March Madness: Dayton, Wichita both have trouble scheduling games

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 5:59 PM

            Dayton players wait in the locker room before practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Indianapolis. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton players wait in the locker room before practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Indianapolis. David Jablonski/Staff

The Dayton Flyers and Wichita State Shockers have made a habit of getting to the NCAA tournament. Dayton is playing in a school-record fourth straight big dance. Wichita is playing in its sixth straight tournament. That’s also a school record.

Getting to the tournament isn’t easy, however, when scheduling is so difficult. Dayton coach Archie Miller says every year it’s the second most difficult thing he does after recruiting. He talked about scheduling again Thursday at a press conference at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, one day before a first-round tournament game against the Shockers at 7:10 p.m. Friday.

“It’s difficult,” Miller said. “I think it’s getting more difficult. As the years go by here, within one year, two years or three years, it could become almost impossible.”

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The power conferences could start playing 20 conference games a season, Miller said, leaving few chances for programs like his to schedule teams from those conferences.

“It’s a unique challenge,” Miller said. “I’m at a great place with a great administration. We’re on the front end of things trying to be creative as we can.”

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Wichita coach Gregg Marshall said he thinks the power five teams should have to play a certain number of games on the road.

“They’ve got the money with the TV and the bowl games and all that to do basically what they want,” Marshall said.

Cowboys G Zack Martin questionable to return against Chargers

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

The Dallas Cowboys got back one All-Pro offensive lineman, but may have lost another one against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin had to leave the field in second quarter with a head injury. He was examined by an independent neurologist and he is questionable to return to the field, via team writer Rob Phillips.

The Cowboys were without left tackle Tyron Smith in their previous two losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. He is on the field against the Chargers, and has provided much needed improvement in pass protection.

However, the offense has still struggled with only 84 yards of offense and 5 first downs in the first half. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has completed 9-10 passes, but only has 46 yards in the air on the day.

Martin, like Smith, has been named first-team All-Pro twice and made multiple Pro Bowls. Clearly his presence will be missed by the Cowboys if he can’t return to the field against the Chargers, or in the immediate future.

Regardless, Prescott is going to have take more chances down the field in the passing game. He doesn’t have the type of defense backing him up that allows him to rely on field-position to win games.

Sound Off: Clemson preparing for in-state rival South Carolina

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:12 PM

Clemson’s game against FCS foe The Citadel last Saturday couldn’t have come at a better time.

With Dabo Swinney looking for his offense to get back on track and to give some injured players an extra week to heal up, the Tigers (10-1) were able to do just that in a 61-3 win over the Bulldogs.

First-year starting quarterback Kelly Bryant, who is healthy but was struggling on some of his downfield throws over the last couple of weeks, was 17-of-22 passing for 230 yards and three touchdowns in limited action. But he looked sharp, and that’s big for an offense that will need to be at its best the rest of the way.

Swinney was able to show off his team’s depth throughout the game, as fifteen different players caught a pass and nine Tigers carried the ball at least once. Freshman receiver Tee Higgins caught six passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns and fellow freshman Travis Etienne ran eight times for 62 yards and two scores.

Next up for the defending national champions is in-state rival South Carolina, which was blown out 56-7 in Death Valley last season but is a much-improved 8-win team this fall.

In this week’s episode of Sound Off, presented by Zaxby’s, ACC DieHards writers Dave Miller and Joe McCaffrey discuss the biggest storylines surrounding the Tigers as they prepare to dispatch the Gamecocks and move ahead toward their clash with Miami in the conference title game.

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Here are some time stamps to guide you:

  • Kelly Bryant looked much more comfortable on his downfield throws after struggling in that area as of late. (2:14)
  • Tee Higgins had a breakthrough game, and big things are ahead for the true freshman wide receiver. (3:35)
  • The latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday, and we’re getting closer to finding out which teams will make this year’s semifinals. (5:24)
  • Will Muschamp’s South Carolina squad is the next opponent for Clemson. What should Tigers fans know about the 2017 Gamecocks? (7:32)

Sound Off: Florida State gears up for rival Florida, seeks to continue its postseason streak

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:07 PM

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It felt like old times again for Florida State last Saturday.

The Seminoles (4-6) had not scored over 30 points in any game this season, but Delaware State was the perfect tonic for an ailing offense. Jimbo Fisher’s squad reached the mark in the second quarter and continued to pile on the points in a 77-6 win — the second-highest margin of victory in school history. The 77 points also tied for the second-most points the team has scored in a game with the record being 80 against Idaho in 2013.

While the onslaught came against an FCS foe, it was a performance that was much needed for a squad that is trying to keep its hopes alive of stretching its postseason streak to 36 consecutive years. FSU travels to Gainesville this week to play rival Florida and finishes up its disappointing season the following Saturday at home against Louisiana-Monroe.

In the win over the Hornets, true freshman quarterback James Blackman completed 11 of 15 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in his most consistent performance of the season despite not playing the entire game. Meanwhile, the defense held the Hornets to just 67 yards the remainder of the game after allowing 125 yards on the first two Delaware State drives.

In this week’s episode of Sound Off, presented by Zaxby’s, ACC DieHards writers Dave Miller and Joe McCaffrey discuss the latest news surrounding FSU as it looks to finish strong and extend its 2017 season.

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Here are some time stamps to guide you:

  • James Blackman looked sharp in his best game of the season. (2:28)
  • Ryan Green had his first touchdown since 2013, and Justin Motlow made FSU history in the Senior Day win. (3:38)
  • Have the Seminoles moved up in the latest edition of ACC power rankings? (5:32)
  • Florida is FSU’s next opponent, and it’ll come on the road. But the Seminoles have had success in Gainesville in recent years. (8:04)
  • Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher will likely make staff changes at season’s end. What could be in store for the ‘Noles in the assistant ranks? (10:34)

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A look at the Pac-12’s Thanksgiving social media posts

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 6:07 PM


It’s Thanksgiving, so sports information directors across the Pac-12 are hard at work producing quality graphics and GIFs to share with their fans.

Here’s a look at some of the best from the conference:

#HappyThanksgiving #GoCougs

A post shared by Washington State Football (@wsucougarfootball) on

A heartfelt thank you from our players to all those that make this program run. #happythanksgiving #utahfootballfamily

A post shared by Utah Football (@utahfootball) on

From our Bruin family to yours, we wish you a very enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday! #GoBruins #ChampionsMadeHere

A post shared by UCLA Men's Basketball (@uclambb) on

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Diehards as well.

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