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If you were a basketball fan at Loyola Marymount University during the 1989-90 season, you were on top of the world. Your LMU Lions were the talk of college basketball thanks to head coach Paul Westhead's Run and Gun offense, which was putting up 122.4 points a game. In stars Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, best friends and high school teammates from Philadelphia, the Lions had two surefire NBA lottery picks that would fill up the stat sheet. Gathers, a 6' 7'', 220 lbs. forward, averaged an astonishing 33 points and 14 rebounds the previous year. While Kimble, a 6' 5", 190 lbs. guard ...

Some College Sports Fans Need To Get Grip On Reality

By Justin Hudson On February - 18 - 2010
College athletics brings out a range of emotions from fans. One minute, you are celebrating an exhilarating victory over a heated rival and the next minute, you're staring blankly at the television screen after your team dropped a heartbreaker to an underdog. For many fans, rooting on their favorite college basketball and football teams is a everyday commitment. With that type of emotional investment, it is often too easy to cross the line from passionate supporter to deranged lunatic. This week, a number of Mississippi State fans crossed that line. As you might have heard, some Bulldog fans got a hold of Kentucky ...

Big Ten Looks To Create Another Made-for-Television Conference

By Justin Hudson On December - 17 - 2009
If the Big Ten decides to extend an invitation to Notre Dame, Pitt, Rutgers, Missouri, or anyone else in the coming years, it would be the latest example of television money fueling conference realignment in college football. Believe or not, there was a time when television did not dominate the sport. From the 1950's through the early '80s, every NCAA institution was a part of the same television package. To protect attendance figures and to get as many teams exposure as possible, the NCAA actually limited the amount of games a team could appear on television. For powerhouses such as Oklahoma and ...
I’m all for college football traditions. Traditions provide college football with the pageantry and passion that is often lacking from the professional game. Fall Saturdays would not be the same without someone dotting the I in Ohio, an orange-tinged crowd singing Rocky Top, or a whole stadium standing just in case a 12th man is needed. Besides providing the game with much needed excitement, traditions are also supposed to unite fanbases. Football teams, especially those from public universities, represent much more than their schools. They often represent their cities, regions, and even their entire state. Traditions help to unite young and old, alumni and ...

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