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Howie Schwab, Longtime ESPN Researcher and Feature of ‘Stump the Schwab’, Dies

Longtime ESPN researcher and feature of the mid-2000s ESPN game show Stump the Schwab Howie Schwab has died. Schwab joined ESPN in 1987. In 2004, ESPN launched a sports trivia game show — Stump the Schwab — hosted by , which pitted contestants against Schwab in a test of sports knowledge. The program ran for four seasons. (Barrett Sports Media)

Kentucky basketball fans want their program back. Mark Pope wants to give it to them.

It’s why they filled Rupp Arena on a Sunday afternoon, in search of something they felt had been lost. Not so much the wins. Or the titles. Or the banners. All important as they may be. They were in search of that feeling that Kentucky basketball is something important that belonged to them. Kentucky’s new basketball coach gave them that feeling back. (AOL.com)

Wilmington native Roman Gabriel, NC State All-American and NFL MVP quarterback, dies at 83

Wilmington native Roman Gabriel, a former NFL Most Valuable Player with the LA Rams, "passed away peacefully this morning of natural causes" at age 83, his son announced on social media Saturday. Gabriel played quarterback at NC State where he would become a two-time ACC Player of the Year and first-team All-American in 1960 and '61. (Wilmington Star News)

How Kelvin Sampson and a chicken executive sold John Calipari on becoming Arkansas basketball coach

"How did this happen?" Arkansas play-by-play announcer Chuck Barrett asked as he shared a stage with new basketball coach John Calipari for a question and answer session. "Walk us through this." "John Tyson," Calipari responded, quick to credit the billionaire Arkansas Razorbacks booster and Tyson Foods CEO he later referred to as "my good friend." (CBS Sports)

NCAA approves helmet communication, 2-minute warning for college football

New technology rules in football, effective for the 2024 season, were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday. In games involving Football Bowl Subdivision teams, schools will have the option to use coach-to-player communications through the helmet to one player on the field. The panel also approved adding a timeout when two minutes remain in each half. (NCAA.org)

Duke forward Sean Stewart, former 5-star, to enter transfer portal

Duke forward is entering the transfer portal after just one season in Durham. The 6-foot-9 freshman averaged 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game this season. Stewart is a former McDonald’s All-American and five-star recruit and was the No. 12 overall player in the nation from the 2023 cycle, according to On3‘s Top-150 Player Rankings. (On3.com)

Jontay Porter’s lifetime NBA ban highlights the risks of sports gambling

The NBA has banned Toronto Raptors player Jontay Porter for life after an internal investigation found that he placed bets on basketball and gave information to a bettor to improve their odds. It is the latest situation involving athletes and sports betting as the gambling industry has exploded and as such transactions have become increasingly accessible. (Vox.com)

Duke forward TJ Power to enter transfer portal

Duke forward is entering the transfer portal after just one season in Durham. The 6-foot-9 freshman from Shrewsbury, Mass. saw a limited role for the Blue Devils this season, averaging 2.1 points, playing 6.7 minutes per game. Power is a former high 4-star recruit and was ranked as the No. 19 overall player in the nation from the 2023 class. (On3.com)

Michigan admits football recruiting violations, agrees to probation in NCAA probe

Michigan has admitted to pandemic-era recruiting violations involving its football program as part of a negotiated resolution with the NCAA that includes placing the team on probation and additional penalties. The punishment includes three years of probation, an unspecified fine and recruiting restrictions. The NCAA said Michigan has agreed to the penalties. (MLive.com)

NCAA approves new transfer rule allowing immediate eligibility

A new NCAA transfer rule will allow all undergraduate athletes to transfer and play immediately if they meet specific academic requirements, as the Division I Council on Wednesday approved emergency legislation announced by the NCAA. The rule still needs to be formally approved by the NCAA's executive board Monday, but that is expected to be a formality. (ESPN.com)
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