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Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario...

Georgia Tech falling behind top ACC teams

Georgia Tech falling behind top ACC teams

Georgia Tech’s 26-7 loss to Clemson was an industrial-strength eye-opener. The impact for the Yellow Jackets was jarring — it went wider and deeper than merely falling behind the ACC champions Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium.The ACC has trumpeted its improved position in the...

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas played like a “Man in Full” as a sophomore in 2014. One of his victims two years ago was Clemson and then-freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-6 victory.Thomas was the 2014 third-team All-ACC quarterback behind...

Miami turns into a team to like

Miami turns into a team to like

\We suddenly have reason to root for Miami, thanks to Georgia castoff Mark Richt as the Hurricanes’ new head coach. In the name of arrogance, who would have thought that possible?The No. 15-ranked Hurricanes (3-0) are winning impressively and, most importantly, without the poison...

Time for Notre Dame to join ACC

Time for Notre Dame to join ACC

It’s time for Notre Dame to join college football’s 21st century. The Irish need to accept full membership in the ACC to remain relevant in the national conversation beyond an early or midseason loss.Notre Dame, like Oklahoma, was a preseason Top 10-ranked team eyeing a run at...

Brian Kelly explains his Twitter post

Brian Kelly explains his Twitter post

Anyone following Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s official Twitter account – @CoachBrian Kelly numbers 162,000 – must have done a double take over a “like” response to a suggestion he fire defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.The follower, @Kevin_Coughlin, wrote that it was time...

Justin Thomas regaining his sophomore form

Justin Thomas regaining his sophomore form

Obviously, a canyon separates Georgia Tech’s tasks the past two seasons.Traveling to Notre Dame and losing in last season’s third game and — on the other hand — beating Vanderbilt 38-7 on Saturday in this season’s third outing are different beasts. ... Click here for the...

North Carolina offense comes to life

North Carolina offense comes to life

With North Carolina’s offense coming to life, let us honor the late Gene Wilder with his legendary words from “Young Frankenstein.” They apply to the Tar Heels’ 48-23 win Saturday night at Illinois.“Alive! It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!” ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

Remembering Brent Woodall

Remembering Brent Woodall

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, I'm reminded of Brent Woodall. He was one of the victims, working as a 31-year-old stockbroker at the second of the World Trade Center towers that was hit. I first wrote about him as a football, basketball and baseball...

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

East Carolina and NC State transfer QBs meet

College football now exists in an era of free agency, especially for quarterbacks. QBs sign on with new schools — not for money, but in search of playing time.One theory so many head coaches waited until the last minute to name a starting quarterback for their openers – Alabama’s...