Friday Q&A: Okada-Omega; Power Five Breakouts; Terrance Ferguson

Wrestling's most exciting rivalry of 2017 is Okada-Omega, the New Japan feud headlining the two biggest main events of the year to date. It's also the subject of just one entry in this week's Friday Q&A. If you have a question for The Open Man Friday Q&A, email kyle@theopenman.com, or shoot a tweet @kensing45 or…

2017 NBA Draft is Full of Hidden Gems

NBA draft buzz hovers around the lottery names, which is to be expected. However, team success in the NBA is often the result of unearthing hidden gems from the latter-half of the first round, into the second round. The San Antonio Spurs built around such prospects, drafting Tony Parker No. 28; Manu Ginobili No. 57;…

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.…

I Still Love The Heisman

Tonight's the night some -- not all; it's never all -- of college football's best don formal wear, grin politely at corny jokes, and wait a few hours for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy. The recipient is often a foregone conclusion, as appears to be the case this time around. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson…

Perspective on Kevin Wilson, Mark Helfrich and Coaching Expectations

Before his firing Thursday, Kevin Wilson seemingly built up some cachet at Indiana. The Wilson-led Hoosiers just sealed their second postseason appearance in as many years, the first time the long-downtrodden program had reached such an achievement in more than a quarter-century. But like Jim Leavitt at USF and Mark Mangino at Kansas before him,…

Sam Houston State Is No. 1; Power Programs, Take Note

Any number of administrators and boosters from FBS power programs would be wise to pay attention to this week's Football Championship Subdivision ranking, which has Sam Houston State No. 1. Sam Houston State's been a stalwart of the FCS for the last half-decade, appearing in each of the last five Playoffs, with two national championship…