It's a rainy day in September, but that doesn't mean that there aren't stories around college ball, it just means there aren't many. While we all wait for the return of the regular refs for tonight's Browns-Ravens matchup (was a replacement ref mess up the only way the Browns could win?) here are a few tidbits worth perusal.
College Basketball: 10 of the Game's Nastiest Rivalries: Of course the massively overhyped Duke-UNC rivalry takes the top spot, but there are some other interesting entries on the list. The Crosstown Shootout features prominently, as does the famous Kenny Frease picture. Kudos to the editor for picking out the Big Five and Gonzaga v.St. Mary's as other heated games. Sadly, the Border War (Kansas v. Missouri) seems to have gone the way of the dinosaur.
Same city, same conference: Richmond-VCU rivalry ripens: One of the non-Xavier storylines of this Atlantic 10 season will be the integration of two new teams. VCU is an up and coming team that has been in the national spotlight. Richmond is also progressing, if with less fanfare. More games like this only serve to bolster the reputation of an excellent hoops conference.
NCAA allows most North Dakota Sioux logos to stay: This is presented mostly without comment. Miami (Oh) went through this same rebranding over a decade ago.
5 Questions: Creighton's Doug McDermott: One of the best stories of last year was Doug McDermott of the Creighton Blue Jays. McDermott won't be under the radar at all this year, especially not with ESPN running stories on him. It's going to take a lot of work to keep from being a one-hit wonder.
Duke becomes next college hoops team to switch to the iPad: Because they didn't already have the reputation of being spoiled prep kids.
7 years later, Miami Marlins give Adam Greenberg another at bat: This has nothing to do with basketball, but it's a nice story. The amazing amount of damage that a single concussion can do to the human brain goes almost unremarked upon, but in this case it cost a baseball lifer his career.