Kentucky AD Letter to John Calipari, Mark Stopes

Mitch Barnhart recorded two decades of good work as a college principal while working as a relative of a hermit. He’s the dean of athletic directors for the Southeastern Conference, he was chair of the NCAA men’s basketball selection committee, and he built a Kentucky Top 10 athletic department—there’s a lot on his resume to … Read more

Joe Domars recalls the Pistons near trade with Kobe Bryant: ‘It was so close’

Howard Beck welcomes Hall of Famer Joe Dumars. The former Pistons Bad Boy is now the NBA’s discipline czar, part of his new role as Executive Vice President and Chief of Basketball Operations. Domar discusses his approach to the job, then reflects at length on his tenure as Pistons GM. The following text is excerpted … Read more

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is open to major changes to March Madness

He is probably the most influential person in college athletics, said Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey On Thursday he wants to take a “fresh look” at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament — perhaps with an eye on expanding the existing 68-team stadium. Sankey warns that he is “not ready to make headlines there yet.” But … Read more

Aidan Hutchinson sings Billie Jean in Hard Knocks: Video

1. The new season of strong blows She got off to a great start last night thanks to rising Lions defensive lineman Aiden Hutchinson. Singing for beginners during boot camp was a staple of strong blows Throughout the show’s history, however, the Michigan star took things to another level with his thrilling rendition of Michael … Read more

Big Ten, ESPN to break up after 40 years

1. John Orand Sports Business Magazine The news broke on Tuesday morning that ESPN has withdrawn from negotiations with the Big Ten. The conference, which already has a partnership with Fox Sports, is expected to make deals with CBS and NBC. ESPN has broadcast the top ten football matches since 1982. Don’t worry about ESPN, … Read more