Tag: Basketball (College)

College Athletes, Phones in Hand, Force Shift in Protest Movement

They knelt on campuses and outside courthouses and a capitol. They filmed videos and challenged coaches and gripped megaphones to call out racism they knew from their classrooms and stadiums. They led protest chants, registered voters and started to strategize for Nov. 3, Election Day. In some instances, the nation’s college athletes even pledged not […]

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The Big Ten’s New Boss Wants Players Talking About Big Issues

People throughout the sports world, from athletes to arena staff, tell The New York Times how their lives have changed during the coronavirus pandemic. The scene in Indianapolis in March — Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren grimly explaining why the coronavirus had prompted the abrupt cancellation of the league’s basketball tournament — was hardly how […]

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Will New N.C.A.A. Rules Really Keep Agents and Boosters at Bay?

The world of college sports was rocked nearly 30 years ago when a Las Vegas newspaper published a photograph of three U.N.L.V. basketball players casually drinking beer in a hot tub with Richard Perry, a man nicknamed the Fixer who was known for rigging horse races and basketball games. Though the players admitted only to […]

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N.C.A.A. Outlines Plan to Let Athletes Make Endorsement Deals

The N.C.A.A. Board of Governors voted to support rule changes that would allow athletes to cash in on the use of their fame, as long as schools were not paying athletes for any of these money-generating opportunities, the N.C.A.A. announced Wednesday. The board’s recommendations will be forwarded to the N.C.A.A.’s three divisions, which are expected […]

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Villanova Still Won’t Have Its First One-and-Done in Decades

When forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, a freshman at Villanova, announced last week that he would pull out of the N.B.A. draft and return for his sophomore season, he kept alive a streak that has been running for nearly 25 years. Villanova has not had a one-and-done player under Coach Jay Wright, and the program will not […]

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There Are No Games. But Basketball Coaches Are Still Busy.

Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Billy Donovan invited about 1,000 people into his home recently while still practicing social distancing in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Through videoconferencing, Donovan, 54, gave instruction for more than 80 minutes on the Coaches Clinic site, discussing his offensive philosophy and answering questions submitted to a moderator — all from […]

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In a Time of Need, We Turn to Sister Jean

CHICAGO — The emails from Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt arrived as they always do after a game, one for each member of the Loyola-Chicago men’s basketball team. The Ramblers’ hopes for an N.C.A.A. tournament berth had been dashed by a 1-point loss to Valparaiso in overtime in the quarterfinals of last month’s Missouri Valley Conference […]

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Closed and Without March Madness Bets, Sports Betting Faces New Pressures

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino had planned an advertising campaign, looking to beckon visiting college basketball fans to its sports book. A rival, Ameristar, spent about $750,000 to renovate a space for sports enthusiasts it hoped would crowd into its property along the Missouri River and bet on March Madness, the […]

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Sabrina Ionescu’s Big Moment Wasn’t the One She Expected

EUGENE, Ore. — Sabrina Ionescu woke not long after dawn in her small apartment, laced up her black Nikes and walked across a deserted street to the looming arena where she had spent the last four years creating memories. She needed to find something she could control. It was March 21, a crisp Saturday. Ionescu […]

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With No Basketball Tournament, N.C.A.A Slashes Payments to Universities

College athletic departments got their first indication of how the coronavirus pandemic might hurt their bottom lines when the N.C.A.A. announced on Thursday that it would slash its distribution of men’s basketball tournament revenue by about $375 million, a cut of nearly two-thirds. The N.C.A.A. board of governors voted to distribute $225 million — instead […]

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With No N.C.A.A. Tournament, Here Are Past Games Coaches Say You Should Watch

“You’re supposed to be watching basketball now,” Muffet McGraw, the women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame, said the other day. “Instead, I’m watching MSNBC and CNN and about to be homebound. That’s not exactly uplifting.” The cancellation of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the three-week hoops bonanza known as March Madness, upended plans […]

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A ‘Drop the Mic’ Moment for a Man Who Paid College Basketball Recruits

A federal trial last spring made a compelling case that several of the most successful college basketball teams in America thrive on illicitly paying top dollars to top recruits. Only small fry stood trial, a small set of fixers and assistant coaches. No charges were brought against head coaches, not even those whose actions were […]

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A School Is Training Its New Team Mascot. It’s a Puppy.

INDIANAPOLIS — The star-in-waiting could not exactly hustle to class at the strip mall. “Is he asleep?” Evan Krauss, a mascot handler, asked his wife just before he answered his own question. “Of course he is.” And so someone carried Butler’s next ambassador inside for his lessons under the bright lights of the Bark Tutor […]

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The Tipoff to a Meaningful Relationship

DAYTON, Ohio — Technically, it is a Christmas tree. More precisely, it is a basketball tree, brightened by the red and blue of the University of Dayton sports teams. It was decorated with ball and sneaker ornaments, and topped by a man dunking ferociously. A miniature model of Dayton’s playing court was wedged into its […]

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For Many Athletes, Coronavirus Means the End of College Careers

LAS VEGAS — As the final seconds wound down, Utah State guard Sam Merrill dribbled the ball back and forth between his legs and rocked closer to the 3-point line until, with a burst, he took a hard dribble followed by a crow hop to his left. He then let fly a 25-foot jumper over […]

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Twenty-Four Hours When Sports Hit the Halt Button

One by one, beginning Wednesday night and all through Thursday, the pillars of the American athletic landscape toppled, unceremoniously, to the ground, marking one of the most astonishing nights and days in United States sports history. Professional basketball disappeared first, then the college game followed; hockey melted away; baseball went on indefinite hiatus; and soccer […]

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Conference Basketball Tournaments Are Canceled as Coronavirus Pressure Hits N.C.A.A.

College basketball tournaments were widely canceled on Thursday amid a national reckoning with the coronavirus pandemic and swelling questions over whether the N.C.A.A. would proceed with its showcase men’s and women’s national tournaments later this month. The most influential conferences in college sports — the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 […]

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Citing Coronavirus, Ivy League Cancels Basketball Tournaments

The Ivy League said Tuesday that it had canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as colleges and universities nationwide reckoned with the spread of the coronavirus. “We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments,” Robin Harris, the league’s executive director, said […]

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UConn? Worried? Not as Long as Auriemma Is in Charge

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — No, Geno Auriemma said with customary bluntness, he is not worried about the coronavirus outbreak. And he finds it a bit absurd that teams are being asked to refrain from postgame handshakes after sharing a germ-ridden basketball and sweating all over one another for two hours. “I mean, come on,” he said. […]

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N.C.A.A. Weighs Using Fewer March Madness Venues Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

ATLANTA — Faced with the United States’ surging coronavirus caseload and mounting public fears, college sports executives have discussed in recent days whether to reduce the number of venues at which games are played during the N.C.A.A. men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that begin in less than two weeks. A narrowed list of playing sites […]

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How a Positive Thinker Took Swarthmore From Nowhere to No. 1

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A handwritten letter from Landry Kosmalski, the Swarthmore College men’s basketball coach, has been framed and hanging in Nate Shafer’s bedroom at his family’s home in McLean, Va., since he received it in high school. In forceful language, the coach wrote that Swarthmore — though it had not won a conference title […]

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Five Years After a Nasty Crash, a Symbolic Layup for Josh Speidel

The two basketball buddies from Indiana, Josh Speidel and Everett Duncan, envisioned this happening hundreds of times in their careers at the University of Vermont: Duncan finding Speidel with a bounce pass, and Speidel finishing with a layup. Instead it happened only once, on Tuesday, when the Catamounts celebrated their seniors during the last game […]

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At Arizona, the Game Plan Is Truth but No Consequences

TUCSON, Ariz. — The good news came courtesy of a phone call from a University of Arizona spokesman. Sean Miller, basketball coach of the University of Arizona Wildcats, had agreed to sit for an interview after the game one night this past December. That pleased me as there was so much to discuss. Although his […]

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The Best College Basketball Rivalry Right Now Is in Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — As Becky Sisley sat in her prized midcourt seat in the gleaming glass-and-steel Matthew Knight Arena, she could gaze across the boisterous student section — dotted with football players — and over to Gov. Kate Brown and the Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, then up to the far reaches of a […]

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