Val Ackerman is the commissioner of the Big East Conference. In this interview with espnW, she explains why she doesn’t think college athletes should be paid and why she loves leading a league without football.
I am excited to announce that I have joined MLive as the University of Michigan men’s basketball beat writer. MLive.com covers all news in the entire state of Michigan. It is the online home of several local newspapers, including the Ann Arbor News. If you want to find my articles, you can bookmark my personal page, sign up for an email newsletter, or download the MLive.com Michigan Hoops News app.
Michigan basketball strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson has helped turned a handful of unheralded high school prospects into first round NBA draft picks. In an in-depth story for Michigan’s Scout page, I reveal the methods behind the success.
The college basketball season just ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to look ahead to next year. For the first time since 2012, a program other than UConn will enter the season as defending champs. Is South Carolina the early favorite to repeat? Find out in my latest story for Excelle Sports.
If the Final Four coaches were to play a game of two-on-two this weekend in Glendale, it wouldn’t be great basketball. Semifinal opponents Gonzaga and South Carolina are coached by guys who did not play in college, Mark Few and Frank Martin. North Carolina’s Roy Williams played just one year on UNC’s JV squad, while Oregon coach Dana Altman played at a junior college in Nebraska and Division II Eastern New Mexico. “I didn’t have many highlights as a player,” Altman said Monday on a conference call. “I was awful. I would have sure hated to coach me, that’s for sure.”
Contrary to what many believe, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball program does not simply attract the nation’s best players, show up for games, and dominate. There is a lot more to UConn’s incredible winning streak, which stands at 111 heading into Friday’s Final Four. To gain some perspective and insight as to how the Huskies do it, I spoke with players and coaches who have been a part of other long winning streaks (UCLA basketball, Mount Union football, UNC soccer, and more) in a story for Excelle Sports.