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North Carolina lets opportunity slip away

North Carolina lets opportunity slip away

It was a Kirby Smart win for Georgia and a not-so smart loss for North Carolina.For the second straight year, North Carolina, the defending ACC Coastal champion, showed it wasn’t ready to open the season against an SEC East opponent. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's...

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Here we go again.USC and Alabama play Saturday night at Jerry’s World in Arlington, Tx. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., are dusted off.Revisionist history in the media created this folklore among fans: Alabama...

Wake Forest offense lacks punch

Wake Forest offense lacks punch

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson’s encouraging preseason words were tempered by opening-night results.The outcome was disappointing except for the “W” that marked a 7-3 win over Tulane Thursday night at BB&T Stadium. The performance demands a better follow-up in next week’s ACC...

Wolford and Hinton to share QB role

Wolford and Hinton to share QB role

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson named true junior John Wolford as his starting quarterback for the third straight year, but count on seeing true sophomore Kendall Hinton, too.Wolford has the experience advantage as he makes his 23rd career start when Tulane visits the Demon...

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

This is my 2016 story for the National Football Foundation Football Matters website on Dino Babers, then newly hired as Syracuse's head coach. The story is on Babers and his friend Duane Coleman dating to their University of Hawaii days and their leadership qualities. Coleman,...

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Semi-truck drivers know all the best places to stop across the country. If you accept that axiom, Steve Rochell is an authority on a visiting fan attending college football games.Rochell owns a semi-truck as an independent contractor. Whenever it’s possible, he combines work with...

North Carolina future in place

North Carolina future in place

This time six years ago North Carolina widely gained rankings among the top 20 in preseason polls.Optimism ran high in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels, then coached by Butch Davis, prepared to open against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The ACC hoped for credibility...

NC State lineman mentors third grader

NC State lineman mentors third grader

Back in 2015, Tony Adams and his North Carolina State teammates wrapped up spring drills when he was asked to meet with a Raleigh first-grader. He was exceptionally large for his age yet struggling with behavior and academics.Adams, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder offensive lineman,...

Montgomery values high school coaches

Montgomery values high school coaches

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery estimates he interviewed Antonio King 15 times before the Pirates’ new head coach hired him as his running backs coach.The same applies to naming Sedrick Irvin as the Pirates’ Coordinator of Football Operations....

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Jimmy Raye coached 37 years in the NFL. He worked for 10 different teams and helped several players get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had never been to Canton, Ohio, for an enshrinement ceremony until last weekend.Sitting in the crowd, he listened as former Bucs coach...