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East Carolina builds strength with Connors

East Carolina builds strength with Connors

East Carolina enjoys the luxury of promoting offensive lineman J.T. Boyd as an Outland Trophy candidate. It’s an especially inspiring story from anonymous two-star prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.Back then, Boyd’s only other options were four schools that play in the lower...

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Clemson returns prolific Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson. The Tigers junior quarterback compiled 1,105 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns along with 4,104 passing and 35 TDs.Not a bad starting point to begin 2016 for last year’s ACC champions and national runner-up to...

Maxwell Trophy more selective than Heisman

Maxwell Trophy more selective than Heisman

The Heisman Trophy is so firmly established as the nation’s most prestigious college football award, its publicity is done by media outlets from the largest Internet services, cable shows and newspapers to niche services.That’s one difference — but not the most significant — with...

Mendenhall faces tough rebuilding task

Mendenhall faces tough rebuilding task

Bronco Mendenhall’s track record suggests he will turn around Virginia’s football program soon if not right away. He won 99 games in 11 seasons at BYU without a losing mark.In 2005, Mendenhall inherited a Cougars program with three straight losing seasons. His first team ended...

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

We all recognize the SEC is the nation’s top football conference, but many of us outside the SEC like to point out that the SEC is largely top heavy.Granted, the SEC has more schools that can annually contend for a national title and it is topped by Alabama’s modern dynasty, but...

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

The list of returning ACC starting quarterbacks clearly starts with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. He should have won the Heisman Trophy despite finishing third in the voting.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is back for his sophomore season after taking over the starting role with signs he...

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin parlayed three years of success at SEC bottom-feeder Vanderbilt into a brand-name college football job at Penn State. That’s what makes his recent comments expressing frustration with recruiting in the Big Ten so surprising.What could be tougher than recruiting in...

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like stories of athletes from humble beginnings. Joe Salave’a’s special journey lifted him from American Samoa to a White House ceremony to college coaching.White House invitations for athletes are commonly part of a team championship...

Arizona missing a draft pick in Omaha

Arizona missing a draft pick in Omaha

Arizona plays one of the two games that open the College World Series Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, but the team left Tucson without one of the Wildcats taken in the Major League Baseball draft last week.Arizona coach Jay Johnson and his players aren’t worried about the absence...

Memphis counting on continuing upswing

Memphis counting on continuing upswing

Up and down. Back and forth is the pendulum history of Memphis football swinging between winning and mostly losing seasons.Not even Memphis-native Cybill Shepherd, one of Hollywood’s leading actresses and beauties from the 1970s and 1980s, was able to alter the inconsistent...