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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...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Following a legend is never easy. Some coaches handle it better than others. Count among them retired Virginia Tech legendary coach Frank Beamer and his successor, Justin Fuente.An egregious example of how not to do it involved North Carolina basketball at the turn of the...

Duke players favor Jackson for Heisman Trophy

Duke players favor Jackson for Heisman Trophy

For just about any quarterback, 325 total yards with one touchdown rushing and one passing in a 24-14 victory is a highlight game. For Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, though, those total yards, touchdowns and team points were his season lows.Duke was the team that somewhat controlled...

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

I’m looking at the usyouthsoccer.org website. It says 3,055,148 youths in the U.S. played soccer, based on 2014 statistics. Of that total, 72,999 were in North Carolina. The gender breakdown is tilted to males, but it’s basically 50-50.With those numbers kicking balls...