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A look back at the '85 Chicago Bears

Amid all the 50s and Super Bowl cachet, a team and game from 30 years ago have roared back into the picture. In January 1986, the 1985 Chicago Bears – arguably the greatest team of any single season – capped their historic run by shredding the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. On Feb. 4, ESPN will unveil a new documentary about that memorable team and season as well as interviews with the principals and snapshots of their lives since then. (Christian Science Monitor)

Winners and losers on National Signing Day

The true winners of national signing day won’t be determined for another four or five years, after the prospects joining teams across the Football Bowl Subdivision go through the duration of their college careers. For now, we’re just guessing. But on the basis of signing day, it is possible to split teams into three categories: those who carried the day, those who met certain requirements and those who fell short of expectations. (USA Today)

The 21 wildest National Signing Day stories

Every year, we get to enjoy at least one recruiting story that truly demonstrates the grand madness that is college football. (SB Nation)

Mike Krzyzewski misses win against Georgia Tech with illness

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did not coach in the team's 80-71 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. Krzyzewski attended practice on Monday, but wasn't feeling well at dinner and began to feel worse when the team arrived at the airport to leave for Atlanta, a source close to the situation told ESPN. (ESPN.com)

Negative recruiting is alive and well

Most days, Coach X loves his job, but this time of year, he can hardly look at himself in the mirror. That's because with signing day just hours away, Coach X feels like he works more for TMZ than he does his university. (ESPN.com)

Mark Emmert gets contract extension through 2020

NCAA President Mark Emmert’s contract was extended by three more years, the organization announced on Monday. The NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voted to keep Emmert in place through 2020 at its quarterly board meeting on Jan. 16. Emmert has held the NCAA’s top job since October 2010 and currently makes more than $1.3 million a year in base salary. The contract also includes an option to extend to 2021. (USA Today)

As college sports revenues spike, coaches aren’t only ones cashing in

For years, the highest-paid public employees in many states have been football and men’s basketball coaches at state universities. But as big-time college sports revenues have nearly doubled over the past decade, coaches are far from the only ones cashing in. (Washington Post)

Let’s forget the green room for now & just enjoy the games

Roy Williams’ rant about ESPN's "Green Room" feature touched on a concern I've had for several years. Too many people in the media put too much focus on the NBA when they are covering college basketball. I’m not saying there is no place at all for that discussion, but I firmly believe the time devoted to draft speculation is well out of proportion with the interest that college basketball fans have in the subject. (Sports Illustrated)

Former UNC Commit Javontay Smith Lands at ECU

Former North Carolina safety commit Javontay Smith (Columbus, Ga./Carver) verbally committed to East Carolina. Smith officially visited East Carolina this weekend. "It was good," Smith said. "I especially liked the campus tour." This morning he told Pirates coach Scottie Montgomery he wanted to be a Pirate and plans to sign with them Wednesday. (Carolina Blue)

Western Carolina-East Tennessee State to play at Bristol Motor Speedway

When East Tennessee State plays its first Southern Conference football game since 2003 on Sept. 17, it will be in Bristol Motor Speedway, which on that day will be college football’s largest venue. And Western Carolina will be at the party. The Buccaneers will host WCU at the 165,000-seat speedway one week after Tennessee and Virginia Tech are expected to set a collegiate record for most fans at a football game in “The Battle at Bristol.” (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Keith Simms, 4-star LB, commits to Oregon

On Saturday evening, the Ducks added yet another four-star talent into the fold, as Keith Simms, the No. 20 outside linebacker in the country, committed to Oregon over offers from Cal, Duke, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Stanford, TCU, Virginia Tech and others. (OregonLive.com)

Kenny Sailors, star Wyoming jump shot pioneer, dies at 95

Kenny Sailors, the college basketball Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, died Saturday. He was 95. He died in his sleep at an assisted living center in Laramie, the University of Wyoming said. (Associated Press)

Dog Is Let Out To Go To The Bathroom, Casually Runs Half-Marathon Instead

This pup's trip to the bathroom somehow ended in praise and glory. April Hamlin of Elkmont, Alabama, let her hound, Ludivine, out for a bathroom break earlier this month. But instead of just getting her business done, Ludivine ended up sneaking out and running to the nearby Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon, where she participated in the entire race 13.1-mile-long course. (Huffington Post)

LSU's Ben Simmons is hard to define but easy to appreciate

The few inarguable facts about Ben Simmons are that he was born in Melbourne, Australia, 19 years and six months ago; he is a 6' 10" freshman at Louisiana State who averages 19.8 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game; and he is the player most likely to be picked No. 1 in the 2016 NBA draft. (Campus Rush)

Sources: NCAA to formally charge Ole Miss with numerous rules violations

The NCAA has formally charged the University of Mississippi with dozens of rules violations in three sports, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. The school has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA enforcement staff alleging roughly 30 violations in football, women’s basketball and track and field, sources told Yahoo. It is unclear at present what the breakdown is in terms of violations by sport. (Yahoo! Sports)

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