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In 2015, NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl was the first digitally focused bowl game in history.
For the second consecutive year, it continues to make history.
Last year, the game was streamed live on Campus Insiders and available worldwide.
ASN provided a linear broadcast and televised the game throughout the country reaching over an incredible 88 million households.
The 2016 NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl (S. Alabama vs. Air Force) will be broadcast over the great digital platforms of Campus Insiders and will also be broadcasted live around the country on American Sports Network. Click here to stream and find your local listing. Find broadcast listings here >
Game is set Friday Dec 30 at 7:30 (ET)
St. John’s good and bad
All hell was broke loose at the start of the season. St. John’s looked disorganized and, even more worrisome, totally ill-prepared for its exhibition opener, an embarrassing 32-point lost to Division II St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. John’s worst fears were realized in the Maui Invitational opener, an eye-opening 37-point loss to No. 16 Vanderbilt. The rest of the trip was what we’ve come to expect from head coach Chris Mullin’s team: The Johnnies fought, they scratched, they clawed, and they left Hawaii with a smile on their faces.
Whether it is the character of his players or the toughness Mullin has instilled in them in such a short period of time, St. John’s has already shown plenty of resilience. We saw it after the 32-point exhibition loss to Division II St. Thomas Aquinas, and we saw it again in Maui.
The Johnnies responded exactly how Mullin hoped they would to the rout against Vanderbilt, a nationally televised loss that led to plenty of ridicule on social media, by nearly upsetting Indiana and beating Chaminade, despite having just six scholarship players available because of injuries to Darien Williams (shoulder), Felix Balamou (foot) and Malik Ellison (foot).
Federico Mussini, the little freshman from Italy, was a revelation in Maui, averaging a team-high 18.3 points per game, along with 2.3 steals and 2.3 assists. As the competition stiffened, Mussini’s play picked up, making big shots and running his team well,
Even the recruiting has gone very well for St. Johns. A few months back, coach Mullin, at his introductory press conference said he wanted to lure the best players in the area to Queens. He landed one of the best available local prospects in New Jersey guard Malik Ellison, a three-star recruit from Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J.
Former Arizona State Herb Sendek, head coach Men's basketball had a few comments to share about court rushing fans.
"Fortunately, in all the cases that I'm aware of, nobody has gotten seriously hurt," ASU coach Herb Sendek told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. "But obviously when you have that many people in tight quarters, excited and coming together and converging, there is an element of risk that will always be there no matter what your security is like.
"And I think we saw that come to the surface at the end of the K-State/Kansas game."
Sendek noted that while for the most part nothing terrible comes from court storms, there have been instances all over the world where a large group of fans entering the field of play has led to tragedy.
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Arizona State's AD, Ray Anderson see promise and has faith in his coach Todd Graham. He made it clear that stronger efforts will be made in the off-season to improve the program. Anderson said he will meet with Graham to discuss the season and to identify areas of improvement after previous seasons of consecutive 10-win seasons.
"There's no question that at this point we have not reached our expectations," Anderson said. "I think we're all reasonably disappointed, and Todd will be the first admit to that. We had higher expectations for better outcomes in all phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams."
The significance to appear in a bowl game has a positive affect on team confidence, recruits, history and achieving success. Of course it brings in money for the University. ASU will have to wait til 2017.
"At the end of the day, you haven't been successful if you haven't gone to a bowl,'' he said.
An overall indication of program health is recruiting, Anderson said. 247 Sports ranked ASU's 2016 recruiting class 24th nationally. Rivals had the Sun Devils 25th, while Scout.com had them 30th.
NCAA rules prevents him from discussing specific recruits, but it's clear ASU has secured local
commitments from Chandler High standouts Chase Lucas and N'Keal Harry, and has a chance to add Scottsdale Saguaro star Byron Murphy. Giving the Sun Devils three of the state's top five prospects.
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Notre Dame’s QB - Kizer
Was Better Than Believed
DeShone Kizer has performed at a high level under the circumstances. This was no ordinary situation for a backup, being a ND quaterback coming into games with the balance of the dream being national champs on the line.
(Read more on Kizer courting Notre Dame pays off for Irish).
Kizer replaced the injured starting QB-Malik Zaire with skipping heart beats of Irish fans around the world. .
Kizer's first season may be stunning to some and has been one of the top stories in college football. 2016 was difficult year for him and the Irish as they recorded one of their worse season's in school history.
But the question remains about Kizer.
Is it stunning? Not to Greg Dempsey.
Read why and who is Dempsey, right here.