ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable


Republishing from 9-16-17

To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Big Ten Scoring Champ Carsen Edwards: NBA Draft Stock Update

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(Editor’s note: this Carsen Edwards NBA Draft stock article from the end of the regular season is now being re-posted with the NBA Draft tomorrow night)

It won’t be official until tomorrow, but Purdue junior combo guard Carsen Edwards (23.4 points per game entering the regular season finale) will win the Big Ten scoring title. It will make him the third Boilermaker in the last nine years to lead the Big Ten in scoring (JaJuan Johnson in 2011 (20.7) and Caleb Swanigan in 2017 (18.9).

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Coach Cal Makes Colorful Comments on SEC Allowing Alcohol Sales

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With apologies to German rockers The Scorpions, the ‘Winds of Change’ are blowing socially in college sports right now; quite strongly.

Additional states have legalized sports gambling, more states are in process and then you have even more states that are working on the getting the wheels in motion on that. Then you have the movement to allow liquor sales at college sporting events that sweeping the nation. Like sports wagering, like you can do with Pinnacle welcome bonus, this movement is a run away freight train, with no indication of slowing down right now.

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John Calipari Gives Epic Rant on Big Picture of College Basketball

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Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach John Calipari was asked about his new contract extension, and to hear him tell it, he’s coach for life (or at least wants to be). If Coach Cal has his way, then Lexington will be the final stop for him before he retires.

It would make sense, given all the success he has had at Kentucky, and is expected to continue having. Kentucky is one of those programs that is a national title contender every year. New betting offers every March madness have the Wildcats, along with Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Michigan State, Gonzaga and Villanova, as the top contenders to win it all. So UK is as high profile as it gets.

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Most Common Sports Injury in Basketball

Basketball is a sport whereby two teams oppose each other on a rectangular court. The main objective of the sport is shooting the basketball through the defender’s hoop. It is a very physical sport and players are often in contact, and like any other sport, it carries a high risk of injury. A study by the National Athletic Trainers Association indicates that there is a likelihood of two players in every high school basketball team to get injured during a season. Below are some of the most common injuries that are associated with basketball.

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Who Replaces John Beilein? Four Potential Michigan Coaching Candidates


The Michigan Wolverines are now in the market for a new basketball coach, as John Beilein left the program to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beilein, who signed a five year deal with the Cavs, won two Big Ten Tournaments and two Big Ten regular season championships with the Wolverines.

He also led Michigan to two national runner-up appearances. However, his time has come and now Michigan must move on.

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Sports Bank Founder to Give Talk at Fulbright Alumni Conference at Univ. of Arkansas

Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today.

Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it’s a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows.

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John Beilein to Cleveland, Michigan May Need to Elevate Assistant Coach

Shocking news broke early Monday morning- Michigan Wolverines basketball coach John Beilein is leaving the program to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to various reports, with Adrian Wojnarowski being the first, Beilein will sign a year deal with the Cavaliers.

This obviously leaves Michigan in a very tough spot, having to a find a new head coach this late in the cycle. They could do an outside coaching search, but it would have to be very quick and extremely aggressive. More likely, the Wolverines will have to go the internal route.

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Both Michigan and Michigan State on National Title Odds Boards

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Both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are riding high right now in both of the revenue sports. The Spartans and Wolverines traditional, and also recent, prowess in both football and men’s basketball has created quite a buzz in the state.

In the state of great lakes splendor, fans are very excited about college sports, and that interest should only rise as the state moves towards possibly legalizing sports gambling soon. A current package of state House bills would permit online sports wagering, poker and casino gambling as well as live in-person sports betting at state casinos.

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Tony Bennett, Virginia Cavaliers Reject Visit to Trump White House


Just a pre-emptive warning to the 45th POTUS and his cultish acolytes- “leave Virginia alone” as Rod Stewart once sang. Virginia is for lovers, and this spring it’s also for NCAA Men’s Basketball national champions.

However, the spoils of victory won’t include a trip to the White House. UVA head coach Tony Bennett won’t be taking the team to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Three Tips For Playing Basketball and Basketball Gear


While playing football requires natural skills, practice and conditioning your body can help you become a great player. If you want to excel on the basketball court, you have to put in the effort and training that it takes to win.

The best way to become a star in basketball is to set achievable goals. Even the pros had to start at the lowest level. With persistence and the right gear, your play will improve, here are some tips to help, followed by some tips on how to properly use the right basketball gear.

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Kentucky Wildcats Early 2019-20 Season Outlook: Top Four Nationally

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There are still a couple of major decisions yet to be made, but next year’s Kentucky Wildcats looks like a Final Four team, at least on paper.

John Calipari returns a lot of talent from a team that went 30-7 and reached the Elite Eight before bowing out in overtime to a conference rival. Every year this week (the days that follow the national title game) brings a flood of way too early top 25 rankings for the next season. Here’s where the Kentucky Wildcats stand in all of those polls:

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