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Measuring Duke growth by national powers

Measuring Duke growth by national powers

On the long list of examples documenting Duke’s rebuilt football program under 11th-year head coach David Cutcliffe, add Saturday’s game at Clemson compared to the Blue Devils meeting Alabama in the 2010 season. That was Cutcliffe’s third year of his arduous task upon inheriting...

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” – Mark Twain By Tom Shanahan  Let your mind wander for the length of this story to ponder the credible versus incredible. This story is about Willie Roaf, Michigan State and “what if”...

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Duke coach David Cutcliffe is prepared to accept eliminating kickoffs. After the Blue Devils’ Saturday spring game, he said if the NCAA Football Rules Committee’s intent is to do away with the injury-prone play in phases, let’s be done with it now.“I’ve been around a long time,...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

Notre Dame and Josh Adams making pushes

Notre Dame and Josh Adams making pushes

The No. 13-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish continued to force their way into the College Football Playoff conversation.The Irish (6-1) routed the No. 11 USC Trojans (6-2) Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium, 49-14. It was Notre Dame’s fifth straight win...

SDSU trip to Alabama marks lifetime journey

SDSU trip to Alabama marks lifetime journey

I'm re-posting my story from last year when Tom Ables traveled to the San Diego State-South Alabama game and visited the USS Alabama that served on before attending San Diego State in 1946. Tom passed away on Oct. 17, 2017 at age 91. He had attended his 788th game two before he...

Alabama Death Star facing few challenges

Alabama Death Star facing few challenges

The Alabama Crimson Tide Death Star continues its unchallenged rule of the college football galaxy. The top-ranked team rolled over the Arkansas Razorbacks 41-9 Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.The overmatched Razorbacks certainly lacked the...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

Bruce Walton on his brother Bill and football

Bruce Walton on his brother Bill and football

Now that Bill Walton is back to analyzing college basketball following his foray into football commentary for the recent Clemson-Alabama national championship game, we need to hear from the gridiron expert of the Walton family. What were Bruce Walton’s thoughts on his “little”...

Minnesota was no win for everyone involved

Minnesota was no win for everyone involved

Jerry Kill is angry, stating he will never attend a Minnesota football game at TCF Stadium or step on campus again. The former Gopher head coach’s frustration is over the school firing Tracy Claeys, his long-time right-hand man and successor.“We gave our best to the state of...