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The Irish stars finally align for Ian Book

The Irish stars finally align for Ian Book

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly no longer has to explain away speculation he settled for Ian Book as a Plan B recruit. Not after Book's third-straight win as a starter that has lifted the Irish into the College Football Playoff picture.The stars have finally aligned for Notre Dame...

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

Edwards sighs over lost desert quarterbacks

Edwards sighs over lost desert quarterbacks

Herm Edwards recently appeared on a Michigan State-based sports talk radio show. Always engaging, insightful and entertaining, Arizona State's new football coach has been one of my favorites to deal with over the years. We all know him for his memorable lines, most notably this...

Highly touted QBs overlooking Duke guru

Highly touted QBs overlooking Duke guru

Jack Sears seemed to answer a perplexing Duke recruiting question two years ago. Prior to the 4-star quarterback committing to the Blue Devils, you had to wonder why more highly touted QBs don’t clamor to play for David Cutcliffe? After all, the Blue Devils’ head coach is...

Khari Willis adds to Dantonio off field resume

Khari Willis adds to Dantonio off field resume

Many numbers describe Mark Dantonio’s success re-awakening a Michigan State football program that once stood game among the college game’s giants in the 1950s and 1960s under Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty. Dantonio's resume is summarized in three paragraphs on MSUSpartans.com...

Taggart can reshape Florida State image

Taggart can reshape Florida State image

CHARLOTTE, NC. -- Florida State’s Willie Taggart said something at the ACC Kickoff that showed he’s a lot like the rest of us. The Seminoles’ new coach had a low opinion of the program based on decades of off-field headlines.“To be honest with you, I thought I was going to come...

Two books recommended for Larry Fedora

Two books recommended for Larry Fedora

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The week that was for Larry Fedora and how he could have enlightened football fans while he waved the flag. First, Fedora put up a trial balloon equating American exceptionalism and football during a preseason football tour stop -- the Pigskin Preview...

Clawson sees new redshirt rule benefit

Clawson sees new redshirt rule benefit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NCAA’s recent rule change permitting freshmen to play up to four games without burning their redshirt season was met with universal approval, but the media buzz sounded like a golf clap. Not so when the ruling reached Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson. He...

Virginia Tech QB looks ahead to season

Virginia Tech QB looks ahead to season

My story in the Detroit Free Press on Josh Jackson from ACC media days* * *I invite you to follow me on Twitter @shanny4055Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It...

Ratliff Williams took switch and ran with it

Ratliff Williams took switch and ran with it

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On every kickoff return, Anthony Ratliff-Williams sizes up many moving parts. All at once he must follow the ball, catch it and scan the field for tacklers, looking for running room. That skill takes a special knack, and the North Carolina redshirt junior has...