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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

Restricting Heisman Ceremony Candidates Not Fair To Some

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Fournette Snub Shows Process Is Flawed

By John Ventola

The Heisman Trophy finds itself losing some of its luster as the selection process criteria of the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics now seems to rely strictly on statistics, and whether the recipient is on a high ranked team. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Capture Impressive Victories

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Great Football Weekend For This Blogger

By John Ventola

The third weekend of the 2015 collegiate football season is in the books and already top teams are vying for the four College Football Playoff spots, and players are pushing for individual performance recognition such as the Heisman Trophy. Continue reading

Virginia Pieces It Together To Capture First Baseball Title

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Cavaliers Win First College World Series Championship

By John Ventola

“Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” was the title of an editorial published in 1897, about the time Thomas Jefferson’s carefully planned out university started playing baseball (1889) in Charlottesville. While most Cavalier players and fans feel that Christmas came six months early this year, sports writers across the country can write today about the wonderful present that was unwrapped in Omaha by a relentless, underdog college baseball team. Yes, Virginia, You Are The 2015 CWS Champions! Continue reading

Skilled Veteran Position Players Lead LSU Into Postseason

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Tigers Pitching Needs To Hold Up For Four Weeks

By John Ventola

LSU will host its 23rd baseball regional this weekend and while both old and new Alex Box have proven to be the launching pad for sixteen College World Series appearances and six CWS titles since 1986, the site has also provided some disappointing moments for diehard Tigers faithful. Mention Cal State-Fullerton, Rice, Stony Brook, and Houston to most avid Bengal fans and you can see a disbelieving gaze immediately come across their faces. The Titans ruined 1992, the Owls were dominant in 1995, and the Seawolves, what can one say about their astonishing upset of the Tigers in 2012. Houston’s upset of LSU last year still dwells on this year’s team psyche. Continue reading

LSU Looking To Continue Improvement And Capture Gym Title

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Four All-American Gymnasts Lead Tigers To Nationals

By John Ventola

Paced by three senior first-team All-American gymnasts, LSU will go into tonight’s national women’s gymnastics semifinals trying to improve on the program’s best finish ever, last season’s third place finish in the NCAA Super Six. The Fort Worth Convention Center Arena will host twelve teams in two six-team semifinals, the three top teams in each session advancing to Saturday’s championship competition. Four other Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams will join the Tigers in a quest for another national title for a league squad. Continue reading

Kentucky Continues Down The Road To Perfection

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Tournament Parity On Display As Teams Advance To Sweet 16

By John Ventola

After four days of following the bouncing ball, and hearing on-court exploits described with such phrases as dribble drive penetration, kiss off the glass, drive and deliver, crossover dribble, and dominating the boards/tempo, it is time to say goodbye to fifty-two college basketball squads that started the week with various levels of confidence that they would advance to next week’s Sweet Sixteen. Continue reading

CFP Final Four Announcement Coming After Final Week

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Rivalry Week Not Kind To SEC

By John Ventola

Alabama managed to hang on to its No. 1 ranking by scoring touchdowns on its last five possessions in an exciting comeback against archrival Auburn, but the Southeastern Conference (SEC) took a big hit to its reputation during rivalry week games. With the victory, the Crimson Tide claimed the Western Division title and earned the right to play Eastern champion Missouri for the SEC championship Saturday in Atlanta, while Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina each lost to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe. For a league that has enjoyed having four or five teams ranked in the nation’s Top Ten most of the year, the conference could have only Alabama in the elite bunch if Mississippi State drops more than six spots after being defeated by nineteenth ranked Ole Miss. Continue reading

Mississippi Enjoys Second Week Of Unparalleled College Football Success

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College Football Continues To Shine Each Week

By John Ventola

Pardon me, does anyone have two extra tickets to the Egg Bowl in Oxford in November? I am looking for an early Christmas present and I can not think of a better way to wind up this exciting football season that sitting in The Grove with cowbells ringing in my ears before witnessing this year’s feel good story in sports. Mississippi State against the University of Mississippi. The Dak Attack versus Bo Knows, The Battle of the Magnolia State. Maybe those frat boys at Ole Miss have been correct with their annual proclamation that the South would rise again. It took a while, but it seems the ascension has occurred. Continue reading

College Football Playoff Season Off And Running

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Gurley Runs Like A Man

 By John Ventola

The inaugural College Football Playoff season kicked off last week with a lot of fanfare and anticipation. Starting this year, teams will be playing to ensure they are definitely in college football’s version of the Final Four come late December. Gone will be the unbecoming sports information campaigns to support certain teams and leagues, and coaches brazenly politicking for their own squads. Hopefully. 

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