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ACC Coaches Suggest Expanding NCAA Tournament to 72 Teams at Conference MeetingsAt the ACC spring meetings, the conference's coaches recommended expanding the NCAA tournament to 72 teams, pushing back the three-point line, and widening the lane. "The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "That's such a quick turnaround. You could have one maybe in Dayton and one in the western states." (Sports Illustrated)
Local ADs weigh in on paying athletes for image, likeness, nameAt the ACC Spring Meetings, college athletic directors are discussing whether or not athletes should be paid for their image, likeness or name. “I’m not a fan of the name, image and likeness because I don’t think you can regulate it and I don’t think the market can regulate it because the competitive nature of recruiting," UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said. (WRAL Sports Fan)
SEC visionary: Former Commissioner Mike Slive dies at 77With bold vision, keen intellect and a gentle manner, Mike Slive guided the Southeastern Conference to unprecedented success and prosperity in 13 years as commissioner. He pushed for a college football playoff years before others embraced it and was a steadying force during a time of enormous growth and volatility throughout college athletics. Slive died Wednesday at the age of 77. (Associated Press)
Despite Loss of Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Can Still Torment Big 12Baker Mayfield may be gone, but the loss of one player—even the Heisman Trophy winner, No. 1 draft pick and single-season pass-efficiency record-setter—won’t slow down Lincoln Riley’s explosive offense. In his second year as the Sooners’ head coach, the 34-year-old has a real shot to make his second consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff. (Sports Illustrated)
Who is David Tepper? Five things to know about the future owner of the Carolina PanthersIt's only a matter of days or weeks until Jerry Richardson officially sells the Carolina Panthers for approximately $2.2 billion, as CBS Sports reported this week. "Incredibly comfortable" with Panthers general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera, David Tepper is set to own the team pending approval by the other 31 NFL owners at the May 22-23 league meetings. (CBS Sports)
LeBron James flaunts uncanny memory to pinpoint key stretch in Game 1 loss to CelticsLeBron James is a basketball savant, and he made that clear once again during his postgame news conference Sunday night. James' Cleveland Cavaliers were just embarrassed in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, and he struggled mightily in the loss, finishing with 15 points, seven turnovers and a game-worst plus-minus of minus-32. (USA Today)
N.C. State basketball lands grad transfer Eric LockettN.C. State basketball received a boost Monday by landing Florida International transfer Eric Lockett, according to ESPN.com. Lockett, who started his career at George Mason, averaged 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. The 6-5 junior guard is known more as a slasher than a shooter after hitting just 29 percent of his 3-point attempts last season. (Sporting News)
C.B. McGrath peparing for Year 2 at the helm at UNCWUNCW men's basketball coach C.B. McGrath stopped by the WECT Studio Monday to discuss the offseason and his upcoming second season with the Seahawks. While UNCW will lose three seniors (Jordan Talley, Nick Powell and Marcus Bryan) from the squad that went 11-21 in McGrath's first season at the helm, it will welcome back star forward Devontae Cacok. (WECT)
Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most statesThe Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states today. The decision gives states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. (CBS News)
2018 College Basketball Coaching Carousel: Ranking the 12 best hires from the spring of 2018As of today, the college basketball coaching carousel isn’t quite finished spinning, but for all intents and purposes, all the jobs that are nationally relevant are filled and have been filled for a couple of weeks, some for more than a month. What that means is that it is time to look back on some of those big name coaching decisions. Here are the 12 best hires of the carousel. (NBC Sports)
Video: SC Featured - Athletes pay tribute to mothersIn honor of Mother's Day, Manny Machado, Calais Campbell, Chloe Kim and Isaiah Thomas read letters that they wrote to thanks their moms.
Ole Miss Legend Billy Brewer Passes AwayHomer E. "Billy" Brewer, 83, who played on three of Johnny Vaught's greatest teams and then returned years later to become the second winningest head football coach in school history, passed away late Saturday afternoon at Tresevant Manor in Memphis, Tennessee, following a brief illness. Brewer was also the father of former North Carolina wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. (Ole Miss Sports)
Chuck Knox, Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor coach, dies at 86Chuck Knox, the first coach to take the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs and the ninth man inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor, died after a lengthy battle with dementia. He was 86. He spent nine of his 22 NFL seasons with the Seahawks, in 1983. Knox racked up 80 victories and was the team’s winningest coach until he was surpassed by Mike Holmgren in 2007. (KIRO 7)
Even After Attrition, Ohio State Appears to Be the Class of Big Ten FootballA few months after being denied a College Football Playoff bid, the Ohio State Buckeyes will enter fall camp as the Big Ten’s best hope of putting a team in the final four this season. East Division competitors Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State all could push the Buckeyes, and Wisconsin looks capable of cruising to a third consecutive West Division title. (Sports Illustrated)
Tessitore, Witten, McFarland, Salters on ESPN 'MNF' crewJoe Tessitore calls his new gig at ESPN a "legacy job." Jason Witten notes he's joining "another iconic franchise." Booger McFarland says it's "the pinnacle of what we do." They are the three new voices who will work ESPN's Monday night games this season. Tessitore has been one of the network's top announcers for 16 years on boxing, college football and basketball. (Associated Press)