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Tonight, Alabama center Barrett Jones and the Crimson Tide will take on Notre Dame for the BCS title. But Jones is more than just a football player concerned about winning games, he's concerned about others and winning their hearts to Christ. Our story on Jones originally appeared in the Summer 2011 issue...

It may be hard to believe, but college football is back. Tonight, South Carolina and Vanderbilt will open up the 2012 season and it’s one sure to be filled with many different storylines. This offseason we got some good news about the future of college football at the FBC level. We are getting playoffs! It’s great that there will be more of a chance for champions to be decided on the field instead of on computers and polls...

Yesterday, Stanford's starting pitcher, Mark Appel, was selected 8th overall in the MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stanford is currently competing in the College World Series and just advanced to the super regionals and will play Florida State. Appel is featured in our current DigiMag, read his story below: It would be easy to sympathize with Stanford’s Mark Appel if he felt pressure. He is the top pitcher on one of the nation’s best college baseball teams, and he is taking classes at one of the nation’s toughest academic institutions...

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 26 and former Michigan State quarterback, Kirk Cousins, will be hoping to hear his name called by an NFL team some time in the early rounds. In our story about from the Summer 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, Cousins talked about his future in the NFL. “Ultimately, the whole NFL thing and the future in general, whether you are playing in the pros or just your future, whether you’re an athlete or a college student in general, most of us don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few years." “It’s a little bit scary because I’m the kind of guy who likes to have a plan and likes to have things laid out." “We have to trust in the Lord’s plan and we have to walk with Him and honor Him and trust Him...

Tyler Zeller, who we featured in the Winter 2012 issue, does a video for I Am Second:

Today on the show: Bryce and Aaron yapp about college basketball, the Masters, and the NBA. - First, they yapp about John Calipari winning his first NCAA title as coach after Kentucky beats Kansas. - Bryce throws out some ideas for the NCAA and NBA concerning what they can do to solve the one and done problem. - The guys yapp about the Knicks and Jeremy Lin’s injury and who the current favorites are in the East and West. - Bryce throws out some ideas for the NCAA and NBA concerning what they can do to solve the one and done problem. - Riots were started and couches were burned in Lexington, Ky., after Kentucky won the NCAA title on Monday. Bryce shares why he thinks people lose their mind when their favorite team wins a championship. - Bryce shares a spiritual lesson that can be learned from something John Calipari said after last night’s game. Play in new window | Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Listen on Stitcher

Tebowmania in New York Last night, the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets finalized a trade to send Tim Tebow, and subsequent Tebowmania, to New York.... Now with the Jets, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com writes that Tebow has the biggest platform in America, New York City... Ohio State's Aaron Craft The Ohio State Bukeyes play the Cincinnati Bearcats tonight in the Sweet 16, but for the Buckeyes Aaron Craft, basketball is only a part of who he is. "I choose to be a Christian, a student and then an athlete," Craft said. (thelantern.com) Craft is involved in Athletes in Action at Ohio State, attending bible studies and weekly meetings... Louisville's Peyton Siva "Stop being selfish," Siva said to his dad. "He saved my life," Peyton Siva Sr. said. (Seattle Times) Louisville and Michigan State play tonight in the Sweet 16 but Cardinals point guard Peyton Siva's biggest assist in life was to his dad; who was contemplating ending his life before Peyton Jr. boldly said those words... Christian Athletes in the Headlines: Namath on Jets trading for Tebow: 'I think it's just a publicity stunt' (NFL.com) Tim Tebow and the Jets: What could possibly go wrong? (Washington Post) Tim Tebow: King of New York? (ESPN.com) Drew Brees is befuddled, wants an explanation for Payton’s suspension (Yahoo Sports)

Today on the show: Greg Arnold returns to the show to join Bryce and Aaron to talk NFL and March Madness.
- We yapp about Peyton going to the Broncos. - Where will Tebow end up? (Breaking: Tebow to the New York Jets) - Bryce explains why Duke lost. - UNC PG Kendall Marshall has a broken wrist, will he play and will it dash North Carolina's championship hopes? - We make our Final Four predictions. Play in new window | Download | Subscribe in iTunes | Listen on Stitcher

The Zeller Brothers The Zeller brothers have fired up their hometown of Washington, Ind. for March Madness. People throughout the town have been seen wearing Tar Heel blue or Indiana crimson in support of Washington's favorite sons. Zeller jerseys have been flying off the racks... Tyler Zeller Tyler Zeller has been named Second-Team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Tyler is also this year's ACC Player of the Year, an award a North Carolina senior has not won since Phil Ford in 1978. Tyler and the North Carolina Tar Heels earned a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament and will face the No. 16 seed (winner between Lamar and Vermont in the First Four). The New York Times' Pete Thamel writes about Tyler's quiet leadership... Cody Zeller Cody Zeller and the Indiana Hoosiers earned a No. 4 seed and will play the 13th seeded New Mexico State Aggies in the NCAA tournament. Cody helped IU get their first Big Ten conference tournament win since 2006 last week and their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2008. Cody is the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and appears in the current Winter 2012 DigiMag issue of Sports Spectrum. A four-page feature on Cody is also in our upcoming Spring 2012 issue. Click here to subscribe.

The Madness bug has infected the Sports Spectrum offices and we are having a bracket challenge! Compete against SS writers and other SS readers to win a Sports Spectrum prize package. Whoever has the most correct bracket out of all the readers gets the prize. Winner gets a special bonus if they beat all 4 members of the Sports Spectrum staff, Aaron May, Bryce Johnson, Steve Copeland and Brett Honeycutt. In order to play: 1. Follow this link to the Sports Spectrum group: http://sportsspectrumchallenge.mayhem.cbssports.com/e 2. Sign in or register with a username/password. 3. Fill out a bracket and hope to be right. Password is: sports Make sure you allow your email to be visible so we can contact you if you win. Deadline to fill out your bracket will be about 12 NOON on Thursday. Happy Bracketeering!

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