Ohio State QB Joe Burrow to roster

LSU football officially added former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow to its 2018 roster on Monday. The Tigers welcomed Burrow to the team on Twitter. Check out the tweet below: After Burrow announced that he was leaving Ohio State as a graduate transfer on May 8, reports linked Burrow to LSU on Friday. Burrow confirmed on Twitter that he would continue his...
2018 NBA Draft Combine: Winners, losers from Big 12

2018 NBA Draft Combine: Winners, losers from Big 12

Eleven Big 12 standouts took part in the 2018 NBA Combine, which ended Sunday, and several of them took center stage. The combine brought together a pair of Big 12 first team All-Americans, along with several early entry prospects. A couple of them, including West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate, are weighing their options about returning to school. However, several players made an impression...
Former Oklahoma DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo undergoes foot surgery

Former Oklahoma DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo undergoes foot surgery

Former Oklahoma defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has undergone foot surgery, per The Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond. Okonrokwo, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, was absent from a team OTA practice on Monday and will return at some point during the team’s summer training camp, Rams coach Sean McVay told Hammond...
247sports: ‘Nobody recruits like Oregon’

247sports: ‘Nobody recruits like Oregon’

While it’s still early in the 2019 recruiting process, the Oregon Ducks are already making noise. 247sports ranks the Ducks’ 13th nationally and tops in the Pac-12 in the 2019 class rankings, and Oregon just landed two commitments from high-profile 4-stars on Sunday night. John Canzano, a columnist for the Oregonian, hosted 247sports recruiting reporter Greg Biggins for a...
Chuma Edoga among the Pac-12’s best offensive tackles

Chuma Edoga among the Pac-12’s best offensive tackles

USC Trojans offensive tackle Chuma Edoga will have an important task this fall — protecting whoever replaces Sam Darnold under center. As Pro Football Focus highlights, Edoga is already equipped to give USC’s heir to Darnold’s throne plenty of protection. The six pressures allowed by Edgoa in 2017 are the lowest of any returning Pac-12 tackle. Recently, Edoga was...
Report: Kansas State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder signs new contract

Report: Kansas State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder signs new contract

Sean Snyder, Kansas State special teams coordinator and son of coach Bill Snyder, has signed a new contract that will keep him on staff for 3 years, according to Derek Young of KStateOnline.com. The contact raises Snyder’s salary from $422,500 to a base level of $480,000 annually, with a raise of $25,000 per year, Young reported. He joins co-offensive coordinator...
Faatui Tuitele, nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, puts Clemson in top 5

Faatui Tuitele, nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, puts Clemson in top 5

Clemson currently has a pair of dynamic defensive tackles on its roster in Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins. It hopes that a recruit from Hawaii can be a part of that roster in the future. Honolulu defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele, considered the No. 2 player at his position and the No. 24 player in the country by 247Sports.com, released his top five schools...
Hunter Johnson odd man out in Clemson quarterback battle, but all will be OK

Hunter Johnson odd man out in Clemson quarterback battle, but all will be OK

There was bound to be someone who would lose out as a result of Clemson’s post-spring logjam at quarterback. It wasn’t going to be Kelly Bryant. Bryant, at worst, was going to be a backup as the team came out of the successful Deshaun Watson era and into the future of the program. He ended up as the 2017 starting quarterback, and while he didn’t put up Watson-like...
De’Anthony Melton reflects on USC career at NBA Combine

De’Anthony Melton reflects on USC career at NBA Combine

Former USC Trojans guard De’Anthony Melton, currently working out at the NBA Combine, reflected on his controversial time with the USC program. Despite Melton missing his sophomore season as he was held out as a result of the FBI probe into college basketball, the guard doesn’t blame the school for the decision. “I think (USC) handled it the best way...
5-star DT Faatui Tuitele has Ohio State football in top 5

5-star DT Faatui Tuitele has Ohio State football in top 5

Ohio State football is right in the mix for one of the top prospects in the Class of 2019, as 5-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele named Ohio State in his top five schools on Monday. Along with Ohio State, Tuitele — out of Saint Louis School in Honolulu — named Clemson, Alabama, Washington and Texas in his top five. Tuitele announced his finalists on...
Report: Florida pitching proposal to SEC that could help WR Van Jefferson’s eligibility case

Report: Florida pitching proposal to SEC that could help WR Van Jefferson’s eligibility case

Florida remains hopeful that wide receiver Van Jefferson will be ruled eligible for the 2018 season following his offseason transfer from Ole Miss. But whenever asked, Gators coach Dan Mullen has remained coy about where that process stands. A report Monday from USA Today’s Dan Wolken sheds some more insight on Florida’s approach with the matter. Wolken reports that Florida...
Over or under 8.5: Breaking down Auburn football 2018 win total

Over or under 8.5: Breaking down Auburn football 2018 win total

How soon is too soon when it comes to predicting how many games Auburn football will win this season? The answer, of course, is “never,” or “any time following the conclusion of the previous regular season, including within 5 minutes of that conclusion” at the minimum. So the end of May — with college football now only 14 blessed Saturdays away...
Penn State recruiting: Lions land 3 blue-chip defensive commits in less than 24 hours

Penn State recruiting: Lions land 3 blue-chip defensive commits in less than 24 hours

Stay updated as Penn State rises toward the top of the recruiting rankings! Don’t miss the coverage from  Tyler Donohue, who brings a decade of experience as a national college football reporter and a recruiting department staff member with a Big Ten program. Read his daily notebooks  here at 7:20 p.m. ET Sunday...
247Sports lists Texas QB Sam Ehlinger among top 20 potentially overhyped players for 2018 season

247Sports lists Texas QB Sam Ehlinger among top 20 potentially overhyped players for 2018 season

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger saw his fair share of playing time as a freshman in 2017. He led the Longhorns to a 56-0 victory over San Jose State in his debut last September, but injuries kept him from likely reaching his full potential over the course of the fall. Fast forward to 2018, and Ehlinger has been projected by some to excel this fall if he wins the starting quarterback...
Texas makes Top 5 for elite Class of 2019 DT Faatui Tuitele

Texas makes Top 5 for elite Class of 2019 DT Faatui Tuitele

Faatui Tuitele, one of the best prospects in the Class of 2019, has the Texas Longhorns in his Top 5 schools. Tuitele tweeted out his Top 5 on Monday, and the Longhorns made the cut, along with power players such as Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson. Tuitele, who hails from Honolulu, is a bona fide star recruit. A 5-star prospect in the Class of 2019, he’s the No. 2 defensive ...
Alabama makes final 5 for Hawaiian 5-star DT Faatui Tuitele

Alabama makes final 5 for Hawaiian 5-star DT Faatui Tuitele

Alabama is hoping to land a second 5-star prospect from St. Louis School (Honolulu) this recruiting cycle in the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele. Tuitele, a 6-foot-4, 299-pound prospect, released his final five schools on Monday, and Alabama made the cut along with Clemson, Ohio State, Washington and Texas. Those five schools are expected to...
Report: Proposed rule could change how players transfer within SEC

Report: Proposed rule could change how players transfer within SEC

If a vote passes next week at the SEC spring meetings, future transfer debacles could be avoided according to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports. The proposed rule change would allow any player to transfer to another school in the SEC without any restrictions if their program receives a postseason ban. The new rule would also enhance penalties for programs that receive postseason...
South Carolina recruiting: JUCO CB D.J. Daniel sets visits to SEC schools

South Carolina recruiting: JUCO CB D.J. Daniel sets visits to SEC schools

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link. It’s been quite a month for junior college cornerback...
Auburn’s No. 1 running back target will visit for Big Cat Weekend

Auburn’s No. 1 running back target will visit for Big Cat Weekend

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers  football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Monday, and SEC Country reports on a big running back visit. Also, quick updates on George Pickens and Luke Deal. For the third time this spring, the Cains will visit Auburn. Noah Cain, the Tigers’ top running...
WR Kyle Maxwell high on Arkansas after Hogs staffers visit practice

WR Kyle Maxwell high on Arkansas after Hogs staffers visit practice

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss a Louisiana wide receiver target and a 2020 in-state quarterback landing a major offer. Arkansas offensive coordinator Joe Craddock and wide receivers coach Justin Stepp recently made a stop at Amite High School in Southeast...
Billy Cannon’s funeral to be held on LSU campus Wednesday

Billy Cannon’s funeral to be held on LSU campus Wednesday

LSU fans, alumni and Baton Rouge residents will have a chance to pay their respects and say goodbye to a Tigers’ legend on Wednesday. The school announced Monday night that it would hold visitation and funeral for Dr. Billy Cannon at the Maravich Center at the request of the Cannon family Wednesday afternoon. Visitation will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. with the funeral...
Kansas’ David Beaty ‘grateful’ to Sheahon Zenger, cites ‘difficult day’

Kansas’ David Beaty ‘grateful’ to Sheahon Zenger, cites ‘difficult day’

Reaction to the firing of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger has been mixed, but Jayhawks football coach David Beaty made it clear he will miss Zenger. Beaty, whom Zenger hired in the fall of 2015 to take over Kansas football, issued a statement Monday saying that he was “grateful” Zenger took a chance on him. “It’s certainly been a difficult day...
Will former top-50 prospect Deangelo Gibbs rejoin Georgia? Kirby Smart addresses his status

Will former top-50 prospect Deangelo Gibbs rejoin Georgia? Kirby Smart addresses his status

COLUMBUS — Just because Deangelo Gibbs is back in school doesn’t mean he’s back on the team. That was the word from Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who cryptically addressed the sophomore safety’s status with the team shortly before speaking at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. Smart and basketball coach Tom Crean flew down from Athens to Columbus...
Top-100 WR Dannis Jackson enjoys Florida visit, eyeing return trip

Top-100 WR Dannis Jackson enjoys Florida visit, eyeing return trip

Join us here at SEC Country for Gator Chomps, a daily recap of the  latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators. Nathan Pickering wasn’t the only top-100 overall recruit from Mississippi on Florida’s campus over the weekend. The Gators also hosted 4-star receiver...
Penn State recruiting: 4-star DB Tyler Rudolph commits to Lions over Clemson

Penn State recruiting: 4-star DB Tyler Rudolph commits to Lions over Clemson

Penn State continues to show it can prevail in head-to-head recruiting showdowns vs. premier Power 5 football programs. The latest example arrived Monday night when 4-star defensive back Tyler Rudolph committed to the Nittany Lions over fellow finalist Clemson. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Rudolph became Penn State’s fifth pledge in five days, pushing its 2019 recruiting...
Raising Kansas football attendance will be key for new athletic director

Raising Kansas football attendance will be key for new athletic director

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger was fired Monday for a variety  of reasons. Troubles in football are the primary reason that Zenger was let go. The most visible is Kansas’ skid in attendance at Memorial Stadium since the days when Mark Mangino roamed the sidelines. The Jayhawks were regularly selling out their home stadium for the season as recently as 2009. But those...
Report: Alabama denies Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school

Report: Alabama denies Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school

Alabama reportedly denied Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school. On Monday, it was learned that the offensive lineman wants to join either Auburn or Tennessee as a grad transfer but his initial appeal had been denied, per AL.com’s Matt Zenitz. Kennedy reportedly is blocked from receiving contact from the Tigers or Volunteers...
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