Dick Weiss

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    VCU gets Smart, wins big with pressure.

    NEW YORK – The calls have come in from North Carolina State, Minnesota and UCLA, just to mention a few. But each time, VCU coach Shaka Smart has politely declined, resisting the temptation of a BCS contract to stay put at the Atlantic 10 school in Richmond, where he has continued a tradition started by...

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    High powered anti-trust lawyer to take aim at NCAA, Bloomberg reports

    College athletes who want to be paid for their services by the National College Athletic Association, have found a powerful allie as they continue to take legal steps against what they consider unfair rules abuse by the governing body for college sports. Jeff Kessler, a highly successful anti-trust attorney who helped bring free agency to the National Football League,...

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    U18 men’s loss in 3×3 wc points out flaws in overreliance on dunk

    SINGAPORE– The shock waves are still reveberating through USA Basketball Grass roots after the U18 world 3×3championships in Jakarta. The U.S. men’s team, which had rolled through pool play, lost to a Lithuanian team that finished fourth in its group, 15-12, in the round of 16 Saturday night and was eliminated from the tournament before the final...

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    Earl Campbell calls for Mack Brown to step down

    In the midst of an unsettling season, this was probably the last thing Texas football  coach Mack Brown needed to hear. Brown, who has already  been taking heat for the Longhorns’ 2-2 start, had to digest the idea of former Heisman Trophy  winner Earl Campbell, one of the most popular players in the modern history of...

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    UConn axes Pasqualoni

    SINGAPORE– It may have been lost in the shuffle after USC fired Lane Kiffin as its head football coach, but Connecticut has made a long awaited change, firing head coach Paul Pasqualoni Monday after a winless 0-4 start and an embarrassing 41-12 loss to Buffalo..   Athletic director Warde Manuel, a former Michigan player who...

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    Alexander the great dominates U18 3×3 worlds

     JAKARTA– FIBA has constantly been tinkering with the rules of 3×3 after introducing the sport internationally three years ago in an effort to give it more of a beach volleyball feel as it pushes the game for inclusion as part of the basketball discipline part of the Olympic program.     But it appears the international...

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    Players protest NCAA treatment of student-athletes

    A number of college football players, including quarterback Vad Lee and several others from Georgia Tech, lent their support to a protest against the way NCAA treats its student-athletes yesterday. The Jackets’ players involved wore “APU” on their wristbands and towels during a nationally televised 28-20 victory over North Carolina as a way to call attention to high profile issues such as financial compensation and treatment...

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    NCAA president Mark Emmert takes hard line on paying players

    NCAA president Mark Emmert recognizes there is a growing rift between big-money BCS schools and smaller institutions in terms off compensating student-athletes. But Emmett is adamant student-athletes who participate in NCAA events maintain their amateur status.   ”There’s very few members and, virtually no university president, who think it’s a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid...

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    Johnny Football is a Force of Nature

    COLLEGE STATION, Tex. – Like him or hate him, Texas A & M’s Heisman Trophy winning sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel is a force of nature in the SEC and college football. His constant attempts to defy logic no matter what the odds of successe on any given play have made Maniel a great individual talent. Johnny Football...

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    In the case of Johnny Manziel, Is a picture worth a thousand words?

    COLLEGE STATION, Tex.– As we prepare for a bigger than life, early season SEC showdown between top-ranked Alabama and sixth-ranked Texas A & M here Saturday, the controversy surrounding Aggies’ Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel’s alleged multiple off season autograph sessions continues to perculate.   ESPN stirred the pot yesterday when it obtained and-aired a photo of Manziel signing for...

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    SI expose to allege history of corruption in Oklahoma State football program

    It’s hard to believe anything could overshadow Saturday’s SEC showdown between Texas A & M and Alabama in College Station, but Sports Illustrated’ upcoming five-part series on corruption in the Oklahoma State football program could be one of the most explosive blockbusters of the season.    Prepare yourself. The shock value of the allegations that will break this week...

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    George Raveling to be honored for pioneering spirit

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– George Raveling has always been a pioneer. As a young assistant at Villanova, he built a reputation as the best recruiter and talent evaluator in the country, creating his own underground raillbroad when he transported black prospects from the deep South to a better life on the Philadelphia Main Line....

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    Bama still No. 1 in Blue Star poll

    Alabama has set the bar so high in college football that even a convincing 35-10 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday in Atlanta was not enough to satisfy its rabid fans, who left the Georgia Dome unhappy about the lack of offensive production. The Tide didn’t exactly roll against the ACC Hokies, gaining a dismal 206 yards total offense...

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    Johnny Football needs to tone down his act

    Texas A & M’s sophomore Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel can’t seem to maintain a low profile. Manziel, who was suspended by the NCAA for the first half of the Aggies’ home opener against Rice after committing an inadvertent NCAA violation for signing autographs, put his signature all over a 52-31 victory when he threw three touchdowns in...

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    NCAA struggles with consistent policy on transfer waivers

    The NCAA needs to take a crash course in common sense.   It’s latest error in judgment occurred when college sports’ governing organization denied Rutgers’ sophomore transfer Kervin Okoro a hardship waiver this season so he could play immediately even though the former Iowa State guard lost both his father and brother within a...

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    NCAA can’t stay out of the courtroom

    INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA just can’t seem to stay out of court room brawls. College athletics’ governing body must be punch drunk from constantly losing motions to dismiss the growing number of cases being filed against it.    This time, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson rejected the NCAA’s motion to dismiss a case brought...