Although I like the NFL, I have to concede that I’m really rooting for neither side to prevail, but rather to see the lockout happen. An NFL lockout would be an untold boon for college football, dramatically increasing TV viewership as disaffected fans would flock from the pros to the NCAA.
Stanford football took big strides toward a successful 2011 season during yesterday’s National Signing Day, hauling in one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. The Cardinal signed 19 players to letters of intent, piecing together a class ranked No. 20 by ESPN.com and No. 22 by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
I have some advice for ESPN: I know you want higher ratings, but you shouldn’t abuse your position as the biggest sports media outlet to magnify stories that just aren’t there.
In two joint meets over the weekend, the Stanford men’s and women’s swimming teams each notched victories over both Arizona and Arizona State. The No. 1 women’s team (6-0) defeated the No. 7 Wildcats, 178-114, and the Sun Devils, 174-120, while the No. 3 men (4-0) edged past Arizona, 155-143, and beat Arizona State soundly, 168-122.
Stanford is now the only BCS-conference school to have a black head coach in both football and men’s basketball, the two most prominent sports in collegiate athletics. To be completely honest, I find it surprising that this fact hasn’t been more widely publicized, as it points toward Stanford’s progressive outlook and the hurdles that minorities continue to face in the coaching ranks.