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03 September, 2016: Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman dons the cowboy hat presented to the winning team following the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between the Oklahoma Sooners and Houston Cougars at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photograph by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Which schools won the college football coaching carousel?

Which college football programs in need of a new coach made the best hire? College football’s coaching carousel has almost come to a stop. One major-conference vacancy is left after California ousted Sonny Dykes this past weekend. It’s late in the hiring cycle, but perhaps the Bears think they can lure Chip Kelly back to […]

BOSTON, MA - JULY 02: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after ground out to third base against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning at Fenway Park on July 2, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

5 fearless sports predictions for 2017

Welcome to 2017. Somehow, we made it! What’s going to happen in the immediate future? We at The Comeback are here to help with your prognostication needs. [Obligatory disclaimer: The information provided here is strictly for entertainment purposes only. We offer no guarantees and do not encourage any wagering based on these predictions. Only one […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27: Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Jordan Murphy (3) reacts after hitting a shot in the 1st half during the Big Ten Conference match up between the Michigan State Spartans and the Minnesota Golden Gophers on December 27, 2016 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

10 college basketball fast-starters who still have a lot to prove

Which teams off to impressive starts are for real? Which of them still have prove their overall merit? Conference play is finally here, which means we’ll soon separate the contenders from the frauds. Several major-conference teams play favorable non-conference schedules to inflate their records. Precious few play more than one true road game. So which […]

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Your guide to surviving the holiday season

So you’ve decided to celebrate the holidays. Congratulations! Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. If by “wonderful,” you mean the most anxiety-ridden, rage-inducing, stressful, sometimes depressing and expensive month. The Holidays can be hell. But follow our handy, dandy guide and you’ll survive Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and Boxing Day with your […]

UCLA's Lonzo Ball (2) quites the crowd with a 3-pointer for some of his 14 points against Kentucky on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. UCLA won, 97-92. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS via Getty Images)

Who are college basketball’s top 10 freshmen in 2016-17?

Who’s got next? The latest crop of freshman basketball talent is already having a significant impact in college basketball. We’re still in the early stages of the 2016-17 season. Conference play is a little less than a month away. But UCLA and Kentucky are living proof of how beneficial these new additions have been. Here […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 29: Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts during a game against the Penn Quakers at The Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania on November 29, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Villanova defeated Penn 82-57. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Big East might be the best conference in college basketball

Quick, name the basketball conference with the most unbeaten teams. It’s not the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Big 12? Nope. In fact, it’s not any of the Power 5 leagues. You can make a compelling case that the best basketball in America right now is being played in the Big East. As of early Tuesday night, […]

STORRS, CT - NOVEMBER 14: UConn Huskies Head Coach Kevin Ollie talks with UConn Huskies Guard Alterique Gilbert (3) at the bench during the first half of a men's NCAA division 1 basketball game between the Northeastern Huskies and the UConn Huskies on November 14, 2016, at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT. (Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)

UConn basketball is already in critical condition

It’s getting late early for Connecticut. The University of Connecticut limps into Wednesday afternoon’s game against Oregon in the Maui Invitational. These Huskies have bruised bodies and bruises egos and if they don’t play better and get healthier, this season will be a lost cause. You can’t win the national championship in November, but you can […]

HONOLULU, HI - NOVEMBER 11: Thomas Bryant #31 of the Indiana Hoosiers gestures to the crowd after scoring during the first half of the second game of the Armed Forces Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on November 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

After big win over Kansas, Indiana basketball gives fans reason to hope

At times, it seems like Indiana University fans are somewhat reluctant to fully embrace Tom Crean. In a long-term relationship, you daydream — wondering if you can/should trade up. Sure, Crean has delivered three Sweet 16 appearances in the past five NCAA tournaments. But that’s not quite satisfying enough for some. Such is life for […]

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 28: Players of the Duke Blue Devils react from their bench during their game against the Virginia State Trojans at Cameron Indoor Stadium on October 28, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

5 storylines to follow as 2016-17 college basketball season begins

The 2016-17 college basketball season (thankfully) starts this weekend, tipping off with a 23-game slate on Friday. The season-opening weekend is headlined by Michigan State-Arizona and Indiana-Kansas at the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Besides top matchups, conference rivalries and races to earn one of the coveted NCAA Tournament bids, the college basketball season […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins calls a play during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Pauley Pavilion on March 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

5 college basketball coaches who need big 2016-17 seasons

The college basketball season is almost here. The 2016-17 road to the Final Four in Arizona begins next Friday, Nov. 11. Unfortunately, a new season means that some coaches will fail to meet expectations and lose their jobs. Several will be on the hot seat and coaching for their jobs in 2016-17. Here are five […]

22 October 2016:  Penn State CB Christian Campbell (1) celebrates after the game. The Penn State Nittany Lions upset the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 24-21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Has Penn State turned the post-Paterno corner?

It’s a time for jubilation for Penn State, which has had precious little to celebrate in recent years. The 24th-ranked Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) are ranked for the first time since December 2011. They vaulted back into the national spotlight thanks to Saturday’s 24-21 somewhat upset of then No. 2 Ohio State. The […]

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The College Football Playoff needs to be expanded already

Every weekend matters in the chase to earn a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff. Something quirky and unexpected happens to both thrill us and confuse us. If the season ended today, there would be a fairly clear-cut group of five teams competing for four spots: Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and Washington. Exciting stuff, […]

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots speaks to Julian Edelman #11 in the first half against the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Who else could Bill Belichick start at quarterback and still win NFL games?

Bill Belichick has proven he can win with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett at quarterback this season. With both of those guys banged up, there was speculation that Belichick might start Julian Edelman against Buffalo this Sunday. Edelman hasn’t played QB since he was a senior at Kent State in 2008. It appears, however, either […]

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin sits on a bench looking at the game program before an NCAA college football game the Auburn Tigers on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Texas A&M’s 3-0 start has Kevin Sumlin off the hot seat (for now)

Coaching in the Southeastern Conference is kind of like being Indiana Jones. Just swap the fedora for a visor and the bullwhip for a laminated play sheet. Peril lurks around every corner (Alabama! LSU!). Even if you avoid the poisoned darts, there is a giant ball waiting to pulverize you. And just when you think […]

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 01: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball during the game against the Charlotte 49ers at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville defeated Charlotte 70-14. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson could put Cardinals in title hunt by beating Florida State

The national sports spotlight usually shines on Louisville only for that horse race or during college basketball season. For football to grab the attention, something special has to happen. But Mr. Special has arrived and his name is Lamar Jackson. Although not a traditional football power, the Cardinals have some pretty good quarterback alums. Teddy Bridgewater […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

What if Dak Prescott is better than Jared Goff or Carson Wentz?

Don’t you hate it when someone finds a better bargain than you? Now you know how Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead and Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman might feel. There must be a sense of dread. Nothing hurts quite like overspending for a disappointing item and the nightmare hypothetical is this: What if […]

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The uncertain future of LSU’s Les Miles begins now

These should be the best of times for Les Miles. The quirky LSU coach will begin a quest for his second national championship Saturday when the Tigers travel to Wisconsin in the season-opener. Miles is returning 17 starters, tied with Tennessee for the most in the Southeastern Conference. Among the returnees is Heisman Trophy-hopeful Leonard […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 22: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches the action during the first inning of their game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on August 22, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)

How are we supposed to feel about David Ortiz?

The 2016 baseball season has been one long, last home run trot for David Ortiz. One of the best players for the one of the most storied franchises in professional sports is retiring. Ortiz is beloved because he’s the smiling face of three World Series championship teams. Before Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox were infamous […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals yells on the sidelines in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

How confident should you be in your NFL team’s head coach?

The NFL season is two weeks away. Everyone is optimistic right now, but soon reality will separate the contenders from the pretenders. As your excitement builds for giving your Sundays, and Monday and Thursday nights to the NFL, how confident should you be in your team’s head coach? Here’s our guide to each of the […]

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Charlie Strong of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after the Texas Longhorns defeated the Baylor Bears 23-17 at McLane Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Is Charlie Strong in for a big rise or a big fall at Texas?

In December of 2009, I was approached by two Caucasian men at a fundraiser. They wanted to know if I was the new University of Louisville football coach. When you’re a tall African-American, you get mistaken for many people. People have erroneously assumed that I’m a pro athlete, a cop, and a military man, but a […]

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