College Practices continue, with 41 days until the season By Sue Favor - October 15, 2020 College team news: Michigan State has begun practices. Some five-star additions are expected to boost Minnesota. Vanderbilt is poised for new beginnings. Alabama has begun practice. UC Santa Barbara is shooting for success. College player news: Indiana junior Aleska Gulbe has a different COVID tale. Alexis Sevillian is ready to lead Iowa this year. Evina Westbrook is embracing the big sister role for the Huskies. UConn freshman Paige Bueckers already has a huge following. Bueckers is set to build a new resume with the Huskies. Heralded Maryland transfer Olivia Owens has been granted immediate eligibility at Kentucky. New Mexico transfer Jayla Everett is immediately eligible at Pitt. Oklahoma senior guard Ana Llanusa will miss the season due to injury. College coach news: South Carolina coach Dawn Staley hopes her team finishes what they couldn’t last season. At the top of Staley’s list is replacing two Gamecock greats. Geno Auriemma is constantly evolving at UConn. Lynne Roberts is rolling with all COVID matters at Utah has begun practices. Interview with Mississippi coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. Niele Ivey is carrying on Muffet McGraw’s legacy at Notre Dame, while building her own. The Kara Lawson era is officially underway at Duke. NCAA news: Portland’s Final Four bid miss is just the start of the story. WNBA news: Glossier’s new product launch includes WNBA players. Sue Bird said the lack of fans at the Storm’s Championship game made it “not quite as fun.” Bridget Carleton is using her breakout season in the league as a stepping stone to the Olympics. The challenger for Kelly Loeffler’s seat praised the courage of WNBA players.