Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame thriving in NIL-era recruiting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A small passel of people was heading into the side entrance of the Guglielmino Athletics Complex — the nerve center of Notre Dame football — on Friday afternoon. Coincidentally, the head coach of the Fighting Irish at that moment stepped out onto the balcony of his second-floor office to inhale what … Read more

Aaliyah Gayles, USC recruit who survived shooting, signs LOI

Elite women’s basketball recruit Aaliyah Gayles, who was shot 10 times at a house party in Las Vegas on April 16, signed a national letter of intent Monday to USC, the school announced Monday. “Aaliyah is one of the most talented, athletically gifted basketball players I’ve known,” Trojans coach Lindsay Gottlieb said in a statement. … Read more

College football eyes removing signing class limits to combat transfer portal

Like many first-year coaches, Shane Beamer dealt with roster turnover last season that put his South Carolina team shy of reaching full capacity. The Gamecocks entered the 2021 season having 79 players on scholarship — six short of the maximum 85 spots allowed by the NCAA. And yet, those six scholarships — fully paid tuition, … Read more

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers steps into spotlight in spring game

It’s been 617 days since Quinn Ewers originally committed to Texas, but the five-star recruit finally made his public debut in burnt orange Saturday night at Texas’s spring game. The format hardly resembled a game in the true sense of the word, but after a nearly two-year saga intertwined with a changing NIL landscape, the … Read more

Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick says total Division I realignment is ‘inevitable’

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told Sports Illustrated that he believes the breakup of college sports at the NCAA Division I level is “inevitable,” and puts a potential target date on that seismic change as the mid-2030s. Swarbrick also said there are “so many” schools trying to leave their current … Read more

SMU transfer Kendric Davis blogs with Sports Illustrated about committing to Memphis and Penny Hardaway

Kendric Davis dominated the AAC last season and won Player of the Year in the conference. Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports Kendric Davis was the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year this season after averaging 19.4 points a game at SMU to lead the league. He decided to transfer when Mustangs head coach Tim Jankovich … Read more

Jay Wright retires: Villanova basketball coach ends career

Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright is retiring, according to multiple reports. The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report that retirement was likely. Wright, 60, had wrestled with the decision privately throughout the offseason, sources with knowledge of the situation tell Sports Illustrated. Eventually, the Hall of Fame coach elected to move on, … Read more

Oscar Tshiebwe returns to Kentucky basketball: What it means

Record-setting big man Oscar Tshiebwe is coming back to Kentucky for his senior season. Tshiebwe announced Wednesday he’d be returning to Lexington rather than turning pro after testing the NBA draft waters earlier this month. The defending National Player of the Year averaged more than 17 points and 15 rebounds per game in 2021–22, his … Read more

Alabama’s first-ever black players honored outside Bryant-Denny

Vasha Hunt / AP TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – John Mitchell and Wilbur Jackson already had their place in Alabama football history. Now, the Crimson Tide’s first Black players also share a prominent spot outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The university unveiled a plaque honoring Jackson and Mitchell Saturday in a ceremony before the current passing end-of-spring A-Day … Read more

UCF coach Gus Malzahn returns to spring football after personal ordeals

Gus Malzahn is entering his second season as football coach at UCF. Mike Watters / USA Today Sports ORLANDO – Like most football coaches in the ever-changing world of college athletics, Gus Malzahn is inundated with a variety of issues. Rosters have never been more unstable. Name, image and likeness, combined with the transfer portal, … Read more