Three-hundred-year-old trees stand between Virginia Tech and a new sports practice facility. Brianna Keilar reports.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that last week's announcement of NCAA sanctions against North Carolina, including a one-year postseason bowl ban, would cause several 2013 Tar Heels' commits to rethink their decisions. In theory, it would seem to serve as a deterrent of sorts -- a reason to consider the possibility of playing for another interested program.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Before the season coach Mark Gottfried talked about taking North Carolina State to new heights. He wasn't referring to anything as lofty as a Sweet 16 berth.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On Friday morning, the North Carolina State players were watching television and heard analyst after analyst pick them to be the first upset of the day.
ATLANTA -- Five things we learned from the ACC Tournament:
Championships of top 10 conferences are considered gold in terms of NCAA tournament selection, but since 2000, six teams have won at least a share of a top 10 league (in Conference RPI terms) and not made the NCAAs. The victims include 2001 Wyoming and Utah (Mountain West), 2001 Southern Mississippi (Conference USA), 2005 Miami, Ohio (MAC), 2007 Massachusetts (Atlantic 10), 2009 Creighton (Missouri Valley) and 2009 New Mexico (Mountain West).
Note: Bubble Watch updated as of Tuesday Feb. 21 games.
My biggest annual complaint with BracketBusters is that the games between the best teams are set for TV purposes and/or geography rather than what most helps the teams in their quest for NCAA tournament bids. Generally speaking, the games become net losses for the mid-majors, with the losing team often being hurt (or completely KO'd) more than the winning team gains in profile cred.
Last night on Twitter, I posted the Pac-12's updated nonconference records: 1-23 against the RPI top 50 (the one is Stanford over Colorado State) and 8-41 against the top 100.
The Virginia Tech community gather at a candlelight vigil for the officer who was shot and killed on campus Thursday.
The Virginia Tech community on Monday remembered Deriek Crouse, the police officer who was gunned down last week while conducting a routine traffic stop on campus.
The last time North Carolina had this much NBA talent returning, the season was 2004-05, and there was little doubt that the ACC was the best conference in the land. UNC and Duke were both No. 1 seeds that year, as they could very well end up this March. But the ACC of seven years ago had depth. Its third powerhouse, Wake Forest, had Chris Paul at point guard and was ranked No. 1 in the nation that November. Its fourth power, Georgia Tech, had the core group back from a trip to the '04 national title game. In N.C. State it had a sleeper Sweet 16 team, led by Julius Hodge, and even on the roster of the last-place team, Florida State, there were two future NBA players, Von Wafer and Al Thornton.
You can hear the thumping getting louder each day, like the sound of a ball pounding on the floor as the dribbler gets closer. Two teams from a non-power conference on a collision course to a big game with enormous implications -- in the conference, in the polls, and most importantly, in the NCAA tournament bracket.
The Pac-10 and SEC were expected to be somewhat down this year, but at least the pecking orders and possibilities in those two leagues are moderately clear. This year's ACC? Not so much.
NEW YORK -- "There's a reason nobody likes to play these games," Jamie Dixon was saying. "It's too hard to be at your best this early in the year."
Week 2 of the college season was more subdued than last weekend, with several blowout losses to major programs across the nation. It was a week that saw outstanding performances by several defensive linemen, both well-known players and prospects rising up boards. (* Denotes underclassman)
This story appears in the May 17 issue of Sports Illustrated
After a Saturday as crazy as any in recent memory, the bubble tightened up considerably and put several teams who were thought to be safe very much in danger as far as earning at-large bids. Utah State and California looked virtually certain to make it before Saturday's results. Now? Both are in danger.
Welcome to the bubble-bursting segment of our show, the early part of championship week where every bubble team holds its breath and prays the favorites take care of business.
In just the past two days, the bubble landscape has changed significantly. Here's an updated review of where things stand heading into the final 10 days before Selection Sunday.
Texas is No. 1 in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 for a record sixth time in the 30-year history of the rankings. The Longhorns, who last topped the preseason rankings in 2006, broke a tie with Stanford for most years starting atop the rankings. Texas was also preseason No. 1 in 1983 (when it became one of four teams ever to start the season in the top spot and go on to win the national title) and in '85-'87. The 'Horns, who finished as the national runner-up last year, claim the top spot based largely on the strength of the nation's most talented pitching staff.
This week's bracketing process brought to mind The Wire character Marlo Stanfield, who when he received word that people on the street were talking about him, bellowed "My name is MY NAME!"
The latest subject of our Hoops Q&A series is Virginia's Sylven Landesberg, a 6-foot-7 wing guard who's averaging 17.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a sophomore. On Monday, he hit a shot with 2.2 seconds left to beat UNC-Wilmington as the the Cavaliers improved to 12-4. Virginia has been the surprise team in the ACC this season, off to a league-best 3-0 start despite being picked to finish 11th in the preseason media poll. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation:
Any coach or administrator who wants to expand the NCAA tournament to 96 teams should be forced to sit down and construct this week's bracket. We're only in mid-January and the bottom of the at-large pool already is thoroughly mediocre. Trust me, we don't need more of these teams in the mix.
Selection Sunday isn't quite around the corner, but it's definitely on this block. As we get closer to the big day, you'll start to see more references to the RPI, but at this relatively early stage it's hard to figure out just how much attention we should pay to all those numbers. Reading the RPI rankings in mid-January is like reading the voting returns early on election night. Yes, the numbers tell you what trends might be forming, but it's far too early to make a projection.
NEW YORK -- Three things we learned from No. 7 Duke's 76-41 blowout of No. 15 Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden:
Five things we learned from No. 10 North Carolina's 89-82 win over No. 9 Michigan State, and other ACC-Big Ten Challenge action on Tuesday ...
If you think about it, it is one of the more remarkable streaks in sports. For the last 10 years, the Big Ten and the ACC have lined up their teams top to bottom and squared off in a made-for-ESPN extravaganza. And every year, for a full decade, the ACC has won more games. That led some of us sardonic press wags to suggest that the ACC should go looking for a stronger partner in this little series -- like, say, the Missouri Valley Conference.
NEW YORK -- The most undeniable evidence of the athleticism gap between UConn and Duke came seven minutes and 11 seconds into Friday's NIT Season Tip-Off final at Madison Square Garden. Huskies point guard Kemba Walker -- the quickest player on either roster, by far -- stripped the ball from the Blue Devils' plodding center, Brian Zoubek, in the post, turned and whipped it upcourt to Stanley Robinson. The UConn forward known as "Sticks" proceeded to finish a one-on-none fast break with no mere dunk, but rather a windmilled, exclamatory statement that put his team up 16-14.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Virginia Tech has secured yet another game in the D.C. suburbs, agreeing to play Cincinnati at the Washington Redskins stadium in 2012.
It's going to be one lucky Friday the 13th for some college basketball program. That's because Harrison Barnes, the 6-foot-7 forward from Ames, Iowa, who is widely considered to be the No. 1 prospect in the senior class, will announce his college choice at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
On a recent afternoon along Church Street in Burlington, Vermont, young aspiring actors recited passages from Shakespeare's Henry V as jugglers, break-dancers, and blowers of didgeridoos displayed their skills nearby, creating a visual and aural cacophony. Just another day in a thriving college town -- this one happening to be home to the University of Vermont.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- For what will surely be the only time all year, last Friday night the 2009-10 North Carolina Tar Heels emerged from the tunnel at the Dean E. Smith Center before a game and were all but ignored. No band blaring "Here Comes Carolina", no cheerleaders tumbling and no raucous standing ovation from a sold-out crowd of 22,000 fans. Yet there was no reason for the current Tar Heel team to feel slighted.
The latest subject of our Hoops Q&A series is Duke guard Jon Scheyer, who averaged 14.9 points and 2.8 assists last season as a junior. The Northbrook, Ill., native -- and former Illinois Mr. Basketball -- helped lead the Blue Devils to an ACC tournament title and trip to the Sweet 16 in 2008-09. The following is an edited transcript of our discussion this week.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Esteemed colleague Stewart Mandel has made a grievous error. Last week, Mandel omitted former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne from his list of college football's five most legendary coaches of all-time because Osborne, according to Mandel, was "too bland." Stew should have come to Florida State's University Center Club on Wednesday, because Osborne absolutely slayed at a roast for FSU coach Bobby Bowden.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Everyone assumes that San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg will be the top pick in next month's draft, but who will be No. 2? Scouts may have seen the answer at this weekend's ACC tournament, where North Carolina first baseman Dustin Ackley solidified his place as the top college hitter available.
Eight potential first-round picks have already kept their names out of the NBA draft, the latest being Kentucky's Patrick Patterson, and it's only May 12. Just two of Scout.com's top 20 recruits have yet to pick a school, and one of them, New Yorker Lance Stephenson, seems to be a player few teams actually want. The one coach who's been rumored for an NBA job, Louisville's Rick Pitino, has vowed he's staying put. Much of the college basketball landscape for 2009-10 has come into focus at a surprisingly early date.
DETROIT - The hill stretches "about a quarter-mile," according to North Carolina forward Ed Davis, and it snakes through the bowels of Ford Field from the court to the locker rooms. Merely walking up the grade strains the calves and the stamina of those who haven't just played a basketball game. So why was everyone in Carolina blue - coaches included - sprinting up the thing after Saturday's 83-69 national semifinal win against Villanova (RECAP | BOX)?
North Carolina enters the Final Four with the nation's most efficient offense at just under 1.24 points per possession (adjusted for schedule strength). If the Tar Heels win the title, they will be the fifth straight national champ that finished the season in the top two in that category. Carolina's efficiency is made more remarkable by its average adjusted tempo of 73.8 possessions a game, which ranked eighth in Division I.
Tyler Hansbrough's free throw was uncharacteristically short. As the ball bounced back into the key, his North Carolina teammate Danny Green, though boxed out by LSU's Tasmin Mitchell, to whom Green gave an inch and 20 sturdy pounds, leapt above the crowded lane. His left arm entangled with Mitchell, Green used his available right hand to punch out the loose ball some 25 feet to an open Wayne Ellington beyond the three-point line. Ellington dribbled once and sank the three. By the time the ball fell through the net to give UNC its first lead of the second-round NCAA tournament game, Green had already circled from the lane to the left corner, to the top of the key and then down to the right block, putting himself in position in case of another miss.
It's the season of brackets, beer and, of course, basketball.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The number stretched the entire length of the dry ease board in the North Carolina locker room, its grand size reflective of the importance it conveyed: 4. Roy Williams wrote that number in black marker in the celebration following the Tar Heels' 72-60 thumping of Oklahoma at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, underscoring to his players that there are only four teams still alive in the NCAA Tournament.
SI.com: So what happened to Duke?
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie could have joined the throngs of fans who are likely griping about the unfair advantage Michigan State had in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament. Instead, she took another path Tuesday after ninth-seeded MSU ended top-seeded Duke's season with a 63-49 upset in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Feeling Sweet, Hoopheads? Of course you are. It's our time of year, and this is another week to soak it up. I'm sure devoted readers of this space are not surprised the Sweet 16 includes all the number 1, 2 and 3 seeds for the first time in tournament history. I've been writing for weeks that, for all the tumult at the top of the polls, this was still a very top-heavy season in college basketball. It's too bad there aren't more Cinderellas to spice up the dance, but there's a payoff ahead as we get a weekend full of games played by the most powerful and recognizable brands in college basketball.
He is a senior without a ring, the most desperate of NCAA tournament players, driven one last time to punctuate his career with a net draped around his neck and confetti in the air. Four and a half years have passed since A.J. Price's life was interrupted. One day he was greatness in waiting; the next he was fighting for survival. As a freshman at Connecticut in the fall of 2004, he became gravely ill from a congenital abnormality in the blood vessels of his brain. He spent his 18th birthday in the intensive care unit of a Hartford hospital, disconnected from basketball in the most terrifying manner.
BOISE, IDAHO -- After a long night of watching Florida State's Toney Douglas slash and shoot his way to 26 points, it was the methodical and mindful guards for Wisconsin that provided the winning moments in the Badgers 61-59 overtime upset of the fifth-seeded Seminoles.
America's favorite sporting event is also its best. Nothing delivers such an electrifying combination of excitement, unpredictability and competitiveness with such giddy regularity as the NCAA tournament. Below are the five storylines that you'll be hearing about over the next three weeks.
Underrated: South Dakota State The Summit League champions have lost just two games this season, and one of them was to one-seed Maryland (the Jackrabbits led at the half before losing 68-56.) Otherwise the balanced, disciplined and versatile Jackrabbits have beaten everyone they've faced, including Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Gonzaga. With guards who can post up and posts who can hit the three -- six players have hit 20 or more threes this year, and as a team the Jacks make 8.2 threes a game -- the Jacks present a lot of matchup problems. "We're not a bunch of little engines that could that somehow had this miraculous season," said coach Aaron Johnston. "We have a bunch of really good players who play exceptionally well together."
Happy Brackets, everyone! I'm sure we're all glad the speculation about bubbles and seeds is over, and we can get down to talking hoops. My own bracket picks are here. I've gone through each of the four regions and have offered up a few Hoop Thoughts below to explain why I filled it out the way I did. Feel free to follow my advice on your own brackets, but remember my No. 1 rule: No blaming!
The bracket is set, leaving only two options for anyone who cares about college hoops: rejoice or complain.
ATLANTA -- Five things we learned from the ACC tournament:
TAMPA, Fla. -- One of college football's most sought-after free agents has narrowed his list to six finalists, but his final decision probably won't come for more than a month. Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve, who left the Hurricanes after his redshirt freshman season, hopes to choose a new school after visiting Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Texas Tech, South Florida and UCLA.
ATLANTA -- There will be no Duke-Carolina III in the ACC tournament final, and that's just fine with Gerald Henderson.
ATLANTA -- At the final buzzer, Tyler Hansbrough amicably grabbed Virginia Tech's A.D. Vassallo and congratulated him on a great game. Moments earlier, the two seniors staged a 40-minute battle which ended when Vassallo got off a three-point attempt that almost forced overtime. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech's NCAA tournament hopes, the ball bounced out, and North Carolina inched into the ACC semifinals with a 79-76 win (RECAP | BOX).
ATLANTA -- Dave Odom was sitting at courtside, enjoying his first ACC Tournament since leaving Wake Forest after a 12-year run in 2001. He was watching his friend and former foe from Maryland work the sidelines, and he said, "No one is better with his back against the wall than Gary Williams."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- She sounded as only a member of the dance team at a Deep South flagship state university can. She had just enough brass in her voice -- a voice that will serve her well when she's managing accounts, analyzing financials or selling McMansions in five years -- to seem perfectly justified in her intrusion on the quiet time of a campus legend.
Things to watch in Sunday's North Carolina-Duke matchup:
1. Does Memphis deserve a No. 1 seed? This could be the debate that dominates Selection Sunday. Three of the No. 1s -- UConn, Pitt and North Carolina -- are close to being locked in. But the fourth spot is still up for grabs, and a majority of bracketologists consider Oklahoma to be the best candidate, partly under the assumption that the NCAA selection committee will cut the Sooners slack for the two losses they suffered while Blake Griffin was out with a concussion (and blazered up). If OU doesn't win the Big 12 tournament, though, it opens the door for Memphis, Michigan State, Louisville or even Duke to hop up to a No. 1. The Tigers have the weakest nonconference résumé of that crew -- Tennessee and Gonzaga are their only decent wins -- and the Spartans, Cardinals or Blue Devils would, in my mind, have a more rightful claim to a top seed if they were to win out from now 'til the brackets are built. Memphis' case would be built mostly on momentum; it hasn't lost since Dec. 20, and
I was among the lucky members of the media who participated in the mock selection exercise at the NCAA's Indianapolis headquarters last week. (You can view the bracket we put together here.) The session was instructive, informative, and just plain fun, but while I took a lot away from the experience there is one important, overriding point I would like to make specifically to the NCAA's men's basketball committee.
DURHAM, N.C. -- As the last few seconds of North Carolina's 101-87 win over Duke ticked away Wednesday night, the ball was, fittingly, in the hands of Ty Lawson, North Carolina's 5-foot-11 junior point guard. When the horn sounded, Lawson raised his arms, smiled gleefully at the Duke student section behind him and delivered an emphatic parting shot. "F--- you!" he shouted.
This is a glorious time for fans of Tobacco Road hoops. Over the next five weeks, we will get to watch North Carolina and Duke play each other twice, maybe even a third time if they meet again in the ACC tournament, or -- dare I say it aloud -- a fourth in the NCAA tournament (which has never happened.) And if that's not enough, on Feb. 23, HBO will debut a one-hour documentary Battle For Tobacco Road: Duke vs. North Carolina, which will explore the storied, fascinating and acrimonious history of the best rivalry in all of sports.
If you needed an illustration of the Butterfly Effect as it pertains to college hoops, look no further than Saturday in the ACC. The second halves of games at Duke and Clemson may end up changing a lot about the eventual NCAA tournament bracket.
Greetings, Hoop Thinkers. Got a lot of great 'Bag questions to get to, so let's start with a significant, albeit not entirely unexpected, bit of news that came out of Tobacco Road this week:
Seth Davis and Luke Winn serve up their picks for SI.com's Midseason All-America teams
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The University of Connecticut should consider itself forewarned: This number one stuff ain't all it's cracked up to be.
Selection Sunday is still almost two months away, so the first bubble picture of 2008-09 is understandably grainy. That said, there already is one aspect to this season's selection process that seems a virtual certainty: It's going to be a terrible year for mid-major leagues.
The tanking numbers on the NASDAQ got you down? Tired of seeing your 401(k) turn into a 201(k)? Had enough of that bald guy in the vest on CNN speaking about a financial panic?
During Duke's 11-day break following its 81-73 loss to Michigan on Dec. 6, the Blue Devils' second team schooled the starters nearly every day in practice. To reward their efforts and send a message to first-teamers, who made just 6 of 23 from the three-point range against the Wolverines, coach Mike Krzyzewski gave his second unit -- guards Greg Paulus, Elliot Williams and Martynas Pocius and forwards Miles Plumlee and David McClure -- the start against UNC Asheville on Dec. 17. "It wasn't a surprise," says sophomore point guard Nolan Smith, who had started the first nine games. "[The backups] kicked our butts.
Five years ago, Julia Chuslo, an accomplished architect and mother of three lacrosse players, was designing her family's new house in Duxbury, Mass., a coastal suburb 35 miles south of Boston.
Every Friday, SI.com's Seth Davis makes his picks on the weekend's top games. These are his first picks of the 2008-09 season.
DETROIT, Mich. -- I hit the road this week hoping to check out two great games in the flesh. What I got instead were two stinkers: Duke took apart Purdue with surgical precision on Tuesday night in West Lafayette, Ind., and North Carolina overwhelmed Michigan State by 35 points the following night in Detroit. The second game took place at Ford Field, site of the 2009 Final Four, and based on what happened this week, if both of those teams ended up back there in four months it should surprise no one.
How does a mid-major game plan for a duel with Duke on national television in November? Southern Illinois gave SI an inside look at its preparations to face the No. 10 Blue Devils in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic on Thursday. Here's how it went down:
SI.com asked college basketball writers Luke Winn, Seth Davis and Grant Wahl to share their reactions to SI's top 20, which was released Monday.
When 6-2 Florida State visits 6-2 Maryland on Nov. 22, there's a decent chance the game could decide the ACC's Atlantic Division. Unfortunately for the 'Noles, they may be without one of their top defensive players.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Now this is what I call an open Mike: As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski conducts the Blue Devils' fourth practice of the season, his nasally, Chicago-accented voice is being piped through the sound system at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Krzyzewski is wearing a microphone for the benefit of the 200 or so spectators who are assembled in the upper deck as part of a leadership conference being conducted by Duke's Fuqua School of Business, where Krzyzewski is a member of the faculty.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has had to answer plenty of tough questions in the past two weeks, but the queries he got from the fourth estate were softballs compared to the ones Ray Cotton Jr. and his father will soon ask.
The thing about Zack Greer's game is that he could play lacrosse in a phone booth. No need for expansive, open-field lawns. Simply allow him a stick, a ball and wiggle room.
As you know, it's debate season. Which means it's Saturday Night Live parody season. Which means I've been laughing harder than I have in a very long time (except, of course, whenever, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia comes on).
Banks are crumbling. Wall Street's collapsing. Homes are being foreclosed. It costs $15 to check a piece of luggage. And Dan and Serena appear to be sort of, maybe, broken up for good.
DURHAM, N.C. -- While Coach K was in Beijing with the Redeem team, he could rest assured that his college crew was on its own mission.
For about 90 percent of the nation's major football schools, opening weekend went off without a hitch. The fans of those few that didn't wasted no time going into full-out panic mode.
The opening-week opponents for last week's top 25 teams included Eastern Washington, Coastal Carolina, Northern Arizona and Chattanooga. Less than a third of my ranked teams faced foes from the six major conferences.
ATLANTA -- Another year, another disappointment for Clemson.
Breaking down Saturday's nonconference clash at the Georgia Dome.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tommy Bowden sat in his office last week, his bare feet on his desk and a bottle of Fuse in his hand, and he pondered forces of nature. Tailback C.J. Spiller is "Lightning," and backfieldmate James Davis is "Thunder." So, what, Bowden was asked, does that make 227-pound freshman back Jamie Harper?
Forget Danny Sheridan, Nostradamus or the Weather Channel. No set of prognosticators have been more consistently accurate over the years than the sportswriters that cover ACC football.
If all goes to plan on the field this fall, Florida State safety Myron Rolle will produce the kind of season that catapults him into the first round of next spring's NFL draft.
PHILADELPHIA -- For $200, coaches making their way into seats at Philadelphia University's Herb Magee Court bought the book on the 151 Division I prospects participating in Reebok's All American Camp on Tuesday.
In the months leading up to college basketball's first preseason poll, it's nice to have some suspense over No. 1. Last season there was the Memphis camp and the Kansas camp, the UCLA camp and the North Carolina camp, and the voters in each one had reasonable arguments. It made for healthy debate -- the kind of debate that is bound to be entirely absent from this summer and fall, because 2008-09 is shaping up to be the Season of Consensus. There is only one choice for the early throne, and that is the Tar Heels.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jimbo Fisher sits on the horns of a dilemma. It's early April, and after spring practice, he will hit the road to recruit. During that recruiting period, the Florida State offensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting occasionally will join his boss, Bobby Bowden, as Bowden greets the faithful.
Could the fourth time be the charm to knock off three-time defending national champion Northwestern? Perhaps. The Wildcats' 36-game win streak dating back to last season was broken by Penn when mental breakdowns and lackluster plays kept Northwestern from getting past the Quakers' tough defense.
In the race to the Final Four in Foxborough, Mass. there is Duke and then there are the 15 schools chasing the Blue Devils.
Fortunately, the College Football Mailbag does not have to apply to the NCAA to be granted a sixth year of eligibility. Even if it did, that first year, when I was pretty much flying by the seat of my pants, could probably qualify as a redshirt season. And in hindsight, I'm fairly certain I wrote the entire 2005 season with a misdiagnosed shoulder injury.
In the national recruiting rankings for the high school class of 2004, down past the Dwight Howard-led contingent that leapt straight to the NBA, and beyond a crowd of players who completed their college eligibility this March, was a 6-foot-3 point guard from George Wythe High in Richmond, Va., named Tyree Evans. He had scored more points in his senior year than all but two players in Virginia prep history -- Allen Iverson and Moses Malone -- and had earned a three-star rating and the 121st spot overall from Rivals.com. He had committed to Cincinnati, a supposed future gunner in Bob Huggins' backcourt.
Marcus Forston moved 11.3 miles in January and wound up on another planet. Back at Miami Northwestern High, Forston could toss aside blockers with ease. In his new world, the University of Miami practice field, blockers crashed into Forston from all directions. They employed techniques he'd never imagined. By August, Forston must learn to sense those blockers and counter those techniques.
In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . . blitz pickups?
Virginia Tech President Charles Steger remembers the victims of the shooting there one year ago.
Erin Sheehan was a freshman last year when Seung-Hui Cho peeked through the door of her German class. The next hour of her life would become a struggle for survival.
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