Archive for January, 2016

College Basketball Rankings 2015-16: Bleacher Report’s Week 13 Top 25

Posted by C.J. Moore on January 31 2016 Add Comments
The hot potato at the top of the rankings has come to a stall.  Thanks to the flame-throwing finger tips of Buddy Hield, this is the third straight week that North Carolina and Oklahoma top our Bleacher Report rankings.  Hield won the weekend by dropping 32 points at LSU, and his Sooners are not only the best team in college basketball, but they're also the best show as well.  This week is the show-me week for North Carolina. ...

UNC Basketball: Biggest Things We’ve Learned About Tar Heels in 2015-16

Posted by Rob Goldberg on January 31 2016 Add Comments
North Carolina has mostly lived up to expectations through the first three months of the season, although in that time we have also learned quite a bit at the team and individual level. The Tar Heels had a few disappointing performances earlier in the year, but they are clearly trending in the right direction with 12 wins in a row, including eight in ACC play. Now the team is back near the top of the polls ...

Ohio State Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Recruits Who Will Sign on NSD

Posted by David Regimbal on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Urban Meyer has Ohio State primed to sign one of the nation's top recruiting classes, and with 22 pledges already in the fold, the Buckeyes coaching staff is working hard to close out strong. Seven members from Ohio State's 2016 recruiting class—all of whom are rated 4-star prospects—have already enrolled and will take part in spring practice. Factoring in the 15 other committed players, Ohio State likely has three scholarships left before reaching full capacity. Which three recruits ...

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils’ Keys to a Strong Regular Season Finish

Posted by Brian Pedersen on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Duke Basketball is set to return to action Tuesday after more than a week off, a much-needed break that could help get what's been an uneven 2015-16 season back on track. The Blue Devils have lost four of their last five games, most recently against the Miami Hurricanes. They are likely to find themselves out of the AP Top 25 Poll for the first time in 168 weeks. None of that will matter if they can ...

Clemson Gives Customized Cake to Mom of Nation’s Top Prospect

Posted by Thomas Duffy on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Clemson really wants Rashan Gary.The 6’5”, 293-pound defensive lineman made an official visit to the school over the weekend, and while there, his mother posted a shot of this customized Tigers cake.Being that the Paramus Catholic (New Jersey) star is ranked No. 1 in the nation by 247Sports, Clemson is wise to pull out all the stops in trying to land him.[Twitter, h/t College Spun]Read more College Football news on

25 Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

Posted by Brian Leigh on January 31 2016 Add Comments
The Heisman Trophy has had a good offseason. Cam Newton and Carson Palmer's battle in the NFC Championship Game drew headlines for featuring two former Heisman winners. Newton won't face another Heisman winner in the Super Bowl, but his opponent, Peyton Manning, is notable for not winning the controversial 1997 Heisman, and the person who beat him, defensive back Charles Woodson, enjoyed a fond farewell tour before retiring from the NFL. How special was Woodson's season to prevent ...

Tom Brady, Derek Jeter Reportedly to Attend Michigan National Signing Day Party

Posted by Joseph Zucker on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh will be calling on some heavy hitters to celebrate this year's national signing day. According to Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg, Tom Brady and Derek Jeter will be in attendance in Ann Arbor for the school's signing day party on Feb. 3. The Players' Tribune confirmed the report. Alejandro Zuniga of SB Nation's Maize N Brew highlighted how star-studded the party is becoming: Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel thought this stunt fit right in ...

Jake Lawler to UNC: Tar Heels Land 4-Star DE Prospect

Posted by Tyler Conway on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Jake Lawler didn't wait until national signing day to make his decision. He's headed to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The 4-star defensive end made his announcement Sunday in a Twitter post: Lawler later shared a video of his commitment: Lawler, who stars at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the No. 185 player in the Class of 2017, per 247Sports.   He ranks ninth among weak-side defensive ends and is the third-best player in the ...

Baylor Investigating Handling of Past Sexual Assault Cases Amid Accusations

Posted by Joseph Zucker on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Baylor University may be under fire again after a report by Paula Lavigne for ESPN's Outside the Lines criticized the school's handling of alleged sexual assaults. Patty Crawford, Baylor's Title IX coordinator, told Lavigne the school has hired an independent consultant to examine how it dealt with past sexual assault investigations. "We do want to be our best, and we're always wanting to be an improvement from yesterday," Crawford said, per Lavigne. Lavigne tells the story of a ...

The Pizza Delivery Guy Who Made It Big: The College Recruitment of J.J. Watt

Posted by Damon Sayles on January 31 2016 Add Comments
Try to imagine J.J. Watt as "the guy from Pizza Hut." It almost happened. It's amazing to think Watt was a shattered dream away from possibly being remembered as one of the best pass-rushing pizza delivery guys in the state of Wisconsin, rather than as one of the NFL's most dominating defensive linemen. Before Watt was the award-winning, pass-deflecting, quarterback-eating, touchdown-scoring sackmaster NFL fans have grown to respect and admire, he was a guy who nearly had his ...