2022 NFL Draft: Medical reports could impact Alabama’s Evan Neal

It’s that time of year. So here’s the first of my “What I’m Hearing” columns for draft week… Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports • Tiebreakers are sometimes needed at the top of the draft. And when it comes to which offensive lineman goes first Thursday, the medical piece of the equation could be … Read more

The seventh-year seniors of the 2022 NFL draft

By his own admission, Luc Bequette was the “butt end of all the old-guy jokes” from his teammates at California last season. Unsurprisingly the 24-year-old defensive lineman received countless new nicknames along these same punchlines too. “Some were pretty creative, like the Professor, or Ph.D.,” Bequette says. As for others? “The freshmen called me Grandpa. … Read more

DC United president Danita Johnson is keeping up in the Washington market

Courtesy of Zach Abaie Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports — from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more — in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports. When Danita Johnson was announced as the next president of … Read more

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

Derek Carr’s contract did not capitalize on Deshaun Watson’s precedent

It’s draft week, when roughly 250 new NFL players will become cheap and fixed labor for NFL teams for at least three years, with team leverage even after that point, all illustrated in notes below. Draft coverage is not my lane at all, and I try to stay out of it, but for those interested … 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