Here is a roundup of's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

Always a Rebel

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Jerry Tarkanian, who died Wednesday morning at age 84, coached three Division I schools to a total of 784 victories, and each school—Long Beach StateUNLV and Fresno State—wound up on NCAA probation for violations committed on his watch. Yet with his death, college sports has lost its original honest manBy Alexander Wolff.

Free fall

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Brittany Bryan was falling 45 feet, headed for concrete. Donnie Navidad was the only one close enough to save her. Here's what happened nextBy Michael Rosenberg.

No more National Signing Day?

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The best way to fix National Signing Day might be to get rid of it entirelyBy Andy Staples.

Maddon on pace of play

Few Cubs fans will mind how long the games are as long as Joe Maddon turns the team into winners.
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New Cubs manager Joe Maddon has long been ahead of the curve as the game of baseball has changed, but now he wonders why everyone wants to speed up the game he loves to slow downBy Tom Verducci.

Worst (or best) All-Star moments

While NBA All-Star weekend's rich history is filled with memorable moments, decided to take a look back at some All-Star history the NBA would probably rather forgetBy Allen Kim.

Mia San Mia

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When Jurgen Klinsmann took over the U.S. men's national team in the summer of 2011, he was charged with taking American soccer to the next level. He wasn’t beholden to the status quo. In fact, he hoped to overhaul itBy Brian Straus.

Tark the Shark

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Jerry Tarkanian was about the scoreboard, the money, the wins. He wasn’t larger than life at all. He was just life, lived exactly his own wayBy Tim Layden.

A complex rape case at Vanderbilt

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On the surface, the case appears straightforward: Four men, all of them Vanderbilt football players at the time, sexually assaulted a fellow student, and some of them took videos and photos of the incident on their cell phones. But the case was more complicated than it appears, and its effects are wide-ranging and far from over. By Jessica Luther.

Promising path of Oladipo

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To watch Victor Oladipo is to see a player set to stay in the league for a long while, unlikely to hit either the incredible highs or terrible lows most often associated with NBA youthBy Rob Mahoney.

High risk, high reward

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The Evander Kane deal has so many moving parts that it’s impossible to anoint either team as the winner. But on the surface, it appears to be a swap with tremendous potential for both sidesBy Allan Muir.

SI Vault: Dean Smith's biggest victory

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This story was published in 1982, a few months after North Carolina's Dean Smith finally won his first national championship. But the much-awaited title was hardly the most important victory of Smith's careerBy Frank Deford.

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