When Willie Fritz was introduced as the next head coach of Georgia Southern's football program, he took former Eagles quarterback and College Football Hall of Famer Tracy Ham's advice.
From the time Georgia Southern fans first caught wind of former head coach Jeff Monken's departure to the United States Military Academy until Friday's announcement that Willie Fritz will take the reins of Eagle football, it would be an understatement to say that there were quite a few different ideas as to where the program should be headed.
Let me preface my remarks today with this tidbit: Beginning in September of 1960 and running through May of 2013, a tidy total of 53 years, I was either going to school as a student or part of a school staff. I feel that this gives me a pretty good perspective on that particular realm of human endeavor and enables me to discuss the topic with a certain amount of expertise.
The last two years, anybody familiar with Southern Conference basketball would have told you that Georgia Southern's Eric Ferguson and College of Charleston's Trent Wiedeman are the best frontcourt players in the league.
Less than two weeks after reconstructive right knee surgery in February 2013, Lindsey Vonn already was sounding a positive note, saying she was "really looking forward to Sochi" and defending her Olympic downhill gold medal.
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Zach Johnson is taking his place among the big boys in golf with two of the shortest clubs in his bag.
PASADENA, Calif. - Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night.
AUSTIN - Charlie Strong talked about being tough and winning championships. That is exactly what Texas fans wanted to hear from their new football coach.
LONDON - Tuesday marks the 1-month countdown to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a defining moment on the world stage for Russia and Vladimir Putin.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts had all the Luck - at least once the second half started.
Playing football at Michigan got Joe Holland more than an education.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - There will be a funeral amid the celebration after the BCS championship game on Monday night.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - James Franklin wanted to savor Vanderbilt's bowl win.
FRISCO, Texas - From Fargo to Frisco again, and a perfect championship ending for senior quarterback Brock Jensen and coach Craig Bohl at North Dakota State.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - If the Bears make changes this offseason, it will not be at quarterback.
RIP, "mid-major." It was a good run.
Georgia's turkey hunting season is only about a month away.
Baylor appears to be back on the right side of the bubble after a strong run over the past two weeks.
LONDON - For athletes and spectators at Sochi, it's time to pack up. But for the host cities, the real challenge begins with the end of the Olympics. How do they continue to use the expensive stadiums after the party's over? What happens to the athletes' villages? What is the legacy of the games?
SOCHI, Russia - Teemu Selanne led his team around the ice, with a bronze medal draped around his neck, after he finished off his sixth Olympics with a sweet victory.
SOCHI, Russia - Four Ukrainian women gave their politically torn country some good news at the Sochi Games on Friday, and Canada delivered more bad news to the United States - yet another Olympic hockey defeat.
SOCHI - Canada won its fourth straight women's Olympic hockey title, breaking Thursday's pattern of first-time winners on the slopes and ice of the Sochi Games.
INDIANAPOLIS - This could be as good a time as there has ever been for an openly gay player in the NFL. The league will be watching.
CHICAGO - Northwestern University officials on Thursday countered a quarterback's allegations that the program places athletics over academics, urging a federal agency to deny a bid by the school's football players to form the firstcollege athletes' union in U.S. history.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Getting to the round of 16 in the Match Play Championship was all that mattered Thursday.
SOCHI - The United States' hockey team is getting exactly what it wanted. Another shot at Canada.
SOCHI - Cossack militia attacked Russia's Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the artists - who have feuded with Vladimir Putin's government for years - tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.
TAMPA, Fla. - Derek Jeter spoke for 25 minutes, 44 seconds and answered 26 questions about his decision to retire at the end of this season.
MIAMI (AP) - The legal options for offensive lineman Jonathan Martin may be limited under workplace discrimination and harassment laws because an NFL-ordered investigation found that neither Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin nor the Miami Dolphins' top executives knew about the bullying he endured, labor law experts say.
There are hundreds of small ponds in the Southeast Georgia area and thousands more around the state. Those waters account for nearly half of the recreational fishing done in Georgia and of course serve multiple purposes in many cases. Water for livestock and crop irrigation are the two most frequent uses of farm ponds other than for fishing.