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Tommie Harris Cover - Sports Illustrated August 12, 2002

August 12, 2002
John G. Zimmerman1927-2002John Zimmerman, who died last Saturday of lymphoma in Monterey, Calif., shot 107 covers for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, including five swimsuit issues. Noted for his technical...

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
Bolstered by one of the best offensive lines in the country, the Bulldogs look to muscle in on the SEC title

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
2001 RECORD: 8-4 (5-3, T3 in SEC East)FINAL RANKING: No. 22 AP, No. 25 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
With their rodeo quarterback throwing ropes, the Huskies will score big, keeping the heat off an unproven defense

August 12, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
2001 RECORD: 8-4 (6-2, T2 in Pac-10)FINAL RANKING: No. 19 AP, No. 19 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
After tackling their one defensive weakness, the Buckeyes are ready to claim the Big Ten championship

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
2001 RECORD: 7-5 (5-3, 3rd in Big Ten)FINAL RANKING: not ranked

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Coming off a surprising SEC title, the Tigers plan to climb even higher—and you can quote their coach on that

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
2001 RECORD: 10-3 (5-3, 1st in SEC West)FINAL RANKING: No. 7 AP, No. 8 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Lars Anderson
After their humiliating finish to the 2001 season, the Cornhuskers are looking to restore their good name

August 12, 2002 | Lars Anderson
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (7-1, 2nd in Big 12 North)FINAL RANKING: No. 8 AP, No. 7 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
After too many months spent knee-deep in injuries, the Hokies hope to show that they're on the road to recovery

August 12, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
2001 RECORD: 8-4 (4-3, T3 in Big East)FINAL RANKING: No. 18 AP, No. 18 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Albert Chen
Now that everyone is committed to the program, the Terps are ready to prove that last season was no shell game

August 12, 2002 | Albert Chen
2001 RECORD: 10-2 (7-1,1st in ACC)FINAL RANKING: No. IIAP, No. 10 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Albert Chen
The high-flying Herd must round up a decent defense if it expects to earn an invitation to the BCS dance

August 12, 2002 | Albert Chen
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (8-0, 1st in MAC)FINAL RANKING: Not ranked AP, No. 21 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Gene Menez
Lou Holtz proved he could take the Gamecocks to the elite level—now the job, just as tough, is to stay there

August 12, 2002 | Gene Menez
2001 RECORD: 9-3 (5-3, T3 in SEC East)FINAL RANKING: No. 13 AP, No. 13 coaches' pol

August 12, 2002 | Gene Menez
With stars on both sides of the ball, the Cardinals and their adventurous coach are in for an exciting ride

August 12, 2002 | Gene Menez
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (6-1, 1st in Conference USA)FINAL RANKING: No. 17 AP, No. 16 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
A dominating defense will keep the Wolverines in games, but their supersized running backs must also come up big

August 12, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
2001 RECORD: 8-4 (6-2,2nd in Big Ten)FINAL RANKING: No. 20 AP, No. 20 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Albert Chen
This season will determine whether the five-year investment in a potentially perfect quarterback pays off

August 12, 2002 | Albert Chen
2001 RECORD: 6-6 (5-3, 5th in Pac-10)FINAL RANKING: not ranked

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
For the Aggies, a touch of family values and a heaping helping of healthy living will add up to big improvement

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
2001 RECORD: 8-4 (4-4, T3 in Big 12 South)FINAL RANKING: not ranked

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
With their powerful sophomore back finally repaired, the Tigers look to ride Cadillac to the top of the SEC West

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
2001 RECORD: 7-5 (5-3, T1 in SEC West)FINAL RANKING: not ranked

August 12, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
The key to the season in Champaign: finding the right replacement for the winningest passer in school history

August 12, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
2001 RECORD: 10-2 (7-1, 1st in Big Ten)FINAL RANKING: No. 12 AP, No. 12 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
After back-to-back losing seasons, the Nittany Lions are hanging their hopes on sophomore quarterback Zack Mills

August 12, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
2001 RECORD: 5-6 (4-4, T4 in Big Ten)FINAL RANKING: not ranked

August 12, 2002 | Compiled by Richard Deitsch
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 12, 2002 | Compiled by Lars Anderson
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

August 12, 2002 | John Ed Bradley
Nothing would ever match his days playing college football. So why did the author hide from the team, and the teammates, who meant everything to him?

August 12, 2002
Motor Sports

August 12, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Old Man WinnerDown and nearly out in 2000, Bill Elliott, 46, is the Brickyard champ and a title threat

August 12, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
For all the talk of a youth movement in NASCAR, Bill Elliott's victory at the Brickyard speaks to the contrary: a significant decrease from last season in the percentage of races won by drivers in...

August 12, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
There are few surer things in sports than a Michael Schumacher victory in Formula One—and few reasons to believe that's going to change

August 12, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
Almost HeavenThe Angels are in the playoff hunt thanks to players like lefthander Jarrod Washburn

August 12, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
NEXT UP IN THE WEEK AHEAD

August 12, 2002
Goodbye, TedI am not a Red Sox fan, I have never been to Fenway, and I am too young to have seen Ted Williams play. I live in Phoenix, where it was 114° as I pulled the latest issue of SI out of...

August 12, 2002
LETTERS

August 12, 2002 | Rick Reilly
If you're a black pro athlete who owns a sweet ride and lives in a ritzy neighborhood in this country, chances are good you've been busted for DWB.

August 12, 2002 | Gene Menez
NOVEMBER 7, 1955

August 12, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Baseball likes euphemism. And so the game is again enduring "labor difficulties" (in the way that Mrs. Powell, when giving birth to Boog, endured "labor difficulties") and may soon weather a...

August 12, 2002 | E.M. Swift
An alleged fix at Salt Lake is the latest link between organized crime and Russian athletes

August 12, 2002 | Mark Beech
Star trainer Bob Baffert gets hitched—and enriched—over the weekend

August 12, 2002
A BLIND BROADCASTER EYES THE MAJORS

August 12, 2002 | Mark Beech
$1,639.20Payoff to former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf on the winning $3 trifecta ticket he placed at Del Mar Race Track outside San Diego, two days after he'd announced his retirement.

August 12, 2002 | Luis Fernando Llosa
A year later, pitching phenom Danny Almonte owns up to his age

August 12, 2002
WHO WAS THE FIRST MAN TO DUNK?

August 12, 2002
DiedAfter undergoing two operations for brain hemorrhaging, Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, 85. Hearn, the only full-time play-by-play announcer the Lakers have had since moving from Minneapolis...

August 12, 2002 | Bill Scheft
(Tap, tap) Is this thing on?

August 12, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
The legendary pro wrestler (a.k.a. the American Dream) is now 53 and co-hosting Turner South's Hey, the Braves Are Next, the pregame show for Atlanta Braves baseball.

August 12, 2002
How does a 2020 Wimbledon final between Jaden Gil Agassi and Joshua Patrick Rafter sound? Well, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf had a son last October, and now Patrick Rafter and his girlfriend, Lara...

August 12, 2002
Sportsvision Inc. has launched a website (www.lovetheline.com) for fans to express their affection for the yellow, electronic first-down marker that the company has developed for TV coverage of...

August 12, 2002
GERARD WARRENThe Browns' second-year defensive tackle on whether he feels like a seasoned NFL veteran: "Maybe not a seasoned vet, but a marinating one."

August 12, 2002
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe won six gold medals at the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, but the honor for outstanding athlete went to South Africa's Natalie du Toit, 18, who lost...

August 12, 2002
AUG. 9-15

August 12, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Jonesing for a Job, Abandoned All-Stars, Cameras on a Crash

August 12, 2002
Pam Reed, TUCSONUltramarathonReed, 41, won the 25th annual 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 27:56:47, finishing almost five hours ahead of her next competitor, a man. The race starts in Death...

August 12, 2002
Role Models

August 12, 2002
MOONLIGHTING: a. Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, never appeared on The Brady Bunch. He's been in movies such as Fletch, Airplane! and D2: The Mighty Ducks.

August 12, 2002 | Tim Layden
Still battling for a job at the age of 39, perennial underdog Doug Flutie is facing one more duel—this time with up-and-comer Drew Brees

August 12, 2002 | Peter King
Outside of San Diego, here are the most intriguing position battles in NFL camps

August 12, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
By snaring assist king Andre Miller to play the point, the hapless Clippers hope to duplicate the Nets' stunning turnaround with Jason Kidd

August 12, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Six weeks after the death of team leader Darryl Kile, Matt Morris and the Cardinals are chasing a division title with heavy hearts

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
Oklahoma has constructed the most devastating defense in the country, a scary assemblage of superathletes ready to take the national title

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
The Sooners aren't the only team with defensive players boasting otherworldly combinations of speed, strength and athleticism. A slew of players have arisen who can single-handedly kill off drives...

August 12, 2002
Here's what state of-the-art football looks like at three schools

August 12, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Arizona State players are pumped about pumping iron at their gleaming new temple of strength

August 12, 2002
SI's Kelley King tackles several tough topics with our cover subject, Oklahoma DT Tommie Harris. Catch that Q&A and more at cnnsi.com/football/college.

August 12, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Vanderbilt isn't dominant on the field, but the Commodores are fed like champs at the training table

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
Treatment centers like Michigan State's are a second home for Saturday's warriors

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
NFL teams always seem to find top quarterbacks in unexpected places. How do talents like Marshall's Byron Leftwich and Louisville's David Ragone slip through the grasp of the big-time schools?

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
The Heisman Trophy race is always part talent show, part popularity contest—with big-name favorites, middle-of-the-pack players who need some breaks, and lower-profile guys who put up big numbers....

August 12, 2002
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August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
If the revamped offense runs as efficiently as the D, the Sooners will win their second national title in three years

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (6-2, 2nd in Big 12 South)FINAL RANKING: No. 6 AP, No. 6 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Unfinished business is the theme as the Vols address the breakdowns that kept them out of last year's title game

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (7-1, list in SEC East)FINAL RANKING: No. 4 AP, No. 4 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
For two of Austin's biggest names—Mack Brown and Chris Simms—it's time for all that potential to pay off

August 12, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
2001 RECORD: 11-2 (7-1, 1st in Big 12 South)FINAL RANKING: No. 5 AP, No. 5 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Kelly King
Coming off their worst season in a decade, the Seminoles can't wait to prove they belong among the nation's elite

August 12, 2002 | Kelly King
2001 RECORD: 8-4 (6-2, 2nd in ACC)FINAL RANKING: No. 15 AP, No. 15 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Lars Anderson
The surprising Big 12 champs will rely on a high-powered offense guided by Boulder-bred quarterback Craig Ochs

August 12, 2002 | Lars Anderson
2001 RECORD: 10-3 (7-1,1st in Big 12 North)FINAL RANKING: No. 9 AP, No. 9 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
With a potent offense that powered a 10-win season in 2001, the Cougars are the team to beat in the Pac-10

August 12, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
2001 RECORD: 10-2 (6-2, T2 in Pac-10)FINAL RANKING: No. 10 AP, No. II coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
The post-Spurrier era begins with an ultra-intense new coach but the same dedication to the Fun 'n' Gun offense

August 12, 2002 | Kelley King
2001 RECORD: 10-2 (6-2, 2nd in SEC East)FINAL RANKING: No. 3 AP, No. 3 coaches' poll

August 12, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
New quarterback Jason Fife has the tools, the support and the self-confidence to fill Joey Harrington's shoes

August 12, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
2001 RECORD: 11-1 (7-1,1st in Pac-10)FINAL RANKING: No. 2 AP, No. 2 coaches' poll