Sissoko’s long season coming up big in the end

PHOTO: MIchigan State's Mady Sissoko pulled down nine boards against Mississippi State's big front line. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN CHARLOTTE – Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko grabbed a defensive rebound less than seven minutes into the game and was quick enough getting down court to put down a monster dunk just eight seconds later. But an early score for a 12-8 lead off the bench from Michigan State’s enigmatic big man wasn’t the only spark…

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Cutcliffe hears voice from past blaming him for missed opportunities

PHOTO: Duke coach David Cutcliffe points the finger at himself. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM -- College Football Hall of Fame coach Johnny Majors died in 2020, but David Cutcliffe swears he heard his old boss' voice yelling at him from the grave. Majors blamed Duke’s coach for Gunnar Holmberg’s fumble at the goal line. Cutcliffe, who was a Tennessee assistant from 1982 through Majors’ final season in 1992, heard the scolding throughout the…

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College football’s New Power 5 definition

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Mateo Durant ran for a school record 255 yards with three touchdowns at Charlotte. Visit my website's homepage, Tom Shanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN College football’s Power 5 is a full-on misnomer. It formerly meant the Continental Divide between the Power 5 conferences – Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big-12 and Pac-12 – and the Group of Five, the remainder of the Football Bowl Subdivision schools, AAC, Conference-USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt That’s no longer…

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