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

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…

A Salute to Army West Point Football

A Salute to Army West Point Football

A recurring theme I have heard interviewing players from service academy teams over the years is that the bond shared between teammates becomes a true brotherhood, a byproduct of those players standing side-by-side in their military training. A football game does not even begin to heal the pain of losing a teammate; a friend; a…

4/22 News: In Memory of Pat Tillman

4/22 News: In Memory of Pat Tillman

Twelve years ago today -- April 22, 2004 -- Pat Tillman died in Sperah, Afghanistan, while in service to the United States Army. The Silver Star recipient famously left a career in the NFL to join the military shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Tillman's actions away from football have made him one…

Sept. 1 News: Sun Belt Expands with Coastal Carolina

Sept. 1 News: Sun Belt Expands with Coastal Carolina

So much for my bright idea of the winner of November's Coastal Carolina-Liberty game earning a spot in the Sun Belt. While that remains a biggie for FCS purposes, likely serving as the de facto Big South Conference championship game, Coastal Carolina is bound for the Sun Belt regardless. Coastal Carolina will join Sun Belt…

Best Group of Five Nonconference Games in 2015

Best Group of Five Nonconference Games in 2015

A variety of outlets are filling the 12 remaining weeks before college football season begins with countdowns of the best games, whether nonconference, intra-league or across divisions. Well, I feel pretty confident writing that in the sea of college football listicles, the following -- spotlighting the best Group of Five nonconference games in the coming…

College Football’s Triple Crown Level Records

College Football’s Triple Crown Level Records

American Pharoah successfully completed the Triple Crown Saturday, the first time the hallowed feat was accomplished since 1978. Plenty of horses have approached that milestone in the past 37 years, winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but the Triple Crown of the Belmont Stakes avoided one after another. The following college football records have stood…

College Football News May 24: Restoring Dormant Rivalries

College Football News May 24: Restoring Dormant Rivalries

Too many college football rivalries were sacrificed to the gods of television revenue, vis-a-vis conference realignment. From the Backyard Brawl to Oklahoma-Nebraska, the staff at The Student Section breaks down dormant rivalries that need a reboot. Of all the realignment-killed rivalries, the Backyard Brawl's demise is especially asinine. West Virginia shirking a decades-old, bitter rivalry…

TBT: The Greatest Running Back Grouping in College Football History

TBT: The Greatest Running Back Grouping in College Football History

Recent backfields have featured some of the most impressive combinations of talent college football has ever seen: Reggie Bush and LenDale White at USC. Felix Jones, Peyton Hillis and Darren McFadden at Arkansas. Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Frank Gore at Miami. Going a bit further back, Oklahoma State had Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas…

Initial Reads March 20: BYU Power Conference Designation

Initial Reads March 20: BYU Power Conference Designation

ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy reported Thursday that the SEC plans to give Army, Notre Dame and BYU power conference designation. Notre Dame comes as no surprise, considering the Fighting Irish enjoy such distinction for the sake of the College Football Playoff. However, the addition of BYU is a deviation from the league's stance a year ago.…