| Mar 15, 2011
| 6:17 PM
John Seward never lost his affection for Duke basketball. A former all-conference forward, he returned to campus for games, ventured to a Final Four and held coach Mike Krzyzewski in high regard.
But Duke basketball did lose Seward after his first two...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 4:04 PM
Strolling down Broad Street on Tuesday, Joey Rodriguez was startled when a man stopped his car in traffic, hopped out with a camera and asked Rodriguez to pose for a photo.
This shortly after Rodriguez received a standing ovation from his VCU...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 5:22 PM
The parallels were clear Selection Sunday. Two weeks later, they're downright spooky.
VCU 2011, George Mason 2006.
Colonial Athletic Association teams receive controversial bids to the NCAA basketball tournament after losing in the conference clambake...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 5:16 PM
Call the roll of Final Four gate-crashers. Butler. George Mason. Penn. Indiana State.
Recount their upsets, harrowing finishes and, yes, miracles.
None matches VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University for the basketball-impaired.
The Rams on Sunday...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 7:26 PM
If you're still trying to wrap your head around the Final Four of VCU, Butler, Kentucky and Connecticut, get in line.
This is like the street-corner sax player collecting a Grammy nomination. It's not that the dude can't play. He can, enough to make...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Banners commemorating each of VCU's nine previous NCAA tournament appearances hang from the Siegel Center. Suffice to say, the 10th will be unique and raised amid much fanfare.
Question is: Will it be a Final Four or, dare we ponder, national...
| Mar 30, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Joey Rodriguez, VCU's senior point guard and resident basketball savant, thought the Rams should change defenses this season.
"Before this year started, I was telling Coach Smart, 'Hey Coach, we don't need to press as much. Did you see Butler and how...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 6:57 PM
Before the college basketball world started screaming about Virginia Commonwealth, back when ESPN pundits still considered VCU a four-letter word, Shaka Smart spoke softly to the man who helped give him a strong voice.
Walter King, the grandfather...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 3:00 PM
Anyone who's ever heard Blaine Taylor turn a phrase in his often off-the-wall vernacular knows the Old Dominion men's basketball coach has a unique perspective. In the case of Saturday's Final Four matchup between VCU and Butler, that perspective includes...
| Dec 31, 2010
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in town who had a bigger news year than Costa Mesa City Councilman Jim Righeimer. The former Planning Commission chairman went toe-to-toe with the police union, which smeared his name on...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 11:46 AM
I've often talked about the dirtiest, most filthy city in America. It's not Detroit or New York; it's New Orleans. And now, because of the Final 4 basketball championships coming to town, we are all about cleaning it up.
This happens every few years...
| May 5, 2010
| 10:44 AM
Tom Herzog said he was happy being part of a winning program at Michigan State but he sees an opportunity to play a bigger role in UCF's success.
Herzog, a 7-foot center who was highly recruited out of high school, is transferring to UCF.
He hopes to...