In another era, you might have seen this story cross The Associated Press wire later this month:
Sounds far-fetched, doesn't it? But a few generations ago, many of the best college athletes played every sport they could. Now, only a few -- North Carolina football/basketball standouts
Just imagine if more college athletes diversified.
You also might have witnessed that imaginary Tennessee-Notre Dame Elite Eight matchup in this year's NCAA Tournament. Ainge, the nephew of former Celtics great and standout amateur baseball player
Meanwhile, Paulus might have been the nation's top quarterback in the recruiting class of 2005. He threw for 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns during his career at Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy, and he actually put off his decision to sign with Duke until April 2005 as he wrestled with the decision to play basketball, football or both. For our look into the two-sport-star parallel dimension, we assumed that if Paulus had chosen to play both sports, he would not have chosen Duke. Notre Dame was on his list of football finalists, and Paulus' signing would have been the first big coup of the
In such a world, the college choice of quarterback prospect
In the class of 2009, 6-8 quarterback/power forward
Besides, what could be more fun than watching a player score a touchdown in the Rose Bowl and then, three months later, slam dunk in the Sweet 16? If you can think of another football or basketball star you'd like to see playing both sports, fire off a note to my mailbag. I'll reveal the best suggestions sometime during the tourney.
Indiana's firing of
Should Holloway and Ebanks decide to go elsewhere, they would be hot commodities in a market long on demand and short on supply. Most of the nation's best players signed in November, but many schools have identified needs since then. Should both receive releases, expect them to get a full-court press from dozens of programs.