In real life, coaches inspire their players in all sorts of ways. Shane Battier spent 13 seasons as an NBA player, but the motivational moment he’ll always remember began with a very — very — short phone call when he was in college. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou explains.
A new report finds the number of black coaches in men’s college basketball has dropped three percentage points in the last decade. Merritt Norvell, the executive director of the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, joins Bill Littlefield to explain what his group is doing to reverse that trend.
Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw has led the Fighting Irish back to the Final Four for the fifth straight year. McGraw joins Bill Littlefield to explain how her team stays fit in airport terminals, why the Fighting Irish have overachieved this season and her team’s response to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.
Before he became a star at Duke, Tyus Jones practiced against WNBA stars as a member of the Minnesota Lynx’ scout team. Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Lawrence explains how facing elite female players prepared Jones for the brightest spotlight in college basketball.
“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”
After a 30-0 regular season, the Princeton women’s basketball team received just a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart joins Bill Littlefield to explain the challenges mid-majors face in women’s basketball.
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.
At a press conference Thursday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim announced he was appealing NCAA sanctions for academic misconduct, illegal booster activity and failure to follow drug testing policy. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel updates Bill Littlefield on the situation.
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.”