2 Leading Off
Magic Johnson and HIV, 20 years later
22 Faces in the Crowd
24 Just My Type
Ryan Leaf on the lessons he has learned
BY DAN PATRICK
28 Inside ...
Patience with Palmer
The education of Denard
Who's Horse of the Year?
Marathon times go down
Ilya's ice time goes up
112 Point After
Plenty of shame to go around in Happy Valley
BY PHIL TAYLOR
42 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The title picture hasn't changed: The Tigers remain the team to beat
By Austin Murphy
48 PRO FOOTBALL
A team and town are conflicted over getting the top pick in the draft
By Damon Hack
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW
52 THE CASE FOR DEFENSE
A way to measure how well college players defend
By Luke Winn
62 SKYLAR DIGGINS
The South Bend native wants a victory parade
By Richard Deitsch
68 SCOUTING REPORTS
Breakdowns on the top 20 and a projection of the 68-team NCAA field
LEAP OF FAITH
A Jehovah's Witness had to pick: Follow his mother or his heart?
By Chris Ballard P. 98
"Though loyal and exceedingly polite, the Indy faithful watched 12 offensive possessions that went fumble, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, end of game.
—Damon Hack on the winless Indianapolis Colts, who are playing without Peyton Manning (left)
THIS WEEK SI HAS FIVE COVERS (CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT): NORTH CAROLINA, KENTUCKY, KANSAS, UCLA AND CONNECTICUT.
ON THE COVER
PHOTOGRAPHS BY GREG NELSON (KANSAS, KENTUCKY); BOB ROSATO (CONNECTICUT); JASON MOORE/ICON SMI (NORTH CAROLINA); RIC TAPIA/ICON SMI (UCLA)
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JEFFREY A. CAMARATI (HENSON)
WELL HEELED Forward John Henson (31) is the defensive stopper in a loaded frontcourt for North Carolina, SI's No. 1 team.
DAVID E. KLUTHO (MANNING)
DAMIAN STROHMEYER (CLAIBORNE)
CB morris claiborne of LSU