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Texas athletics, 2017-18: A year of wins on the field, but also transformative change off it

For Texas athletics, the 2017-18 athletic year was successful. Taken on the whole, it always is. Sure, the Longhorns enjoyed their typical success in non-revenue sports. Texas hauled in yet another national championship in men’s swimming and diving, its fourth straight and 14th overall under legendary lion Eddie Reese. The men’s and women&rsquo...


Well-rounded program lifts Liberty Hill to 2nd straight Breazeale Cup

Well-rounded program lifts Liberty Hill to 2nd straight Breazeale Cup

The Austin American-Statesman’s annual George Breazeale Cup honors the newspaper’s late sports writer, who was legendary for his dedication to the coverage of high school sports over five decades. The award recognizes the most successful high school athletic programs in our coverage area, regardless of their UIL classifications. That coverage area consists of high schools in Travis, Burnet...
Crew MLS owner Precourt has message for Austin

Crew MLS owner Precourt has message for Austin

Columbus Crew SC operator/investor Anthony Precourt sent the following statement to the American-Statesman ahead of the important Austin City Council meeting on Thursday when votes will be conducted on two resolutions involving a potential stadium at McKalla Place. —- As we enter into this important week with regard to bringing Major League Soccer to Austin, I am incredibly encouraged by the...
Open Waters?

Open Waters?

The Volvo Ocean Race will soon finish, and for the first time since the round-the-world sailing event began in 1973, a woman will be part of the winning crew. More than one woman, in fact. Though the final standings are yet to be determined, all seven teams have at least two women on their crew lists, and all seven team, including the three in contention for overall victory, will have at least two...
Leggett: One kayak flip later, the rod was fine — the phone, not so much

Leggett: One kayak flip later, the rod was fine — the phone, not so much

There’s no accounting for when there will be a clash between modern time technology and old school outdoors. I lived through one of those a few weeks ago, and I’m still counting my losses. In fact, I may never be made whole in this deal. It all started when my friend and neighbor Trey Carpenter called one afternoon to ask if I wanted to meet for a kayak fishing trip to Reveille Peak Ranch...
A high-tech bow is well and good, but I’ll bring my trusty backup too

A high-tech bow is well and good, but I’ll bring my trusty backup too

By now, I’m used to equipment orders from Jack Brittingham. The Athens-based bowhunter is attuned to the latest changes in bows and arrows and associated doodads. He’s an experienced pilot and techno-dude not intimidated by anything electronic. So when we were discussing our upcoming archery hunt for elk on his New Mexico ranch, I wasn’t surprised that he put in a semi-command for...
City Council votes next week could determine fate of MLS in Austin

City Council votes next week could determine fate of MLS in Austin

For eight months, a Major League Soccer owner and the city of Austin have kicked the ball around on a potential move from one state capital to another. After more twists and turns than a dicey World Cup match, Austin’s long soccer saga could reach the knockout stage Thursday with two City Council votes. One stadium resolution, if passed, would be a major step toward the Columbus Crew SC landing...

Ibanez’s single leads Round Rock to win over Nashville

Andy Ibanez hit a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Sounds on Friday in Nashville. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Express. Tommy Joseph scored on the play after he reached base with two outs on an error. It was the second run scored by Joseph on the night. Jorge Mateo hit an RBI triple, bringing home Nick Martini...
Gators hold off Texas Tech to make bracket final

Gators hold off Texas Tech to make bracket final

Florida carried a five-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning against Texas Tech, but Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan never let himself get comfortable. “We knew they weren’t going away,” O’Sullivan said. “They hung in there with us, and we knew it would be a nine-inning ballgame.” It was every bit a nine-inning game Thursday night. Fortunately for the...
Mavs go Euro with rebuilding again, trading up to get Luka Doncic

Mavs go Euro with rebuilding again, trading up to get Luka Doncic

The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuilding effort, just as they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a protected...
Spurs aim to repair fractured relationship with Leonard

Spurs aim to repair fractured relationship with Leonard

General Manager R.C. Buford acknowledges that star forward Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the San Antonio Spurs. But he remains optimistic that the relationship can be salvaged. Leonard, who missed most of last season with a right quadriceps injury, has requested a trade from San Antonio because he is unhappy. Buford would not comment on “speculation” about the trade demand, but he agreed...
Revisiting the Texas Ten: How did our top preseason UT athletes to watch fare this year?

Revisiting the Texas Ten: How did our top preseason UT athletes to watch fare this year?

Last August, the American-Statesman picked 10 Longhorns student-athletes to watch during the 2017-18 academic year, our inaugural Texas Ten. We came up with the list by looking at an athlete’s importance to his or her team as well as the athlete’s career arc. “No one player determines the success of an entire season,” we wrote. “But if all 10...
The Dotted Line: Five prospects trending toward Texas in the 2019 class

The Dotted Line: Five prospects trending toward Texas in the 2019 class

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. The Longhorns landed their 10 ...

NHL draft prospect Blake McLaughlin demonstrates power of families sticking together

Blake McLaughlin first slipped on gloves and held a hockey stick when he was 2 years old. He grew up skating on his family's backyard rink in Elk River, Minn. In the basement, he would pull on an Alex Ovechkin jersey and dream of sharing a line with the Russian superstar. And he fell in love with the Gophers after spending his childhood in the seats of Mariucci Arena. "He always had that stick...
Blake Bortles talks NFL, fantasy football and UCF's national championship claim

Blake Bortles talks NFL, fantasy football and UCF's national championship claim

Life is good if you're Blake Bortles. A year ago, he was in danger of getting benched in favor of journeyman quarterback Chad Henne. Today, he is walking on sunshine after signing a three-year, $54 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Where did all those dark clouds go? Bortles picked himself up as the 2017 NFL season went along, grinded it out, and was a Tom Brady comeback away from leading...
Redskins coaches take advantage of Alex Smith's vast experience

Redskins coaches take advantage of Alex Smith's vast experience

Much has been made of Alex Smith's experience and the battle scars he brings to the Washington Redskins. He's earned three Pro Bowl selections in 13 seasons and was a member of a Super Bowl team with the 49ers, where he worked under three coaches and six coordinators. Smith learned from three more offensive coordinators, including current Eagles coach Doug Pederson, in five years with the Chiefs....
Broadcasts in a native language, speaking to every corner of Peru

Broadcasts in a native language, speaking to every corner of Peru

The language of soccer games is ripe with phrases, metaphors and clichés that reflect modern life: a coach who parks the bus, a midfielder who shoots rockets, a striker who scores with a bicycle kick. But at 11,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes, the vocabulary changes. That is where Luis Soto, who hosts a daily sports program on Radio Inti Raymi, is narrating Peru’s first appearance at the...
The party extends all the way to Siberia

The party extends all the way to Siberia

It is light by the time they stumble out of the bar, arms clasped around one another for support, taking greedy drags on long-awaited cigarettes. In Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities hosting the World Cup, the party is just about to start: thousands of fans streaming onto the streets, waving flags and blaring car horns, to celebrate Russia’s 3-1 victory Tuesday night over Egypt...
If MLB is worried about attendance slide, it should take on  tanking issue

If MLB is worried about attendance slide, it should take on tanking issue

A video leaked last week that included the audio of an old argument between former Mets manager Terry Collins and a Major League Baseball umpiring crew chief got folks talking. We were fascinated. We wanted more. We were on the edge of our seats, right where baseball wants us. Naturally, baseball slammed the door in our faces. The video disappeared and we were informed by Major League Commissioner...
Own goals are having a big impact in the 2018 World Cup

Own goals are having a big impact in the 2018 World Cup

Joy and despair are the closest of neighbors during the World Cup as emotions swing on every shot. The tension is so high it's cruel when bad luck rears up, and own goals are one way that can happen. If the number of own goals are any indication, this World Cup is already among the cruelest in history. There were five own goals through the first 20 group-stage games, 11 percent of the total goals...
Fined by FIFA, Mexico tries, again, to banish fans’ homophobic chant 

Fined by FIFA, Mexico tries, again, to banish fans’ homophobic chant 

Mexico’s soccer federation and at least two of its team’s star players took to social media Thursday in a renewed campaign to banish a homophobic chant that has been a fixture at the team’s matches for years. The effort came one day after FIFA fined Mexico $10,000 for its fans’ use of the slur “puto” at its World Cup opener Sunday, and as world soccer’s governing...

Neuse, Laureano lift Nashville over Round Rock

Sheldon Neuse homered and singled, scoring two runs as the Nashville Sounds topped the Round Rock Express 7-4 in the series opener in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday. Ramon Laureano homered and singled with a pair of runs and a couple of RBIs for Nashville. Round Rock grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fourth after Tony Sanchez and Scott Heineman hit RBI singles. Trailing 4-3, the Sounds took the lead for good...
Magic Mo: Orlando grabs Texas freshman Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft

Magic Mo: Orlando grabs Texas freshman Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft

Despite its football reputation, Texas has churned out a staggering amount of basketball talent. Ten Longhorns have become first-round NBA draft picks since 2006. The headliner in that group is obviously Kevin Durant, now a two-time Finals MVP. Don’t forget about LaMarcus Aldridge, Tristan Thompson, Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen — all standouts on their current...
Austin loves World Cup soccer, TV ratings show

Austin loves World Cup soccer, TV ratings show

For a city without a pro soccer team on the pitch, Austin shows an enormous appetite for the World Cup. Austin was tied for second place among all metered U.S. television markets through the first six days of the tournament, according to a Fox Sports spokesman. Only Washington, D.C., with a 3.35 average Nielsen rating, was ahead of Austin, which has a 2.42 along with Providence, R.I. New York and...
From Clemens’ All-American year to honoring Augie, Texas completes a memorable season

From Clemens’ All-American year to honoring Augie, Texas completes a memorable season

When it comes to writing down the official record, Texas’ baseball season won’t be tough to describe. The Longhorns went 42-23 this year. They won the Big 12 championship for the first time since 2011. They reached the College World Series for a record 36th time but went 0-2 in Omaha. But in actuality, connecting the dots between Texas’ season-opening shutout of Louisiana-Lafayette...
The Dotted Line: Texas impresses 2020 targets Chris Thompson Jr., Alec Bryant

The Dotted Line: Texas impresses 2020 targets Chris Thompson Jr., Alec Bryant

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Chris Thompson Jr., a 2020 safety from...
Liberty adjust to a humbler home

Liberty adjust to a humbler home

After Tina Charles and Maya Moore exchanged go-ahead baskets in the final minute of the New York Liberty’s home opener against the Minnesota Lynx on May 25, a high-ranking WNBA official sitting courtside proudly remarked, “Who says women can’t play basketball?”  Thanks.   That question was tongue-in-cheek. But a more serious question emerged as Charles and Moore...
The infamous Sochi drug-testing lab is now a gastropub

The infamous Sochi drug-testing lab is now a gastropub

The bartender at the restaurant here flipped a liquor bottle stylishly around his back and laid out the ingredients for a cerulean, absinthe-based cocktail that he garnished with a golden berry. It was not so long ago that far different, far less palatable, concoctions — urine, coffee grounds, table salt, to name a few choice ingredients — were mixed inside this same building, mere steps...
Why the Mavericks should avoid Texas center Mo Bamba

Why the Mavericks should avoid Texas center Mo Bamba

In the experienced eyes of one ESPN analyst, the NBA draft has a top three: DeAndre Ayton of Arizona, Marvin Bagley of Duke and Luka Doncic of Slovenia. "They are what they are," Fran Fraschilla told me in a recent phone interview. "After that, it's Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson and Wendell Carter." Like you, I am in love with DeAndre Ayton. "There is no lock All-Star in the first...
Think teams have gotten smarter in the NBA draft? Think again.

Think teams have gotten smarter in the NBA draft? Think again.

In an alternate universe, where NBA draft picks more often prove prescient, Hasheem Thabeet, not James Harden, would be winning league MVP; O.J. Mayo, not Russell Westbrook, would average triple-doubles; Jonny Flynn, not Stephen Curry, would own three rings; Greg Oden, not Kevin Durant, might have joined that superteam; and Anthony Bennett, not Giannis Antetokounmpo, would be the next great superstar...
Yankees top the Mariners in a battle of the American league’s elite

Yankees top the Mariners in a battle of the American league’s elite

It is nearly a month before the All-Star Game, there are still around 90 games left on the schedule and yet, for almost all of the American League, it feels like September. That is, virtually every team is firmly in one of two camps — jockeying for the playoffs or already looking toward next season. So, there may have been a bit more juice than usual at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, as the...
MLB has more to blame than bad weather for major attendance drop

MLB has more to blame than bad weather for major attendance drop

Major League Baseball experienced an expected and understandable hit at the box office in 1995 following the players' strike and cancellation of the World Series the previous year, suffering a 6.7 percent decline in average attendance. In more than two decades thereafter, MLB hasn't faced an attendance falloff of that magnitude again. Until now. League-wide figures show that attendance was down 6...
Ranking the top 50 prospects in the 2018 NBA draft

Ranking the top 50 prospects in the 2018 NBA draft

You've heard of Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley, but when the NBA draft tips today, you'll want to know whether the hype on Luka Doncic is real and why Mikal Bridges and Zhaire Smith might be the draft's two biggest sleepers. We've got you covered with a primer of the draft's 50 top prospects. 1. Deandre Ayton: Though the 7-footer is the draft's safest selection, that by no means diminishes his skill...
With New York a step closer to legalizing marijuana, cannabis movement in sports may gain momentum

With New York a step closer to legalizing marijuana, cannabis movement in sports may gain momentum

With apologies to "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon — who is running against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic primary this fall — another state politician wants to take credit for leaning on Cuomo to legalize marijuana. "There's only one woman in this state who moved Cuomo and marijuana, and you're looking at her," New York State Senator Diane Savino...
Arkansas beats Tech, now one win short of title series berth at CWS

Arkansas beats Tech, now one win short of title series berth at CWS

Déjà vu in Omaha. Arkansas and Texas Tech were at it Wednesday afternoon for the second time in a midweek this season. The last time the two played, in Fayetteville, Arkansas handled the Red Raiders with relative ease, scoring early and letting the pitching handle the rest. You do know what déjà vu means, right? Arkansas is now one win away from the College World Series...
Five years later, Texas, Bev Kearney agree to settle former track coach’s discrimination lawsuit

Five years later, Texas, Bev Kearney agree to settle former track coach’s discrimination lawsuit

Former women’s track Bev Kearney and the University of Texas have agreed to settle a lawsuit that claimed the school discriminated against her because of her gender and race when it fired her more than five years ago. Jody Mask, Kearney’s attorney, confirmed on Wednesday to the American-Statesman that the suit was nearing its end. “The parties have reached...
PSV spokesman: McKalla site resolution threatens MLS move to Austin

PSV spokesman: McKalla site resolution threatens MLS move to Austin

While four Austin City Council members put out a release Wednesday detailing plans for an “open and fair process on McKalla Place,” a spokesman for Precourt Sports Ventures said that process could kill plans for a Major League Soccer team in Austin. Council Members Leslie Pool, Ora Houston, Alison Alter and Ellen Troxclair have co-signed a resolution intended to solicit development plans...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats get fifth pledge for 2019 class

Texas State notebook: Bobcats get fifth pledge for 2019 class

Texas State garnered its fifth commitment of the 2019 recruiting class when Beaumont United defensive back Jalen Wells pledged to the Bobcats on Sunday. Wells, a 3-star safety, chose Texas State over offers from Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette, Air Force, New Mexico State and Sam Houston State. “I went on a visit to Sam Houston and ULL,” Wells said. “I came for a visit...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Jack Graves, 5-iron, 135-yard 7th hole at Delaware Springs; witnesses: Buddy Coker, Dennis Bacque, Dave Schwab John Paget, 8-iron, 125-yard 8th hole at Falconhead; witness: Tom Miller Laurie Richards, 5-wood, 145-yard 9th hole at Cimarron Hills; witness: Barry LaRue Ron Stone, 9-iron, 152-yard 5th hole at Hancock; witness: Bob Mebane Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax...
Bohls: David Pierce has Texas baseball on the upswing

Bohls: David Pierce has Texas baseball on the upswing

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Texas had an impressive ride this post-season that in some ways mirrored Mississippi State, which once stood 15-15 in the SEC and one strike away from elimination by regional host Florida State. (What exactly does MSU interim coach Gary Henderson, a onetime English teacher, need to do to prove he should be the permanent head coach?)...
Saratoga waits for Justify's itinerary

Saratoga waits for Justify's itinerary

The last thing Bob Baffert wants to talk about is the thing everyone else wants to talk about. That is the future for sport's newest superstar, the 3-year-old colt named Justify who became just the 13th Triple Crown winner in racing history when he won the Belmont Stakes on June 9. A report in the Daily Racing Form quoted Baffert saying the first option for Justify's next race was the $1 million Haskell...
Kelvin Herrera trade could - and should - be start of something big for Nationals

Kelvin Herrera trade could - and should - be start of something big for Nationals

The help has arrived, and it has arrived early. Now, go get more of it. Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo's latest move to improve his team's bullpen - and, therefore, improve a team that is ailing and sputtering even as it pursues its fifth division title in seven years - might be better than those that preceded it, even though a few of those worked out splendidly.  Kelvin Herrera...
Guess which school just made big impression on Nigerian tackle Danielson Ike?

Guess which school just made big impression on Nigerian tackle Danielson Ike?

Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 2019 4-star tackle Danielson Ike picked up an offer from Michigan on May 16 and made his way to Ann Arbor for the first time Friday. He was coming off visits to Louisville on June 7 and Nebraska on June 14. The post Guess which school just made big impression on Nigerian tackle Danielson Ike? appeared first on Diehards.
Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins trains with Deshaun Watson

Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins trains with Deshaun Watson

Projected 2018 Ohio State starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins trained Saturday with Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Quarterback trainer Quincy Avery facilitated the workout and posted the training session on social media, along with incoming Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields. Haskins has worked with Avery and NFL players before, training over Spring break with NFL wide receivers...
BREAKING: South Georgia athlete commits to Auburn over Tennessee, Florida State

BREAKING: South Georgia athlete commits to Auburn over Tennessee, Florida State

AUBURN, Ala. — Jashawn Sheffield had a clear plan. Sheffield, who was close to committing earlier this summer, wanted to make one more trip to Auburn with his mother before finalizing anything. He made the trip up from St. Simons Island, Ga., on Friday for his official visit. After spending the day with players and coaches Friday, Sheffield decided to go...
3-star offensive tackle includes 6 Pac-12 schools in top 8

3-star offensive tackle includes 6 Pac-12 schools in top 8

Troy Fautanu, a 3-star offensive tackle from Henderson, Nev., has released his top 8 schools. Six schools from the Pac-12 — Cal, Utah, USC, UCLA, Oregon and Washington — made the cut. Fautanu ranks as the No. 57 offensive tackle in the 2019 class. The post 3-star offensive tackle includes 6 Pac-12 schools in top 8 appeared first on Diehards.
Updated 2019 ESPN NBA mock draft has Indiana’s Romeo Langford going No. 5 overall

Updated 2019 ESPN NBA mock draft has Indiana’s Romeo Langford going No. 5 overall

The 2018 NBA Draft ended just a couple days ago. So, it’s time for 2019 NBA mock drafts to surface. It’s only natural. ESPN updated its 2019 mock draft and has Indiana freshman Romeo Langford going No. 5 overall to the Phoenix Suns. If this proves to be true, the Suns would have a young core of Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker and Langford. Suns fans would likely sign up for this...
2019 DE Aeneas DiCosmo recaps Michigan official visit, delays commitment date

2019 DE Aeneas DiCosmo recaps Michigan official visit, delays commitment date

Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic 2019 3-star weak side defensive end Aeneas DiCosmo went to Michigan for an official visit from June 21-23, fell in love and felt at home. The Wolverines are everything he is looking for in a college program. “I visited in March and didn’t have any expectations, but I loved it,” DiCosmo said to Land of 10. “I went back this time ...
Keenan Evans agrees to terms with the Golden State Warriors

Keenan Evans agrees to terms with the Golden State Warriors

Former Texas Tech star point guard Keenan Evans didn’t hear his name called during the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday, but he’ll get his NBA opportunity nevertheless.   According to multiple reports, Evans has agreed to terms with the back-to-back NBA champion Golden State Warriors.   Evans will suit up for Golden State during summer league action...
LSU recruiting: Notes from Day 3 of LSU elite camp

LSU recruiting: Notes from Day 3 of LSU elite camp

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we wrap up all the news and notes from the third and...
Nigerian offensive lineman Ike Danielson Ike recaps ‘great’ visit to Michigan

Nigerian offensive lineman Ike Danielson Ike recaps ‘great’ visit to Michigan

Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 2019 4-star tackle Danielson Ike picked up an offer from Michigan on May 16 and made his way to Ann Arbor for the first time on June 22. He was coming off visits to Louisville on June 7 and Nebraska on June 14. “Michigan was great because most of my questions were answered with regard to education, how I fit in with the team after just playing...
Breaking: Elite JUCO DB Dreshun Miller commits to LSU

Breaking: Elite JUCO DB Dreshun Miller commits to LSU

LSU bolstered its cornerback rotation for 2019 and beyond on Saturday with the addition of cornerback Dreshun Miller. Miller, who is currently at Eastern Arizona College, is regarded as one of the top JUCO players in the nation for the class of 2019. According to 247Sports, he’s the No. 9 overall player and the No. 3 cornerback in the class. The future Tiger is listed at 6-foot-2...
2020 QB recruit Parker McQuarrie holds, poses with Heisman Trophy during Michigan visit

2020 QB recruit Parker McQuarrie holds, poses with Heisman Trophy during Michigan visit

Wouldn’t it be cool to hold an actual Heisman Trophy? Parker McQuarrie probably thought so. McQuarrie, a 6-foot-7 QB recruit in the Class of 2020, visited Michigan and during his visit, he posted a photo of him holding a Wolverines Heisman Trophy. Take a look at his tweet: If there’s one thing that Michigan has that not a ton of schools have, it’s a Heisman Trophy. And...
CB Shamar Martin commits to UCLA

CB Shamar Martin commits to UCLA

Morse High School (San Diego) defensive back Shamar Martin is going to UCLA. The 3-star cornerback committed to UCLA on Friday. The 6-foot, 174 pound corner should add some speed to UCLA’s secondary in 2019. He is rated at the 49th best cornerback in the 2019 recruiting class. Martin is UCLA’s third commitment to its 2019 class. The Bruins have received oral...
Draft analyst praises Drew Lock: “I’ve never seen a more accurate quarterback”

Draft analyst praises Drew Lock: “I’ve never seen a more accurate quarterback”

Drew Lock is considered one of college football’s premier NFL prospects heading into the 2018 season. As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound gunslinger threw for 3,695 yards and 42 touchdowns while only tossing 12 interceptions. That has several draft pundits high on the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) native. One draft analyst, Mike Detillier with WWL 870 AM Radio in New Orleans...
Oklahoma WDE Trace Ford names Oklahoma State, Baylor in top 8

Oklahoma WDE Trace Ford names Oklahoma State, Baylor in top 8

Edmond (Okla.) Sante Fe weak-side defensive end Trace Ford is one of the top prospects in Oklahoma, and on Friday evening, he trimmed his list of options to eight finalists.   Oklahoma State and Baylor survived the cut, along with Arkansas, Cal, Arizona State, Florida State, Oregon, and Harvard.   Ford is owner to 17 offers and his list cut left the likes...
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel ‘likes’ new NCAA transfer, redshirt rules

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel ‘likes’ new NCAA transfer, redshirt rules

On June 13, rule changes for college football were announced. Athletes no longer need permission from the school they are attending or the coach they are playing for in order to transfer. Also, players can now play in up to four football games without having to lose their redshirt status. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel was presenting the athletic department budget to university...
Stanford’s Valarie Allman wins USATF discus title

Stanford’s Valarie Allman wins USATF discus title

Stanford graduate Valarie Allman is a USA championship. Allman won a USATF national title in the women’s discus this week. She threw 208-6 (63.55 meters) to win the discus competition by a comfortable eight feet. Allman took third place in the women’s discus at the NCAA championships with a throw of 194-3. She didn’t pick a bad time to a breakout throw a couple...
Chris Webber accepts Jim Harbaugh’s invitation to be Wolverines honorary captain in 2018

Chris Webber accepts Jim Harbaugh’s invitation to be Wolverines honorary captain in 2018

Friday proved to be a good day for former Michigan basketball standout Chris Webber. Webber was a guest on WTKA’s “The M Zone” show and Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh called into the show to ask the 6-foot-10 big man a question. “I want to make an official invitation,” Harbaugh said. “Chris, I want you to be an honorary captain for the Michigan football ...
Hawkeye Wrestling Club turns All-Americans into world medalists

Hawkeye Wrestling Club turns All-Americans into world medalists

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The fashionable black-and-gold decor at the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex belies the grueling workouts that shape annual All-Americans and the next generation of international wrestlers. In concert with the current group of Hawkeyes, post-graduate wrestlers use the facility at all hours to compete at the world level. The Hawkeye...
Arkansas in Hog heaven after advancing to College World Series best-of-3 finals

Arkansas in Hog heaven after advancing to College World Series best-of-3 finals

Arkansas’ most enigmatic player needed to come through in a big way Friday night at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Not exactly an easy ask. Isaiah Campbell didn’t record even four outs the last time he faced Florida. The No. 1 team in the nation lit him and, eventually, Arkansas, to the tune of 17 runs. Less than three weeks ago, Campbell didn’t record...
Arkansas will play for a national title after beating Florida at College World Series

Arkansas will play for a national title after beating Florida at College World Series

Arkansas’ most enigmatic player needed to come through in a big way Friday night at the College World Series. Not exactly an easy ask. Isaiah Campbell didn’t record even four outs the last time he faced Florida. The No. 1 team in the nation lit him and, eventually, Arkansas, to the tune of 17 runs. Less than three weeks ago, Campbell didn’t record a single...
2018 NHL Draft: Michigan hockey star Quinn Hughes selected No. 7 to Cannucks

2018 NHL Draft: Michigan hockey star Quinn Hughes selected No. 7 to Cannucks

Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes was the seventh overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Vancouver Cannucks. Hughes 29 points last season with the Wolverines led all Bit Ten freshman defenseman, and he finished the second half of the season with four goals and 15 assists in 21 games. The post 2018 NHL Draft: Michigan hockey star Quinn Hughes selected No. 7 to Cannucks...
Georgia sees more SEC top Dawgs in future for its athletic program

Georgia sees more SEC top Dawgs in future for its athletic program

ATHENS — Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin just got a contract extension and raise, and he’s not the only “Head Dawg” who is going to make out well in 2018. At least two other UGA head coaches can expect positive adjustments to their current employment agreements going forward. Men’s and women’s track and field coach Petros Kyprianou...
LSU lands commitment from tight end TK McClendon

LSU lands commitment from tight end TK McClendon

LSU has been thriving on the recruiting trail recently, and the Tigers landed another commitment on Friday night. TK McClendon, a tight end from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., committed to LSU after participating in elite camp in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, according to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman. It was the second commitment of the day for the Tigers, who...
College World Series: Oregon State staves off elimination with 12-2 win over Mississippi State

College World Series: Oregon State staves off elimination with 12-2 win over Mississippi State

By losing its first game of the College World Series a week ago, Oregon State put itself into a win-or-go-home situation for the rest of its time in Omaha. Apparently, the Beavers aren’t ready to have their season come to an end. Oregon State (52-11-1) used another offensive explosion to go with solid pitching from a pair of left-handers in a 12-2 rout of previously unbeaten...
Steve Spurrier would love to have Tim Tebow join his Alliance of American Football team

Steve Spurrier would love to have Tim Tebow join his Alliance of American Football team

Steve Spurrier is returning to coaching in 2019, when he leads the Orlando team in the newly formed Alliance of American Football. Is there a chance he could recruit former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to return to the gridiron with him? Well, it turns out that Spurrier has reached out to Tebow about the possibility. During an appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show on Friday...
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