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ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

Michigan and Florida State in odd Orange Bowl

Michigan and Florida State in odd Orange Bowl

Two teams that finished third in their respective conferences’ divisions meet in the Orange Bowl. Michigan and Florida State play on the unholy bowl date of Dec. 30 in a town called Miami Gardens despite an artificial field at Hard Rock Stadium.In the immortal words of Vince...

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...

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading...

Beamer and Virginia Tech seniors celebrate

Beamer and Virginia Tech seniors celebrate

Virginia Tech seniors such as fullback Sam Rogers expected more when they came to Blacksburg to play for Frank Beamer, but they have finished their college football careers with at least this year’s ACC Coastal title.Rogers, the inspirational leader of the team as a walk-on who...

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Temple’s Matt Ruhle is young enough that he may leave when the time is right, but give the 41-year-old head coach credit for returning to the Owls and guiding the Philadelphia school to a second straight AAC East football title.Navy’s  is still young enough at 51 to move on...

Swinney and Fuente nearly teamed up

Swinney and Fuente nearly teamed up

Add this to the many reasons to applaud Dabo Swinney’s success as Clemson’s football coach: He knows how to find offensive coordinators.Five years ago he searched for a new offensive coordinator. He narrowed his finalists to three and brought two to campus for two days of...

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

Door opened to Heisman for Watson

A couple of weeks ago Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson seemed to have the Heisman Trophy wrapped up. The Downtown Athletic Club was ready to send out the engraving order for the stiff arm trophy.But Louisville and Jackson have stumbled two weeks in a row. The Cardinals lost...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...