100 Things to Follow in College Basketball 2017-18, 1-10

Today marks 100 days until the tipoff of the 2017-18 college basketball season. If you have made it this far, you deserve a can of Coke and hearty pat on the back, as the offseason is more than halfway complete. To commemorate this milestone in the arduous march back to basketball, The Open Man offers…

Can College Football Reclaim Its Fun?

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - The proverbial elephant in the room at Loews Hollywood Hotel's Dolby Theater proved too big for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to ignore. In his opening address to open Pac-12 football media days, Scott thanked reporters on hand for attending in difficult times for the industry. The commissioner had no need to elaborate…

Videos from Pac-12 Media Days

The first session of Pac-12 media days 2017 are complete. Defending Pac-12 champion Washington headlined the first day from Loews Hollywood Hotel, located in the heart of Tinseltown. Also on the bill were the Arizona Wildcats, Colorado Buffaloes, Oregon State Beavers, Cal Golden Bears and UCLA Bruins. Below are some of the sights and sounds…

Ranking The 17 Best Nonconference Games of 2017

Fewer than two months remain until the 2017 college football season kicks off. The Open Man's Preview Listapalooza transitions into a Rankapalooza! Fans and pundits alike often lament the imbalance and other imperfections of nonconference play. Why do some Power Five teams go without scheduling a single Power Five opponent? Why don't the leagues have…

Friday Q&A: Bill Snyder, No. 1 Arizona and Wrestling Sabermetrics

Congratulations! You made it to Friday, and with it, a new addition in the all-too-seldom updated Q&A column. This being the start of a new month, I have a renewed commitment to Friday Q&A. Q&A is not possible without you, the reader, so thank yous are in order for this week's participants. You can ask…

Takkarist McKinley is A Reason to Love Sports

April's NFL draft introduced fans unfamiliar with his UCLA exploits to Takkarist McKinley. The defensive end and first-round draft pick made quite an impression, dedicating his selection to the late grandmother who helped raise him, and letting out a curse word on-air amid the emotional celebration. That's Takk. And it's an example of why the…