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Thomas Bryant, not you, too. Emmitt Holt? Fine, whatever. Hopeless is as hopeless does, and if an underage drinking incident in the fall when a teammate nearly died isn't enough to...(full article)

When Cuonzo Martin was hired as men's basketball coach at Cal, the Golden Bears were barely visible on the college basketball landscape. They functioned merely as tournament prep f...(full article)

With heaps of in-state talent, abundant resources and a nationally recognized brand, Texas has the capacity to be a powerhouse program, but the Longhorns have appeared in just one ...(full article)

It’s different when John Calipari says things. For instance, two years ago at the Kentucky men’s basketball team media day, Coach Cal said, “Before I retire I&rsq...(full article)

Let's be real: Calling our first Top 25 "Way Too Early" is a massive understatement. It's fun, sure. Hopefully informative, too. But with a spring full of draft decisions, transfe...(full article)

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