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EXCLUSIVE: Nike, WNBA team up for landmark 25th season with the most comprehensive uniform system ever
Ahead of the WNBA's landmark 25th season, Nike is unveiling the most comprehensive WNBA apparel system ever. A project nearly two years in the making, the new collection of gear includes three separate uniforms in unique team colorways that boasts creative storytelling for all 12 cities. The Swoosh met with the Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever and Seattle Storm before the 2019 campaign to understand what sort of fit and tailoring was a necessity and how they could incorporate those needs in future iterations. Nike concluded in its findings that the WNBA is made up of 144 different powerful silhouettes.
Maybe it's time to redefine what it means to be a hot, young coach. Lane Kiffin and Kirby Smart are no longer on that list, at least ours, which ranks the the top 10 coaches under age 45. It has nothing to do with their talent, of course. For our purposes, the coaches atand have aged out of this list. Both turned 45 in the last year, leaving spots open in our rankings. The same goes for Tom Herman, who was fired at . He'll reach his 45th birthday in June as an offensive analyst for the Chicago Bears.
That means it's time to reconsider who are the nation's best coaches under 45. No surprise thatLincoln Riley remains No. 1. His .849 winning percentage would be sixth all-time among FBS coaches if he had been around 10 years.
Fact check: Nike is not involved in Lil Nas X and MSCHF's 'Satan Shoes' collaboration
Social media users falsely claim Nike released "Satan Shoes." A separate collaboration did release the shoes, but Nike confirmed it was not involved.This comes amid controversy surrounding the “Montero” music video in which Nas X’s character travels to hell, seduces the devil and steals his horns. Social media users have criticized the shoe design for honoring Satan.
This is a live look-in at the best young coaches in the country. Five of the 10 were previously head coaches for Group of Five programs. No surprise that, for the first time, this list includes two Group of Five coaches.
1. Lincoln Riley (37), Oklahoma
45-8 (.849) in four seasons: It's hard to slide a piece of paper between Riley and Day, but the Oklahoma coach holds onto the top spot after winning a fourth straight Big 12 title. In four seasons since replacing Bob Stoops, Riley has won 45 games and been to three College Football Playoffs. By comparison, OU legend Barry Switzer won 41 games in his first four seasons as a coach. Bud Wilkinson won 38. You get the picture. This year the Sooners will be favored to win a seventh straight conference title overall. That's tied with(also six straight) for most currently in the Power Five since won at least a share of nine ACC titles from 1992-2000. 2020 ranking: 1
WNBA schedule release: 7 marquee series to watch
The WNBA will open its 25th anniversary season on May 14 and feature every team in action over the first weekend of play. The league will launch its "Count It" season on Friday night and roll out two marquee games on Saturday that include Candace Parker's debut with the Chicago Sky, Elena Delle Donne's return for the Washington Mystics and a 2020 Finals rematch. The WNBA released the full schedule on Tuesday that will see teams and stars return to their home markets after the 2020 bubble season in Florida. Fans will be allowed in arenas based on federal, state and local health and safety protocols. That information will be announced by individual teams.
2. Ryan Day (42),
23-2 (.920) in two-plus seasons: You know, 23-2 isn't a bad way to start a head coaching career, especially when the two losses are in the CFP. That's right, Day has yet to lose in the regular season. Perhaps Day's biggest accomplishment to date was helping will the Big Ten into playing fall football in 2020. The Buckeyes were loaded and Day knew it. In a season impacted by COVID-19, Day took Ohio State all the way to the CFP Championship Game. It wasn't pretty with the program dodging coronavirus along the way. Day now enters a new era in his third full season withoutand many of the Urban Meyer-recruited players. 2020 ranking: 3
3. Bryan Harsin (44),
45-8 (.849) in seven seasons (at): After a protracted search to replace Gus Malzahn, Auburn settled on the Boise State coach. That's a culture shift for both Harsin and the Tigers. The SEC will take some getting used to, but there's no reason to think Harsin can't win at a high rate. He is a quarterback maker and has already won at least 10 games five times, three conference titles and a New Year's Six bowl. Harsin made this list last year for his accomplishments in the Mountain West. He knows exactly he's getting into. Check out the " " remark. 2020 ranking: 4
Nike Settles Trademark Lawsuit Over Lil Nas X ‘Satan’ Shoes
Nike's trademark lawsuit over modified Air Max 97s used in Lil Nas X’s rap video has quickly reached its final resting place. Nike and MSCHF Product Studio, Inc. (the manufacturer of the shoes in question) have reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed last month. The post Nike Settles Trademark Lawsuit Over Lil Nas X ‘Satan’ Shoes first appeared on Law & Crime.Nike and MSCHF settle Satan Shoe lawsuit, say any ‘confused’ buyers can get a refund https://t.co/T7JQIyDpyZ pic.twitter.
4. Matt Campbell (41),
35-28 (.555) in five seasons: Forget the aforementioned record. Campbell has turned Iowa State into a Big 12 power. In 2020, the Cyclones won nine games for the second time in their history. They have four straight winning seasons for the first time since 1927. Next step, becoming a national power. Don't bet against it. Fewer coaches have better innovative support than Campbell with AD Jamie Pollard. Campbell was approached by at least a couple of NFL teams in the offseason (Lions, Jets) but chose to stay in Ames. He is the ultimate program coach, a Bill Snyder clones who takes three stars and makes them into NFL prospects. The Cyclones are loaded this year. Don't be surprised if they win the Big 12 a year after playing for it. 2020 ranking: NR
5. Josh Heupel (43),
28-8 (.777) in three seasons (at UCF): AD Danny White went to a familiar source when he replaced Jeremy Pruitt. Heupel can coach quarterbacks and offense. We'll see if he can recruit defensive tackles to match up against Georgia and. After a quarterback, that's what the Vols need most. Sure, Heupel's record got worse each of his three seasons at but this is a career-changing opportunity at a place with loads of resources. This is the chance of a lifetime for Heupel. 2020 ranking: 6
Nike Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Designer of Lil Nas X's 'Satan Shoes'
In a lawsuit filed Monday, Nike alleges that the shoes have resulted in "significant harm to [Nike's] goodwill, including among consumers who believe that Nike is endorsing satanism"In a lawsuit filed Monday, Nike alleges that the shoes — which went on sale Monday and sold out in minutes — were made without the company's "approval or authorization," Rolling Stone reports.
6. P.J. Fleck (40),
26-19 (.577) in four seasons: The spotlight has dimmed a bit on Fleck who is 5-6 in his last 11. Heading into his fifth season at Minnesota Fleck is still an impressive 26-19 with the Gophers. He still has the arrow pointed up. We'll write off a depressing 3-4 season in 2020 because of, well, everything. A loss of defensive talent and COVID-19 knocked nearly everyone off kilter. Fleck has proved he can do it in the MAC and the Big Ten. Next step, playing for the Big Ten title. 2020 ranking: 5
7. Billy Napier (41),
28-11 (.718) in three seasons: There is a reason Napier's name came up for almost every vacancy of substance in the offseason. The former Clemson offensive coordinator and Alabama receivers coach is ready to make his move. Napier has played for the Sun Belt title, winning a share of it last year, in his first three seasons as a head coach. In the last two seasons he has won more games (21) than Ed Orgeron. Keep that in mind if a certain job 70 miles west of New Orleans comes open this fall. 2020 ranking: NR
8. Mike Norvell (39), Florida State
38-15 (.717) in four seasons (at): There were some tangible advances in Norvell's first season at FSU. The offensive line solidified. There is depth at quarterback now with the . It's going to be a heavy lift. The Noles were 3-6 in Norvell's first season. Clemson isn't going anywhere in the ACC. But Norvell was hired because of what he did at Memphis, winning 38 games in four seasons and taking the Tigers to the Cotton Bowl. 2020 ranking: 9
Nike Absolves MSCHF of Lil Nas X Satan Shoe Suit
As part of a settlement, MSCHF will ask any customers who bought the Lil Nas X collaboration kicks, or their holier predecessor, to return the shoes for a refund.Nike on March 29 sued MSCHF over the devilish kicks, which were part of a limited release in collaboration with Lil Nas X (who wasn’t involved in the suit) and sold out in under a minute. U.S. District Court Judge Eric Komitee on April 1 temporarily halted the fulfillment of any orders that hadn’t already shipped.
9. Jamey Chadwell (44),
19-17 (.527) in three seasons: College football usually does not do Cinderellas well. Coastal was the exception in 2020 thanks to Chadwell. In his second season, the former Charleston Southern head coach oversaw the feel-good story of the season. The Chanticleers became ranked for the first time, beatand reset the career arc of the pride of Caryville, Tennessee. Understandably Chadwell's name came up at and . Coastal stepped up and extended him through 2027. Can the school hold on to one of the hottest coaches in the game? 2020 ranking: NR
10. Neal Brown (41),
11-11 (.500) in two seasons: Coming off his first winning season as a Power Five coach (4-2 including aBowl win), Brown still has tons of upside. He is still averaging almost eight wins per season and has won at and in his career. The scoring defense (20.5) was the best in a decade at West Virginia. 2020 ranking: 10
Other notable coaches under 45
- Sean Lewis (34),
- Jason Candle (41),
- Jonathan Smith (42),
- Will Healy (36),
- Jeff Hafley (42),
Alex Morgan, Sue Bird to produce, participate in podcast on 1996 Atlanta Olympics .
Alex Morgan and Sue Bird are bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, a course-altering milestone for women's sports in the United States, back into the limelight. The duo will executive produce and participate in a six-part documentary podcast titled "Summer of Gold" for TOGETHXR, the company they founded with fellow Olympians Chloe Kim and Simone Manuel, and Dear Media. The podcast will dive into how and why the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta were monumental for women's sports. “The summer of ’96 is one of the most, if not the most, important moments in women’s sports history," Jessica Robertson, TOGETHXR’s chief content officer, told Deadline.