NCAA tournament referees lacking in consistency and accountability

When North Carolina’s Brady Manek fired an elbow into the face of Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan with 10:08 left in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Sunday, it sent the officiating crew working the game to the replay monitor with a big decision to make. Eject a key player from an elimination game, or assign a lesser … Read more

SEC men’s basketball coaching changes: Evaluating the six hires

Coaching hires in college athletics are a bit like blue jean trends—what’s all the rage at one point in time might be considered hopelessly passé just a few years later. One day you wake up and your skinny jeans coach who looked so good when you purchased him has a losing record and has to … Read more

UConn wins an ‘ugly’ one to reach yet another Sweet 16

It was chippy, it was tense and it certainly wasn’t pretty. But No. 2 UConn pushed past No. 7 Central Florida to land a place in the Sweet 16 on Monday, extending its own NCAA record for the program’s 28th consecutive appearance in the women’s tournament’s second weekend. Monday’s second-round game was notably rough for … Read more

Joe Buck: Why he left FOX for ESPN, Monday Night Football

1. Earlier this week, ESPN announced it hired Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to call Monday Night Football starting this season. Aikman’s contract was up after this year’s Super Bowl while Buck’s still had a year remaining. Fox and ESPN worked out a deal this week that allowed Buck to leave Fox a year early … Read more

Robert Sarver: Social justice demand removal of Suns’ owner

A coalition of social justice is demanding the ouster of Robert Sarver as majority owner of the Suns, citing the numerous accounts of racist and sexist revealed in an ESPN story last November. The group—which includes members of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network—detailed its concerns in a March 11 letter sent to NBA … Read more

Al Michaels to Amazon: Three years , $30 million for Thursday Night Football

1. Amazon was determined to put together an A-list booth for Thursday Night Football and it appears it has succeeded. The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Amazon is ready to lock up Al Michaels for three years at $10 million per year to call all 16 of their games beginning this season. Michaels … Read more