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Michigan achieves historic milestone in victory against Maryland in college football.

Michigan achieves historic milestone in victory against Maryland in college football.

Michigan Makes College Football History with 1,000 Wins

In a historic achievement, the Michigan Wolverines secured their place in college football history as the first program to reach 1,000 victories. The milestone was reached following a hard-fought 31-24 triumph against Maryland on a Saturday afternoon, propelling the Wolverines to an impressive 11-0 record this season with the regular season finale against Ohio State looming.

While the Wolverines faced their highest points conceded this season, the formidable first-half performance of the Michigan offense proved insurmountable for Maryland. Additionally, the Wolverines notched two safeties during the game.

Despite being absent from the coaching role in College Park due to a three-game suspension related to a sign-stealing scandal, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged the historic achievement ahead of Saturday’s game.

Harbaugh expressed his gratitude, stating, “Just really want to shout out the Green Bay Packers, most wins in NFL history: 793. Most wins in high school football, Valdosta, Georgia: 951. Michigan Wolverines: 999. No one has won more. Nobody. I want to thank everyone who has put on the winged helmet.” This landmark win solidifies Michigan’s unparalleled legacy in college football.

Michigan’s football program, which secured its inaugural victory in 1879 against Racine, has reached a significant milestone of 1,000 wins. The Wolverines claimed their first triumph with a 1-0 victory in an era when field goals were the sole contributors to scoring. Fast forward more than 140 years, and Michigan’s 1,000 victories include:

  • 11 national championships
  • 44 conference titles
  • 17 undefeated seasons
  • Eight Rose Bowl victories

Leaders in College Football Wins: Michigan commenced the season at the pinnacle of the list of college football teams with the most wins. Rival Ohio State and Alabama follow in second place. The prospect of either school achieving 1,000 wins looms, with Ohio State potentially attaining this milestone as early as 2024. However, achieving such a feat would necessitate three consecutive undefeated national championship seasons.

Top College Football Teams by Wins:

(Asterisk denotes inclusion of Saturday, Nov. 18 results)

  1. Michigan: 1,000 wins*
  2. Ohio State: 963 wins
  3. Alabama: 963 wins*
  4. Texas: 945 wins
  5. Notre Dame: 945 wins
  6. Oklahoma: 942 wins
  7. Yale: 935 wins
  8. Penn State: 929 wins*
  9. Nebraska: 917 wins
  10. Harvard: 901 wins

This noteworthy accomplishment establishes Michigan as the first college football team to achieve the 1,000-win milestone.


Garaway dominates West Jefferson, securing a spot in the state semifinals for the very first time.

Garaway dominates West Jefferson, securing a spot in the state semifinals for the very first time.

In the wake of their decisive victory over West Jefferson, the Garaway High School football team exuberantly convened in their customary postgame circle on the north side of Sulsberger Stadium. The air buzzed with celebration as fans joined the jubilant moment following the Pirates’ impressive 42-7 triumph in the Division VI regional final.

Amidst the spirited revelry, a cluster of Garaway players proudly accepted the regional championship trophy at midfield, exchanging heartfelt hugs with teammates, coaches, and family members. However, this triumph only fueled their appetite for greater success.

Junior quarterback Brady Geibel articulated the team’s ambitious aspirations, stating, “It’s our goal to win a state championship this year. It’s another game, another step in the right direction. We played well all-around. But we’ve got to get back in the film room tomorrow. It wasn’t perfect. One game at a time. We’ve got Kirtland next week. It’s going to be a tough one.”

Looking ahead, the Pirates are set to face Kirtland in the upcoming state semifinal at a location yet to be determined. Kirtland earned their spot by defeating Mogadore, 42-0, in a commanding display on Friday.

Highlighting the standout performances of the night, junior tailback Dillon Soehnlen left an indelible mark with three touchdowns. His most notable contribution was a spectacular 65-yard reception from Geibel in the second quarter, propelling Garaway to a commanding 28-0 lead.

The Garaway Pirates, with Wyatt Wallick proudly holding the trophy, jubilantly celebrate their 42-7 victory over West Jefferson in the Division VI, Region 23 final on Friday, November 17, 2023, at John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium in Zanesville, Ohio.

The team showcased their prowess on offense, defense, and special teams. Wyatt Wallick exhibited his versatility by fielding a low West Jefferson punt, executing a sweeping right turn, and dashing upfield for a spectacular 38-yard punt return touchdown during the second quarter. Additionally, Wallick reached the end zone with a 3-yard scoop and score just 9:48 minutes before the game’s conclusion.

West Jefferson managed to score their lone touchdown with a 29-yard scamper off a shovel pass in the fourth quarter.

Garaway’s head coach, Jason Wallick, expressed the significance of the victory, stating, “It means the world. It means the world because these guys have poured their heart and soul into this program. We’ve been knocking on the door, knocking on the door, and knocking on the door. It’s just unbelievable. It means everything to our kids.”

This article was originally featured on York Daily Record: OHSAA playoffs: Garaway Pirates football crushes West Jefferson.


For Duke’s Jon Scheyer, the Israel-Hamas War Affects Friends and Family

Duke’s Jon Scheyer: Impact of Israel-Hamas Conflict on Loved Ones

Jon Scheyer, the coach of Duke’s men’s basketball team, a former player in Israel, and a Jewish individual, shared his thoughts on the Israel-Hamas conflict during the Atlantic Coast Conference media day. Scheyer, visibly moved, expressed his feelings about the situation.

“It’s been very heartbreaking to see,” Scheyer said. “I did play in Israel, and I have close friends and family over there right now. Our friend sent me a video of sirens going off when rockets were launched. My heart breaks for the people in Israel who have hostages and are mourning the loss of loved ones.”

Scheyer also expressed his empathy for the Palestinians, acknowledging the trauma they are facing. He called the conflict an incredibly tragic situation and urged everyone to pray for peace and freedom.

Having played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the past, Scheyer still maintains close connections in Israel. He mentioned that former Duke player Justin Robinson, who was playing professionally in Israel when the conflict started, is safe.

Scheyer characterized the situation as a sad and distressing one for all involved.

In addition to sharing his thoughts on the conflict, Jon Scheyer recently agreed to a six-year contract extension with Duke University, following his first season as the head coach. Duke had a successful year under his leadership, winning the ACC tournament and earning a No. 5 seed at the NCAA tournament, though they were eliminated in the second round by Tennessee. The Blue Devils, currently ranked No. 2, are set to begin their 2023-24 season on November 6 against Dartmouth.


NCAA policy on cannabinoids: Committee recommends lifting ban on substance from college athletics

NCAA Committee Proposes Ending Ban on Cannabinoids in College Athletics: Policy Recommendation Unveiled

In a significant development, the NCAA is inching closer to potentially ending the prohibition of cannabinoids in collegiate sports, opening the door to the legalization of marijuana use among athletes.

On a recent Friday, the NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) made a formal recommendation to the three divisional governing bodies of the NCAA. They proposed the removal of cannabinoids from the list of prohibited substances within the league.

In a groundbreaking move, the NCAA is considering a significant policy shift regarding cannabinoids in college athletics. This decision is rooted in findings that indicate the current policy of banning, testing, and penalizing is ineffective. The NCAA primarily tests for performance-enhancing drugs, and there’s growing support for a harm-reduction strategy that prioritizes education and support over penalties at the school level.

Committee chair James Houle, a leading sport psychologist at Ohio State, emphasized the importance of involving the membership in such a pivotal decision. “When making a decision on an important topic like this, we agree that the membership should have an opportunity to vote on the final outcome,” he stated. “We are recommending a big shift in the paradigm when it comes to cannabinoids. We want to modernize the strategy with the most up-to-date research to give schools the best opportunity to support the health of student-athletes.”

Here are the key points to know about this recommendation:

NCAA’s Recommendation on Cannabinoids

The recommendation to remove cannabinoids from the list of banned substances follows an extensive study by the committee, which sought input from doctors, substance-misuse experts, and membership practitioners.

In December 2022, the NCAA organized a summit on Cannabis in Collegiate Athletics, drawing over 60 participants to explore how cannabinoids impact college sports. The summit delved into the ways the NCAA should approach the subject in the future.

Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer, highlighted the importance of staying updated on the rapidly evolving cannabis landscape. He stated, “The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving, and it’s important for the NCAA to understand the current landscape as educational, policy, and research strategies are developed to best support the physical and mental health of student-athletes.”

According to the NCAA’s release, the consensus from the summit was that cannabis should not be considered a performance-enhancing drug. Instead, the schools should adopt a “harm-reduction approach” to cannabis use, realigning the focus on student-athlete health while acknowledging the changing cultural and legal context surrounding cannabinoids.

While this recommendation represents a significant step, it does not guarantee an immediate policy change. Each of the three NCAA divisions will need to introduce, discuss, and adopt legislation before any changes become official.

The most recent policy adjustment took place in February 2022 when the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) raised the THC threshold for a positive test. This change aligned with the World Anti-Doping Agency, increasing the threshold from 35 nanograms per milliliter to 150.

Cannabis remains illegal in only ten states, according to The Cannigma, while it is legal for both medicinal and recreational use in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

This shift in the NCAA’s stance on cannabinoids mirrors trends in North American professional sports leagues, which have gradually moved away from punishing athletes for cannabis use in recent years.


Caitlin Clark is back, and Iowa and women's college basketball will soak up the spotlight

Caitlin Clark Returns: Iowa Women’s College Basketball Shines Once Again in the Limelight

MINNEAPOLIS – Caitlin Clark constantly encounters reminders of her memorable NCAA Tournament performance leading Iowa to the 2023 championship game. These reminders range from LeBron James expressing surprise at her decision not to enter the WNBA Draft to the long line of fans seeking autographs during her stint as grand marshal at an Indy Car race near Des Moines. Additionally, these reminders resurface every time she tunes into a college football game. She’s well aware of her impact.

In a sensational showdown between Iowa and LSU, even though the Hawkeyes found themselves on the losing end of the score, Caitlin Clark emerged as a beacon of light for women’s basketball. Speaking with The Sporting News, Clark reflected on the game’s impact: “I think just what we were able to do for women’s basketball got people talking about the game: 10 million viewers, that’s more than basically every other college football – most college football games that have occurred this season so far. And it’s hard to really understand how many people 10 million people are, but you see those numbers up against numbers like college football or whatever it is, it kind of takes you back for a second.”

March 2023 marked a turning point, with Clark being a significant catalyst for a surge of interest in the women’s NCAA March Madness. The championship game alone drew a record-breaking audience of 9.9 million viewers, as reported by Sports Media Watch’s mid-year analysis of the top 50 sports TV audiences. The LSU-Iowa clash was right up there, trailing only slightly behind iconic events like the Rose Bowl and Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Notably, no previous women’s NCAA game had managed to attract more than 5.7 million viewers, a record that had held for over two decades.

Caitlin Clark etched her name in the annals of March Madness history, setting a new record with 191 points in a single tournament. Her remarkable achievement surpassed the legendary Sheryl Swoopes on the women’s side and even eclipsed Glen Rice’s memorable 184-point performance in the 1989 men’s championship, which culminated in a title for the Michigan Wolverines. Clark’s back-to-back 40-point games in the Elite Eight victory over Louisville and the national semifinal victory over No. 1 South Carolina were nothing short of extraordinary.

Her incredible feat did not go unnoticed by the world, as social media lit up with praise from notable figures. Patrick Mahomes, a self-proclaimed Chiefs fan, LeBron James, Alex Morgan, and even entertainers Amy Schumer and Jason Sudekis extended their commendations. Clark humbly acknowledged this support, saying, “Just a lot of people that are A-list celebrities… I mean, I’m not nearly close to being on that level. But it’s cool. Not only are they watching yourself, but they’re paying attention to the game of women’s basketball.” Caitlin Clark had not only made history on the court but had also brought women’s basketball into the spotlight like never before.”

At the recent Big Ten Conference Media Day for women’s basketball, all eyes were on Caitlin Clark. Her remarkable talent and prowess were on full display, even though the usual long-range three-pointers were missing due to the event’s unique setup, with chairs and podiums replacing the baskets.

Mackenzie Holmes, the standout forward from Indiana, couldn’t help but praise Clark’s impact on the women’s game. She shared her thoughts with TSN, saying, “Caitlin is obviously a very talented player, and I think the attention she’s brought is great for the women’s game. She’s just going to continue to help be the reason why it grows.”

Clark’s performance in the previous season was nothing short of exceptional, with an average of 27.8 points per game. She even clinched the prestigious Naismith Award as the Player of the Year. With such accomplishments, one might wonder why she’s returning to Iowa for her senior season. The answer lies in the WNBA Draft rules, which prevented her from entering the league this season, a loss for the WNBA given her charisma, skill, and numerous achievements. Her popularity has led to significant NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) deals with giants like Hy-Vee, H&R Block, Nike, and Bose.

In a historic move, Caitlin Clark became the first college athlete to sign an endorsement deal with State Farm insurance, joining the ranks of accomplished sports stars like Chris Paul and Patrick Mahomes.

This Sunday, the Hawkeyes are set to play DePaul in a unique outdoor exhibition game at Kinnick Stadium. The event aims to benefit the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, located adjacent to the stadium. Iowa’s players are eagerly embracing traditions from the football program, including selecting a “Kid Captain” from among the patients and the heartwarming “wave” to those watching from the hospital windows. Notably, they have already sold over 47,000 tickets for this special occasion.

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Caitlin Clark’s skyrocketing popularity continues to amaze her, with anecdotes like her autograph signing at the Iowa Speedway in July. She was stunned to see the huge crowd waiting in line. “I remember pulling up in the golf cart, I’m like, ‘I’m only signing for an hour, so hopefully, I can get through all these people.’ So I sign really fast,” Clark said. “My autograph has kind of shortened over the last few years. But it’s just like people are so excited. They just want one second to meet any of us.”

Even if Clark or the Hawkeyes were to have a below-average year, defined as playing just 33 games without making deep runs in the Big Ten and NCAAs and averaging just 24.5 points, she would still break the NCAA women’s career scoring record of 3,527 points set by Washington’s Kelsey Plum in 2017. If she matched her junior-year output of 1,055 points, which included Iowa reaching the final, she would break the record by more than 200 points.

It’s not just about the numbers but how she scores. Clark is not a selfish player, as evidenced by her nearly 800 career assists, potentially landing her as high as third on the all-time list in that category. Teammates like power forward Hannah Stuelke attest to her generosity, noting that playing with Clark means always being ready for the ball because, “She’s going to throw it.” However, Clark is known for taking audacious shots that defy traditional basketball logic.

Towards the end of the last season, the average distance for one of her made 3-pointers was an astonishing 26 feet. Coach Lisa Bluder acknowledged the rationale behind these long-range shots: “Sometimes, she’s more open from 30 feet than she is from 20 feet.”

This year’s Iowa team looks different from the previous season. Center Monika Czinano, who averaged 17 points, concluded her career along with McKenna Warnock, the team’s only other double-figure scorer. That’s why at media day, Caitlin Clark was joined by Stuelke, who did not start a game last season, and sharpshooting guard Gabbie Marshall. Marshall, despite a 19-percent pre-New Year’s slump, managed to average 6.2 points and shot 38 percent on 3-pointers, reaching double figures in five of the final nine games.

Many eyes will be fixed on the court, awaiting Caitlin Clark’s next move, and she’s not immune to the pressure. Speaking with TSN, she acknowledged the expectations but emphasized her coach’s perspective: “I think there is pressure, but Coach Bluder talks a lot about how pressure is a privilege.”

Marshall, another key player, echoed this sentiment, expressing enthusiasm for the upcoming season despite the departure of talented teammates Monika and McKenna. The focus remains on the strengths of the current team.

However, the spotlight remains firmly on Clark. The star player, who burst onto the scene in the “COVID season” of 2020-21, is a pivotal figure in Iowa’s women’s college basketball. As for her future, Clark is uncertain: “Obviously, I don’t know if I’m going to leave after this year or come back and play another year. I don’t want to have one single regret as I go along this journey of making a decision.”

For now, Clark is savoring the moment and the team’s success. She believes that everyone, from the players to the coaches and the fans, deserves to relish the journey they’re on. Reflecting on her time at Iowa, Clark noted how quickly it has passed, from playing in nearly empty arenas during her freshman year to now performing in front of crowds of 15,000. She’s amazed at how the game has evolved and continues to grow, and she’s excited to see what the future holds.


The top scorers are back. That could make the ACC women’s basketball race even tougher

Top Scorers Return, Amplifying the Challenge in the ACC Women’s Basketball Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — From her debut college game, Ta’Niya Latson exhibited a scoring prowess that surprised many, elevating her above all others in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now, she’s set to return for another season with the 18th-ranked Seminoles, joined by a wealth of returning scorers and all-ACC selections for the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Latson, a 5-foot-8 guard who averaged 21.3 points and earned the league’s Rookie of the Year award, is one of eight players coming back from last year’s all-ACC first team. This list includes two-time Player of the Year Elizabeth Kitley, representing the eighth-ranked Virginia Tech, fresh from their first-ever Final Four appearance.

The ACC is also welcoming back 12 of its top 15 scorers from the previous season, including Syracuse’s Dyaisha Fair, who averaged 19.9 points in her first year with the Orange, and Kitley, who was fourth in scoring (18.2) while leading the league in rebounding (10.7).

These impressive statistics don’t even account for the addition of the ACC’s incoming transfers, such as Iowa State’s Lexi Donarski joining North Carolina or Louisville’s acquisition of former Sun Belt Player of the Year and 1,800-point scorer, forward Kiki Jefferson, from James Madison. Furthermore, the league is also set to introduce talented freshmen, including McDonald’s All-Americans like point guard Hannah Hidalgo for Notre Dame, Duke wing Jadyn Donovan, and North Carolina State guard Zoe Brooks.

Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner aptly describes the ACC as “not for the faint of heart.”

Louisville coach Jeff Walz echoes the sentiment, expressing his admiration for the wealth of talent among rosters, players, and coaches, predicting an outstanding season ahead.

Notably, this season is expected to deliver plenty of offense, considering the number of proven scorers. It’s a time when the women’s game has seen a shift towards older players due to extended eligibility granted amid the pandemic and increased player mobility through the transfer portal.

Experience matters, especially for players accustomed to being the focus of opposing defenses. For example, Elizabeth Kitley, who is already Virginia Tech’s all-time leading scorer, has embraced the opportunity for another season.

North Carolina’s Deja Kelly, who has averaged 15 points over her three-year career, has grown into a playmaking guard, enhancing her effectiveness.

Notre Dame boasts returning first-teamers Sonia Citron and Olivia Miles (currently recovering from a knee injury), with Citron adapting to a more prominent role after Miles’ injury.

Florida State coach Brooke Wyckoff is excited to have Latson back, who had a spectacular debut season, including multiple 30-point games and key performances against Georgia Tech.

Wyckoff believes the return of these seasoned players with added experience will raise the level of the game, increasing overall competition in the ACC. This promises an exciting season with every game carrying immense significance.


NCAA title game foes Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese headline AP preseason women’s All-America team

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese Lead AP’s Preseason Women’s All-America Team Ahead of NCAA Title Game

For the second straight season, Caitlin Clark of Iowa has emerged as a unanimous choice for the Associated Press (AP) preseason women’s basketball All-America team. The star guard earned this recognition by being featured on all 36 ballots cast by the national media panel responsible for determining the AP Top 25 rankings each week.

Clark’s outstanding performance in the previous season led the Hawkeyes to their first-ever NCAA championship game, though they fell short against Angel Reese and LSU. Notably, Reese also garnered a preseason All-American honor, appearing on 35 of the 36 ballots.

Joining Clark and Reese on the prestigious preseason All-America team are Elizabeth Kitley of Virginia Tech, Cameron Brink of Stanford, Paige Bueckers of UConn, and Mackenzie Holmes of Indiana. Notably, Kitley and Holmes found themselves in a tie during the voting for the fifth and final spot.

Caitlin Clark, who has now achieved the status of a three-time preseason All-American, is poised for another remarkable year. In the previous season, she was crowned AP Player of the Year, boasting impressive averages of 27.8 points, 8.6 assists, and 7.1 rebounds. The senior guard, with one season of eligibility left after this year, currently stands 810 points behind Kelsey Plum’s NCAA record of 3,527 points.

Iowa’s coach, Lisa Bluder, commended Clark for her growth in leadership skills, highlighting her accountability and improved effectiveness in ball screens. Clark’s impact extends beyond her team, as she contributed to breaking NCAA attendance records and is a driving force for women’s basketball as a whole.

Angel Reese, like Clark, has played a significant role in the growth of women’s basketball. Their clash in the NCAA title game garnered almost 10 million viewers, and Reese led LSU to their first national championship while dominating the SEC in scoring and rebounding, setting an NCAA record with 34 double-doubles in a season.

Paige Bueckers, who returns to the court fully recovered from injuries, is eager to make her mark after missing the entire previous season due to a torn ACL in her left knee. As the AP Player of the Year in 2021, she feels stronger, more confident, and ready to face any challenge the opposition presents.

Mackenzie Holmes makes history as the first preseason All-American in Indiana’s basketball history. She was instrumental in Indiana’s success last season, clinching the Big Ten regular-season title while boasting impressive averages and a remarkable field goal percentage.

Elizabeth Kitley of Virginia Tech, returning for her second consecutive year as a preseason All-American, played a pivotal role in her team’s historic Final Four appearance. Her decision to continue her collegiate career instead of entering the WNBA draft speaks to her generational talent.

Cameron Brink, a standout from Stanford, looks to shine even brighter with the departure of key players from the 2021 title-winning team. Known for her all-around skills, competitiveness, and pivotal role in Stanford’s strategy, she is poised for a potential Player of the Year title.

These six players have consistently earned AP All-American recognition in recent years, with Clark, Reese, and Holmes securing first-team honors while Kitley and Brink claimed second-team positions. Paige Bueckers, in her first year, was a unanimous first-team selection.

The tradition of selecting a preseason All-America team by the AP dates back to the 1994-95 season.

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In a file photo, LSU forward Angel Reese (10) celebrates their victory over Michigan during a second-round women’s NCAA Tournament basketball game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, March 19, 2023. On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, Reese earned a place on the preseason AP All-America women’s NCAA college basketball team. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)

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In this file photo from March 26, 2022, Connecticut guard Paige Bueckers (5) showcases her passing skills during a college basketball match against Indiana in the NCAA women’s tournament’s Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, Bueckers earned a well-deserved spot on the preseason AP All-America Women’s NCAA College Basketball Team, as announced. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

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In this file photo, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark celebrates securing her tenth rebound, achieving a triple-double in the NCAA college basketball championship game against Ohio State during the Big Ten women’s tournament on March 5, 2023, in Minneapolis. Clark’s remarkable performance earned her a spot on the preseason AP All-America women’s NCAA college basketball team, which was announced on October 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)

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In this image file, Mackenzie Holmes of Indiana displays her reaction during a college basketball match against Ohio State on January 26, 2023, in Bloomington, Indiana. On October 24, 2023, she earned a spot on the AP’s Preseason All-America Women’s NCAA College Basketball Team. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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In this file photo, taken on January 27, 2023, at Stanford, California, Stanford forward Cameron Brink (22) aggressively maneuvers towards the basket during an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State. On Tuesday, October 24, 2023, Brink’s outstanding performance earned her a spot on the prestigious preseason AP All-America women’s NCAA college basketball team, as revealed in an official announcement. (AP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham, File)

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Virginia Tech’s Elizabeth Kitley (33) celebrates her performance in a second-round college basketball game against South Dakota State during the women’s NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19, 2023, in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kitley has received the prestigious honor of being included in the preseason AP All-America women’s NCAA college basketball team, as announced on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Gentry, File)

Desmond Claude, Tyrese Proctor and more potential college basketball breakout stars

Discovering Future Hoops Heroes: Desmond Claude, Tyrese Proctor, and More Potential College Basketball Breakout Stars

One of the most exciting aspects of college basketball is witnessing players evolve and progress from season to season. In the past year, we’ve seen several young talents like Tyler Kolek of Marquette, Markquis Nowell of Kansas State, Jordan Hawkins of UConn, Kris Murray of Iowa, Johnell Davis of Florida Atlantic, Wade Taylor IV of Texas A&M, and Oumar Ballo of Arizona emerge from relatively minor roles to achieve All-America or all-league recognition. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the next crop of potential breakout stars for this upcoming season.

  1. Desmond Claude, Xavier – Sophomore Wing Desmond Claude has the makings of a future professional player with his size, athleticism, smooth ball-handling, slashing ability, and clever finishing around the basket. As a freshman, his only apparent weakness was his shooting, but he showed improvement in his stroke. With Xavier losing their top scorers, Claude has an opportunity to step up and become a standout player.
  2. Tyrese Proctor, Duke – Sophomore Guard Tyrese Proctor, a 6-5 guard, resembles former Duke player Tyrese Haliburton with his flair and passing skills. His freshman season was promising, and he showed immense potential when he transitioned to a point guard role. Proctor has the makings of a future lottery pick with his combination of size, vision, and confidence on the court.
  3. Milos Uzan, Oklahoma – Sophomore Guard Milos Uzan demonstrated his readiness to compete as a freshman in a league where newcomers often struggle to find a place. With Oklahoma’s leading scorer departing, Uzan is poised to assume a larger role. He is a versatile player with good scoring ability and a high assist rate.
  4. Trey Kaufman-Renn, Purdue – Redshirt Sophomore Big Trey Kaufman-Renn, a redshirt sophomore, is expected to provide more scoring for Purdue. He showcased his scoring ability with 16 points per 40 minutes as a freshman and led the team in scoring during their foreign tour this summer. Kaufman-Renn’s role will be crucial, especially when Zach Edey is not on the court.
  5. Keshad Johnson, Arizona – Senior Forward Keshad Johnson, formerly at San Diego State, brings athleticism and defensive versatility to Arizona’s frontcourt. His offense has been improving during his time with the Wildcats, and his speed and ability to stretch the floor as a stretch four could make him a valuable asset in an up-tempo system.
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  1. Trevon Brazile, Arkansas – Junior Big Trevon Brazile displayed significant growth in his abbreviated freshman season before suffering an ACL injury. He has the potential to become one of the best stretch bigs in college basketball with his shooting and rim-attacking ability. Arkansas lost several scorers, leaving a lot of opportunities for Brazile to shine.
  2. Malik Reneau, Indiana – Sophomore Big Malik Reneau is expected to step into the role previously held by Trayce Jackson-Davis in Indiana’s offense. He has the ability to score from the post and possesses an excellent left-handed hook shot. Indiana’s focus on inside play should benefit Reneau’s productivity.
  3. Yohan Traore, UC Santa Barbara – Sophomore Big Yohan Traore, who spent most of his freshman season on Auburn’s bench, has immense potential. UC Santa Barbara’s talented roster, including Traore, could pose a threat to high-major teams. Traore’s athleticism, size, and skill make him a promising player in the Big West.
  4. Payton Sandfort, Iowa – Junior Wing Payton Sandfort has the scoring mentality Iowa values. He has proven to be a solid shooter and has the ability to slash to the basket. Sandfort’s role in the Hawkeyes’ offense is expected to expand, and he is likely to produce significant numbers.
  5. Baba Miller, Florida State – Sophomore Forward Baba Miller’s freshman year showed promise despite challenges adjusting to the high-major level. He is known for his exceptional athleticism and ball-handling skills. His ability to develop as a shooter will be crucial for his success at Florida State.
  6. Ernest Udeh Jr., TCU – Sophomore Big Ernest Udeh Jr. is a unique athlete who excels as a rim-runner and roller. He has the potential to become a standout defender with an impressive steal rate. Udeh’s two-way abilities could make him a key player for TCU.
  7. Mark Armstrong, Villanova – Sophomore Point Guard Mark Armstrong’s experience in the U-19 World Cup this summer should boost his confidence. He is a powerful finisher around the basket and has the potential to get to the free-throw line frequently. His development as a shooter could elevate Villanova’s offense.
  1. Isaac McKneely, Virginia – Sophomore Guard Isaac McKneely, a proficient shooter, is expected to become Virginia’s go-to scorer. He has the ability to slash to the basket and, like other successful Virginia guards, excels in reading screens and making shots. McKneely’s sophomore season could bring a significant improvement.
  2. Reese Waters, San Diego State – Junior Wing Reese Waters, a former Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year, is set to take on a more prominent role at San Diego State. With the departure of Jordan Miller, Waters has the potential to be a go-to scorer. He is known for his proficiency in the mid-range game and can be a valuable asset in isolation plays.
  3. Wooga Poplar, Miami – Junior Guard Wooga Poplar’s role at Miami is expected to expand, and he has the potential to transition from a low-usage, high-efficiency player to a primary scoring option. Poplar’s strong finish around the basket and the ability to improve his shooting could be essential for his success at Miami.

These 15 players have the potential to become breakout stars in the upcoming college basketball season. Keep an eye on them as they aim to make a significant impact on their respective teams and the NCAA basketball landscape.


Which SEC women's basketball team will win 2023-24 season championship? Our experts predict

Expert Predictions: The Contenders for the 2023-24 SEC Women’s Basketball Season Championship

It’s been over a decade and a half since the LSU women’s basketball team claimed the SEC championship. However, according to experts from the USA Today Sports Network who specialize in SEC coverage, the streak may finally come to a halt in the 2023-24 season.

Last season, LSU secured its first NCAA championship under the leadership of Kim Mulkey, who was in her second season as head coach. As the new season approaches, LSU is being viewed as the favorite to capture the SEC title. In the 2022-23 regular season, Mulkey’s team finished second, trailing behind Dawn Staley’s South Carolina women’s basketball squad. However, their run in the SEC Tournament was cut short by the Tennessee Lady Vols.

In the preseason rankings, the Gamecocks are predicted to finish second, trailing the Tigers, followed by Tennessee. Last year, seven SEC teams earned spots in the NCAA Tournament, boasting a collective record of 17-6, the best performance among all conferences. Ole Miss had a standout run, notably defeating the top-seeded Stanford in the second round. Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi State were also part of the SEC’s strong representation in the tournament, with both sets of Bulldogs managing to secure at least one tournament victory.

As we look ahead to the 2023-24 season, here’s how the USA Today Network experts foresee the final standings:

SEC Women’s Basketball 2023-24 Predicted Order of Finish

  1. LSU – 125 points (7 first-place votes)
  2. South Carolina – 103 points (1 first-place vote)
  3. Tennessee – 98 points
  4. Ole Miss – 84 points
  5. Mississippi State – 78 points
  6. Georgia – 59 points
  7. Alabama – 59 points
  8. Texas A&M – 58 points
  9. Arkansas – 51 points
  10. Missouri – 38 points
  11. Florida – 37 points
  12. Auburn – 26 points
  13. Vanderbilt – 23 points
  14. Kentucky – 15 points

Cory Diaz is responsible for covering the LSU Tigers and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser, part of the USA TODAY Network. To stay updated with his coverage of the Tigers and Cajuns, follow him on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. For inquiries related to LSU/UL athletics, feel free to reach out to Cory Diaz at [email protected].


Beyond boldface names, KU women’s basketball cultivating new depth

Building Depth and Talent: KU Women’s Basketball Goes Beyond Boldface Names

Kansas City, Missouri—Kansas women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider vividly recalls the stark difference he observed during their 2022 NCAA Tournament matchup against Stanford. He reflected on the competitiveness of his starting lineup, with players one through five, but noted a significant gap when they went deeper into their roster.

Schneider aims to change that narrative for the upcoming season, ensuring that depth won’t be an issue for the Jayhawks. The spotlight shines brightly on the returning super-senior all-conference trio of Zakiyah Franklin, Taiyanna Jackson, and Holly Kersgieter, along with senior guard Wyvette Mayberry and the highly touted five-star freshman S’Mya Nichols, who Schneider plans to insert as the fifth starter.

However, Schneider emphasizes the importance of depth as “the key to our team.” Beyond the familiar faces, like forward Zsófia Telegdy, the Jayhawks are welcoming a variety of new talents, including first-year guard Laia Conesa, who is part of a promising four-woman freshman class alongside Paris Gaines and McKenzie Smith. Additionally, transfers Ryan Cobbins and Skyler Gill are joining the team, both eager to make an impact in their home state of Kansas.

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Cobbins, who spent time at North Dakota State and Alabama, brings valuable experience with her. She has already shown her ability to perform at the Power Five level, making her a significant addition to the team.

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Gill, an intriguing 5-foot-11 player known for her shot-blocking prowess, is set to share the frontcourt with Jackson, forming a formidable shot-blocking duo that has everyone excited about the defensive possibilities.

Schneider plans to utilize Gill in different ways, with a focus on her defensive prowess. He believes she will be a crucial asset on the court, making a significant impact in the league.

Laia Conesa, despite her freshman status, is expected to log substantial minutes. Hailing from Spain, she brings international experience and a high basketball IQ to the team, making her a key contributor.

The newcomers made an immediate impression during the Jayhawks’ summer trip to Italy and Greece, with Conesa posting impressive statistics against the Greek Select team. Cobbins showcased her long-range shooting ability, addressing the team’s need for outside scoring.

The experienced core of the KU team has seamlessly integrated these newcomers, highlighting their coachability and adaptability, emphasizing the positive impact they’ve had on team dynamics. The Jayhawks are determined to build a strong and cohesive team, incorporating both the core players and the promising new additions.


5 things to know from Big 12 basketball media days: 2024 plans amid expansion and more

Big 12 Basketball Media Days 2024: Key Takeaways on Expansion and Future Plans

As college basketball gears up for another thrilling season, Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark took the opportunity to share some key updates on the state of the conference during the inaugural day of the Big 12 basketball media days held at the T-Mobile Center. The 2024 landscape is set to welcome four new programs, though it won’t include Texas and Oklahoma. In their place, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado are set to join the Big 12, ushering in a new era for the conference. Here’s a closer look at the topics Yormark delved into on this significant occasion in Kansas City:

1. Future Scheduling Challenges

Yormark affirmed that the Big 12 is actively exploring alterations to its scheduling for both men’s and women’s basketball in the upcoming season. The arrival of new member institutions will introduce some logistical challenges, especially when it comes to travel for certain teams. Yormark emphasized that the conference places a high priority on addressing these travel issues, taking into consideration factors such as geography, competitive balance, historic matchups, and rivalries. While no concrete decisions have been made yet, Yormark indicated that a 20-game schedule for men’s basketball and an 18-game schedule for women’s basketball might be in the conference’s future.

2. Keeping Conference Tournaments in Kansas City

In a significant development, the Big 12’s men’s and women’s basketball conference tournaments will now officially share the same venue, starting this season. Historically, the women’s tournament was held at Kansas City’s Municipal Arena. In 2024, the women’s tournament, scheduled for March 7-12, will precede the men’s tournament, a move that allows both events to take place at the T-Mobile Center. Yormark expressed his excitement at this new arrangement and hinted at discussions regarding the possibility of extending the basketball tournaments’ stay in Kansas City for another eight years, possibly until 2031.

3. No Definitive Decisions on Expansion

Recent reports had hinted at discussions between the Big 12 and Gonzaga regarding potential expansion, with the aim of having Gonzaga join the conference for the 2024-25 season. However, Yormark refrained from commenting on these expansion speculations during his media days address. He did reiterate the conference’s commitment to strengthening itself when the right opportunity arises. Yormark made it clear that if a suitable opportunity presented itself, he would explore it to enhance the Big 12.

4. 2024 Football Schedule Release Date

Fans who have been keeping track of the Big 12’s schedule release timelines might recall the deliberate pace at which the 2023 football schedule was unveiled, not arriving until January. With the conference expanding to 16 teams next year, Yormark aims to speed up the process. He suggested that the 2024 football schedule could potentially be unveiled as early as December or late November, with the goal of providing fans with a quicker look at what’s in store for the upcoming season.

5. Yormark Defends the Big 12

Yormark didn’t miss the opportunity to defend the Big 12’s stature as the nation’s premier basketball conference. This came in response to comments made by UConn coach Dan Hurley, who recently claimed on a podcast that the Big East was the top basketball conference in the country by a significant margin. Yormark pointed to historical data, tournament performances, and television ratings to back his case, asserting that the Big 12 is one of the deepest conferences in America. While he acknowledged Hurley’s credentials and UConn’s program, he expressed his willingness to debate the claim.


Region/state roundup: Virginia Tech opens women’s basketball season at No. 8 in AP poll

Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball Starts Strong: Ranked No. 8 in AP Poll for Season Opener

Virginia Tech is gearing up for an exciting women’s basketball season following their impressive performance in the 2023 season, where they made their first-ever Final Four appearance and clinched the ACC Tournament title. The Hokies have garnered considerable attention and are now ranked eighth in the Associated Press preseason poll.

Last season, the Hokies made a remarkable journey, starting their campaign at No. 13 and finishing as the fourth-ranked team in the nation. This marked their highest-ever preseason ranking until now.

As they prepare for the upcoming season, Virginia Tech looks forward to the return of key players, including post player Elizabeth Kitley and point guard Georgia Amoore, who are expected to be standout performers.

The Hokies’ journey begins at home on November 6th, as they face High Point in their season opener at 5 p.m. Virginia Tech fans are eager to witness their team’s performance as they aim to build on last season’s success and continue their ascent in women’s college basketball.

In Other College Sports News

College Men’s Basketball

  • The Atlantic 10 preseason rankings have named Dayton as the favorite, with VCU in the second spot. The Flyers, who tied for second in the regular season and were the tournament runner-up in the previous season, boast a strong roster. Key players include Preseason All-A-10 first-teamer DaRon Holmes II and second-teamer Malachi Smith.

College Football

  • Despite a 24-17 loss to Tennessee State, Norfolk State football earned several Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference accolades. Quarterback Otto Kuhns was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker A.J. Richardson secured the Defensive Player of the Week title. Center Garrison Wheatley was recognized as the Offensive Lineman of the Week, and punter Noah Tracey was named the Specialist of the Week.

College Field Hockey

  • Marlon de Bruijne of Old Dominion received the Big East Offensive Player of the Week award for the third time in the season. She played a crucial role in the Monarchs’ seven-game winning streak, contributing with goals and assists.

College Women’s Volleyball

  • Norfolk State’s Gabrielle Gilbert, a freshman, was named the Mid-Eastern Conference Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season, showcasing her skills in kills, digs, and blocks.

College Women’s Swimming

  • William & Mary’s Sophia Heilen claimed the Coastal Athletic Association Women’s Swimmer of the Week title after her outstanding performances, setting records and contributing to her team’s victory.
  • Virginia’s Gretchen Walsh was named the ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week, displaying remarkable results in individual events and relays.

College Men’s Soccer

  • William & Mary played to a 0-0 draw against No. 11 North Carolina, with goalkeeper Cole McNally making key saves.
  • Virginia Tech secured a 3-2 victory over Queens, with Oliver Roche breaking the tie in the second half.
  • Virginia’s Mouhameth Thiam was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the ACC after his contributions in a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Pittsburgh.

College Women’s Soccer

  • Old Dominion’s Emily Bredek received the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week title after recording her ninth shutout in a 1-0 win over Appalachian State.
  • Virginia Wesleyan continued its strong run in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 1-0 victory over Shenandoah.

College Men’s Golf

  • Old Dominion tied for ninth place at the Elon tournament, with the host team, Elon, emerging as the winner. Jacob Gunther was the top finisher for ODU, tying for 19th place.


Mustangs Fall Short in Sunday's Blue-Green Showdown

Mustangs Fall Short in Sunday’s Blue-Green Showdown

In a thrilling Sunday evening matchup, UC Santa Barbara’s Lucas Gonzalez secured victory with an 82nd-minute goal, leaving Cal Poly’s men’s soccer program disappointed. The game, witnessed by 8,128 fans at Mustang Memorial Field Presented by French Hospital, set the second-highest NCAA attendance record this season.

Junior goalkeeper Gabe Penner made two critical saves to maintain a scoreless tie for 81 minutes. However, in the 82nd minute, UC Santa Barbara’s Salvador Aguilar made a critical pass to Gonzalez, who found the net, sealing the win for his team.

Despite one final attempt by Cal Poly’s sophomore forward Sean McTague in the 87th minute, UC Santa Barbara’s goalkeeper Leroy Zeller thwarted the effort.

The defeat leaves Cal Poly (4-6-3, 2-2-2) with eight points in the Big West standings, securing fifth place. In contrast, UC Santa Barbara (8-6-1, 3-2-1) climbed to second place with 13 points.

The top six teams in the 10-team Big West table qualify for the Big West Championship on November 1, 4, and 11. Cal Poly will next face UC Irvine, currently in sixth place with seven points, on Wednesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.

Notably, Sunday’s attendance marked the 40th highest regular season figure in NCAA history.


Florida Official Warns of Legal Action If NCAA Denies Eligibility for Florida State DL Darrell Jackson

Florida Official Warns of Legal Action If NCAA Denies Eligibility for Florida State DL Darrell Jackson

Florida State defensive lineman Darrell Jackson’s eligibility for the 2023 season has become a point of contention, with Florida Chief Financial Officer and Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis publicly criticizing the NCAA. Patronis drew inspiration from North Carolina wide receiver Tez Walker’s recent success in securing a transfer waiver and immediate eligibility.

In a direct Twitter confrontation with the NCAA, Patronis accused the organization of being “out-of-touch hypocrites” and highlighted the NCAA’s response to antitrust allegations made by North Carolina. He stated, “FSU’s Darrell Jackson must play NOW. We’ll take legal action soon if they don’t reverse course.”

Darrell Jackson’s journey includes transferring from Maryland to Miami in 2022 and then to Florida State in the offseason. However, due to NCAA guidelines limiting eligibility waivers for second-time transfers, Jackson was initially ruled ineligible to play this season. He applied for a hardship waiver, citing his mother’s persistent medical condition as the reason for transferring closer to home, but the NCAA denied his request in August. Consequently, Jackson has yet to make his debut with the Seminoles, despite an impressive performance at Miami in the previous season.

Florida State coach Mike Norvell expressed disappointment with the NCAA’s decision, emphasizing Jackson’s desire to be with his mother. He stated, “The NCAA, they have a choice of what they’re gonna do and obviously the decision that they made.”

Tez Walker’s case, however, may offer hope for Jackson and Florida State. North Carolina and Walker successfully battled the NCAA for a hardship waiver throughout the offseason. Although the NCAA initially denied Walker’s eligibility just days before the 2023 season began, it later reversed its decision, citing “new information” that had not been previously available from UNC. This development may serve as a precedent for Jackson’s case.


LSU Safety Greg Brooks Diagnosed with Uncommon Brain Cancer

LSU Safety Greg Brooks Diagnosed with Uncommon Brain Cancer

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WDSU) — Greg Brooks, a senior safety on the Louisiana State University football team, has received a diagnosis of a rare form of brain cancer known as medulloblastoma.

Over the last three weeks, Greg has been in recovery from an extensive surgery aimed at removing a brain tumor situated between his cerebellum and brainstem,” stated Dr. Catherine O’Neal, Chief Medical Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Health.

Dr. O’Neal went on to say, “Greg’s speech and communication abilities have been affected, and although he is responsive and actively participating in physical therapy daily, he faces months of intensive rehabilitation. The surgery successfully removed the tumor, and there is no evidence of cancer spreading. As he embarks on rehabilitation in the upcoming weeks, Greg’s family and healthcare team will work together to establish a treatment plan in collaboration with specialists recognized nationally for expertise in this particular form of brain cancer. He has a long and challenging journey ahead, and he will need the unwavering support of our community as he confronts this battle.”

To assist with the financial burdens associated with his illness, The Tiger Athletic Foundation has introduced The Greg Brooks Victory Fund.

Supporters can contribute to The Greg Brooks Victory Fund by following this link.

Greg is a fighter and a winner, and we wholeheartedly believe that he will triumph over this cancer battle,” said President William F. Tate IV. “Victories are rarely achieved in isolation, which is why we are reaching out to fans from around the world to unite behind The Greg Brooks Victory Fund. Your support will ensure that Greg and his family have the resources they need as they embark on their path to healing and recovery.”

Originally from Harvey, Louisiana, Greg Brooks attended West Jefferson High School before earning three letters at the University of Arkansas. In 2022, he transferred to LSU, where he started 13 games in the Tigers’ secondary, contributing to the team’s success in reaching the SEC Championship Game and securing a win in the 2023 Citrus Bowl. This season, he was named a team captain and started in the Tigers’ first two games.

The Brooks family conveyed their gratitude in a statement, saying, “Greg has been a daily inspiration to us all. He fights like a Tiger every day and continues to make incremental progress. We have a challenging road ahead and are deeply appreciative of the support we’ve received from our LSU family and Tiger fans. Greg has fans all around the world, and our phones have been inundated with words of encouragement and support over the past several weeks. Greg is a true warrior! Please continue to keep No. 3 and our entire family in your prayers.”

Established with the backing of Championship Health Partners Our Lady of the Lake Health, The Greg Brooks Victory Fund will be managed by TAF and will help alleviate the financial burdens associated with Greg’s care, including treatment, medications, therapy, travel, and more.

Per NCAA regulations, LSU is allowed to accept financial contributions and oversee an account to support Greg Brooks. All contributions, according to NCAA rules, must be channeled through this fund. It’s important for all donors to be aware that financial contributions made to this fund are not tax deductible and do not qualify for Priority Points.


NCAA Volleyball Stats: Revealing 3 Key Realities

NCAA Volleyball Stats: Revealing 3 Key Realities

The latest NCAA Division 1 women’s volleyball rankings from the American Volleyball Coaches Association reveal noteworthy shifts as of October 1, 2023. While Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Stanford maintain their top three positions, Washington State surged to fourth after a victory against Oregon. Even in defeat, Oregon climbed to fifth, while Florida slid to ninth after a win over South Carolina, and Minnesota went from 13th to 16th with a 6-6 season record.

Further down the rankings, Arizona State’s rise to 23rd allowed Iowa State to enter the top echelon. These rankings are driven by numbers, and they tell a story. Amidst the dominance of the Top 25 teams, certain key factors emerge.

Team Play Trumps Individual Performance

None of the players from Top 25 schools rank in categories like attacks per set, total points, or points per set. Exceptionally, Lexie Almodovar from Dayton is the sole player from a Top 25 school in the top ten for total kills. These top schools prioritize teamwork over individual glory, making them formidable opponents with unpredictable plays. Remarkably, three setters from the Top 25 are in the top ten for assists per set, highlighting their ability to distribute the ball effectively among their hitters.

Defense Rules the Court

The dominant category for the Top 25 schools is blocks per set. Players like Asjia O’Neal, Emma Monks, Bekka Allick, Carter Booth, and Phoebe Awoleye are key contributors in this regard. Their consistent blocking prowess plays a pivotal role in slowing down opponents and contributes significantly to their national rankings.

Collective Defensive Effort

Surprisingly, no players from the Top 25 schools rank in the top ten for digs per set. This could be due to their dominance, as they end rallies efficiently, limiting their opponents’ scoring opportunities. Alternatively, it may signify that each player on the floor excels at guarding their designated zones, reflecting the high defensive standards demanded by powerhouse schools and scouts alike.


Pittsburgh, Ranked 20th, Leads Newcomers in NCAA Men's Soccer Rankings

Pittsburgh, Ranked 20th, Leads Newcomers in NCAA Men’s Soccer Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches has unveiled the most recent college soccer rankings for both men’s and women’s divisions across NCAA and junior college competitions.

In the NCAA Division I men’s category, Marshall continues to dominate, securing the top spot with a flawless record after 10 games.

Central Florida made a significant jump from No. 3 to No. 2 this week. The Top 5 includes West Virginia, SMU, and Akron, with some rearrangements among these teams.

Notably, three previously unranked teams have made their way into the Top 25: Pittsburgh at No. 20, Fordham at No. 24, and Florida International at No. 25.


2Central Florida301875-1-2
3West Virginia411868-0-2
6Wake Forest1001577-1-3
9Missouri State901376-0-2
11Notre Dame1501186-1-3
13North Carolina1801024-0-4
19Penn State250496-1-3
22San Diego State170196-1-2
23Michigan State130185-0-4
25Florida InternationalRV0105-2-2
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All records reflect games played up to October 1, 2023.

Other notable teams receiving votes include University of Denver (9), Clemson University (8), Oregon State University (8), University of Washington (7), University of Virginia (4), California State University Fullerton (4), Loyola Marymount University (4), Oral Roberts University (2), Saint Louis University (2), Bryant University (1), Western Michigan University (1), University of New Hampshire (1).


The Potential Influence of the Rivalry Series on the PWHL

The Potential Influence of the Rivalry Series on the PWHL

The annual Rivalry Series serves as a pivotal platform for Team Canada and Team USA in their pursuit of refining their national squads. However, with the introduction of the PWHL into the equation, how will these two influential entities influence each other?

Shifting Dynamics: Canada and the USA are poised for another intense seven-game faceoff in the Rivalry Series. In recent times, both hockey powerhouses have utilized this series as a vital tool in assembling their rosters for the World Championships. Notably, Canada relied solely on the Rivalry Series, while the USA combined the Series with a pre-tournament training camp.

The PWHL Factor: The advent of the PWHL is set to reshape the impact and significance of the Rivalry Series. It’s a two-way street — the Series will undoubtedly affect the PWHL, but it too could be influenced by this new league.

Scheduling Quandaries: The first two Rivalry Series games, scheduled in Tempe, Arizona and Los Angeles, California, fall directly before the commencement of PWHL training camps on November 15. However, the pivotal dates to monitor are the games slated for the week of February 7, 9, and 11. Extracting over 40 players from their PWHL teams for an entire week could signify a league-wide “In-Season Break” as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement. Imagining these players balancing national team commitments with PWHL duties during a Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday sequence in different cities would be a considerable challenge. This, coupled with travel between Regina, Saskatoon, and St. Paul, makes for a demanding schedule. Notably, the NHL All-Star game on February 3, a rumored target for potential PWHL collaboration, could further impact the league’s schedule in February. Additionally, the league will need to observe another hiatus from April 4 to April 14 to accommodate the IIHF women’s World Championship in Utica, New York.

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The introduction of head-to-head competition within the PWHL, apart from NCAA-invited players, is poised to be a game-changer in future Rivalry Series roster selections. While the PWHPA hinted at this concept, assessing talent across the PHF and PWHPA, alongside rising stars, was a challenging task with only a single game opportunity. Now, the PWHL offers a season-long platform for Canada and USA to gauge the top North American players in direct competition. This shift may open doors for past national team members and fresh talents alike, reshaping the landscape of Team Canada and Team USA.

The Series as a Talent Showcase: Much like the men’s World Championships, the Rivalry Series now provides an arena for top NCAA prospects to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with North American professionals, offering a unique scouting opportunity. Last season, notable prospects from both Canada and the USA were brought into the Rivalry Series, and this trend is set to continue, with potential draft candidates vying for recognition.

Navigating Injuries and Involvement: Injuries, though undesirable, are an inevitable part of competitive sports. How the PWHL responds to such incidents could shape its future involvement in the Rivalry Series. Balancing concerns over player well-being, insurance, and contractual obligations is a crucial consideration. As the Series schedules itself around PWHL breaks, this could provide a chance for players to recuperate in an increasingly demanding calendar for professional women’s hockey.

Expanding Horizons: The Rivalry Series games in November and December offer a prime opportunity to showcase the inaugural season of the PWHL. With national television coverage, these games will not only spotlight the national teams but also serve as a platform to highlight where these players will be competing in the PWHL over the winter. Specifically, games in Ontario and the February match in Minnesota present exceptional chances to cultivate fan bases for teams in Minnesota, Ottawa, and Toronto.


JRU's unified discipline begins to yield fruitful results.

JRU’s unified discipline begins to yield fruitful results.

After a tough 93-85 overtime loss to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde last Friday, Jose Rizal University has appeared unstoppable.

The Heavy Bombers have secured back-to-back victories, dealing Mapua University and Emilio Aguinaldo College their first defeats, elevating them to an impressive 3-1 record and placing them as the second seed thus far.

Head coach Louie Gonzales attributes this success to a fundamental principle he consistently emphasizes to his players: discipline.

“Naka-focus talaga kami sa disiplina,” shared Gonzales on Wednesday, following a 77-71 triumph against the Generals.

“To win, we must act collectively, and that is our key ingredient.”

Gonzales acknowledged that their heartbreaking loss to the Blazers was a significant setback, particularly for the players. Rather than dwelling on the painful defeat, the Heavy Bombers returned to the basics, prioritizing discipline both on and off the court.

“Siguro after that loss is really a hard day for us and ang ginawa lang namin ay mas nagtiwala lang kami sa isa’t isa,” he added.

(Perhaps that loss was really a hard day for us and we just trusted each other.)

This approach has paid off, as JRU now boasts a two-game winning streak, marked by substantial victories against the Cardinals and the Generals, with veterans Agem Miranda and JL Delos Santos leading the way.

“Ang pinreach ko ay we need to be sharp, we need to play with a lot of discipline, at ‘yung effort hindi dapat mabawasan.”

(What I preached is to be sharp, we need to play with a lot of discipline and the effort should not be lessened.)

—JKC, GMA Integrated News


NCAA Progresses in Enforcing NIL Regulations through Agent Registry and Deal Transparency Proposals.

NCAA Progresses in Enforcing NIL Regulations through Agent Registry and Deal Transparency Proposals.

In a recent NCAA college football game on September 30, 2023, in Boulder, Colo., Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams faced pressure from Colorado defensive lineman Leonard Payne Jr. (Photo: AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA Division I Council took a significant step towards regulating compensation for college athletes by introducing a series of proposals aimed at increasing transparency in transactions and overseeing those working with students.

These proposals, stemming from the recommendations of the NIL working group, are pending finalization at the council meeting, concluding on Wednesday. If approved, they could be implemented as early as January at the NCAA convention.

The key proposals entail the establishment of a voluntary registry for NIL service providers, such as agents and financial advisors; mandatory disclosure of NIL deals exceeding $600 by athletes to their respective schools; the development of a standardized NIL contract; and the implementation of educational programs for both high school prospects and college athletes.

NCAA President Charlie Baker expressed his support for this development, stating, “Today’s action by the DI Council is a great step toward achieving our shared priority at the NCAA, which is better outcomes for all college athletes who participate in NIL activities. As the Association makes these changes to improve the environment for young people with NCAA rules, I look forward to partnering with members of Congress to build on these protections and create greater consistency and opportunities for all college athletes.”

Since the NCAA lifted its ban on college athletes profiting from their names, images, and likenesses in the summer of 2021, it has operated without comprehensive NIL regulations. The absence of clear guidelines has led to a patchwork of state laws governing how athletes can capitalize on NIL, resulting in inconsistencies and a lack of transparency that hinders the NCAA’s ability to enforce rules against improper recruiting inducements or pay-for-play practices.

While college sports leaders have advocated for federal NIL legislation in Washington, the NCAA is now taking steps to establish its own framework, given the uncertain timeline for external support.

Morgyn Wynne, vice chair of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a player for Oklahoma State softball, expressed encouragement at the council’s focus on protecting student-athletes amidst the evolving NIL landscape.

The DI Council also greenlit a set of proposed penalties for infractions cases, which includes more stringent sanctions for individual rule violators. These measures involve expanding suspensions for coaches to encompass the period between competitions, imposing penalties on schools employing individuals with a show-cause order, and extending disassociations with boosters found in violation of rules. This shift in the infractions process aims to encourage school cooperation by targeting individuals rather than imposing broad sanctions that affect athletes not involved in the rule-breaking.

Additionally, the council approved proposals to publicly identify individuals linked to major infractions and establish a public database of coaches with a history of Level I and II infractions.