Ole Miss: The Stupid Scandal Befitting Our Stupid World

Peruse the headlines of the day, and one thing becomes abundantly clear: We live in the dumbest of times. In a world where the possibility of Kid Rock serving in the United States Senate exists, it's only fitting college football provides us with a scandal of supreme stupidity. Such is the sordid tale of Ole…

Friday Q&A: Is Robin A Superhero?

Today's Q&A kickoff comes not from Twitter or email, but rather an existential question unintentionally posed by my 3-year-old son. Despite having never watched any media involving superheroes, the characters just appealed to him. And, in turn, my house has been overrun with superhero-themed toys in recent months: A Thomas The Train track that doubles…

Conference USA Preview 2017: Beasts in the East, Wild Out West

Perhaps more than any other conference, realignment has fundamentally altered the look of Conference USA. C-USA played an immediately role in discrediting the Bowl Championship Series when, in 1998, former member Tulane was denied an at-large bid despite finishing with an undefeated record. The Shaun King-led Green Wave were the first in a line of…

Friday Q&A: Silicon Valley Takes on Pac-12 Football

A key component of the Pac-12's branding emphasizes its regional ties to Silicon Valley and Hollywood. The conference spotlights these ties at the beginning of each football season with media days at a major film studio lot, and at the end with the Championship Game held in Santa Clara. Ahead of the 2017 college football…

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of NBA Summer League

Immediately following the final session of 2016 Pac-12 football media days, a friend packed into my Toyota Prius and we hit the road for Las Vegas. We're no rookies to the Southern California-to-Las Vegas drive, but this was the first expedition we were making specifically to see rookies. Basketball replaced the usual Sin City M.O.…

Heisman Dark Horses to Know in 2017

For those new around here, let me share something that will become abundantly clear over the course of the college football season: I love the Heisman Trophy. For all its faults, my youthful fascination with the award endures. That's a contributing factor to The Open Man's Heisman Top 10, a regular breakdown and ranking of…