Dick Weiss

  • Dick Weiss
    Yale climbs the Ivy covered wall to defeat Baylor in NCAA Tournament.

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.– Ivy League champion Yale is on spring break this week so the university invited the pep band from Hillhouse High close to his New Haven, Conn. campus to play at their NCAA first round game against Baylor here Thursday afternoon. The band made a point of playing the famed Bulldog...

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    Yale fights through controversy before first NCAA appearance since 1962.

    PROVIDENCE– This was supposed to be the calm before the storm. Yale, which has won the Ivy League basketball championship for the first time since 1962, should be in a joyous mood. But the 12th-seeded Bulldogs have chosen to limit their celebration leading up to their NCAA first round game against Baylor...

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    NBA scouts look past March Madness for first round talent

    PROVIDENCE– It didn’t take long for LSU’s versatile 6-10 freshman forward Ben Simmons top move on with his life once the underachieving Tigers failed to make the 68-team NCAA Tournament field and decided to reject an NIT bid because Keith Hornsby was recovering from a season ending injury and high scoring freshman...

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    Security and Anxiety in the Atlantic 10

    BROOKLYN– Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade is hopeful five of the teams from her league– Dayton, St. Bonaventure, Virginia Commonwealth, St. Joseph’s and George Washington– all receive bids to the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday. She can make a case for every one of them. But in this season, where bubbles are...

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    Xavier has that Final Four look about them.

    NEW YORK– There was a frightening clap of thunder heard throughout the Garden last night. That was just fifth-ranked Xavier, once considered just another good team from the Atlantic 10 that was buried in the shadow of neighborhood rival Cincinnati, announcing itself as a national contender. The second-seeded Musketeers (27-4) made a...

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    Hart beats loudly for Nova in Big East tournament

    NEW YORK– There was a time when Villanova’s 6-6 forward Josh Hart thought he might be wearing a Georgetown jersey. Hart grew up in Washington, D.C.. and attended Sidwell Friends, an exclusive private school there, emerging as one of the two best prospects in the District, along with current Nova junior forward...

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    Ben Simmons can only take LSU so far.

    This has been a season of twisted logic for Louisiana State’s enigmatic basketball team. As soon as 6-10 freshman Ben Simmons signed with the SEC Tigers last November, the school launched a campaign blitz promoting his arrival that proclaimed, “25 is coming.” on billboards, print and social media. Simmons, a 19-year-old Australian...

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    Alabama Coach Nick Saban

    GLENDALE, Ariz.— Alabama coach Nick Saban is rapidly becoming the reincarnation of the late Bear Bryant. Saban won his fourth national championship in seven years here last night as the Crimson Tide (14-1) outscored top-ranked Clemson, 45-40, at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The only other coach to accomplish that was Frank...

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    Saban pushes NFL to withhold draft information until after title game

    PHOENIX, Ariz.– Alabama coach Nick Saban has reiterated his call for the NFL to delay delivering draft feedback to underclassmen until after the college football season is complete. In the final news conference before Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game between the Tide and Clemson in Glendale, Saban tried to flex...

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    Dabo Swinney and the meaning of family

    PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz.– Life is good for Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney these days. His top-ranked ACC team is 14-0 and set to play for the College Football Playoff National championship against SEC champion Alabama (13-1) Monday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  He is currently working on an eight-year contract...

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    Report: ESPN owes $20 million in make goods after CFP semis don’t make grade

    ESPN made a huge investment when it bought the rights to the College Football playoffs. Now, it appears they will have to open the vault again. John Consoli of Broadcasting @ Cable is reporting ESPN owes advertisers around $20 million in make goods after ratings for the College Football Playoff semifinal games, which aired...

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    Time to reassess the calendar for College Football Playoffs

    College Football Player rights holder ESPN should receive a healthy bump on the Nielsen TV ratings this Monday when Clemson (14-0) plays Alabama (13-1) for the national championship in Glendale, Ariz. Clemson is the top ranked team in the Coaches’ poll, but the Tide, which has won three of the last six...

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    Clemson’s new football facility over the top

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.– As much as I personally like Clemson football coach Dabo Sweeney, the idea of his university investing in a $62 million dollar football facility seems over the top. Clemson has become the latest poster child for excessive spending in college sports. The Tigers’ new 140,000-square foot facility have all...

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    Mixon’s lack of remorse hurts Oklahoma image

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.– This is not the way Oklahoma planned for media day to play out prior to the Sooners’ national semi-final game against Clemson here Thursday night at Sun Lite Stadium. The Sooners were there to promote their players and the accomplishments of their team. But the biggest story of the...

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    Venables not surprised by Oklahoma’s resurgence

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Brent Venables will get a chance to revisit his past again Thursday night. Venables got his first big break in coaching when Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops hired him as a member of his staff in 1999. Now, two years after he left to take a similar position...

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    Oklahoma All American QB Baker Mayfield is fueled by personal motivation.

    FT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–Oklahoma’s junior All America quarterback Baker Mayfield has a list of all the negative stories, comments and perceived slights he has received from all the skeptics written in his cell phone. They serve as personal motivation as he heads into in college football’s national semi-final game against top-ranked Clemson here...