Part of being a fan is rooting against your rivals, but not if you support Kentucky's basketball team.

Coach John Calipari doesn't want Wildcats enthusiasts cheering against any other team. He went as far as to condemn these negative fans and encourage them to avoid watching his team in the Final Four. The topic came to light in New Orleans where Calipari told reporters that despite this weekend's matchup with bitter rival Louisville, Kentucky fans should avoid negative fan activity.

"I just don't think it's good that you root against other teams," Calipari said to "I just think if you start rooting against another team and you're a fan of ours, turn the TV off. Walk to the other room. Make yourself a coffee. And go for a walk with the dog. Do something...I just think that karma comes back at you."

Calipari's feeling on negative vibrations impacting the Wildcats performance "stretches it a bit far," Oliver Leaman, a professor of religion at UK said. "Karma involves only individuals. But it might be argued that your team will be affected by negative thoughts you've supported (by) dragging them down in some way."

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Money doesn't grow on trees, but soon, you may not be able to say the same thing about basketball jerseys.

As has been reported recently, the National Basketball Association is getting closer to selling advertising space on game jerseys. Owners, desperately looking to boost revenues, are expected to consider the idea when they meet April 12 in New York for the first time since ending the lockout.

But what could really surprise fans is just how much money teams could pull in by making the change.

Bloomberg reports, via the Sports Business Journal, that although agendas for those meetings haven't been set, "sponsor logos on NBA uniforms is a subject of ongoing conversation."

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Anything you can do, I can do better. Trick basketball shot videos have officially been kicked up a notch.

Oh sure, the Goodyear Blimp is a staple of major American sporting events, but this is believed to be the first time it has played a leading role. Goodyear first started flying blimps for advertising purposes in 1925, and they currently operate three airships around the United States in California, Ohio and Florida. And while they often hover over basketball arenas, the hoop is rarely in play.

This is the world's first Goodyear Blimp basketball shot. The crazy basket reached the web on Thursday afternoon and by Thursday night had earned the No. 2 spot on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays.

Behind every Final Four team, there's a great woman.

OK, maybe that's not always the case, but it is for the Kansas Jayhawks.

KU's Andrea Hudy is believed to be the only female strength and conditioning coach to work with a Division I men's basketball team, and center Jeff Withey called Hudy one of the Jayhawks' "secret weapons."

That's not just personal bias. Hudy's résumé of success speaks for itself. She's worked with nine championship teams since being hired by Kansas in 2004. In addition, Hudy has helped send 25 former Jayhawks players to the National Basketball Association.

She's bucked the odds. The National Strength and Conditioning Association reports that women occupy only 5 percent of registered trainers across all sports, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"I don't get instant street credibility because I'm not a male," Hudy said. "But I have enough on my résumé that the guys will trust what I say."

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Should the "U" get an "F" in recruiting?

Nobody denies the rich history of the University of Miami football program, which is why this story is so strange. The school that set a record for most consecutive NFL drafts with at least one first-round selection (14) is in desperate need of a few good big guys.

The Hurricanes posted fliers around campus in search for "any student that is at least 6'1" and 230+ pounds to join the football team as an offensive lineman." Matthew Applebaum, a video assistant for the Canes, confirmed to the Miami New Times that the advertisement is real.

Coach Al Golden used similar walk-on tactics to fill out his roster at other stops in his career.

"We used to do that at Maryland and Temple," Tom Deahn, Miami's director of football operations, told the New Times. "We're just trying to find linemen walk-ons. You get all the skilled guys the traditional way, and you fill your other needs this way."

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Finally, an explanation as to why soccer is the world's most popular sport.

Researchers have determined that playing a game of "football" improves men's testosterone levels.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports results of the new study that claims players saw a 30 percent increase in testosterone immediately after a game. In addition, that boost was still at 15 percent even after an hour after they finished a game.

Scientists from the University of Washington Biological Anthropology and Biodemography Lab researched farmers in Bolivia since the men there normally have lower testosterone than men in America. The study focused on farmers from the remote Tsimane tribe. Illnesses such as heart disease and obesity are rare among tribe members who maintain a stable level of testosterone during their lifespans.

"Maintaining high levels of testosterone compromises the immune system, so it makes sense to keep it low in environments where parasites and pathogens are rampant, as they are where the Tsimane live," said Ben Trumble, a co-author of the study, according to Science Daily.

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High profile college programs like Alabama, Ohio State and LSU will get more publicity during spring football, but there is no greater comeback story than this one at North Texas.

Head football coach Dan McCarney is leading the Mean Green through spring practice just six weeks after suffering a stroke.

NBC-Dallas reports the veteran coach was rushed to the hospital in February after the left side of his body went numb as a result of a stroke.

McCarney was working out with his wife, Margy, right before he fell ill. "Next thing you know, left side of my face, left arm, left leg went numb like that," he said. "I have had no practice with it. I've never had any experience with it. I've had no health issues like that ever in my life. This thing knocked me down like nothing ever has in my life."

Thanks to the quick response from his wife, family and doctors
, McCarney believes his life was saved.

Additionally, McCarney, 58, says he's in good health and on the road to full recovery. He was the longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference before being dumped by Iowa State in 2006. Since leaving the Cyclones, McCarney spent time as an assistant at South Florida and Florida before taking over the Mean Green program last season.

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Being a prince isn't all it's cracked up to be.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sometimes act like royalty, but they can't hold Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's crown. The Bucks forward is actually a prince in his native Cameroon. As a result, many people have the wrong impression of what being a real life prince is like.

"When people here know you are a prince they think of Eddie Murphy and [1988 movie] 'Coming to America,' which is totally not true," Mbah a Moute explains to CNN. "My dad is just the chief of my village, it's not like Zamunda or the crazy things you see in the movie -- I don't have my face on the money but you get treated with respect and have ceremonies."

Furthermore Mbah a Moute says he didn't grow up in a wealthy childhood. It was "regular middle class," he says. The Bucks' big man grew up with a total of seven brothers and sisters.

The former UCLA Bruins player didn't start playing basketball until the age of 12 after being introduced to the sport by his twin brother. He arrived in the United States without having a grasp of the language. "It's a pretty interesting journey," he says. "When I first came here I just knew how to say 'hi,' 'how are you' and 'good night' -- pretty much that was about it."

Mbah a Moute's parents stressed the importance of education. His father initially didn't want him heading to America. "As a matter of fact, my dad really didn't want to let me to come to the United States. He didn't believe I was gonna go to school, he thought it was something basketball. It took some convincing to get him to understand. No, I'm going to go to school as well, and If I didn't do well in school I wasn't going to play basketball."

Certainly that decision has paid off.

The Milwaukee Bucks think enough of the 25-year-old from Cameroon that they recently gave him a four-year, $18 million contract extension.

Despite his financial and basketball success, Mbah a Moute admits being homesick. "Ya know it sounds crazy, I miss home since I left and I've been here almost eight years," he said. CNN showed the Bucks forward driving around Milwaukee with African tribal music pumping from his car speakers.

Certainly Mbah a Moute wants to parlay his success on the pro basketball court to help others back home. "The most rewarding part is being able to impact people," he says. "I represent Cameroon, Africa, keeping the dream for other kids."

Mbah a Moute is one of only seven active African basketball players in the NBA. He's giving back through the basketball without boarders program.

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America's tallest man has some big shoes to fill, literally.

Igor Vovkivinskiy doesn't play basketball, or any other sport for that matter, but this very large man has an even bigger problem. The 29-year-old Minnesota resident, the tallest man in the United States, is about to be shoeless.

As a result of a tumor in his pituitary gland, Vovkivinskiy has dealt with many unreal life issues. "When we came to the United States from the Ukraine, I was almost 7 years old. At that time, I had already surpassed my mom in height. I was already 6 feet tall," he told Minnesota TV station WCCO.

Thanks to his now massive 7-foot-8 body, Vovkivinskiy hasn't been able to get a new pair of shoes in an astounding six years. His last pair of sneakers are so worn down, they basically provide zero support.

When Igor last had shoes made in Germany, they were size 26. However, that was before he underwent a mind-boggling 16 surgeries that have dramatically altered the very shape of his oversized feet.

"Not having shoes has basically handicapped me, partially," he said. "It’s been pretty depressing at times."

Igor turned to WCCO for help in getting his predicament out to the public. The towering man has contacted a number of shoe companies for help, but only the nice people at Reebok responded. Vovkivinskiy figured he'd be a good candidate to do commercials, but Nike, Converse and Red Wing Shoes never returned his messages. TV shows including Dr. Phil, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres also passed.

Reebok informed Igor it would cost more than $15,000 to have his shoes custom made.

A struggling college student, Vovkivinskiy couldn't come up with the cash. He recently started a web page to collect donations, on the advice of friends. The goal was $16,000.

Generous people around the world have answered this gentle giant's desperate pleas for help. About $2,700 had been raised when WCCO-TV first chronicled his shoe dilemma. Thanks to its reporting and bloggers picking up the story, amazing things have happened.

Igor excitedly reports his goal has been reached. As of this morning more than $25,000 had been raised. "Thank you so much to everyone who made this donation drive happen!!," Igor wrote on his website. "I cannot believe my eyes at the amount and the generosity of the people. Thank you all."

As donations continue to pour in, this giant might be able to grab two pairs.

"I don't know what I'm going to do first when I get that pair of shoes," he said. "I have so many things I want to do, just a simple walk."

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