College Much newness on tap this season By Sue Favor - October 24, 2018 College team news: Newcomers shone in Mississippi State’s Maroon and White Scrimmage. The Gamecocks are ready for their close ups. Freshmen will play a key role for Siena. Illinois State will feature more offensive punch. Young Oakland is ready for the season. College player news: A refreshed Digma Strautmane seeks more consistency for Syracuse. Mardrekia Cook hopes to realized her potential for Michigan State. College coach news: Geno Auriemma lets other college coaches come to UConn practices. Is this Karen Aston’s lucky seventh season at Texas? Recruiting news: Her dunk at age 15 went viral, but this top South Carolina recruit offers much more. Bonus: Several bigs of the game share why they love basketball.