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Mandel’s Mailbag: College football schedules are all about money, dream matchups and more

On Wednesday, perhaps by the time you read this, ESPN, Fox and others will announce their kickoff times for the first three weeks of the season. You will read plenty of coverage about it on The Athletic. As for weeks 4-13, while there have been a few announcements of specific games, you mostly will have …

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College basketball top 25 for 2023-24: Duke, Michigan State lead updated rankings

When I published my rankings for the 2023-24 season the morning after the NCAA championship game, we rightly called it the “way too early” top 25. Well, it got a lot less early Thursday night, which marked the deadline for undergraduate players to enter the transfer portal. Most of the nearly 2,000 players who have …

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SEC baseball tournament: Alabama reaches 40 wins, Arkansas heads to semifinals

The SEC baseball tournament continued with four games Thursday in Hoover, Ala. Here’s what you need to know: Alabama responds Alabama interim coach Jason Jackson saw his team respond as well as it could’ve given the circumstances Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide blew a three-run lead over second-ranked Florida just the night before in an …

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As SEC meetings near, chances for 8-game football schedule, or not voting, have gone up

A smirk went across the face of Georgia president Jere Morehead this week as he overheard a question: Will the SEC schedule be finalized next week at the conference’s spring meetings? It was the knowing smirk of a man who has been dealing with the subject for much longer than he ever expected. “I am …

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Florida baseball’s win over Alabama keeps NCAA Tournament No. 1 overall seed hopes alive

HOOVER, Ala. — Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan walked off the field at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium and perfectly summarized what’s at stake at an SEC baseball tournament. “Everyone’s got something at stake here,” O’Sullivan said. “You’re this national seed (in the NCAA baseball tournament), that national seed. There’s things we can gain by being here.” …

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Mandel’s Mailbag: USC AD candidates who could fuel Lincoln Riley’s success

Once upon a time, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips made a handshake agreement with the Big Ten’s Kevin Warren and the Pac-12’s George Kliavkoff to form an “alliance” that would bring much-needed “stability” to college athletics. Less than two years later, college athletics has never felt less stable at any time in my career — including …

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