Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Welcome to a very self-referential edition of The Open Man Weekend Q&A! Not to worry: The self-reference isn't a series of recurring inside jokes. There are other outlets that can cover that. No, this brand of self-reference touches on a variety of columns I have written this summer. What's surprising is how organically this opportunity…

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…

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

Veteran Leadership vs. Youthful Potential in College Basketball

The final sequences of the 2016-17 college basketball season featured all five starters on the North Carolina Tar Heels' national championship-winning roster touching the ball. Those five Heels -- Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hick -- were all either juniors or seniors. North Carolina winning the 2017 national championship…

The College World Series and My Sports Bucket List

The College World Series and My Sports Bucket List

Each year in mid-to-late June, I promise myself that one day -- one day -- I will get to Omaha for the College World Series. The annual NCAA baseball championship may have moved from venerable Rosenblatt Stadium, but the history that comes with nearly seven decades followed the College World Series into TD AmeriTrade Park.…

Ranking The ACC-Big Ten Challenge Games for 2017

Ranking The ACC-Big Ten Challenge Games for 2017

In a series pairing two of college basketball's deepest conferences, it's impossible to not feature at least a few quality matchups. Nevertheless, the games for the 2017 ACC-Big Ten Challenge, announced Thursday, missed some golden opportunities for marquee contests. The ACC-Big Ten Challenge occupies an important date on the college basketball calendar. The season's a…

Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Save some room Thanksgiving weekend for the inaugural PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, college basketball's newest -- and arguably most loaded -- early-season tournament. The brackets for the debut PK80 were released Wednesday, and the opening rounds on both sides of the bracket feature some of the best matchups of the entire 2017-'18 nonconference slate. 8.…

5 For Friday: The Best College Basketball Courts

5 For Friday: The Best College Basketball Courts

Welcome to 5 For Friday: the column in which Your Humble Author ranks or highlights five of a given subject. The inaugural edition -- we'll call it "inaugural" since I haven't done one of these in a while -- received too many great suggestions to limit it to one. So while the centerpiece ranks my…

Duke Helmet Honors One of the Most Important Games Ever

Duke Helmet Honors One of the Most Important Games Ever

Alternate uniforms rarely warrant mention in college football anymore, but the new Duke helmet, unveiled on the program's equipment staff Twitter account Thursday, is a very noteworthy exception. .@DukeFBEquipment does it again. We'll wear these Battleship Grey helmets November 5 against Virginia Tech. #DukeGang pic.twitter.com/gpiMcubnho— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 20, 2016 The "Battleship Grey" Duke…

ACC Basketball Fans Fill Finebaum Airtime

ACC Basketball Fans Fill Finebaum Airtime

ACC basketball's NCAA Tournament success, sending six teams to the Sweet 16, has fans of the conference swelling with pride. ACC basketball boasts success similar to SEC football, but the former's collective fan base doesn't have the same reputation. Perhaps all ACC basketball die-hards need is the forum. College football is in a dead period,…

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part III: Bowl Season Is Rolling

Bowl Preview Bonanza Part III: Bowl Season Is Rolling

Now that Christmas is past, the bowl season kicks into high-gear. For college football fans, the coming week is akin to the various post-Christmas sales retailers offer immediately after Dec. 25. For bargain-hounds, the holidays are just beginning. It's the same for football junkies, who have a deluge of games now through New Year's to…

Week 10 Saturday Six-Pack: Alabama-LSU Headlines Stellar Slate

Week 10 Saturday Six-Pack: Alabama-LSU Headlines Stellar Slate

Week 10 features arguably the best, top-to-bottom slate of any one college football Saturday yet this season, with College Football Playoff preliminary Top 4 showdown Alabama-LSU headlining. Not that the nighttime tussle in Tuscaloosa needed any additional stakes. LSU controls its destiny in the SEC West, while Alabama has been surging since losing to Ole…