Aztecs get commitment from CSUN grad transfer Terrell Gomez
SAN DIEGO — The NCAA has mandated that basketball coaches cannot travel to see recruits and recruits cannot take campus visits through the end of May.Terrell Gomez didn’t need to. The 5-foot-8 junior guard has already been to San Diego State with CSUN (formerly Northridge) for a game at Viejas Arena two years ago.“That was kind of like my visit,” Gomez said. “The energy was crazy.”That, plus deep connections with Aztecs past and present, made the decision to spend his final college season on Montezuma Mesa relatively easy. Less than a week after entering the transfer portal and three days afte...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gophers athletic department facing potential $75 million hit because of coronavirus
MINNEAPOLIS — The Gophers athletic department could lose $75 million in revenue — about 50% of its annual budget — if the coronavirus pandemic stretches into the fall, according to estimates prepared for Tuesday’s Board of Regents meeting.The Board based the estimates on potential losses from ticket revenue, NCAA tournament and TV distributions, contributions from boosters, etc.In the Regents’ “best-case” scenario, which accounts for athletics cancellations through spring but resuming to normal in the summer, the athletics department could lose $10 million.The “moderate” outlook, which assumes...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Larry Bowa, 74, is still going strong 50 years after unlikely major-league debut
Larry Bowa did not play high school baseball and he was not drafted. But when he arrived 50 years ago this month to Connie Mack Stadium, he was finally a big-leaguer. At least, that’s what he told the security guard outside the ballpark at 21st and Lehigh.“Sure,” the guard told the undersized 24-year-old. “And I’m Raquel Welch.”Once he forced his way inside the gate, Bowa stood on the third-base line as a high-school marching band played the final notes of the national anthem, his path to the major leagues ready to reach its destination.The fiery Bowa, who was listed at 5-foot-10, 155 pounds a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A sports broadcaster's life in 3 chapters: How the 'immature' Tim Doyle bottomed out, put the Kendall Gill fracas behind him and emerged a better man
Tim Doyle takes a break from cooking breakfast as he notices his 5-year-old son walking toward him. Joe, pretending it’s Halloween, is wearing a police officer’s uniform.“Are you a good cop, Joe?” Doyle asks. “Or do you take money from the mob?”Doyle laughs loudly enough to rattle the plates. He grins, devilishly.The sausage and eggs can wait. Laughter is the nourishment he craves, especially from others.Doyle is 6-foot-5 with an even bigger personality.His wife, Susie, works in radiation oncology at a cancer center in west suburban Warrenville.“Every time I see a patient,” she says, “I put on...
Mark Bradley: Will there be a college football season? Vince Dooley isn't sure.
“I’ve switched to being hopeful,” he said Sunday. “Optimistically hopeful, put it that way.”The famous former Georgia coach and athletic director had spent most of the day in his lush Athens garden. “I went out to plant one thing,” he said, “but I’ve got so much out there I have to move something else to make room. I told Barbara (his wife) I’d be out there two hours; I was out there for eight.”Like many among us, Dooley is sheltering in place. He doesn’t even go to the grocery. “She does 99% of it,” he said. “If I go, I can’t find the one thing I’m looking for. So I stay away from that as wel...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kansas State point guard David Sloan will transfer after one season with Wildcats
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber will be staring at a large group of new faces whenever the Wildcats are allowed to welcome players back to campus.David Sloan announced Monday that he will transfer away from K-State following one season with the team, which means the Wildcats’ roster will feature eight new scholarship players next season.“This past year has been filled with many blessings as I am grateful to have spent it with Wildcat Nation,” Sloan wrote on social media. “However, I would like to announce I will be completing my degree and final year of eligibility ...
The Kansas City Star
What is coronavirus quarantine like for the Miami Hurricanes?
What is a college football coach to do with more than 100 players to look out for during coronavirus quarantine at a time when his team would normally be participating in spring practices?Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz has tried to create some sense of normalcy — while his players, coaches and staff remain hunkered down at home — through Zoom video conferences for meetings, dissemination of recommended player workouts, recruiting analysis and more.“To have this sort of formless Groundhog Day that we wake up in every day, we’re trying to build a little structure that at least every day can h...
FAU's Willie Taggart can't 'grasp' country without football season
The thought of football not being played in the fall is one that FAU coach Willie Taggart said had never crossed his mind until recently.Even as the coronavirus outbreak jeopardizes sports seasons around the world, Taggart admitted during a conference call with reporters on Monday that he still struggles to envision what the country would look like without football in the fall.“I still can’t get a grasp of what this country would look like without football,” Taggart said. “That’s America’s sport. Everybody gets excited when football season comes around. It’s like Christmas. The whole country c...
Recruiting in the age of coronavirus: Players and coaches are adjusting to college recruiting during the pandemic
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Jaydon Hood took an early-spring visit to Minnesota last month.He spoke to the coaches, saw the facilities and checked out local establishments where he could have fun if he chose to sign with the Golden Gophers.He did all of that by video.“They showed me videos of the facilities, the weight room, the field … I FaceTimed a couple (coaches), I FaceTimed the strength and conditioning coach, the academic coach, coach (Joseph) Rossi, (Director of Football Recruiting Communications Steven Ruzic) is the one that guided me through the tour, and I ...
No football? Michigan college coaches bracing for the unthinkable.
There is a silver lining somewhere, and Paul Winters has found it.The Wayne State football coach may have lost spring practice, but he has already tackled the work he usually reserves for June and July.In some ways, he said, “I will be better prepared for a season than I ever have.”That is if there is one.As the novel coronavirus has rocked the country and shut down the sports world, there is growing anxiety within college athletics about the prospect of football not being played in 2020. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit sounded the alarm late last month during an appearance on the network’s radio...
Detroit Free Press