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Rivals has college basketball's power rankings.

The new No. 1 small forward is Texas sophomore Jordan Hamilton, who recorded double-doubles in victories over Oklahoma State and Missouri. Hamilton delivered five assists and a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 16 points Saturday in a 71-58 triumph over Missouri.

"I thought Jordan Hamilton played the best game he has played since he has been at Texas," Longhorns coach Rick Barnes told reporters after the game. "I thought he had an all-around game. His passes were really good, and he played really well."

Texas is coming out on top of the Big 12-2.

Texas' schedule is more favorable and you have to understand where they're coming from to appreciate them. In 12 days, they beat Texas A&M (ranked No. 10 at the time), at Kansas (ranked No. 2 at the time), at Oklahoma State, Missouri (ranked No. 13 at the time) and at Texas A&M (ranked No. 16 at the time). If you go through that stretch, and come out unscathed, it's hard not to pick you to win the Big 12.

Things will change along way the and there will be an upset loss someplace but right now it's hard to see Texas not coming out in the Big 12.

Kids just grow up wanting to be a Longhorn.

"Most of the kids who are committed to Texas grew up wanting to be Longhorns," ESPN Recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg said. "Most of the kids Georgia has committed wanted to be Bulldogs, and most of the kids USC has wanted to be Trojans. Everybody's going to have a down year. These schools will always flex a lot of muscle in recruiting, and at the end of the day it's going to be the usual suspects."




What was he thinking? Coppell, Texas, cornerback Bennett Okotcha has switched his commitment from Notre Dame to the Sooners.

This is a story of Land Thieves just being Land Thieves.

The next two days, coaches around the country will feverishly try and poach oral commitments away from other programs before the finality of Signing Day.

Few schools have landed more surgical strikes on another's commitment list during Signing Day week in recent time than Oklahoma. Past plunders that have played a significant role in the building of what could be a special Sooner squad in 2011.



The University of Florida's president thinks grayshirting is reprehensible.

In Division I college football this practice is known as "grayshirting" and, unfortunately, there are universities that sanction this activity. The universities, with full knowledge of what they are doing, extend more athletic scholarships than they have. These schools play roulette with the lives of talented young people. If they run out of scholarships, too bad. The letter-of-intent signed by the university the previous February is voided. Technically, it's legal to do this. Morally, it is reprehensible.

There is a NCAA rule prohibiting grayshirting.

When Football Bowl Subdivision schools across the nation begin signing football players on Feb. 2, they'll have to adhere for the first time to an NCAA bylaw that limits them to 28 signees between Signing Day and May 31. Unchanged is the rule that declares schools can bring in only 25 new scholarship players each academic year. Also unchanged is the rule that allows schools to have only 85 total players on scholarship at a given time. So now that a nationwide rule governs signee totals, the morally shaky practice of oversigning should end. Shouldn't it?

Not even close. The rule isn't worth the paper on which it's printed, and everyone in college football knows it.

Want to know what a Letter of Intent looks like?



Following the gravy train of college sports and the

Big Ten vs. the SEC. Who makes more money?

While the SEC has the Big Ten beat in terms of football, the Big Ten teams bring in larger athletic department profits in the aggregate than SEC teams.  The total profit for athletic departments in the Big Ten is $117,750,068, while the SEC, who has one more team than the Big Ten, only posts aggregate profits of $97,887,580.00.  The Big Ten edges out the SEC in terms of average profit by school as well with $10,704,551.44 versus $8,157,298.33 in the SEC.

Here's a breakdown of SEC football spending and revenue.

Cam Newton believes two agents are better than one.

Big donors are to football what lobbyists are to politics.

The larger issue here, of course, is if it is standard operating procedure at most universities that major donors have a say in who becomes the football and basketball coaches? And, if they do, should they? It may be naïve to think they don’t. In essence, they are like lobbyists who buy favors from politicians. Money doesn’t talk, it screams loud and clear.

Sports betting is changing right before your eyes.


And finally...

Director Harold Ramis on the metaphor of the film, Ground Hog Day.

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