College Tampa and Phoenix named Final Four hosts for 2025 and 2026 By Sue Favor - October 14, 2020 NCAA news: For 2025 and 2026, the Final Four will be in Tampa and Phoenix, respectively. Division I winter sport athletes will be granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. A council proposal will expand the DI transfer exception. A survey has found that college coaches and athletes feel racism is an issue everywhere, and they feel compelled to act. College team news: Despite the challenges, UCLA is grateful to begin the season. Nine burning issues as Syracuse begins practice. Expectations are high for Indiana. The Gophers are in good hands with their sophomore guards. Minnesota will have a different look this season. Georgia Tech has a renovated locker room. A new season brings a healthier outlook for Michigan State. Five questions facing UConn. Florida State has the same mentality under new circumstances. JMU expects to contend for the CAA title. Illinois State is catching up. College player news: Players talk about mental health through the COVID-19 crisis. Iowa’s captains are keeping morale high. Mardrekia Cook’s return will be a boost for the Spartans. Stephanie Watts is ready for her final season at North Carolina. Three sophomore captains are poised to lead Toledo. UConn freshman Paige Bueckers is warming to coach Geno Auriemma’s trash talk. An Arkansas radio host was fired for derogatory remarks about a Razorback player. College coach news: Dawn Staley says South Carolina is losing all its big games to the pandemic rescheduling. Orange coach Quentin Hillsman stays safe and makes a fashion statement at the same time. North Carolina A&T coach Tarrell Robinson is coping with a new team and a pandemic. Jonathan Tsipis is excited about Wisconsin’s potential in his fifth year there. Lynne Roberts is optimistic about Utah’s season. Duke coach Kara Lawson talks about the team’s first practice today. WNBA news: The WNBA was honored today for its social justice work. The Dallas Wings and coach Brian Agler have mutually agreed to part ways. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve already likes her roster, which could get better in the offseason. Candace Parker has returned to her “semi-normal life.” The league’s most underrated players.