The remaking of SMU basketball with the game's most persistent coach.
When SMU announced in April that it had hired Larry Brown, the only man to have coached teams to both the NCAA and NBA championships, to lead the Mustangs, a lot of head-scratching ensued. It was hard to fathom why SMU would put its basketball program in the hands of a 72-year-old known for changin ... More >>
The council's Economic Development Committee kicked off its morning meeting by taking up the Texas Horse Park, which came up $14 million short in private funds but remains high on the city's to-do list. Hence, as we've noted in recent days, Park and Rec and the city manager's hope that the counci ... More >>
Some are good. Some are getting better. But only a select few are the best. When it comes to our annual Best of Dallas issue I've made it easy this year. For those of you too cheap to "buy" a paper that's absolutely free, just sit back in your boxers and click, click, click away. ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Every once in a while I take Michael Young for granted. I think of him as a step-slow, reaction-reduced fielder. Then I go to Rangers Ballpark, watch him rip a bases-loaded double down ... More >>
Power is subjective. But when you see it -- when you sense it's immense influence -- you just know it. Each summer, as I construct my list of the 50 Most Powerful People in Metroplex Sports, the criteria gets a triple-digit tweaking. This year I deemed the allure of power ... More >>
Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>
Beats me. Monday I watched both Williams sisters lose at Wimbledon, a week after Andy Roddick bowed out. It leaves as the only American quarterfinalist gentlemen's 10th seed Mardy Fish, a 29-year-old doubles specialist who will hardly threatening Rafael Nadal's throne. We heard a b ... More >>
I'll admit it, my NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket sucks. Got off to a horrid start with Louisville losing to Morehead State and got progressively worse as the weekend wore on. The Sour 16 carnage: I've lost three of my Final Four teams including my projected champion Pittsburg ... More >>
SMUSure, it's not the death penalty, but the NCAA just released a statement saying it has accepted self-imposed sanctions by Southern Methodist University on its basketball program. SMU's recommendations included two years probation (March 10, 2011, through March 9, 2013), a reduction of 15 recru ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Times like these make me regret that I stopped referring to Wade Phillips as "Stumbledoofus." After missing two crucial field goals in two weeks, David Buehler should be on a short leash and a l ... More >>
I saw the Harlem Globetrotters not long ago but I'll admit, I had no idea they had a "draft." You? The world's most famous basketball team yesterday drafted the "Club Trillion" founder, a college slam dunk champion, a husband-wife couple and - lookie here - a dude from SMU. That's right, SMU ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The Southwest Conference lived to be 80. The Big 12 won't see its 17th birthday. Favorite part of the squabble is Texas A&M threatening to go to the Southeastern Conference without Texas. Yeah ... More >>
Cornell in the Sweet 16? Called it. St. Mary's upsetting Richmond and Villanova? So nailed it. Um, and then there's the rest of my NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket. I lost two of my Final Four over the weekend, but have nine of the Sweet 16 in play and my winner (Kentucky) is still alive. ... More >>
Substitute me for Dickie V, and you're looking at my next three weeks.It was pitch dark this morning when I woke up. Must be Spring. Spent an hour this morning sweating over a bracket. Must be March. If you want to come have a beer and talk hoops and maybe punch me in the face, I'll b ... More >>
Make it 17 years and counting that SMU won't be invited to March Madness. With head coach Matt Doherty's rebuilding program on a pace that's as slow as refrigerated honey - or is it simply a treadmill? - is it time for a change? SMU's latest losing season was buried last night in a disappoin ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Ho hum, The Ticket's dynasty rolls on as one of the most dominant entities in sports. In September's Arbitron PPM ratings - I hear, by the way, that only 1,400 meters are used to garner these numb ... More >>
Had a buddy yesterday gloat to me that Memorial Day Sunday is "one of the greatest sporting days of the year!" To which I replied, "Huh?" I remember a time when the Indianapolis 500 was must-see TV along with the Harlem Globetrotters, heavyweight boxing matches, Oklahoma-Nebraska foot ... More >>
Thanks to the tip from loyal Sportatorium reader, Luca: If you're not busy Sunday morning and you always wanted to barf on a pew, head down to Ovilla's First Baptist Church. Now appearing at the pulpit: David Bliss. Yep, that one. Actually, the church's website boasts a speaking ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Looks like The Ticket's parent company - Cumulus Media - is asking forcing employees to take five unpaid days off before June 30. Ouch. Maybe not a big deal to on-air talent with six-figure ... More >>
Bad, but nowhere near the worst.Dear LeBron James, Just ask, and I'm sure Dancing With The Stars will have you on their ridiculously cheesy show next season. I'm sure millions of potato-chip snackin' housewives would be fixated on your every silly, pre-fabricated step. But as a bask ... More >>
Tomorrow and Friday are two of the best sports days of the year. 32 college basketball games over 36 hours, tipping off Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with BYU-Texas A&M. And when it's done, you can use your office pool brackets at toilet paper. Unless, that is, I let you peek at my picks. You can sig ... More >>
Marques Haynes should be wealthy and celebrated. He was always content just to be the best.
Or, half a hundred folks with way better seats than you
March Madness ain't nothing compared to Ambush Alley
He plays golf with George Clooney. He clowns around with Chris Tucker. He's best buddies with Peri Gilpin. He's a pasty white dude named Steve Stodghill.
The Academy--y-a-w-n--Awards desperately need a shot of sports
Glory Road relives the season college hoops smashed the color barrier
Other teams screwed up by not taking Josh Howard, which helps the Mavs
Two locals try to help restore junior American basketball to prominence
I would tell you about the Big 12 tourney, but my stomach hurts
When you're out of options, look no further than the USBL
Dallas attorney Darrell Jordan wants to cover the Cotton Bowl--anyone got $150 million to spare?
Tom Hicks bought a baseball team, but he'll own an empire
The search for a new federal judge reaches the lowest common denominator
Ryan Amacher says he's leading the University of Texas at Arlington into a glorious future. But his critics fear his passion for pomp and party will run it into the ground.