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How Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey was found -- the inside story

Tom Brady rode a golf cart through the bowels of NRG Stadium speeding by high-fives and cheers just moments after his Super Bowl LI postgame news conference around 10 p.m. CT. Brady's destination was the New England Patriots' locker room where he would join teammates and staff to continue celebrating their dramatic overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons. (ESPN.com)

Jerry Krause's underrated contributions to Bulls dynasty were kept too secret

Following Jerry Krause's covert orders, Will Perdue checked in to his Deerfield hotel under an assumed name when flying in for a workout before the 1988 NBA draft. It fooled everyone — including Perdue, who stood in the lobby for minutes the next morning before realizing the driver yelling the Polish name was his ride. (Chicago Tribune)

Dana Altman and Oregon Ducks basketball soak up rewards of Final Four berth

Oregon is in the Final Four for the first time since 1939 with a school record for wins as it prepares to face UNC on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. “It means everything,” Ennis said. “Twenty years of playing basketball. The highlight of my career.” That’s also the case for Dana Altman, who reached the national semifinals for the first time in his 29th season as a Division-1 head coach. (Eugene Register-Guard)

The Breakthrough: Its Cinderella days long behind it, Gonzaga at last reaches Final Four

The culture of Gonzaga has evolved, from a tiny upstart to a team that flies charters to road games, has a Nike deal, an incredible winning tradition and a family atmosphere with staff members with deep ties to the program. As coach Mark Few put it, when he first came to Spokane as a graduate assistant in 1989, "We won four Division I games. And I mean, this"—the Final Four—"wasn't even possible." (Sports Illustrated)

Archie Miller's father says son turned down NC State due to trust issues

When NC State announced it would not retain the services of Mark Gottfried as head coach, many instantly thought of newly hired Indiana head coach Archie Miller as a perfect fit for the Wolf Pack job. Miller had played for NC State from 1998-2002 before embarking on a coaching career, where he took Dayton to four straight NCAA tournaments from 2014-2017 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2014. (The Score)

Mike Francesa says he wasn’t paying attention to his show re: Maryland, blasts SI

WFAN host Mike Francesa has a delightful tendency to double down when he gets criticized and offer unusual excuses, and that’s exactly what he’s now done after taking flak for seeming to not know that Maryland was in the Big Ten and providing curious non-analysis of a hypothetical Maryland-Florida State matchup on Wednesday’s show. (Awful Announcing)

Wichita State declines comment on Lynn Marshall’s behavior

Wichita State athletic director Darron Boatright declined comment on stories and videos regarding Lynn Marshall, wife of Shocker basketball coach Gregg Marshall, at Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game in Indianapolis. Lou Heldman, the university’s vice president for strategic communications, referred questions to the athletic department. (Wichita Eagle)

Sportswriters Whine About Kid Reporter Asking Legitimate Question At Press Conference

In South Carolina coach Frank Martin’s postgame press conference Friday night, Sports Illustrated Kids reporter Max Bonnstetter asked an interesting and well-formulated question—one that, somehow, upset a handful of “adult” journalists. Both have since tried to backtrack by claiming that they actually were talking about an SI Kids question from a different game. (Deadspin)

These Florida vs. Wisconsin photos capture the thrill and anguish of March Madness

Echoing my co-worker Ricky O’Donnell, we’ve been waiting all tournament for a game like Florida vs. Wisconsin. And we finally got it last night in the Gators’ thrilling overtime, buzzer-beater win. Now let’s admire the magic that happened off the court — a la some of the best photos from the game. (SB Nation)

Lawrence Police reports somber mood, no streakers after Kansas loss

Kansas has lost in the Elite Eight five times in the Bill Self’s 14 seasons as coach. You don’t have to tell the Lawrence, Kansas police department. The Lawrence PD Twitter account let loose after the Jayhawks lost to Oregon on Saturday night, cracking jokes about Kansas fans’ tough luck while asking them to #GrieveSafely. (Associated Press)

West Virginia's chaotic final possession was March Madness at its worst

The West Virginia Mountaineers had the Gonzaga Bulldogs on the ropes. The Mountaineers patented full-court trap defense rattled the Gonzaga guards. West Virginia was owning the glass. When Jevon Carter hit back-to-back three-pointers to put WVU ahead 58-55 with under two minutes left, the ‘Zags appeared to be on life support. (SB Nation)

Finding Frank Mason: How an under-recruited guard became a KU basketball icon

Bill Self knows how to push Frank Mason’s buttons. Truthfully, the Kansas basketball coach seems to take some enjoyment from doing it, too. One such instance came in advance of the then-No. 1 Jayhawks’ regular-season finale March 4 at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had turned their season around after a disastrous 0-6 start to Big 12 play. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Video: Frank Martin gives the best answer to a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter

South Carolina coach Frank Martin delivered the best answer to a question from a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter. Max Bonnsstetter asked "When you coach and teach your team defense, what's more important technique or attitude?" Watch Martin's response after No. 7 South Carolina upset the No. 3 Baylor Bears 70-50 to advance to the Elite Eight. (Sports Illustrated)

Indiana expected to hire Dayton's Archie Miller as basketball coach

Dayton's Archie Miller is expected to be named the next men's basketball coach at Indiana. Sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that Miller will receive a seven-year deal. A press conference is expected to be held Monday in Bloomington, Indiana. Miller, 38, guided the Flyers to a 24-8 record and the school's first outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title this season. (ESPN.com)

Steve Alford: 'I am staying a Bruin,' not interested in Indiana job

UCLA coach Steve Alford told ESPN he isn't interested in talking to his alma mater, Indiana, about its head-coaching vacancy, saying that he is "staying at UCLA." "I'm absolutely, 100 percent not going to Indiana," Alford said Friday after the Bruins lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. "I am happy here. I love it here. We have a great recruiting class coming in and a brand-new practice facility. (ESPN.com)

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