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…

Saturday Six-Pack, Friday Edition: Week 1 Picks

Everyone make it through Opening Night unscathed? Good, because there's little time to catch your breath before diving into the Friday edition of Week 1 picks, served up cold in the Saturday Six-Pack. First-time readers might understandable be asking themselves: why is a column laying out Week 1 picks for a Friday night called Saturday…

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

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…

July 22 News: Charlie Strong Demands Winning Season of Texas

Second-year Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong faces a bit of a quandary. He has to rebuild in order to get Texas back to the level to which it's accustomed, competing for Big 12 and national championships. At the same time, Texas doesn't have a fan base or boosters with the patience to wait for…

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…