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Driving the Lane: Defense is key

To all of you who are shocked by Stanford University’s upset of the University of Oregon Thursday night, I ask you: Why? How could you not see this coming? First off, the exact same thing happened last year. More importantly, this happens to every great offense in any sport. There is always a game in which they struggle. And if you don’t […]

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Foul Shots: The problem with Heisman voting

The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to college football’s best individual player. Texas A&M University quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the trophy last year, defeating Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Entering this season, Manziel was one of a group of Heisman favorites. Every season, the list of Heisman frontrunners changes from week to week based on […]

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Driving the Lane: Boring Top 25

The AP Top 25 Preseason Rankings for the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball season are out, and things could not be more boring. Think of the top five most dominant programs over the past 10 years. You’re probably thinking of the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, the University of Louisville, Duke University and the University of Kansas, right? Well, that […]

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Foul Shots: Is Andrew Wiggins ready for NBA?

“Wiggins has an unreal amount of potential and he’ll be under the eye of every scout over the next few years … Considered the top player in his class by most recruiting services, and has first overall pick potential whenever he enters the NBA draft…”  -NBAdraft.net profile of Andrew Wiggins Any time you’re designated as the NBA’s next superstar, you […]

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Driving the Lane: On Johnny Manziel

Remember when all the “experts” were predicting that Johnny Manziel would struggle in his sophomore year? There was no way he would be able to live up to the success he had in his freshman year. After winning the Heisman, he wouldn’t have the motivation to continue to get better. Most importantly, the myriad of off-the-field distractions would surely lead […]

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Foul Shots: Pro Prospects

We’ve gotten to the point in the college football season when NFL draft pundits begin to make mock drafts, and it’s an annoying time. Guys such as Mel Kiper Jr. saturate our heads with their ideas about where players could end up once the draft is over. Ideally, teams draft out of need. You won’t see the Green Bay Packers […]

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Driving the Lane: Stop Grumbling, Grambling State

I hate to take the side of wealthy college administrators over disgruntled college students. But in the case of Grambling State University, I simply do not support the message that the players are trying to send. Over the weekend, the university canceled its football game against Jackson State University after the players had boycotted playing. They sent a letter to […]

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Foul Shots: Mid-Majors

Colleges and universities that do not belong to the six “major” NCAA conferences (AAC — formerly the Big East — ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) are known as “mid-majors.” It’s colloquial in nature, and not recognized by the NCAA to mean anything in particular. The term is used most heavily in college basketball, especially during the NCAA […]

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Driving the Lane: Praising Bill O’Brien

Bill O’Brien is an absolute head-coaching god. The Penn State University head football coach showed once again Saturdaywhat an incredible impact he’s had on the Nittany Lions football program. He opted to forgo the obvious game-tying field goal in the fourth overtime against then-No. 18 University of Michigan and go for it on fourth and inches. It was a decision reminiscent […]

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Foul Shots: One and Done

LeBron James. Kobe Bryant. Kevin Garnett. Dwight Howard. Josh Smith. Tracy McGrady. Amar’e Stoudemire. Tyson Chandler. Monta Ellis. Andrew Bynum. What do these NBA stars have in common? They all entered the league right from high school, forgoing their college eligibility. The Supreme Court ruled, in the 1971 case of Haywood v. National Basketball Association, that the NBA must waive the rule […]

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