North Carolina Will Cut Down Nets Monday

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Zags And Tar Heels Monday If Saturday Goes To Form

By John Ventola

Perennial basketball power North Carolina will be joined in this weekend’s Final Four by three upstarts, Gonzaga, Oregon, and South Carolina. Of the three, only the Ducks have ever been to the Final Four, and that was in 1939 when they won the title. The Tar Heels have survived two close encounters with Southeastern Conference teams (Arkansas and Kentucky) on their journey to a 20th Final Four appearance, its fifth under the tutelage of Coach Roy Williams. Continue reading

NCAA Basketball Tournament Has No Clear Favorite

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Dance Will Feature Parity and Various Styles

By John Ventola

The 68-team NCAA Division I basketball bracket will be announced today. The tournament, which runs from March 14 until championship night April 3, will feature several teams capable of winning the national championship. Last season’s champion Villanova showed that the slippers (sneakers) can fit a Cinderella. With parity very much the current state of college basketball, true hoops junkies will not be surprised to see another underdog climb the ladders and cut down the nets come April. Continue reading

Joe Alleva Should Be Compiling Potential Coaches List

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Hey Joe Why Wait?

By John Ventola

Jimi Hendrix died over 46 years ago, but the title of one of his hit songs has resonated with the LSU fan base over the past fifteen months. “Hey Joe” has been spoken many times, most often in frustrated tones, as Tiger fans clamored for university athletic director Joe Alleva to change leadership of their football and basketball teams. Continue reading

Alabama Clemson Face Off In CFP Rematch

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Saban Can Tie Bear with Sixth National Title

By John Ventola

The third College Football Playoff championship game will be played tonight in Tampa between No. 1 ranked, unbeaten Alabama, and No. 3 ranked (before CFP semifinals), once beaten Clemson. Continue reading

Pursuit Of Winning Forces Bad Decisions By Coaches

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Sports Landscape Putting Out Nasty Smells Lately

By John Ventola

Tell me it ain’t so Coach K! Continue reading

Injury Diagnosis Should Be Only Reason To Miss Bowl Game

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Players Opting Out of Bowl Games Setting Unsavory Precedent

By John Ventola

Three of college football’s best running backs, each with a likely National Football League career ahead of them, decided to not participate in their team’s post season bowl game. All three said they wanted to start preparations for next month’s professional showcases leading up to February’s NFL draft. Continue reading

Revenge Boomerangs and Hits Wake Forest Broadcast Analyst

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Cheating for Victory Always Distasteful

His name was not mentioned on the television show appropriately named Cheaters. His name did not appear on the infamous Ashley Madison list that was hacked with personal information about signed-up philanderers. Continue reading

Alleva Needs To Alleviate LSU Coaching Scrutiny

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Coaching Drama Now Annual Thanksgiving Tradition

Louisianans can be excused for backing away from the Thanksgiving feast in front of them for the second consecutive year. Just like 2015, the turkey and cranberry was again served this year with a large helping of drama, courtesy of the LSU head football coaching position. Continue reading

Alabama Only Top Four Survivor

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CFP Rankings Reshuffled By Historical Week

By John Ventola

Elvis proclaimed it in ‘50s lyrics, and ten years later Cassius Clay boasted he had done it after beating Sonny Liston. While Presley wailed that he was “all shook up,” and the soon to be Muhammad Ali bragged that “ah have shook up the world,” nothing in recent memory can compare to the upheaval seen last week on both the national political and college football stages. Continue reading

LSU Has To Focus On Next Three Games

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Important Part Of Coach O’s Audition Starts Tonight

Alabama defeated LSU for the sixth consecutive time last Saturday, temporarily stemming whatever momentum interim coach Ed Orgeron had built up in three home victories. While the Tigers’ effort and defense showed up, the offense was, well, offensive. Six first downs, 125 yards of total offense and 33 yards rushing will almost always result in an L in the record ledger. Continue reading