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The best of the non-BCS bowl games

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees throws against Purdue

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Now that the bowl matchups are set, here is a summary of the best of the non-BCS games.

Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State vs. USC (Dec. 21, 3:30 ABC): This is one of the more intriguing bowl games as Fresno State’s David Carr will take on a legit defense. Considering Carr’s status as an NFL prospect and Fresno State’s near-perfect season, this is a game worth paying for. It could be Carr’s big selling...

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Mid-season Heisman report

TAJH BOYD Quarterback, senior, Clemson Boyd enters the

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Here’s a little mid-season Heisman Hype

In the thick of things…

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson, Sr.: Boyd (1,783 yards, 15 TDs, 2 INT) doesn’t get the Heisman Hype other players get because he plays in the ACC. But the Tigers are 6-0 and have an excellent chance of making a BCS bowl appearance. Winning the ACC conference championship in addition to an undefeated regular season would raise Boyd’s...

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Trey Burke wins PG award, loses NCAA war

One of the greatest NCAA championship games you could ever hope to see was moving into crunch time when it almost seemed to develop into a battle of point guards. Louisville’s Peyton Siva scored six straight Cardinals points, and Michigan’s Trey Burke responded with a three-point play and then made one of two foul shots after crashing to the floor on a drive.

Moments later, the 6-foot Siva...

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Where does Rick Pitino rank?

Rick Pitino’s legacy is already secured.

He’s taken three different schools – Providence, Kentucky, Louisville – to the Final Four and will have the unique opportunity on Monday night to be the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win a title with two different schools when his Cardinals take on Michigan for college basketball's top prize.

The coach will be honored for his success...

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Louisville's Russ Smith honors late mentor Jack Curran

Villanova's Mouphtaou Yarou is defended by Louisville's Gorgui

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Russ Smith and his Louisville teammates got to meet former President Bill Clinton Thursday night after their 74-55 Big East quarterfinal victory over Villanova, but that was a mere footnote to Smith on the day one of the most important men he’d ever met died.

As a faithful alum of Archbishop Molloy, Smith placed a friendly call to the athletic offices of the Queens school on Thursday morning...

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