| Apr 9, 2011
By his own calculation, UConn associate coach George Blaney had been to 36 Final Fours before 2004. He sat on the board of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. That meant Blaney always had good seats.
That does not mean he didn't want to be...
| Nov 27, 2010
| 3:53 PM
Firsts are rare when a football rivalry dates to 1895, but Virginia Tech made history Saturday with its beatdown of Virginia.
Never had the Hokies housed the Cavaliers by four touchdowns or more in consecutive seasons.
They have now.
| Nov 29, 2010
| 2:56 PM
Virginia Tech's possible bowl opponents include both schools embroiled in the Cam Newton mess, a traditional and occasionally loathed rival, the presumptive No. 1 pick of April's NFL draft and Frank Beamer's son.
The Hokies' postseason destination is...
| Dec 3, 2010
| 10:46 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — No one believes Virginia Tech's extraordinary football consistency rates with Florida State's unrivaled dynasty.
Not Cheryl Beamer, the Marching Virginians or the Hokie Bird himself.
But with their return to the ACC...
| May 10, 2011
| 4:02 PM
As coaching trees go, Mike Krzyzewski's is hardly a towering pine. It's not Charlie Brown's Christmas shrub, but suffice to say the branches could use some work.
All of which add intrigue to Jeff Capel's return to Duke and the perennial speculation as to...
| Dec 22, 2010
| 3:32 PM
Upon arriving at Old Dominion in 2001, Blaine Taylor discovered a state with a college basketball landscape as diverse as its beach-to-mountains topography.
Teams competed in the ACC, Big East, Colonial Athletic Association, Atlantic 10, Southern and Big...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 6:48 PM
The inevitable cannibalization within Colonial Athletic Association basketball began Wednesday night.
Inevitable because with five teams among the nation's top 100 according to CollegeRPI.com, and a sixth at No. 110, the league's bullies had to start...
| Jan 29, 2011
| 10:44 AM
Virginia Tech and Miami entered the ACC together in the spring of 2004. The merger hinged not on basketball, or volleyball, cross country or tennis for that matter.
No, ACC expansion was about one sport, the cash-cow sport — football.
| Mar 1, 2011
| 2:35 PM
By any standard, this was the best regular season in Colonial Athletic Association basketball history. Now comes the hard part.
Authoring an equally riveting postseason.
The challenge starts with the conference tournament, which runs Friday-Monday at...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 2:11 PM
The champions of the ACC, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern Conference are done. As are Duke and Connecticut.
As is my bracket — more on that bloodletting in a moment.
First, some reflections on the NCAA tournament's first weekend and the...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 8:43 PM
The Sweet 16 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament tastes good for all who get there.
But for the University of Cincinnati, the spot in last week's Sweet 16 came with special appreciation of a program that went from major embarrassment to a source of...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 11:20 AM
Terri Williams-Flournoy built a women's college basketball power from virtual scratch. Her next challenge is to revive a former national championship contender.
A Hampton native and Phoebus High graduate, Williams-Flournoy was introduced Tuesday as...