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Stoops: Oklahoma Catalyst for Change

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Jim Harbaugh has played gin rummy with Judge Judy. Michigan's new coach has engaged Twitter with the same enthusiasm as a high school sophomore. Oh, and in his spare time, he resc...(full article)

As the college basketball season rumbled toward the NCAA Tournament, it was impossible to shake a stick without finding an article asking why college basketball games have becom...(full article)

It’s not easy to replace a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. Not even at Florida State, where head coach Jimbo Fisher has been able to re-stock the talent cupboard e...(full article)

Of free trade’s many wonders, arguably its most appealing quality is that it maximizes the possibility that individuals will get to pursue the work that most animates their ski...(full article)

Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops says he still has a difficult time comprehending the level of racism in an OU fraternity video but now believes his program and his players migh...(full article)

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