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National Collegiate Athletic Association

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    October 24, 2014

    Kelvin Sampson Takes Over The Coogs (Just Don't Expect A Tourney Visit This Year)

    The Houston Cougars come into this basketball season with a new coach. It has new players, and supposedly a new culture. But some things never change, and just as with last season, the Cougars are going to lose a lot of games. Kelvin Sampson's the new guy in charge. The former assistant coach for ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    2014 Summer Preview: What Will Sustain Us as a Sports Nation?

    The dirty little semi-secret in sports talk radio is that there are many hosts out there who dread the months of June, July, and the first part of August. Yes, the same time of year to which the rest of the free world counts down like a prisoner approaching their parole date, many in my business ab ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Owls and Cougars Looking Good for Postseason Success

    The regular season's over for the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars baseball teams. Both teams are poised at or near the top of their conferences, riding hot streaks into their respective conference tournaments starting Wednesday. And if things go right this week, both teams are primed to host regionals ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Cougars Go All In On Rocket's Kelvin Sampson Despite NCAA Issue

    The University of Houston announced last night that Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been named as the ninth head coach in the history of the men's basketball team. Sampson's the former head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana. He got all of those schools into the NCAA ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    NCAA Must Be Worried College Football Players Won Bid to Unionize

    After decades of exploiting football players as highly inexpensive labor, the clock may be officially ticking on the NCAA. Last year, it was the class action lawsuit settled out of court between college football players (past and present) and EA Sports for video game royalties. The Ed O'Bannon law ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    March Madness 2014: The Tourney In Prop Bets

    Come this time of year, almost everyone is filling out brackets. Hardcore fans, casual fans, kids, adults, bosses, secretaries...we all love March Madness! However, this is also a time of year where degenerates get even more degenerate. Spreads, moneylines, prop bets, futures, exotics...everything ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Will Houston Athletes Ever Get Paid to Play in College?

    TaShawn Thomas dreams of one day becoming a professional after college. He's a junior and a forward on the University of Houston's men's basketball team. Without his scholarship he wouldn't be in college, he says. With the money he receives his housing and food are paid for. Still, he thinks it wou ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    The NCAA is Evil, But You Probably Already Knew That

    Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler was drafted in the fifth round of last June's MLB amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Wetzler was only a junior, but the NCAA permits college juniors to be drafted. Wetzler did not come to an agreement with the Phillies, and as allowed by NCAA rules, he retur ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Best Baseball at Minute Maid Park in 2014: Annual College Classic Next Week

    I want to take a pause from my usual Houston Astros bashing so that I might applaud an event they stage every year. It's time once again for the Houston College Classic, six college baseball teams invading Minute Maid Park for nine games in three days. For only the second time in its history, th ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Congrats To The University Of Texas On An 8th Straight National Title In...

    ....merchandise royalties! Indeed, while the on the field product for football has regressed to "decidedly average with hope this season" and the on the court product for basketball has devolved to "just plain bad," one thing the University of Texas does really well -- TWO things, actually -- cash ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Summer of Johnny: Johnny Manziel's Lawyer Is Awesome, Wears A Cowboy Hat

    The Summer of Johnny started innocently enough. Truth be told, Johnny's extended summer really started well before the actual summer, beginning around February with Johnny posting pics from Mardi Gras on his Instagram page. From there, the saga of our hero took twists and turns through Cabo (spring ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Summer of Johnny: The NCAA Finally Comes Knocking

    Earlier this year, Texas A&M's two Heisman Trophy winners, Johnny Manziel and John David Crow, autographed six helmets together. The helmets were auctioned off by various Aggie alumni groups throughout the state of Texas and combined fetched a tidy sum of $81,600, which helped subsidize several A&M ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Rice Owls Win C-USA Tournament

    Rice's Keenan Cook connected on the fastball over the plate from Southern Miss's Nick Johnson. He took a step toward first base, then raised his fist high in the sky with jubilation as his shot landed in short center field. Ford Stainback sprinted home from third base and the Rice Owls were the vict ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Rice Denies "Terrorist," "Axis of Evil" Racial Slurs Surrounding Implosion of Men's Basketball Team

    It's been four long, sad decades for the Rice men's basketball program. There have been a few moments of levity -- the opening of Tudor Fieldhouse, Morris Almond's mid-range jumper, Willis Wilson's mustache -- but, by and large, the tale's been one of cumbersome academics and milquetoast community ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    March Madness 2013: My Predictions In The Form Of Prop Bets

    The play-in game appetizers are done, and Thursday morning the main course of 63 games involving 64 teams over the next two weeks begins. For the first time since I got into radio in 2007, I will be able to actually settle in and watch the games for the entire first two days with no radio responsibi ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Texas Southern University Athletics: NCAA Calls Foul Once Again

    The Texas Southern University Athletics Department was once again cited for infractions by the NCAA Tuesday and placed on five years probation, something which certainly has to leave both its supporters and detractors discouraged. As the NCAA report noted, TSU "either has been on probation or had v ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    A Few Suggestions For Houston Sports Moments and Personalities To Be Memorialized

    The greatest player in the history of the Houston Oilers is, without a doubt, Earl Campbell. And Ross Greenburg, the former head of HBO Sports, is producing a documentary on the life and career of Campbell that will air later this year on the NBC Sports Network. And last month the MLB Network did a ... More >>

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    July 24, 2012

    Penn State Scandal: My Statement To The Paterno Family

    "The sanctions announced by the NCAA today defame the legacy and contributions of a great coach and educator without any input from our family or those who knew him best." -- The Paterno Family, in a statement (how else?), 7/23/12 Since the moment that Jerry Sandusky was whisked out of the back of ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    If Any School Deserves The NCAA Death Penalty, It's Got To Be Penn State

    If ever a major collegiate football program deserves the so-called NCAA death penalty, it's got to be Penn State. The myth of Joe Paterno and his ethical football program has been blown out of the water, and the least the NCAA can do is put this program out of the misery of college sports fans. For ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Year Just Past In Cougar Sports

    John RoyalCase Keenum was the Man of the Year for the Cougars​Yes, it's that time of year. That time of year when I take a look back at the year just past. On Friday, I looked back at the sports year for the Rice Owls. Today, let's take a look at the top 25 events, in no particular order, f ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Texas A&M and SEC Make It Official

    ​Finally putting an end to unrelenting speculation, rumor and hand-wringing from colleges, media and sports radio, the Southeastern Conference formally accepted Texas A&M University into its conference Sunday, ending A&M's tenure in the Big 12 and leaving the future of that conference very muc ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    UH's Case Keenum Named To Maxwell Award Watch List

    ​UH's Case Keenum, once a leading candidate for a Heisman Award, has been named for the watch list of the Maxwell Award, given annually to college football's best offensive player. We profiled Keenum in the spring as he began a comeback from the injury that ended his Heisman-hopes season last ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    And in the End: 20 Final Thoughts on the Final Four

    John RoyalLeAnn all dressed up for a white wedding.​In an attempt to wipe that awful excuse for a basketball game on Monday night from my head, I thought I would purge a few things still running through from my mind about the whole Final Four weekend. So... 1. I like attractive women. And ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Final Four: Find Yourself at the Game

    Was Waldo there?​SI.com has got a neat feature up today -- a gigapan, searchable photo of last night's NCAA Final. In case you don't know what that is (and we probably got the terminology wrong), it's basically a GoogleStreetview of the arena last night -- you can zoom in, pan around and even ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    Dear Ms. Judd, Welcome to Houston

    Dear Ashley, welcome to Houston. I'll be in the press section, come find me.​Dear Ms. Ashley Judd: I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to my hometown of Houston, Texas. Now I know you've visited our fine place before, especially several years ago when you were here with your race ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    So Kenny Chesney Is Playing Discovery Green After All

    Kenny Chesney models what will now be known as "The CultureMap Smirk."​Looks like CultureMap - and their "anonymous" sources - had it right. Way to go, guys. After the Houston digital daily broke the story (to Rocks Off's extreme skepticism), The NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS announced later Th ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    The Final Four Is Coming to Town

    John RoyalThe NCAA is coming to town​The NCAA Final Four is coming to town in April. So get ready for the hype. Get ready for the out-of-towners bitching about what a crappy city Houston is. Get ready for complaints from people having to stay in hotels out in The Woodlands. And get ready f ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    One Guy's Thoughts On The Sports Year: 25 Things To Remember

    So with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I would take some time to revisit some of the highlights, and lowlights, of this past sports year. Your list is probably different, but these are the things that caught my attention this year. maxim.com Thanks for everything, Jenn​1. ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Case Keenum Will Try To Come Back For Another Year At UH

    Trying to come back to UH​Case Keenum's big run-for-the-Heisman year ended with an injury last month, but he has decided to appeal to the NCAA for another year at UH rather than go into the NFL draft."After talking this over with my family and people close to me, I have decided to try for another ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Sam McGuffie, Ready To Fly At Rice

    Sam McGuffie was a HS YouTube sensation​Sam McGuffie wasn't very comfortable while playing football at Michigan. He suffered several concussions. He was a bit of a loner. He missed his family. He was a long way from home. All of this was written in various stories after the 2008 college football s ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    USC Trojans: They're Different From 1980s SMU How, Exactly?

    Snoop & Pete: BFFs​The Southern Methodist University football team was hit with NCAA sanctions on February 26, 1987 because of a slush-fund created to pay players. Seeing as how the Mustangs were a repeat offender -- they were already on probation for recruiting violations -- the NCAA le ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    What? Tom Penders' UH Team Had Trouble With Academics?

    Go to class!! If you can​Here's a surprise -- the University of Houston men's basketball program has been warned by the NCAA about poor academic performance, the Houston Chronicle reported. It's not surprising because of the absolute jaw-dropping notion that UH athletes might not be racking up GP ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Game Time: Calipari Seeks His First Final Four....You Know, Because The Other Two Never Happened

    The NCAA makes me chuckle sometimes. Forget about the laughable amount of time it takes them to investigate transgressions at schools where you may as well be investigating jaywalking outside Minute Maid Park on Texas Street after an Astros game. (For those of you who don't live in Houston, after ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Your Brackets Already Are Blown -- Start Thinking About Next Year

    ​Face it, your NCAA brackets this year are a joke. Your Final Four of Kansas, Villanova, Pittsburgh and New Mexico didn't turn out to be the lock you imagined.So start thinking about next year. When the Final Four is right here in Houston.The ticket application process is still open for the 2011 f ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    NCAA Being Sued By Former Players Who Find Themselves Being Used In Video Games

    ​Not many people remember Ed O'Bannon for his exploits on the basketball court. But if he has his way, his name may end up as one of the most memorable in college sports history, primarily because he could end up being the one who changes college sports history. O'Bannon was a star forward on the ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Expanding The NCAA Tournament to 96 Teams: That's March Madness

    ​Last fall, the NCAA began discussions regarding a change to the men's basketball tournament, otherwise known as March Madness. This is currently a 65-team tournament. Win or out. And it determines the best college basketball team in the country. It's a huge moneymaker for the schools and the NCAA ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Kevin Sumlin Didn't Leave (This Time), But Unlike His Players, He Could

    ​There was much panic among the Houston Cougar faithful when head coach Kevin Sumlin's name was mentioned in regards to the open University of Cincinnati coaching job. And that same panic was seen as well at Stanford when coach Jim Harbaugh's name was mentioned in connection with the Kansas job. & ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    NCAA To Recommend Sickle-Cell Testing As A Result Of Rice Football Player's Death

    Dale Lloyd was a promising Rice football player who had shined at Lamar High. Three years ago, the freshman collapsed at a workout and died.His family sued the university and Rice; a settlement was announced today that could go towards seeing that the tragedy helps someone else one day.After his dea ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Rice Hosts NCAA Baseball Regional, Doesn't Get Top Seed

    Photo by Daniel KramerYesterday saw the announcement of the NCAA's 64-team bracket for the College World Series, and it was a mixed bag for local fans.Good news: Seven Texas teams are in it.Bad news: Rice didn't get a top regional seeding, for the first time in three years, kind of a slap to the new ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Why Is Everybody Getting Laid Off But Tom Penders?

    You know, as the NCAA Tournament starts today, I can't help but notice that the Houston Cougars have once again failed to gain entry into the field of 65. Sure, they're playing in something called the CBI, but that's really not the same thing, is it? (Especially seeing as how the Cougars lost las ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Why Is Everybody Getting Laid Off But Tom Penders?

    You know, as the NCAA Tournament starts today, I can't help but notice that the Houston Cougars have once again failed to gain entry into the field of 65. Sure, they're playing in something called the CBI, but that's really not the same thing, is it? (Especially seeing as how the Cougars lost las ... More >>

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    Goal Oriented

    Rice's women's soccer team kicks it up a notch

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