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Past articles by David:

Inside Deion Sanders’ Jackson State program: Hard truths, fireside chats, swag, structure

Jason Mercier: “He cares about you and your future. He gets us ready for real life, it’s not only about football. It’s real-life skills.” → Read More

How Georgia bottled No. 1 Tennessee’s top-ranked offense

The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs dominated the No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, taking down the nation's top team 27-13. → Read More

Meet Hudson, the newest puppy and unofficial mascot in college football

Jen Rahne sat at her son Jake’s lacrosse practices when a familiar scene kept playing out. Brooke Corson, whose son, Silas, was also on the team, walked into practice with a puppy. A few practices later, she walked in with a different puppy. And it kept on happening. “Talk about great... → Read More

College football Week 1 preview roundtable: Georgia-Clemson, upset picks, under-the-radar games and overreactions – The Athletic

What to watch in college football's opening weekend: Clemson-Georgia, LSU-UCLA, Alabama-Miami, upset predictions and more. → Read More

Iowa State upsets TCU, vaults to lead in Big 12 race.

Three weeks ago, Iowa State upset one undefeated team in the top five when it beat Oklahoma in Norman. On Saturday, the Cyclones did it again, taking down No. 4 TCU 14-7 at home in Ames to shockingly move to the lead in the Big 12. → Read More

How do teams fare after suffering horrible player injuries?

What happens when a sports team loses a star? The results have been mixed -- sometimes the team can fall into ruin, but often a new star emerges or the season ends up better than expected. Maybe the Packers and Celtics can look at some history. → Read More

Defense sparks Wazzu rise as Pac-12 contender.

Every team coached by Mike Leach is going to be known primarily for its offense thanks to his Air Raid attack. However, this year's Washington State team appears to be Leach's best yet, and it's because of an energized defense coached by Alex Grinch. → Read More

How to repair a broken college basketball system.

As a wide-ranging scandal unfolds, change is coming to college basketball, and, likely, college sports as a whole. So what should change? The sport's underbelly may never be eradicated completely, but it can be addressed. → Read More

Former college football coaches describe life on the hot seat.

There's an old adage in college football that says there are two types of coaches: Those who have been fired and those who will be. In the middle, there are coaches on the hot seat. How do they handle it? Les Miles and other former coaches explain. → Read More

Athletes respond to Trump criticism of Warriors, NFL players.

President Donald Trump criticized NFL player protests on Friday night, then said the Warriors wouldn't get an invitation to the White House to celebrate their NBA title after Stephen Curry made it clear he would vote against his team attending. → Read More

Mowins and Dipp were the talk of MNF.

Many will be buzzing about the last seconds of Denver's 24-21 win over LA in the nightcap of the MNF doubleheader on ESPN, but the call was just as important with Beth Mowins on the mic. Sideline reporter Sergio Dipp was a star too ... in a different way. → Read More

Oklahoma beats Ohio State; Mayfield plants flag.

Oklahoma looked helpless last September as playoff-bound Ohio State embarrassed the Sooners on their home field. A year later, the Sooners returned the favor in the second half and looked like a playoff-caliber team in the process, rolling over Ohio State, 31-16. → Read More

The saga of Craig Carton's arrest continues to shock.

On Wednesday, federal agents arrested popular radio host Craig Carton at his New York City home alleging that he and business partner Joseph Meli teamed up to defraud investors of $5.6 million on a concert ticket scheme. It only got sadder and stranger from there. → Read More

New QB Josh Jackson sparks Hokies over WVU.

New starting quarterback Josh Jackson propelled No. 21 Virginia Tech to a 31-24 win over No. 22 West Virginia at FedEx Field on Sunday night. The win earned the Hokies a rivalry trophy, and Jackson's performance gives them hope for another division title. → Read More

Michigan crushes Florida despite youth questions.

Michigan lost 11 drafted players, and several other starters, from last year's Orange Bowl team. On Saturday, youth was no issue: Despite a couple pick-sixes, the No. 11 Wolverines mostly dominated No. 17 Florida in a 33-17 win in Arlington, Texas. → Read More

Sports communities come together for Harvey relief.

Houston residents have had to endure the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and the city's sports teams are attempting to both cope and help the best they can. The Astros, Texans and others have had to relocate, while also aiding those who were displaced. → Read More

Virginia football team preaches unity after Charlottesville unrest.

In the wake of rallies involving neo-Nazi and white nationalist protest groups and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia football team has joined together to spread a message of unity and community in response. → Read More

Kevin Durant announces he won't visit White House.

Kevin Durant isn't heading to the White House any time soon. On Thursday, he made it official, telling ESPN he would not be making the customary visit to celebrate his first career title with the Golden State Warriors, if the team is ever invited. → Read More

Frank Broyles made lasting impact on Arkansas, college sports.

If you closely examined almost any corner of college football today, you'd find Frank Broyles' fingerprints. Broyles, who died Monday at age 92, brought Arkansas a national championship and went on to a successful career as a broadcaster and athletic director. → Read More

Fantasy football draft cheat sheet for 2017.

This time of year, there's only one way to channel your football energy until the season starts. It's time for fantasy football talk. Here's our positional rankings and an overall top 50 to make sure you're ready for your draft. → Read More