In his recent book ‘Cheating the Spread,’ author Albert Figone has collected chronicles of fixes, point-shaving scandals, and various other sketchy endeavors occurring at schools large and small, most of them over the past 70 years. Bill Littlefield speaks with the author.
Indiana, Lousiville, and Kentucky have three of the best basketball programs in the country, all within a 170-mile drive. Reporter Anne Marshall hit the road to figure out if fans’ loyalties have geographic boundaries.
Maryland and Rutgers are jumping to the Big Ten Conference. What does this mean for college football? Bill speaks with Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
Among the teams you will not see in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament next spring are Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, North Carolina-Wilmington, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, six other teams, and the University of Connecticut. Bill Littlefield explains why this never needs to happen again.
Recruiting violations have cast a shadow over the Baylor women’s basketball team and their historic 40-0 season. Bill Littlefield weighs in with his thoughts.
Bracket busting can be heartbreaking, but what would March Madness be without a couple of upsets? 13-seed Morehead State was the first giant-killer, taking down 4-seed Louisville. Then 11-seed Gonzanga toppled the Southeast region’s sixth seed, St. John’s. Bill talks with ESPN.com’s Pat Forde about what to expect from the second and third rounds of the tournament.
The Cowboys have lost five of their first six games and the Rangers just lost the World Series, but it’s still a great time to be a sports fan in Dallas. Karen Given explains why Saturday on Only A Game. Plus, Bill speaks with LPGA great Annika Sorenstam, and Doug Tribou reports on sprint football, a lightweight version of the game without the hulking linemen and bruising linebackers.
In his new book Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, Professor Charles Martin describes the SEC’s long resistance to recruiting black athletes, and the “gentleman’s agreement” with other schools and conferences that allowed the practice to continue for far longer than it should have. Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on the book.
Week in, week out, sports provide some odd moments and we’ve got two more that recently grabbed Bill’s attention. First, when you think about Hideki Matsui do you think about blankets? Also, hometown hope wins out over the facts after the NCAA men’s basketball final.
This week on Only A Game, we endeavor to answer a most vexing question regarding the sexes: Why aren’t there more sports that pit women against men? Also, the New Jersey Devils rise from hockey purgatory, plus SI’s Peter King on the NFL, and a story of a sports hero who disappeared.