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'Last Chance U' shows what comes after the Friday night lights

Sports stories are so attractive because, like sports themselves, there’s an identifiable goal. Reaching a goal means winning, a quantifiable return on all the sweat and pain it takes to achieve it....But, in Last Chance U, the new, six-episode documentary series from Netflix, the concept of goals is evocatively blurred by its focus on a unique environment where the usual drama is heightened even further.

N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr. fully recovered, ready to go

Dennis Smith Jr. sure looks ready. North Carolina State's prized freshman point guard is pushing through a workout in the practice gym on a hot July afternoon, and there's no sign of the knee injury that defined his past year. "I don't expect to be rusty at all," Smith said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I just have to go out there and perform, no excuses."

Jonah Bolden curiously leaves UCLA basketball team to turn pro

UCLA junior Jonah Bolden has decided forego his final two years of college basketball eligibility and play professionally this coming season. Bolden informed the coaching staff of his decision to leave the school after one season, the UCLA athletic department announced Tuesday.

SB Nation Radio replacing Yahoo Sports Radio brand August 1

SB Nation is getting into the radio business. As reported by Bloomberg, Vox Media’s sports vertical is partnering up with Gow Media to refashion its Yahoo Sports Radio brand into a new programming venture that will reach 500 terrestrial radio and satellite stations, including include SiriusXM. The change will take place on Aug. 1.

CFP abandons plan to play most of its semifinal on Dec. 31

The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play most of its semifinals on New Year's Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a weekend or a holiday. The changes will start with the 2018 season. The TV ratings for last year's games played on Thursday, Dec. 31, dropped 36 percent.

College Football Playoff moves semifinals from New Year's Eve

After intense opposition and declining television ratings, the College Football Playoff has discontinued its attempt to create a new tradition on New Year’s Eve. Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told USA TODAY Sports the event’s management committee has decided to change the dates of the Playoff semifinals In four of seven years when those games were scheduled for Dec. 31.

Oklahoma State's Tyrek Coger leaves legacy of fun-loving perseverance

Tyrek Coger spent several nights at the Miller family's home in Clinton within the last month, before he headed to Oklahoma State for his long-awaited debut as a Division I college basketball player. Dwight Miller, founder of the Clinton-based SEBL Elite All-Stars travel team, was struck by how happy his former player appeared. "He was really at a good point in his life," Miller said Monday.

The only people who can stop the 'Packet Racket' are college coaches

I wrote a column last week about what college coaches call the "Packet Racket". The response to the column was overwhelming. I heard from coaches from every level of the sport. And they had stories. Boy, did they have stories. So I decided to dive deeper into the subject and further explain exactly how some event organizers have turned amateur basketball into a massive business.

What it's like to retire from the NFL

For 16 years, the rhythm of my life in August was simple: helmet, pads and two-a-days. The schedule repeated like clockwork every year, from Glenbard West High School to the University of Iowa to the NFL. Until I retired in 2007. And then I thought: What do normal people do in August? The freedom was a bit jarring, after spending seven seasons in the cocoon of the NFL.

Denny Green remembered by those he mentored and taught

Denny Green is probably most remembered for his time coaching the Minnesota Vikings or for his fiery, "They are who we thought they were" rant from his time coaching the Arizona Cardinals. But Green, who passed away Friday at the age of 67 was also a pioneer in college coaching and his impact on the game still resonates.

Behind the Scenes of How College Football Coaches Assemble a Game Plan

The game planning process begins in earnest the moment the previous week’s game ends. The broad strokes are applied several weeks and even months earlier, as graduate assistants and quality control coaches review tape to determine tendencies and situational responses. From there, it’s up to the offensive staff to create a scheme specific to the next team on the schedule.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, one of college football's most powerful figures, plans exit

One of the most powerful people in college athletics just put a timeline on his retirement. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told reporters Tuesday at 2016 Big Ten Media Days he will not be around in six years when the league's media rights deal expires in 2022. "I'm won't be here in six years. I'm 68," Delany said. "Anything inside six years, very likely."

Replay, officiating in ACC football going bigger

Under the ACC’s new collaborative replay system, Coordinator of Football Officiating Dennis Hennigan will equip and staff what might be called a “replay war room.” After conferring with the NFL, Hennigan mapped out plans to provide support for his stadium replay people. Collaborative replay in the ACC is billed as a one-year experiment.

East Carolina floats additional interest to Big 12

East Carolina skipped the subtle approach upon lobbying to be one of the teams provided Big 12 membership. The school’s athletics Twitter account posted a tweet pointing to a map that includes the Pirates in the Big 12 as the league’s easternmost member.

Tom Jackson likely out at ESPN after 28 years

Tom Jackson, who spent 28 seasons as one of the most recognizable and insightful NFL studio analysts on television, likely will not return to ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” the Daily News has learned. “He’s still weighing his options,” an NFL TV source said. “This will be Tommy’s call. It’s up to him . Tommy’s driving the train on this one. The situation is fluid.”

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