Unless you’re really paying attention, you may have seen the latest college basketball rankings and thought something like, Texas A&M is No. 5? The Aggies were unranked to start the year, but in the past few weeks their 10-game win streak pushed them from 21 to 15 to 10 to 5. A&M (17-2, 7-1 in the SEC) was upset Wednesday night, at Arkansas, and faces a tough nonconference test against Iowa State on Saturday. I suppose you’ll have to watch them yourself to decide if they’re legit, but here is some more information about the unflashy, unheralded Aggies.
Last offseason, Shaka Smart went from VCU to Texas, Rick Barnes went from Texas to Tennessee, and Ben Howland went from part-time TV analyst to Mississippi State. They were three of the 10 coaches to start with a new power conference program this season. How have they fared? Find out in my latest story for CBS Local.
If a 16 seed added LeBron James to its roster, would it win the national championship? My older brother Brian Kahn and friend Lee Joffe join me to debate that scenario. We share our Final Four favorites and I amaze them with the statistical anomaly that is Oakland’s Max Hooper. Subscribe and rate on iTunes!
With the college football season now complete, I know a lot of you have turned your attention to hoops. Allow me to bring you up to speed by taking a look at the college basketball teams and players that have made the most noise so far.
Jim Boeheim returns from his suspension to coach Syracuse on Saturday, thus ending Mike Hopkins’ nine-game tenure as head coach. But Hopkins will take over once Boeheim retires. The “head coach in waiting” agreement is not unique to Syracuse. Gonzaga, San Diego State, and SMU have similar arrangements.
I spoke to coaches at several of these schools as well as previous coaches in waiting, several of whom replaced their fathers, for a feature story in the latest Basketball Times.
One of Hollywood’s leading actors stars in a major motion picture about…concussion research? It would not have been fathomable 10 years ago. I used the film, which I saw last weekend, as a jumping off point to discuss the latest research into head trauma, concussions, and CTE in a blog post for the Dana Foundation.
Sports bring people together. I’ve written, said, and thought this often. Taking interest in the performance of athletic teams automatically gives you potential connections to millions of people all over the world. During my recent honeymoon, this was reaffirmed yet again.