College Sports Archive

  • NCAA Softball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Florida and Auburn made a statement out west at the Judi Garman Classic. The other SEC teams stayed east to battle each other. As schools settle into the season, Graham Hays highlights the five things you need to know.

    Mar 10 3:08 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • What Will Happen To Sweet Briar College And Its Athletes?

    Sweet Briar College made a stunning announcement last week: This summer, the all-women college will shut down. Among the people hurt the most -- athletes and administrators from the six Vixens sports teams.

    Mar 9 7:26 PM ET | By Hillary London

  • The Voices of Sweet Briar: How A College Shutdown Feels

    Hear directly from the athletes and administrators who are feeling the loss of Sweet Briar College the hardest.

    Mar 9 7:25 PM ET | By Hillary London

  • espnW Softball Player Of The Week: LSU's A.J. Andrews

    LSU senior A.J. Andrews was virtually impossible to get out, batting .909 with 13 RBIs in five Tigers victories to earn our weekly honor.

    Mar 4 2:35 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • The Life And Times Of An NCAA Softball Player: A New Day Dawns

    Kayla Lombardo, a senior with Fordham, is sharing her season journey with espnW. In her third entry, a dark cloud lifts in stunning fashion after the Rams realize they need to play together as a team.

    Mar 3 5:49 PM ET | By Kayla Lombardo

  • Warm-Weather Duo Brings Sunny Feeling To Minnesota

    They can't make the Twin Cities winter disappear, but the positive vibes seniors Kaitlyn Richardson and Tyler Walker brought from the balmy West have helped softball bloom in Minnesota.

    Feb 26 1:48 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • espnW Softball Player Of The Week: Chattanooga's Nicole Osterman

    Meet the "other" softball Osterman, Chattanooga's Nicole, who earned our weekly honor after leading her team to a 5-0 record with four home runs, 14 RBIs and one very big walk.

    Feb 25 10:33 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • The Life And Times Of An NCAA Softball Player: Hits And Misses

    Kayla Lombardo, a senior third baseman with Fordham, is sharing her season journey with espnW. In her second entry, she discovers a simple way out of an extremely frustrating predicament, thanks to her father.

    Feb 25 10:08 AM ET | By Kayla Lombardo

  • Big Ten eyes consensus on frosh eligibility

    The Big Ten will seek additional feedback, inside and outside collegiate athletics, as it considers potential changes that would deem freshmen ineligible in all or some sports.

    Feb 24 7:14 PM ET | By Myron Medcalf

  • NCAA Softball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Graham Hays has all the highlights from softball's annual festival in the desert, the Mary Nutter Classic, where a team from the Bayou stole the show.

    Feb 24 2:22 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • The Life And Times Of An NCAA Softball Player: Introduction

    Meet Kayla Lombardo, a senior third baseman for Fordham and a Division I student-athlete with a story to tell. Follow her 2015 season journey as espnW highlights the good, the bad and the ugly of today's college athletics.

    Feb 24 12:46 PM ET | By Kayla Lombardo

  • espnW Softball Player Of The Week: UCF's Shelby Turnier

    She doesn't play in a power conference and is only 5-foot-5, but UCF ace Shelby Turnier showed how big her talent is as she shut down Missouri, Minnesota and South Carolina to earn our weekly honor.

    Feb 18 11:38 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • NCAA Softball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    She couldn't find the plate last year, but Jordan Wallace is pitching like an ace again for Louisiana-Lafayette. Graham Hays has her story, plus Cal's booming bats and Florida's player of the year candidate, in five things you need to know.

    Feb 17 1:28 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Duke women's lax coach treated for cancer

    Duke says women's lacrosse coach Kerstin Kimel is being treated for early stage breast cancer.

    Feb 13 10:32 AM ET

  • 100 Million Ways To Spread One Love Through Lacrosse

    What started with three young women has morphed into a genuine movement. In honor of former Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love, who was killed in 2010, college athletes are running Yards for Yeardley to raise domestic violence awareness.

    Feb 12 10:32 AM ET | By Vicki L. Friedman

  • espnW Softball Player Of The Week: Western Kentucky's Miranda Kramer

    Miranda Kramer sure knew how to make a statement in the first week of the NCAA softball season. The Western Kentucky ace pitched her way to a 3-0 record, 0.00 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 18 innings to earn our weekly honor.

    Feb 11 12:50 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • NCAA Softball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Georgia freshman Cortni Emanuel is getting a jump on the competition and stolen base records, with 13 in her first six games. Her sister, Sydni, is right on her heels. Graham Hays details their early success in this week's five things you need to know.

    Feb 10 3:27 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Women Coaching Women? Big-Time Schools Grade Out Terribly

    Only Cincinnati and UCF consistently employ women as head coaches for their women's teams, a report on 86 NCAA schools found. The vast majority of schools were well below 50 percent.

    Feb 10 12:11 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Former UNH coach admits assaulting player

    A former University of New Hampshire women's hockey coach has admitted he assaulted a player during a 2013 home game.

    Feb 4 3:24 PM ET

  • How FSU's Lacey Waldrop Stopped Doubting And Started Dominating

    Opposing batters know just how overwhelming reigning player of the year Lacey Waldrop is. The only person the quiet kid from Virginia had to convince was herself.

    Feb 4 11:40 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Roll back: Auburn to replace Toomer's trees

    Auburn announced that on Feb. 14, landscapers will plant two new 35-foot trees at the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue -- better known as Toomer's Corner to the legions of Tigers fans who have celebrated victories there for decades.

    Feb 3 5:28 PM ET | By David Ching

  • NCAA Softball: 5 Things You Need To Know For The 2015 Season

    Florida is good enough to repeat as national champion, but it feels more like Oregon's year. Graham Hays kicks off softball season with five things you need to know.

    Feb 3 11:28 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Meet Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley: The Ruth and Gehrig of NCAA Softball

    Oklahoma opponents can face gregarious Lauren Chamberlain, the face and voice of her sport who's chasing the career home run record, or pitch around her to get to Shelby Pendley, the quiet embodiment of excellence. Good luck with that.

    Feb 2 12:59 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • UMD won't renew softball coach's contract

    University of Minnesota-Duluth softball coach Jen Banford has received notice that her contract will not be renewed at the end of this season.

    Jan 18 11:09 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • NWSL Draft: 5 Things You Need To Know

    After the formality of Houston making Morgan Brian the No. 1 overall pick, things got interesting in Friday's NWSL draft, with Western New York retooling with four high picks and UCLA players in big demand. Graham Hays has five things you need to know.

    Jan 16 7:09 PM ET | By Graham Hays