Last week, Rovell did a story for ABC News about hitting off Mariano Rivera that was an blatant advertisement for New Era. Here's how the story starts: "A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from the guys at New Era. They were looking for a way to promote their new Diamond Era hats." He, of course, plugs them on… » 5/22/14 9:58am 5/22/14 9:58am

Obsolete Browns jerseys are fantastic. Before a game last fall, I photographed the most depressing ones. Personal favorites were the "Couch" to "Ouch" jersey, and the guy who scraped off the L, E, and N on his customized "Lebron" jersey (leaving a very appropriate "BRO" jersey). » 5/08/14 12:44pm 5/08/14 12:44pm

Whenever Rovell tweets dumb shit, I think about the tweet he sent out on the day news broke that Hope Solo's football-player husband was arrested for domestic violence. Whatever actually happened between Hope Solo and Jerramy Stevens, the complexities of a relationship between two actual humans and the horrors of… » 9/30/13 1:29pm 9/30/13 1:29pm

How North Dakota Lost Its Mind Over A "Choke Job"

On Feb. 16, the Northern Arizona basketball team rallied to beat North Dakota in overtime, 74-72. In a postgame interview with North Dakota head coach Brian Jones, the team's radio guy, Paul Ralston, a university employee, called the loss a "choke job." What ensued was the most pitiful college sports "scandal" in… » 5/16/13 1:45pm 5/16/13 1:45pm

All The Angry Emails Sent To UCLA By Fans Who Hated The Ugly New…

Three weeks ago, Adidas rolled out special basketball uniforms for Cincinnati, Kansas, Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, and Notre Dame, to be worn in the teams' conference tournaments. Each uniform featured Zubaz-like camo shorts, camo shoes, and three of the uniforms—UCLA, Louisville and Baylor—came with sleeves ("designed… » 3/21/13 4:35pm 3/21/13 4:35pm

Sext-Happy Former Toledo Running Coach Denies Sex Harassment, Other…

On Saturday, Kevin Hadsell, the former director of the University of Toledo's track and cross country programs, sat down with a local news station for his first interview since our story about his departure amid sexual harassment claims. He was by turns defiant and penitent. He cried some, too, as he told WNWO's Will… » 2/22/13 2:40pm 2/22/13 2:40pm

"I'm Down For Drinks, Laughs, Sex": The Sexual Harassment Claims That…

It was a matter of rules and consequences, he said. On Jan. 24, Kevin Hadsell, the director of the University of Toledo's men's and women's cross country and women's track program, announced his resignation, a move that was as mysterious as it was abrupt. Hadsell had been at Toledo since 1998, and in the intervening… » 2/12/13 2:45am 2/12/13 2:45am

"I Do Not Fit The Mold You Would Expect": Meet The Pharmacist, The…

On Dec. 4, the University of Wisconsin's football coach, Bret Bielema, bolted for Arkansas. The school advertised the job opening on its human resources website, allowing an assortment of dreamers to submit their applications online. A bachelor's degree was required; "5 years of successful college football coaching… » 1/23/13 2:50pm 1/23/13 2:50pm

"Dangerously Excessive": How Washington State Football Confronted, And…

"There are no signs of abuse," Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos told reporters last month, after the school had concluded an internal investigation into claims that football coach Mike Leach and his staff had mistreated players in his debut season there. Based on interviews with a dozen football… » 1/08/13 1:15pm 1/08/13 1:15pm