First college news motherlode of the season

In case you were wondering, I’m not linking any college “pre-season predictions” stories. Nobody that writes those does their research very well, and they’re always half-baked.

There’s plenty of concrete news to discuss:

Lady Vol freshman Mercedes Russell met the media for the first time yesterday.

The Georgetown team is trying to stick together after coach Keith Brown’s resignation.

Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy is back to coaching young Tigers. Auburn is pressing toward its ultimate goal.

Missouri is looking to build after their first year in the SEC.

Rachel Theriot is stepping up to fill the point guard role at Nebraska.

Marist is preparing for an exciting season.

The NCAA has denied a waiver for Wyoming’s Jordan Kelly.

Colorado’s Jasmine Sborov is ready for a break out season.

Penn State’s roster features stars and fresh faces. A slimmed-down Candice Agee is ready to do her part.

BYU is looking for a big season, with Jennifer Hamson in the middle.

Illinois State is quickly learning new coach Barb Smith’s fast pace.

New faces are boosting LSU.

Coach C. Vivian Stringer is mum on her last contract year with Rutgers.

A former Holy Cross player has sued coach Bill Gibbons and the school, claiming he was physically and verbally abusive. Gibbons has stepped aside while the investigation takes place. Other former players are shocked by the allegations. Read the lawsuit here.