This week, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Long before he was an NBA star, Nash was a little-known point guard for Santa Clara University. His coach and a former teammate share their favorite stories from Nash’s college career.
Players and coaches aren’t the only ones hoping to advance through the NCAA tournament. Referees also advance round by round and they have their eyes on the Final Four. Bill Littlefield has the story.
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander asked dozens of college basketball coaches to estimate how many teams have a father on their roster. Most said over 75 percent. Norlander joins Bill Littlefield to discuss this “overlooked and under-discussed fact of life for so many college athletes.”
The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats are undefeated after 30 games. While the Wildcats have traditionally relied on their freshmen, this year’s team featured talented sophomores, too. Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports joins Bill Littlefield to explain how coach John Calipari has changed college basketball recruiting.
Should players be able to jump directly from high school to the NBA? It’s been 10 years since that was allowed and the issue will be a key part of the NBA’s next contract negotiation, which could begin in 2017. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University and former chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, weighs in.
Duke’s men’s basketball team is preparing for another trip to the NCAA tournament, but Bill Littlefield says there should be bigger priorities for the team and coach Mike Krzyzewski after news of sexual assault allegations against a former player.
On Sept. 17, 2006, five members of the Duquesne University men’s basketball team were shot after leaving a dance on the Duquesne campus in Pittsburgh. A recent shooting provoked Bill Littlefield to revisit those circumstances.
College football teams are worth a lot of money. As Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal tells Bill Littlefield, many are valued higher than professional franchises.
At the most challenging time in its history, the NCAA created a new position — second only to President Mark Emmert. Former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck — father of NFL quarterback Andrew Luck — accepted the job. Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star joins us to explain what the move means for the NCAA.
Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse since 1976, is the longest-tenured active coach in men’s college basketball. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book: “Bleeding Orange.”