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August 12, 2002 Table Of Contents

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Golf Plus

Bubble Boy Tim Herron would have given anything to play in front of the home fans at next week's PGA--except the chance to be there when his first child was born

By Yi-Wyn Yen

Risky Business In his redesign of Hazeltine, Rees Jones faced his trickiest job ever: improving upon the work of his legendary father, Robert Trent Jones

By Jeff Silverman

The Long View

Super Killer GA Quiz Think you know everything there is to know about the PGA Championship? Give our brainteasers a try

By Gary Van Sickle and Sal Johnson

The Week

Edited by Gary Van Sickle

Bottom Lines

By Sal Johnson Edited by Gary Van Sickle

Big Play Steve Lowery's double eagle and thrilling stretch run at the International was proof that the Zone is not something golfers only imagine

By Lynn Marriott Edited by Gary Van Sickle

My Shot

By Mark Wiebe Edited By Gary Van Sickle

May the Best Man Lose

By Kevin Cook

Catching Up With...

Bob Pellegrini, Maryland Star NOVEMBER 7, 1955

By Gene Menez

True Grid

By Steve Rushin

Pro Football

Fight to the Finnish 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

By Tim Layden

Up for Grabs Outside of San Diego, here are the most intriguing position battles in NFL camps

By Peter King

Pro Basketball

New Kidd On the Block By snaring assist king Andre Miller to play the point, the hapless Clippers hope to duplicate the Nets' stunning turnaround with Jason Kidd

By Ian Thomsen


Playing In Pain Six weeks after the death of team leader Darryl Kile, Matt Morris and the Cardinals are chasing a division title with heavy hearts

By Tom Verducci

College Football 2002

The Pillage People Oklahoma has constructed the most devastating defense in the country, a scary assemblage of superathletes ready to take the national title

By Kelley King

Welcome to the Big Time Here's what state-of-the-art football looks like at three schools

By Mark Bechtel; Kelley King

Surprise, Surprise 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?

By Ivan Maisel

The Top 25 Scouting Reports

By David Sabino

2 Miami After taking the nation by storm last season, the defending champions haven't lost any of their ferocity

By Kelley King

3 Tennessee Unfinished business is the theme as the Vols address the breakdowns that kept them out of last year's title game

By Ivan Maisel

4 Texas For two of Austin's biggest names--Mack Brown and Chris Simms--it's time for all that potential to pay off

By Pete McEntegart

5 Florida State Coming off their worst season in a decade, the Seminoles can't wait to prove they belong among the nation's elite

By Kelley King

6 Colorado The surprising Big 12 champs will rely on a high-powered offense guided by Boulder-bred quarterback Craig Ochs

By Lars Anderson

7 Washington State With a potent offense that powered a 10-win season in 2001, the Cougars are the team to beat in the Pac-10

By Ivan Maisel

8 Florida The post-Spurrier era begins with an ultra-intense new coach but the same dedication to the Fun 'n' Gun offense

By Kelley King

9 Oregon New quarterback Jason Fife has the tools, the support and the self-confidence to fill Joey Harrington's shoes

By Kelli Anderson

10 Georgia Bolstered by one of the best offensive lines in the country, the Bulldogs look to muscle in on the SEC title

By Kelley King

11 Washington With their rodeo quarterback throwing ropes, the Huskies will score big, keeping the heat off an unproven defense

By Kelli Anderson

12 Ohio State After tackling their one defensive weakness, the Buckeyes are ready to claim the Big Ten championship

By Ivan Maisel

13 LSU Coming off a surprising SEC title, the Tigers plan to climb even higher--and you can quote their coach on that

By Pete McEntegart

14 Nebraska After their humiliating finish to the 2001 season, the Cornhuskers are looking to restore their good name

By Lars Anderson

15 Virginia Tech After too many months spent knee-deep in injuries, the Hokies hope to show that they're on the road to recovery

By Richard Deitsch

16 Maryland Now that everyone is committed to the program, the Terps are ready to prove that last season was no shell game

By Albert Chen

17 Marshall The high-flying Herd must round up a decent defense if it expects to earn an invitation to the BCS dance

By Albert Chen

18 South Carolina Lou Holtz proved he could take the Gamecocks to the elite level--now the job, just as tough, is to stay there

By Gene Menez

19 Louisville With stars on both sides of the ball, the Cardinals and their adventurous coach are in for an exciting ride

By Gene Menez

20 Michigan A dominating defense will keep the Wolverines in games, but their supersized running backs must also come up big

By Daniel G. Habib

21 USC This season will determine whether the five-year investment in a potentially perfect quarterback pays off

By Albert Chen

22 Texas A&M For the Aggies, a touch of family values and a heaping helping of healthy living will add up to big improvement

By Pete McEntegart

23 Auburn With their powerful sophomore back finally repaired, the Tigers look to ride Cadillac to the top of the SEC West

By Pete McEntegart

24 Illinois The key to the season in Champaign: finding the right replacement for the winningest passer in school history

By Daniel G. Habib

25 Penn State After back-to-back losing seasons, the Nittany Lions are hanging their hopes on sophomore quarterback Zack Mills

By Daniel G. Habib

All The Rest Our Rankings from 26 to 117

Compiled by Richard Deitsch

Lower Division Rankings

Compiled by Lars Anderson

The Best Years of His Life 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?

By John Ed Bradley

College Football Preview 2002

1 Oklahoma If the revamped offense runs as efficiently as the D, the Sooners will win their second national title in three years

By Kelley King


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside Motor Sports

Inside Motor Sports

By Mark Bechtel

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Jeff Pearlman; Albert Chen; Daniel G. Habib

Color Scheme

By Rick Reilly


Looming Large Derrick Caracter, a 14-year-old eighth-grader who is 6'9" and 286 pounds, has college scouts drooling

By Seth Davis

Stress Therapy With an ailing husband and facing an ugly lawsuit, Cathy Freeman found escape in a comeback race

By Brian Cazeneuve

Leading Off



By E.M. Swift; Mark Beech; Luis Fernando Llosa; Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Q+A Dusty Rhodes

By Richard Deitsch; Dusty Rhodes Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch