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Podcast: SB Nation’s Spencer Hall On Loving College Football, Despite Its Many Flaws

Based on his photos, and his appearances on ESPN with Scott Van Pelt, it appears that Spencer Hall is a bear who has cleaned up just enough to pass for a man. Somewhere under all that fur — or, hair — is America’s sharpest mind on the subject of college football. It’s the sport we care about the most in the South, the source of glory and hate and dominance. (WFAE)

Week 1 college football schedule Watch Grid

College football is back, and so is its annual tradition of kicking off with a large sprawl across Labor Day weekend. Thursday night is considered opening night by most people, whether that’s technically accurate or not (it’s not), Saturday is the first day of the season with actual big games, and things might continue until very early Tuesday morning. (SB Nation)

College Football’s Growing Problem: Empty Seats

College football has an attendance problem. Average announced attendance in football’s top division dropped for the fourth consecutive year last year, declining 7.6% in four years. But schools’ internal records show that the sport’s attendance woes go far beyond that. The average count of tickets scanned at home games is about 71% of the attendance you see in a box score. (Wall Street Journal)

Michigan Tech QB Steele Fortress has the most unbelievable football name ever

Let's talk about the best football names of all time. There's Joe Montana, Deacon Jones, Bart Starr, Lynn Swann, Takeo Spikes, Red Grange, and Bronko Nagurski. There's even . But no one can compare to Michigan Tech's 6' 3", 226-pound redshirt freshman QB STEELE FORTRESS. Rejoice, fellow Americans. We have finally found the ultimate football name. (Golf Digest)

Candid Coaches: Who is the most underappreciated good head coach in college basketball?

Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop was a great coach prior to Steph Curry. However, Steph gave him a lot national attention. He is one of the only coaches that could jump from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic 10 and win the regular season in his first year. They have been able to get better players since Curry was there. But he still does the most with the least. (CBS Sports)

Larry Fitzgerald among Arizona sports stars to serve at John McCain's memorial

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be one of six speakers and one of three athletes participating in Sen. John McCain's memorial service in Phoenix on Thursday. Fitzgerald was asked by Cindy McCain, wife of the late senator, to speak at the service during a short drive after a visit to the McCain ranch in Cornville, Arizona, about 20 miles south of Sedona. (ESPN.com)

NBA, NCAA, players association align as step toward one-and-done rule elimination

In a significant step toward the elimination of the one-and-done rule, basketball's biggest stakeholders have reached an agreement that will allow the NBA to begin formally working with the nation's top teenagers to help prepare them for pro careers. The NBA, NCAA and National Basketball Players Association will extend their support of USA Basketball and its Junior National Team. (ESPN.com)

Sam Hartman’s path to Wake Forest’s starting QB has been anything but normal

When you think about it, Sam Hartman being Wake Forest’s starting quarterback for Thursday night’s season opener at Tulane makes perfect sense. Reaching this point took a couple of twists and turns in the eight months he’s been at Wake Forest. But twists and turns are Hartman’s normal. And when the past is boiled down, Hartman has been groomed to reach this point. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Jim Boeheim on Darius Bazley’s decision to sit out 2018-19: ‘I think it will cost him’

Jim Boeheim has rarely been a proponent of his players leaving school earlier that he thought they should and, at 73 years old, he’s hardly a man that has held his tongue when he has had something to say, so it really should come as no surprise that the Syracuse head coach was not a fan of ’s decision to back out on attending Syracuse and turn professional. (NBC Sports)

Candid Coaches: Do you believe the FBI will charge another coach in its case on college basketball?

Kansas, Maryland and NC State have all been subpoenaed by the FBI. A lot of programs have been attached to this story, but we're still at just four assistants who are facing trial. This has many in the sport wondering what will come next. So we asked coaches whether they think the worst is over or if another huge headline is coming -- in the form of more coaches in handcuffs. (CBS Sports)

“A Coach’s Life” with Gene Chizik: Act 1 – The Journey

We sat down to talk with former North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik about his coaching career, from how he got into coaching to reaching that moment when he knew it was time to call a timeout and go home. Over the next week we will publish all three parts of our series with Coach Chizik, “A Coach’s Life.” This week we bring you “Act 1: The Journey.” (Under The Headset)

Pat Narduzzi promises Pitt fans trip to ACC championship game

If the phone lines to travel agencies, airlines and hotels in and around Charlotte, N.C., were jammed Friday afternoon, blame University of Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi. Speaking before a room full of Pitt fans eager — some might say starving — for a championship, the coach said his team will be in Charlotte on Dec. 1 for the ACC championship game. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

ACC schools to spend over $100 million each in launch of conference tv network

The ACC has pinned its financial future on revenue it expects to generate from a conference-branded linear network. But before it realizes any income from the ACC Network, which will launch a year from now, its schools will spend a whopping $110 million to $120 million of their own money so they are prepared to produce live events and other programming. ()

The NCAA ending the RPI in favor of the 'NET' is a long-overdue overhaul on an outdated process

College basketball's coaches, media, and many fans, have long protested the NCAA to change its methods in how the NCAA Tournament is seeded and selected. On Wednesday, the NCAA was swayed. The RPI is done. That flawed formula will no longer be part of how the best sporting event in America is assembled. The NCAA Tournament has changed, and that's a good thing. (CBS Sports)

Duke basketball: Five takeaways from the Canada tour

isn’t the most highly ranked freshman on Duke’s roster, but he’ll be most responsible for the TV ratings. A social-media phenom, his performance in Canada only did more to add to his stardom. Williamson averaged 29.7 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 64 percent. Of course, Williamson wasn’t facing the same level of competition he’ll see in the ACC. (Greensboro News & Record)
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