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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...

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...

Big Ten better now than Woody and Bo era

Big Ten better now than Woody and Bo era

Yes, Ohio State and Michigan sit where many expected once Jim Harbaugh returned home two years ago to challenge Ohio State and Urban Meyer.But please, let’s not romanticize Meyer and Harbaugh re-enacting the overblown “Ten Year War” between Ohio State and Woody Hayes and Michigan...

Remembering dark days at Notre Dame

Remembering dark days at Notre Dame

Before I offer an opinion on where to rank Notre Dame’s 2016 season among low points in Irish football annals, let me take you back to the 1977 season that ended with a national championship.If you REALLY know your Notre Dame history, you remember the dark cloud that hung over...

Turnovers make Wake Forest a threat

Turnovers make Wake Forest a threat

Don’t let last week’s final score fool you: Louisville 44, Wake Forest 12.Wake Forest used three Cardinals turnovers to forge a 12-0 halftime lead, was still ahead 12-3 in the third quarter and played strong enough defense against superior talent to trail only 16-12 midway...