After setting records and winning the Maryland 3A state championship for the Damascus Swarmin' Hornets this past fall sports season, local running back Jake Funk is poised to make an impact at the college level. The former high schooler enrolled early for the spring semester at the University of Maryland, where he committed in October.
We've reached the middle of March, which means the Madness is upon us. Very few things are as widely associated with each other as college basketball and the third month of the year, and now it's time to take a deeper look at this year's field.
One of the most exciting and unpredictable sports seasons is upon us and Silver Chips Online has got you covered with our experts' analysis. Regardless, college basketball experts Ross Cohen-Kristiansen and Abel Chanyalew give you their take of the nation's top 10 teams as well as the hometown Maryland Terrapins.
On Monday, the University of Maryland announced that it will be accepting its invitation to join the Big Ten Conference for all sports, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. It ends Maryland's 59-year run with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), since it was a founding member in 1953.
College basketball is back again, and in all likelihood, it will be the only basketball to watch this winter. But this should should be a great year of hoops. SCO's NCAA buff, Jacob, took a look at the Associated Press's (AP) Preseason Poll and gave his take on the top 10.
On May 5, legendary college basketball coach Gary Williams announced his decision to retire after a 22-year tenure at the University of Maryland. Four days later, Maryland announced it had found a replacement: former Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon.
An up and down college football season is coming to an end with the annual bowl games. The Oklahoma Sooners and Florida Gators are set to square off for the national title. We here at SCO hope that our coverage of the BCS bowl games and the FedEx National Championship Game will help hardcore college football fans and newcomers as well.
It might be forever remembered as Obama's first agenda item. "I think that it is about time that we have playoffs in college football," the President-elect said on the eve of his historic election. "I am fed up with these computer rankings and this, that and the other. Get eight teams…get a playoff, decide on a national champion."
In preparation for another thrilling season of college basketball, we at Silver Chips have taken a gander at the ACC and put together previews for the league's 12 teams. Tyler Hansbrough and the Tarheels will seek to set the pace, but other strong squads, like perennial powerhouse Duke and a completely intact starting lineup at Wake Forest, promise to make the season interesting.
In the preseason polls, they were the top four ranked teams. When the NCAA men's tournament began, they were the four number one seeds. And now they make up the Final Four. UCLA, Kansas, UNC, and Memphis have stayed atop the college ranks all season, but only one will be crowned the champion. If you can't understand Dick Vitale, then Silver Chips Online is the place for all your Final Four needs.
With the NFL regular season wrapping up, it's easy to forget that the college football regular season is already over. While there are no playoffs in the BCS, there are bowl games for eligible teams, as well as the national championship game. This year's championship matchup features two two-loss teams in LSU and Ohio State, which leads to many questions in the BCS. What about undefeated Hawaii? Should there be a playoff system? Such topics are not for us to debate, so we'll take the bowls for what they're worth. We, backed by our SCO expertise, will take a look at the four main bowl games and the national championship game, picking a winner in each while pitching in our two cents. If ESPN analysts leave you confused, we hope these simplified explanations will give you a better idea of what each team brings to the field.
It's been one of the most memorable seasons of college football to date, with a flurry of unimaginable upsets and shuffling in the rankings. But like every year, the top performers in the sport have incredible seasons, and will be rewarded for such, with college football's most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy. This year's Heisman candidates include last year's runner-up, a record-breaking sophomore and two quarterbacks from unheralded programs.
In a year with an unusually large amount of upsets, and the Cinderella of all Cinderella's in George Mason, the SCO sports experts give you team-by-team breakdowns and does its best to predict (very humbly) the future.
Less than three years ago, before George Mason guard Folarin Campbell was lighting up the scoreboard on the national stage (he dropped 15 points against the Huskies), he was wreaking havoc on the Blazers as a member of Blair's arch-rival from a few miles up the road, the Springbrook Blue Devils.
Never underestimate the ACC. Although the Big East is probably the strongest conference this year, the ACC has a tradition of excellence in basketball. Not only is the conference one of the most experienced in NCAA basketball history, but the top three teams, Duke, UNC and Boston College, are all forces to reckon with. These three teams have the potential to make the Final Four with their strength and experience, although anything is possible with college ball.
A Cinderella team does not always have to be the most successful team in the conference. It rises from hardships, but it doesn't need to defeat the evil stepmother. A Cinderella team just needs to ruffle its stepmother's feathers a bit.
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