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November 22, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 20

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Rashad McCants Cover - Sports Illustrated November 22, 2004

November 22, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Four seniors who have been close to winning a national title might get it on their last try

November 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
No one's making fun of 7'1" Luke Schenscher anymore--and watch out for his posse

November 22, 2004 | Luke Winn
Do-it-all guard Gerry McNamara will do less, which means the Orange may do even better

November 22, 2004 | Luke Winn
The Huskies lost their top two players, but Charlie Villanueva is ready to become the go-to guy

November 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
There's only one Chuck Hayes, but that may be enough to take the young Wildcats a long way

November 22, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Led by one of the nation's best backcourts, the Illini look poised for an unforgettable year

November 22, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
The young, talented Terps need power forward Travis Garrison to show some muscle

November 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
After losing their best player and top recruit, the Blue Devils turn to Shelden Williams

November 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
After absorbing painful lessons last year, Taquan Dean and the Cardinals are ready to roll

November 22, 2004 | Luk Winn
Center Chris Taft is a superstar in the making, and he has the Panthers poised to strike

November 22, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
A newly dedicated Paul Davis is looking to match expectations for himself and his team

November 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
For the Wildcats to be top cats, Salim Stoudamire's shooting and head must be straight

November 22, 2004
Double Whammy

November 22, 2004
LETTERS

November 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
After flirting with the NBA, forward Lawrence Roberts returns to power the Bulldogs

November 22, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The Longhorns boast the nation's best crop of recruits and a new wingman in P.J. Tucker

November 22, 2004 | Julia Morrill
Sooner or later indomitable Curtis Withers won't be the best player nobody knows

November 22, 2004 | SETH DAVIS
The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. SI predicts the 45 teams to round out the field

November 22, 2004 | Julia Morrill
The Tide could rise higher if Kennedy Winston holds up and a rookie point guard excels

November 22, 2004
COLLEGE FOOTBALL

November 22, 2004 | Mark Beech
With a ground game that averages 243 yards and dominated Wisconsin, how can Michigan State be only .500?

November 22, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1 Give the players at Colorado (6-4) credit for sticking together and becoming bowl-eligible in the wake of the off-field turmoil that surrounded the program over the last year. The team was...

November 22, 2004 | Phil Taylor
EAGLES EYE FIESTA

November 22, 2004 | Mark Beech
PROLIFIC FRESHMAN

November 22, 2004 | Mark Beech
WASHINGTON-BOUND?

November 22, 2004 | Peter King
The rebuilding Bucs are making progress, but a loss to the Falcons showed they still have work to do

November 22, 2004
At last season's NCAA tournament speedy point guard Tim Smith and East Tennessee State nearly pulled off a huge upset of fourth-seeded Cincinnati. In frightening the Bearcats, the Buccaneers...

November 22, 2004 | Peter King
The Mark Brunell era in Washington appears to be over after only nine games, and, boy, did it end ugly. The handpicked choice of Joe Gibbs to quarterback the Redskins in the coach's second...

November 22, 2004 | Peter King
Eddie Drummond, a backup receiver for the Lions, returned two punts for touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Detroit's 23-17 overtime loss at Jacksonville. A rookie free-agent pickup out of Penn...

November 22, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

November 22, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
Is it possible to come up with a handicapping formula that takes emotion into account? How a team feels would be factored in the way oddsmakers figure things like home field advantage, which is...

November 22, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
After overcoming a kidney transplant, Alonzo Mourning is thriving with the Nets--even as he plots to leave them

November 22, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On the Kings, who were off to a 3-4 start at week's end:

November 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
With a couple of goals in MLS Cup, D.C.'s Alecko Eskandarian conjured up images of his father's glory days

November 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
IS U.S. SNIPER Clint Mathis headed for Real Salt Lake, the 2005 expansion team run by former Madison Square Garden president Dave Checketts? Sources told SI last week that RSL was seeking to...

November 22, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Almost nobody yells for my favorite football team. Their coaches never give them a single encouraging word. Their cheerleaders rarely make a peep.

November 22, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Scott Boras spent five nights last week at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Fla., and the only palm he saw was the bellhop's. "I arrived on Sunday and didn't leave the building until Thursday...

November 22, 2004 | Tim Layden
Months after a basketball mess, Ohio State AD Andy Geiger is trading accusations with an exfootball star. Now the NCAA has arrived. Welcome to college sports hell

November 22, 2004 | Peter King
Our intrepid NFL reporter plays a scribe in the remake of The Longest Yard

November 22, 2004
36 Consecutive games in which Texas running back Cedric Benson has scored a touchdown, an NCAA record.

November 22, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
A DUI bust could take Olympic champ Michael Phelps out of the fast lane

November 22, 2004
After 20 years and two kids, a runner returns to collegiate competition

November 22, 2004
Pummeled by 37-year-old journeyman Larry Donald (4232), former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, 42. Fighting on the undercard last Saturday at Madison Square Garden--where his pro career...

November 22, 2004
Lennox Miller was an elite sprinter, and a proud papa

November 22, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Do I have this right? Ron Artest wanted two weeks off to attend Arafat's funeral?

November 22, 2004 | John Mellencamp
The 53-year-old die-hard Indiana sports fan recently released Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits.

November 22, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
IT'S IMPORTANT for an expansion team to make its fans feel loved, but Charlotte Bobcats backers looking to buy tickets last week might have felt the team was going a little overboard. Customers...

November 22, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Upset at a call, the chairman of a Moldovan soccer team drove his car onto the pitch and tried to run over the referee.

November 22, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Dolphins interim coach, on how his new gig is different from his last head coaching job, with the USFL San Antonio Gunslingers in 1985: "I know I'm going to get paid this time."

November 22, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

November 22, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
In January 1912 Robert Falcon Scott, a British naval officer, and his team of four men arrived at the South Pole, only to discover that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had five weeks earlier become the...

November 22, 2004
Whom should SI name as its golfers of the year?

November 22, 2004
Jacob Luft's Top Free Agents

November 22, 2004
Josh McDougal PERU, N.Y. > Cross-country

November 22, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Broncos Cornerback

November 22, 2004
WHO'S Hot

November 22, 2004
Based on a survey of 354 players

November 22, 2004
• For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to si.com/scorecard.

November 22, 2004
DARNELL DOCKETT CARDINALS DT

November 22, 2004
Kicked off season by stylin' in chic Gap ad campaign that ran till mid-October

November 22, 2004 | Chris Hovan
Vikings Defensive Tackle

November 22, 2004 | Amanda Cherrin
How Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger builds a muscular middle

November 22, 2004 | Amanda Cherrin
Can you guess who owns these abs? (answers below)

November 22, 2004 | Sarah Thurmond
Who knew This Side of Paradise was written in the land of purple pros?

November 22, 2004 | Sarah Thurmond
Lions DE Jared DeVries On Visiting Minneapolis

November 22, 2004
JEFF FAINE, BROWNS CENTER

November 22, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Hungry for exposure, mid-major schools bow to TV and play any day of the week. On a four-day, four-game road trip, SI found that players, coaches and fans dislike the midweek disruption but will...

November 22, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
IT'S SAFE to say that more than a few folks on the San Jose State campus were snug in their beds when the Spartan Stadium gates opened at 8 a.m. for last Saturday's game against Boise State....

November 22, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
ALTHOUGH THE lights dimmed on Utah last Saturday, the school's BCS bowl prospects brightened considerably the same day. A power failure at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie delayed the start of the...

November 22, 2004 | Kelley King
AS THE DEBATE OVER their Orange Bowl worthiness intensified last week, Auburn players sought refuge in the quiet of the team's video room, spending extra time studying game tape. The film fest...

November 22, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
With Brett Favre working some of his old magic, the Packers held off the Vikings for their fourth straight win and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North

November 22, 2004 | CHRIS BALLARD
When he spurned the Cavaliers and bolted for Utah, Carlos Boozer knew what he'd be getting: a heftier paycheck and a system well-suited to his skills. So did his wife

November 22, 2004 | SETH DAVIS
Damn the turnovers and full steam ahead! Today's coaches covet speedy players like never before, and swifties such as East Tennessee State's Tim Smith are changing the game--in a hurry

November 22, 2004 | KELLI ANDERSON
After spurning Tennessee to play in her hometown, Seimone Augustus has LSU eyeing its first national title, a fitting coronation for the queen of Baton Rouge

November 22, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
In a wide-open women's championship race with as many as 20 bona fide contenders, expect a pair of SEC stalwarts to be the last ones celebrating

November 22, 2004 | GRANT WAHL
Is he upbeat or upset? Approachable or guarded? Glowing or glowering? Mercurial scoring machine Rashad McCants of No. 1 North Carolina has all of Tar Heel Nation worriedly trying to read him

November 22, 2004 | SETH DAVIS
A quick run through the top players, coaches and games to watch this season

November 22, 2004
TOP 20

November 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
If the Tar Heels can just play a little defense to go with their potent offense, they'll win it all

November 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
With talent, depth and a new pilot (literally) at the wing, this team is ready to soar

November 22, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Electrifying sophomore point guard Chris Paul has put a charge in the Demon Deacons

November 22, 2004
SI's TOP 20

November 22, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Eagles linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones is as likely to expound on Zen as on the zone blitz

November 22, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Here's what's stacked on Dhani Jones's nightstand

November 22, 2004 | Michael Farber
Returned from a Mormon mission in Canada, Ben Olson is the hottest quarterback prospect in the country

November 22, 2004 | Gene Menez
How three athletes fared upon returning to sports following their Mormon missions

November 22, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Ken Burns turns his documentary eye on Jack Johnson, the champ who was a half century ahead of his time

November 22, 2004 | Dick Friedman
Harvard-Yale is still one of the most passionate rivalries around

November 22, 2004 | Franz Lidz
In what has become a regular showdown for Ivy supremacy, Harvard ended Penn's conference winning streak

November 22, 2004 | E.M. Swift
A stricter enforcement of the rules has brought something new to college hockey--some of that old-time scoring

November 22, 2004 | E.M. Swift
1 BOSTON COLLEGE (4-1-1) EAGLES COACH JERRY YORK, THE WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACH IN COLLEGE HOCKEY, CELEBRATED HIS 700TH CAREER WIN LAST MONTH, AND AT WEEK'S END HIS TEAM WAS NO. 1 IN THE POLLS.