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WNBA mock draft: Three point guards projected in top eight picks

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9:10 AM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. As the countdown to Thursday’s 2021 WNBA draft (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) continues, the biggest......

What we’re watching in spring football: Most impactful transfers and best QB battles

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One benefit of all the days blurring together during the pandemic is that it’s already time for spring football, other than the spring football they’re playing over in the FCS, where they’re actually playing real games. But the FBS fellas are back on the field after the strangest, most trying......

McCoy Joined Texas Alumni in Push to Keep ‘Eyes of Texas’

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgwMDE5MjI2NDk1NDI3OTI4/colt-mccoy-texas.jpg Michael Shapiro Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy joined an alumni campaign to keep “The Eyes of Texas” as the university’s alma mater song, according to the Texas Tribune.  A fierce debate regarding the school song began in June 2020 when a group of Texas......

Smart leaves Texas, named coach at Marquette

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Texas‘ Shaka Smart has been hired as Marquette‘s new head basketball coach, the Golden Eagles announced Friday. Smart replaces Steve Wojciechowski, who was fired last week after seven seasons with the Golden Eagles. “We undertook an exhaustive national search, during which we discussed our opening with a significant number of......

Texas Forward Kai Jones Declares for NBA Draft

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Madeline Coleman Texas forward Kai Jones announced via Twitter that he will enter the 2021 NBA draft. The sophomore averaged 8.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 38.2% from three-point range. Jones, 19, is ranked No. 17 on Sports Illustrated‘s......

Crowning a 2021 champion in college football’s 64-team playoff

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Part of the magic of the NCAA tournament is the little guy knocking off the big guy, especially in the early rounds and against all odds. But when you get to this point, talent usually wins out. We’re down to 16 teams in ESPN’s fictional NCAA football tournament. Here’s how......

Committee finds no racist intent in Texas song

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A University of Texas committee formed in November to investigate the history of “The Eyes of Texas” released a 58-page report on Tuesday which says the school song was not written with racist intent, but acknowledges its first public performance was likely by performers in blackface during a minstrel show.......

Most compelling storylines, players and coaches to watch this spring

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Shoulder pads popping. Whistles chirping. Coaches shouting. After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, college football’s spring practices are back as teams slowly begin to resume more normalcy amid the worldwide pandemic. What hasn’t changed since a year ago are the teams at the top of the sport’s upper echelon......

As song debate rages, Texas responds to critics

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University of Texas president Jay Hartzell responded on Tuesday to a report in The Texas Tribune featuring emails sent to the school by boosters angry that football players were refusing to follow tradition by singing “The Eyes of Texas” after games. The Tribune said that, of more than 300 emails......

Texas regents approve $34.2M deal for Sarkisian

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AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas System regents on Thursday approved a six-year, $34.2 million guaranteed contract for new Longhorns football coach Steve Sarkisian. The regents also approved more than $21 million in guaranteed contracts for Sarkisian’s staff. Three of his top assistants got three-year guaranteed contracts worth more than......

Biggest offseason question for each college football team in the Way-Too-Early Top 25

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Some top teams need to replace generational quarterbacks. Others have new coaches who need to fill big roles. No one, not even Clemson and Alabama, is perfect heading into 2021. Here’s a breakdown of the most pressing offseason questions for each of the Way-Too-Early Top......

College football’s most intriguing newcomer for each Way-Too-Early Top 25 team

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Between recruits, transfers and new coaches, even the best teams in college football look different year to year. From defending champ Alabama breaking in a new offensive coordinator to Ohio State’s ready-to-contribute true freshmen, these are the most intriguing newcomers for each of the Way-Too-Early......

Big 12 football schedule 2021 — Dates and key matchups

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The Big 12 released its schedule for the 2021 college football season. so it’s time to start breaking down your team’s slate and projecting wins and losses. Steve Sarkisian will start his tenure at Texas with a home game against Louisiana on Sept. 4, but what else is in store......

How the 2021 Way-Too-Early top 25 teams can make a CFP or NY6 run

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl game: Which is more likely for college football teams in 2021? We break down the best-case scenario for each of the Way-Too-Early top 25 teams. The road back to the playoff isn’t particularly complicated for......

HOFers Shields, Taylor among new CFP members

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Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman and Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields, who also won the Outland Trophy while at Nebraska, and Virginia Union athletic director Joe Taylor, one of the winningest coaches in HBCU history, headline five new College Football Playoff selection committee members announced Tuesday. Kentucky......

College football winners and losers from NFL draft early-entry deadline

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Monday marked the early-entry deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2021 NFL draft, so we now have a better idea of who is staying or leaving, and which schools were most impacted. The NCAA approved an eligibility freeze for all fall athletes, thus giving seniors the option to return for......

College football’s way-too-early 2021 All-America team

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After navigating the challenges of the 2020 college football season, is there anybody not eager to look ahead a little bit? We bid adieu to stars such as DeVonta Smith, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Daviyon Nixon, but there’s a whole new batch of players waiting to star on college......

Flood set to join Sarkisian at Texas, sources say

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9:06 PM ET Ian Fitzsimmons Adam Rittenberg Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Texas is set to hire Alabama assistant and former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood as its new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Steve Sarkisian, sources confirmed to......

Predicting next year’s breakout player for each Top 25 team

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The 2020 college football season has just ended, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Here’s a look at one potential breakout star for each player in the 2021 Way-Too-Early Top 25. No. 1 Clemson: QB D.J. Uiagalelei This feels like cheating. Saying Uiagalelei is......

The 2021 Way-Too-Early college football top 25

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Even in a 2020 college football season that featured more starts and stops than Los Angeles traffic, there were a handful of near certainties, such as Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State reaching the College Football Playoff. Even a pandemic couldn’t balance power in the most top-heavy sport. Will we finally......

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