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College basketball players don't like Under Armour basketballs

“It’s definitely different,” Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes said. “I don’t like the Under Armour ball whatsoever. But that’s the way this amateur sports league is set up. We’re supposed to be having fun, but all the money is in these basketballs that colleges play with. But it’s an amateur sport. We’re just here for fun. So I guess any ball should be okay." (

Video: Houston's Tom Herman destroys fax machine in Office Space tribute

National Signing Day went really well for Houston, which finished signed a five-star recruit, with the No. 1 class in the AAC and the No. 44 class overall. But signing day is stressful and the use of outdated technology like fax machines to secure the signatures of each class can take its toll. So coach Tom Herman and a couple assistants decided to use post-signing day to take out a little aggression ala Office Space style. (Yahoo! Sports)

SEC looking to block Michigan from holding spring practice in Florida

The SEC has asked the NCAA to prohibit college football teams from holding spring practice during spring break, commissioner Greg Sankey told CBS Sports on Tuesday. The move is obviously a direct response to Michigan's recent announcement that it would conduct part of its spring practice at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Coach Jim Harbaugh said on National Signing Day that the Wolverines would begin practice at IMG during their spring break from Feb. 27 to March 6. (CBS Sports)

A college basketball guide for diehard football fans

We know you're only here because football is over. It's cool. You've been missing out, but it's cool. Thankfully, we at SB Nation college basketball have been living and dying with every dribble that has occurred since the evening of Nov. 14, and we're here to answer every question you would have asked if you hadn't been so consumed with Cam Newton-fueled anger for the last five months. (SB Nation)

Lawsuit: Tennessee football players assaulted teammate for helping rape victim

A federal lawsuit alleges that Tennessee football players twice assaulted wide receiver Drae Bowles for assisting the woman who accused linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive back Michael Williams of rape in November 2014. Neither the Knoxville Police Department nor the University of Tennessee Police Department has a specific report of the incident, however. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Cam Newton defends himself: 'You show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser'

Cam Newton spoke to the media on Tuesday, his first time doing so since cutting his postgame Super Bowl press conference short. He confidently shot back at all the criticisms being lobbed at him since the Panthers' disappointing 24-10 loss to the Broncos. "Pretty much everything that people say about us is fluff," he said, via Black and Blue Review. "They say Cam's a thug, players on the team are classless." (SB Nation)

Duke’s Grayson Allen deliberately trips Louisville player

Over the years, as great as its been, the Duke University men’s basketball program has earned itself something of a reputation for being, well, a little obnoxious. If you subscribe to that theory, then this is a story for you. During Monday night’s game against Louisville at Cameron Indoor Center, Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen hit the deck on his own baseline. (Washington Post)

Conan O'Brien mocks Cam Newton's sulky Super Bowl press conference

It was only a matter of time before Cam Newton’s post-Super Bowl press conference transformed into a skit for one of the late night shows, but credit Conan O’Brien here, because this was quite funny. Setting the scene for the skit, O’Brien cracked an intentionally-lame “Fig Newton” joke, before launching into a sad post-joke press conference. (USA Today)

Duke QB Thomas Sirk ruptures Achilles tendon; no timetable for return

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk, a rising redshirt senior for the Blue Devils, ruptured his left Achilles tendon Tuesday during a conditioning workout, head coach David Cutcliffe announced. Cutcliffe said Sirk is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday and he will be out indefinitely. Sirk missed the 2013 season after rupturing his right Achilles in April of the year. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Read Buddy Ryan's emotional letter to the '85 Bears

In 1981, a group of Bears defenders wrote to team owner George Halas asking that he retain defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan along with the rest of the defensive staff. Thirty years later, coach Ryan wrote back. (Chicago Sun-Times)

From the Depths, Von Miller Reaches the Top

The young star didn’t seem entirely comfortable in the MVP spotlight Sunday evening; he even tripped on the way to his press conference while still wearing his football cleats. But it was also that, in the spectrum of emotions players experience after winning a Super Bowl, one thing Miller felt was gratitude—for the people who helped him climb out of a dark place two years ago, to the top of the football world last night. (The MMQB)

Keuka College to Change ‘Wolfpack’ Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

Keuka College, a small liberal-arts institution in upstate New York, is changing its nickname under legal pressure from North Carolina State University. N.C. State, whose teams are also known as the Wolfpack, said Keuka’s nickname was infringing on its trademark and demanded that the college stop using it. Some colleges are able to share nicknames, as long as there is no likelihood of confusion between the two. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Rick Pitino: Fine schools, coaches for violations

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said schools and coaches should be fined for violations, and players who had nothing to do with infractions should not be penalized. Pitino said athletic director Tom Jurich chose to keep Louisville out of this year's Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments. (Associated Press)

Caleb Martin stands out by standing up late in N.C. State's loss to Duke

N.C. State reserve Caleb Martin played 10 official minutes before fouling out Saturday. In real time, he stood for the final 20 minutes of the Wolfpack's 88-80 loss at Duke. When Martin picked up his fifth foul with 4:41 remaining, it was 3:47 p.m., and N.C. State trailed 76-72. Per tradition, the Cameron Crazies extended their arms and shook hands in Martin's direction while making a loud, constant "Ohhh" sound. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: What drives die-hard sports fans?

Spencer asked writer and avid sports fan David Ropeik, what are the traits of a real, die hard sports fan? "Tribal animal. Subconscious, instinctive tribal animal," he said. "Not a conscious thinking, reasoning, 'Oh, aren't we smart' human." Ropeik says rooting for a team is deeply rooted. Seeking out others who think as we do is just part of the survival instinct. (CBS News)

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