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  • Ramsey: Nuggets should hire John Calipari, basketball's ultimate desperado

    The Nuggets should hire John Calipari. The franchise must, finally, dream big and pursue basketball's ultimate desperado. A Calipari move from Kentucky to The Front Range is the fastest way to catapult the Nuggets from boring to thrilling. I realize you're reading along and asking an obvious question: How could Calipari, the emperor of...

  • Ramsey: Air Force can return to NCAA Tournament, just look at recent history

    Air Force basketball can return to the NCAA Tournament. This is not probable. I know that. It is possible. You should know that. Remember, Air Force traveled to the NCAA Tournament twice and earned National Invitation Tournament invitations twice during an era (2003-07) when defiant players brought sunlight to the decadeslong darkness of one...

  • Ramsey: Air Force Academy has its man in QB Nate Romine

    For the first time since 2012, there's virtually no battle for the starting quarterback job at Air Force. Nate Romine won the role when he led the Falcons to a 27-24 win over Colorado State in the 2014 regular-season finale. Romine's job security is not as certain as the sun rising in the east or a mother's love. It's only close. Connor...

  • Ramsey: UCCS basketball team should be mighty in 2015-2016

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Derrick White spoke with hope as he looked forward to the 2015-16 season. "We have all the pieces," he said of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs vision of winning an NCAA Division II national title. He's not completely correct, but he's close. His Mountain Lions have most of the pieces. The Mountain Lions...

  • Ramsey: Rout fails to dampen UCCS dreams for next season

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas - The road ended here, in this remote town in the middle of The Lone Star State's vast flatlands. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs boasts an elite offensive attack, but nothing else about the team is yet elite. This lack of versatility doomed the Mountain Lions to an 84-62 defeat to Tarleton State in the NCAA...

  • Ramsey: There is a chip on UCCS' Derrick White's shoulder

    Chip on White's shoulder Derrick White is among dozens of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs supporters who were baffled when Metro State guard Mitch McCarron was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year. White doesn't come right out and say it, but it's obvious he believes a guy named Derrick White should...

  • Ramsey: Derrick White scores 50, leads UCCS to first NCAA Tournament win

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Tim Billingsley had waited for this moment for a little more than a year, ever since the night he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. His miss, which ended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' 2013-2014 season, has served as fuel ever since. On Saturday in a remote...

  • UCCS destination a long way from anywhere

    UCCS destination a long way from anywhere Question: Where is Stephenville, Texas? Answer: In the middle of nowhere. UCCS players flew to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, but traveling to the NCAA Tournament in Stephenville required a drive on two-lane roads through the flatlands of west-central Texas. Stephenville is 95 miles from D-FW. White...

  • Ramsey: Air Academy's Ambuul soars, thanks to his big collection of siblings

    BOULDER - Paul Ambuul is the baby of his rather massive family, and for most of life he's gone to basketball battle against his brothers Matthew, Mark, Nicholas, Andrew and his sister Michelle. This horde of siblings taught him a vital life lesson. "I have to work for what I want," Ambuul said. The Ambuuls never went easy on little brother....

  • Ramsey: Jeff Culver rebuilds UCCS basketball program with all-Colorado work crew

    As Jeff Culver walked the UCCS campus three years ago, he wasn't thinking about a basketball team that had dropped 101 of its previous 165 games. He wasn't thinking about the coaching careers that had crashed on the edge of Austin Bluffs Parkway. When he looked at Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, Culver realized this campus could become a...

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