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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...

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

If you think the College Football Playoff committee selecting Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington set off angry debates on terra firma, consider Woody Hayes watching as he sat among the football gods.He threw down in anger his hat with the block O. He searched for...

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

USC and Alabama play Saturday night at JerryWorld in Arlington, Texas. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, are being dusted off.Revisionist history in the media created among fans the idea that Alabama coach Paul...

Babers forces Syracuse to pick up pace

Babers forces Syracuse to pick up pace

The first day new Syracuse head coach Dino Babers ran his Orange players through spring drills, the workout ended the same way as his first practices with Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green:with beet-red-faced players tossing their lunches into trash cans. ... Click here for...

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

The eminently quotable Bum Phillips, a Paul “Bear” Bryant disciple prior to his own legend as an NFL head coach, once described his old boss’ coaching prowess this way in his familiar Texas drawl:“He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” ... Click...

UCLA 1961 great untold story as precedent to Missouri

UCLA 1961 great untold story as precedent to Missouri

A long-forgotten story of the 1961 UCLA football team’s threatened boycott should be remembered this week as a precedent to Missouri’s successfully mounted boycott over campus racial issues.The stories are the similar, but different. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's...

Praise Spurrier for his voice against Confederate flag

Praise Spurrier for his voice against Confederate flag

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s sudden retirement announcement – or resignation, as he described it – prompted praise and criticism.Praise came from his career as the all-time winningest coach at South Carolina as well as at Florida, his alma mater. He won the 1966 Heisman...

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the USC-Alabama game that grew into mythical proportions long after it was played Sept. 12, 1970.The enduring myth is Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant made a calculated move inviting USC as the first integrated team to play at Legion Field in...