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Pittsburgh Football: 2018 Panthers Preview and Prediction

Back-to-back 8-5 seasons gave way to a 5-7 record for Pittsburgh in 2017, although the campaign ended on a high note with an upset of then-undefeated Miami. If Pat Narduzzi's team is to rebound this fall plenty of new playmakers will need to emerge on both sides of the ball. The defense returns seven starters but will have a new coordinator running things. The offense has a solid backfield but questions elsewhere. (Athlon Sports)

Video: Indie Leaguer Uses Trash Can to Tell Ump ‘Go to Your Home’

Brennan Metzger, an outfielder for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association, didn’t like umpire Mike Jarboe’s called third strike and decided to give him a piece of his mind. Metzger launched a string of expletives a mile long—which the field microphone picked up, thankfully—while manager Michael Schlacht held him back. But Metzger wasn’t done there. (Sports Illustrated)

Maryland places head football coach D.J. Durkin on leave amid investigation

Maryland placed head coach D.J. Durkin on administrative leave Saturday while the school scrutinizes allegations of apparent misdeeds by the football staff that came to light following the death of a player. Athletic director Damon Evans wrote: “The best decision for our football program is to place Maryland head football coach D.J. Durkin on leave so we can properly review the culture of the program.” (Associated Press)

Michigan wants to know if athletes sold team-issued shoes

The University of Michigan is trying to determine if any of its athletes violated NCAA rules by selling team-issued shoes. The school says the athletic department’s compliance office is looking into the matter. It’s not clear which athletes may have been involved. North Carolina announced Monday that 13 players will miss games while serving suspensions for selling the shoes. (Associated Press)

Canadian powerhouse Carleton is destroying American college basketball teams again

If you are a diehard college basketball fan, you’ve probably heard of Canadian college basketball powerhouse Carleton University. The Ravens have won 13 national titles over the last 16 years in Canada. More importantly, the Ravens continue to destroy talented American college teams during summer exhibition tours. It’s becoming an annual tradition at this point. (NBC Sports)

East Carolina Football: 2018 Pirates Preview and Prediction

After back-to-back 3-9 finishes, ECU coach Scottie Montgomery needs to show some progress. The downturn in football fortunes has already cost athletic director Jeff Compher his job. The Pirates' ship sank again last year, as Montgomery's offense was unable to bail out a porous defense. Now a new QB, Reid Herring, steps in as the Pirates hope for a return to their formerly high-scoring ways. (Athlon Sports)

The inside story of a toxic culture at Maryland football

Several University of Maryland football players and people close to the Terrapins program describe a toxic coaching culture under head coach D.J. Durkin before offensive lineman Jordan McNair's death in June after a football workout. Two current Maryland players, multiple people close to the program, and former players and staffers spoke to ESPN about the culture under Durkin. (ESPN.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Chaos In The Making

What’s wrong with the new NCAA rules? Almost everything. Critics from coaches to former players to lawyers have come out en masse against the new set of convoluted NCAA rules thrust upon college basketball this week without running them by any kind of focus group. In the long run, few of these new rules will fly, so the Rice Commission will have to go back to the drawing board. (Chapelboro.com)

Nikolai Volkoff, Cold Warrior And American Dreamer, Is Dead

Lots of wrestlers cosplayed as commies during the Cold War. Nikolai Volkoff, who died over the weekend, was way closer to the real thing, and took his act far more seriously, than all the rest. He was 70 years old. Volkoff, a WWE Hall of Famer and ring legend, was born as Josip Nikolai Peruzovic in October 1947 in Yugoslavia to a Russian mother and Croatian father. (Deadspin)

Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged in deadly Queens attack on tourist

A Wake Forest basketball assistant coach was charged with assault for the Queens attack on a Florida tourist, who later died in the hospital, sources said. Jamill Jones — an assistant coach at the ACC basketball program — allegedly slugged Boca Raton resident Sabor Szabo in the head early Sunday morning after Szabo was apparently drunk and banging on cars in Long Island City. (New York Post)

California Football: 2018 Golden Bears Preview and Prediction

California showed improvement in Justin Wilcox's first season as head coach, but the Golden Bears still missed out on a bowl game with a 5-7 record. The offense returns every starter and could take a major step forward depending on the quarterback play. The defense returns seven starters but most of that experience is in the secondary. (Athlon Sports)

Roanoke Times owner is suing paper's former Hokies football reporter over Twitter account

In a move that could define an important legal precedent, the company that owns The Roanoke Times filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court against a former reporter over the rights to a Twitter account. The lawsuit, filed in Roanoke by BH Media Group, will determine whether Virginia Tech football reporter Andy Bitter owns the Twitter account with the handle @AndyBitterVT and its associated followers. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Five people charged with trafficking 385K of fake Nike Air Jordans worth $73 million

It’s gotta be the shoes! Except these weren’t THE shoes. Five people have been charged in New York with trafficking in counterfeit Nike Air Jordans, sneakers that, if authentic, would have been worth $73 million, according to the NYPD and Homeland Security. The counterfeit sneakers look like real Air Jordans in design and color but lack the logos that are registered trademarks. (ABC News)

NCAA Announces Significant Changes

The September 2017 announcement of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball recruiting made it clear the NCAA needed to make significant changes — and do so quickly. In response to the recommendations issued from the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA’s Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors are implementing the following changes: (NCAA.org)

Chris Paul in a Tar Heels uniform? How Wake Forest got the guard from West Forsyth

Chris Paul wearing UNC colors isn’t something Wake Forest fans want to think about. But Paul, a former Wake Forest star, could have ended up in Chapel Hill if not for the dogged recruiting of the late Skip Prosser. " had already committed to Carolina but they tell Chris, ‘Hey we have a commitment from Raymond, but would you want to come walk on?”" (Winston-Salem Journal)
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