The Pac-12 Big Ten Challenge That Should’ve Been But Wasn’t

A little more than five years ago, the Pac-12 and Big Ten entered into a landmark agreement for college football. Two of the sport's preeminent conferences agreed in principle to an annual crossover of nonconference games, extending the decades-old partnership shared in the Rose Bowl Game; upping the ante for postseason positioning; and addressing fans'…

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

The Open Man College Basketball 100 continues. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Every Thursday until tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, The Open Man is counting down storylines. Part 2 dives into the SEC, top recruiting classes and NCAA Tournament dreamers. 11. SEC: It Just Means More? John Calipari restored…

Preseason Heisman Top 10

Each week of the college football season since 2015, I have compiled a Top 10 of Heisman Trophy candidates. For the uninitiated, the Heisman Top 10 isn't my own assessment; rather, I evaluate the rankings of other, reputable sports media, buzz from prominent outlets and chatter among voters. These rankings function as a barometer of…

100 Things to Follow in College Basketball 2017-18, 1-10

Today marks 100 days until the tipoff of the 2017-18 college basketball season. If you have made it this far, you deserve a can of Coke and hearty pat on the back, as the offseason is more than halfway complete. To commemorate this milestone in the arduous march back to basketball, The Open Man offers…

Hey, Remember When Doug Gottlieb Was An OSU Coaching Candidate?

It's weird to envision an alternative timeline in which on this fine, August Tuesday, Doug Gottlieb is catching his breath after an exhaustive few weeks scouting talent on the AAU circuit. That's less oxygen being emitted on trashy hot takes, of which sports media has no shortage. Much of it comes from the various Fox…

Mountain West Football Preview 2017: Wide Open on Mountain High

When Boise State joined the Mountain West Conference in 2011 -- the same year BYU and Utah exited, and one year prior to TCU's departure -- consensus dictated the Broncos would run roughshod over the league. It's been a half-decade, and Boise State has just one, outright conference championship. Meanwhile, once-sleeping giant San Diego State…