Category: College Sports


Actress and singer Hilary Duff is engaged to hockey player Mike Comrie of the Edmonton Oilers, although he’s not her only sports connection.

Duff, a Houston native, was recently seen out and about sporting a Texas Longhorns shirt. I guess she’s just as excited for college football as the rest of us.

A wedding date for the couple has yet to be announced. It seems like hockey players are all the rage this summer, as singer and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood married Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators back in July.

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Actor/rapper Percy “Lil Romeo” Miller has cut ties with the USC basketball program according to head coach Kevin O’Neill. While it is currently unknown if he will transfer, I think we can all form a solid opinion given his 0.7 career points per game average.

The sophomore played in nine games in his career with the Trojans and a total of 19 minutes, according to his player profile on ESPN.com. He scored 5 points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out one (hopefully very rewarding) assist.

Miller arrived with childhood friend and superstar recruit DeMar DeRozan, now with the Toronto Raptors, in which many perceived as a package deal. Former head coach Tim Floyd, who recruited DeRozan, denied a possible package deal.

Said Floyd after he offered Miller a scholarship, “He is a very unselfish point guard who plays exceptionally hard. You can’t have enough guys on your team who you think are reliable and dependable and have a tremendous upside. He is going to be playing on one of the better high schools in the area and it is always been important to us to have point guards coming in that know how to win.”

Most of us are still wondering where that “reliability, dependability, and tremendous upside” went.

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Ever since the NCAA Tournament this year, CBS play-by-play commentator Gus Johnson has become all but a legend. He reached number one on Twitter’s trending topics list, and now adds another impressive accolade to his resume.

He will be replacing Madden 09 and 10 play-by-play man Tom Hammond. Said Ronnie Morales, an audio designer with EA Sports, “Coming out of Madden 10 one of the biggest criticisms was the audio presentation. We felt the game lacked the energy it deserved. Football is a dramatic sport.”

Former Madden men Al Michaels and Pat Summerall had the iconic voices necessary to make the game feel like real life. Johnson will no doubt have the same impact, and eventually the same audio fame.

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Who knew that actor Bill Murray’s basketball connections extended past “Space Jam.” His son, Luke Murray, has been hired by Wagner College as the No.3 assistant for head coach Dan Hurley.

Last season Murray was an assistant under first-year head coach Sean Miller in the Pac-10 at Arizona, and has also coached notable AAU squads such as the New York Gauchos.

Former Duke standout Bobby Hurley will also be an assistant for his brother. Wagner is in Division I, but went just 5-26 this past season.

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You may wonder why some people compare  Notre Dame to college football as Duke is to college basketball.

Could it be this video? Or more specifically, music video. According to the video  bio on Notre Dame’s official YouTube channel, the “musician” is award-winning artist “Freekbass.”

The name tells the story pretty well. Thanks for letting me know who you are, ND.

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The newest version of the college football game won’t be available until July 13, 2010, but the cover featuring Tim Tebow has been released.

While he was visiting EA Studios, Tebow was able to play the game early, including the new features. For the first time in the franchise’s history, the game will include authentic playbooks for all 120 FBS teams.

Check out the game’s official website for news, developer’s blogs, and screenshots, among other things.

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The nation got a taste of Barack Obama’s college basketball knowledge last month when the President filled out a bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz, but on Saturday America got to see what its leader was made of on the court.

Former All-American Clark Kellogg visited the White House, where he played a game of H-O-R-S-E with the president himself, only the game was renamed”POTUS”, for “President of the United States”.

Obama started off cold, but then swished a few jumpers and eventually downed Kellogg in what may have been the most surprising upset of the tourney.

Watch the video below, which starts at the 1:08 mark.

The 6-9 Gordon Hayward, who was named the 2009-2010 Horizon League Player of the Year, is projected as a first round draft pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

Of course if that doesn’t work out, he can always fall back on his promising future in the hip hop industry.  “G-Time”, as his teammates call him, has already recorded a song.

Don’t know who Gordon Hayward is? Well he’s in the above picture. Nope, not on the left. Not on the right, either. Yep, that’s him in the middle. Don’t let that boyish look fool you, this cat spits mad rhymes.

There was an accompanying video on YouTube, but it has apparently been taken down. Yahoo.com has the audio however, which is still very rewarding.

Maybe Butler’s Final Four run has inspired another new track. And who knows, if the Bulldogs go all the way in their hometown maybe we’ll get a whole album.

Oregon men’s basketball is on a search for a new head coach after firing Ernie Kent. The Ducks finished 16-16 on the season and 7-11  in conference play, in a year where the Pac-10 conference was notably weak.

Phil Knight, an Oregon booster and more importantly the CEO of Nike, already has a coach in mind. To say Knight has input on the situation would be an understatement, since it will be Knight who helps cash out the new coach’s paycheck. And according to Forbes.com Knight is #73 on the list of the world’s richest men, which leads one to believe that yes, the wallet will come out in a generous fashion.

According to OregonLive.com, the top four choices for the job are Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, and Florida’s Billy Donovan.

You’ll notice that Tubby Smith is not on that list, meaning the University of Oregon athletic department will face a tough decision on whether or not to go ahead and pick their guy, which could mean alienating Knight, or letting one of the richest men in the world call the shots.

It’s definitely a possibility that all four of those candidates will reject the offer, leaving a major drop-off in available big name coaches. The Ducks hope to make the hire, whoever it may be, by April 3-5.

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With the first week of the tournament behind us, the amount of exciting, must-see players has slimmed down along with the field.

Although there were some surprising upsets, those teams did not achieve cinderella status without talented and star caliber players.

I will try to shy away from the obvious picks and provide what should be some intriguing and possibly unforeseen individual battles for the upcoming round.

There are eight games over the next two days, and here are five player matchups to watch.

Korie Lucious vs Ali Farokhmanesh

You’ve probably seen Ali Farokhmanesh’s clutch three against Kansas many times, and deservedly so. That shot epitomized what March Madness is all about.

You’ve also seen the game-winning shot by Michigan State against Maryland, although you may not remember the name of the player that saved the Spartans season. After star point guard Kalin Lucas went down, sophomore Korie Lucious stepped up and ended up with the game-winning shot.

Lucas is out for the entire tournament with an injury, meaning Lucious and Farokhmanesh are destined for a back and forth battle behind the arc.

Jordan Crawford vs Jacob Pullen

Two of the most underrated guards coming into the tournament have already made a name for themselves, and face off in the Sweet Sixteen.

Xavier’s Jordan Crawford and Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen both play shooting guard, which means the college basketball fanbase should be in for a treat.

Crawford finished with 28 points against Minnesota and 27 against Pittsburgh, while Pullen scored 15 against North Texas and outdueled Jimmer Fredette to finish with 34 against BYU.

As a two seed K-State is favored in the game, but the matchup of Crawford-Pullen will play a big factor in the final outcome.

Ekpe Udoh vs Omar Samhan

The team many people are calling this year’s cinderella, St. Mary’s, continues its run against a strong Baylor team that a handful of experts have picked to go to the Final Four.

So far St. Mary’s big man Omar Samhan has dominated competition, going for 29 points and 12 rebounds against Richmond and overpowering Villanova for 32 and 7.

NBA scouts are still trying to figure out Samhan, and will have a great opportunity to evaluate him agianst another big man of proven NBA caliber in Udoh.

If there’s a matchup to watch in the Sweet Sixteen, it’s Udoh vs Samhan.

Chris Kramer vs Jon Scheyer

It seems as if the loss of key player Robbie Hummel was overhyped after all, as Purdue is still in the tourney entering week two.

Stopping Duke will be no easy task however, and Purdue will turn to their best perimeter defender Chris Kramer to shut down Duke’s leading scorer Jon Scheyer.

Many experts around the country consider Kramer as the best perimiter defender in the nation, so he should be prepared for the task.

Scheyer has been cold shooting the ball of late, going for a dismal 1 for 11 against California, but is a dangerous offensive player when hot.

DeMarcus Cousins vs Jeff Foote

Kentucky is the presumable favorite now that Kansas has been eliminated, and will face a sharp shooting Cornell team in the Sweet Sixteen.

Although John Wall leads the Wildcat’s offense, the player to watch will be DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins has dominated thus far in the tournament, but will be facing center Jeff Foote down low, who has been named the Ivy League defensive player of the year twice and is a first team All-Ivy Leaguer this season.

While Foote should not be expected to fully slow down Cousins, it will nonetheless be an intriguing matchup between two opposite teams.