College 35 days until college season By Sue Favor - October 2, 2018 College team news: Notre Dame and Louisville begin the season as the teams to beat in the ACC. Virginia and Virginia Tech are both optimistic at ACC media day, and both teams have NCAA aspirations. Oregon is back to work. Nebraska is looking for leaders this season. Kentucky has kicked off practice for its 45th season. Florida’s rebuild continues. Arkansas is setting their sights on the NCAA tourney. Kansas State is working to improve rebounding. Montana State hopes to build with newcomers. Washington State’s vets are committed to a reboot. College player news: Three Gonzaga seniors have high expectations as the season opens. Wake Forest senior Ariel Stephenson will miss the season with a shoulder injury. UNCW players aided Hurricane Florence victims. College coach news: Lindsay Whalen is settling in as Minnesota’s coach. Amy Williams is looking to keep the Huskers on an upward trend. WNBA player news: Maya Moore on the coaches who helped shape her game. Kristi Toliver has joined the Washington Wizards’ coaching staff. Alana Beard says Filipino players can make it big. Bonus: Lauren Jackson said she was “owned” by a KGB spy while playing in Russia. Sue Bird and Dawn Staley are already counting down to the Tokyo Olympics. Ruth Riley Hunter is back home with the Miami Heat as she begins her broadcast role.