Dick Weiss

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    Cuse-Duke: Newest ACC rivalry could be the best

    SYRACUSE– Preparations for the Super Bowl was taking place just four hours down the road at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. But no one in this snowy city in upstate New York seemed to care. Students camped out for two weeks in the chilly temperatures to get their hands on precious tickets for the first...

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    National Signing Day in College football

    Wednesday is National Signing Day in college football. We thought we’d give you a sneak peak at where the best prospects in the country are likely to land. To no one’s surprise, the SEC has dominated national recruiting again. Alabama, which has at least eight players with Top 75 credentials, should have the top class in the country,...

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    Philadelphia’s college basketball legacy

    Former Big 5 star Terence Stansbury, a long-time friend from Temple, asked me recently to compare the careers of the players who stayed local and played in the Big 5 from its inception in 1956 and those high school stars from the Philadelphia area who went away to school. Obviously both 7-0 Naismith Hall...

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    Division I football team takes steps to unionize

    College athletes at Northwestern University are seeking help from organized labor in their attempts to have more say about the working conditions under which they play NCAA sports. For the first time ever, members of the Wildcats’ Divisiion I football team are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking steps that could eventually lead...

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    Bill Self: Andrew Wiggins can take another step.

    LAWRENCE, Kansas – Andrew Wiggins is the face of Canada in college basketball. Kansas’ super publicized 6-8 freshman has already told the world he will only stay in school for a year before leaving for the NBA draft and the Toronto Raptors are reportedly salivating at the idea of drafting him with their first round pick....

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    The Palestra: Taking a walk down memory lane

     PHILADELPHIA – I still get goose bumps whenever I walk into the Palestra, the historic gymnasium on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.   I’ve been attending games there for more than 50 years and the thrill of watching college basketball in one of the great monuments to college basketball never goes away....

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    NCAA continues to lose investigators

    The NCAA continues to lose the nuts and bolts of its already thin enforcement staff. ESPN’s crack staffer Dana O’Neil is reporting LuAnn Humphrey, the organization’s director of enforcement and long time face of the NCAA’s enforcement team, will leave next month after 14 years on the job. The loss of Humphrey, who played a...

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    Carolina academic problems continue

    The seemingly never ending academic scandal at North Carolina, which stemmed from an NCAA investigation into the football program in 2010 and led to a discovery of fraud in a department featuring significant  enrollments of football and basketball players, does not show any signs of letting up.   The latest bomb shell comes courtesy of CNN, which conducted its own investigation...

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    O’Bannon vs. NCAA heating up again

    The Ed O’Bannon vs. the NCAA case is heating up again with lawyers for the plaintiffs arguing in a court brief filed Monday, Jan. 13 that the NCAA’s definition of what constitutes paying players varies based on the discretion of the NCAA and ignores what universities covertly pay players. A trial has been scheduled for June...

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    O’Brien leaves Penn State to return to NFL

        Bill O’Brien’s stay in Happy Valley was a short one.    Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien will become the Houston Texans’ new coach, according to multiple sources. O’Brien met with the Texans this week at his home in Cape Cod. The deal was reportedly completed late Tuesday night. An official announcement reportedly...

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    Is Louisville becoming a house of Cards?

       As if Louisville’s 73-67 loss at Kentucky wasn’t enough to worry about, Cards’ Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has dismissed 6-6 junior forward Chane Behanan from the team for violation of university policy.   Behanan had been an integral part of last year’s national championship run. He had been suspended indefinitely in October...

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    Kentucky discovers fountain of youth

       LEXINGTON, Ky.– It was a week filled with anxiety for Kentucky basketball fans.   Their beloved Wildcats had already lost to three Top 50 teams– Michigan State, North Carolina and Baylor– and were approaching judgment day against defending national champion Louisville Saturday at Rupp Arena.  Not only was the ongoing rivalry between these two bitter instate rivals important...

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    Carolina finding its way

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C.– The University of North Carolina is no longer one of college basketball’s biggest early season surprises.    The ACC Tar Heels, playing short handed because of suspensions to leading returning scorer P.J. Hairston and lone proven shooter Lesley McDonald due to unresolved NCAA eligibility concerns, deserves credit for finding a way to defeat...

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    Winston not charged, eligible to play in ACC title game

        The Florida state’s attorney’s office has decided there was not enough evidence  to charge Florida State’s red shirt quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of rape by a female FSU student, with a criminal felony. The decision clears the way for Winston to maintain his eligibility and begin to write his acceptance speech for the Heisman Trophy,...

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    Andrew Wiggins: How bright is his star right now?

     PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas— When Andrew Wiggins arrived at Kansas City Airport to enroll at Kansas for  summer school sessions, last June, he discovered he had a welcome committee there greet him. Some 15 Kansas fans showed up to after they discovered Wiggins’ flight itinerary from Toronto  greet was posted on a message...

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    Dylan Ennis steps out of his brother’s shadow.

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas.– The long term future of  Villanova’s  back court changed dramatically this week after the first appearance of red shirt sophomore guard Dylan Ennis under game conditions. The 6-2 Ennis, a Canadian import and transfer from Rice, broke his right shooting hand back on October 24. But  he played like...