FOR MARCH 10, 2014
It's been a brutal winter in most of the country, but as the thaw begins (we hope), so too will spring football. With its arrival come the usual queries: What will Heisman winner Jameis Winston do for an encore? Will Oregon's Marcus Mariota make the case that the country's best QB plays on the West Coast? And what will life after AJ McCarron be like for running back T.J. Yeldon and Alabama? This week at SI.com/cfb our writers reveal a burning question for each team in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and Big 12, confirming what any true fan already knows: It's never too early to talk about next season.
Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim)
To the delight of those not named Tonya Harding: @tennischannel and Mary Carillo have agreed to a three-year broadcast extension.
Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen)
It's a shame professional advancement across all careers isn't determined by how quickly one can run 40 yards in a straight line.
Mischief is in the air at spring training this year, and Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon wasn't the only player to get a little clever during his Photo Day session. SI.com gathered some of the more creative shots.
SI DIGITAL BONUS
A Baseball Immortal
From the SI Vault
Sept. 23, 1985
A ball with eyes—and ears—recalls that night in Cincinnati nearly three decades ago when 44-year-old Pete Rose, who was by then also managing the Reds, passed Ty Cobb to become the alltime major league leader in hits.
By No. 4,192as told to Craig Neff
For the first time snowboarding is included in the Winter Paralympics, and 27-year-old Evan Strong, who will compete for Team USA on March 14, is a medal favorite. He is one of eight Olympics Rising Stars, presented by Symetra, to represent the United States in Sochi. To see his video profile, go to SI.com/risingstars
SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MARIOTA)
SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (YELDON)
SIMON BRUTY/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (STRONG)
CHRIS KEANE FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WINSTON)
KEN REGAN/CAMERA 5 (ROSE)
GREGORY BULL/AP (BLACKMON)
HOWARD SCHATZ FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WERTHEIM)