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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...

Pitt can improve without matching last year

Pitt can improve without matching last year

Enthusiasm abounds over Pitt football as a new season approaches under second-year coach Pat Narduzzi. And it’s for good reason.One point is experience with 16 returning starters, including senior quarterback Nathan Peterman. A veteran QB is always a good starting point, and he...

ACC coaches want traditional rivalry dates

ACC coaches want traditional rivalry dates

The subject of traditional football dates came up at the recent ACC meetings in Amelia Island, Fla.Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher and Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney – two men with SEC assistant coachzing backgrounds – were among those that believe an effort to build regular rivalry...

Saban pays respects to MacArthur Bowl

Saban pays respects to MacArthur Bowl

Alabama Coach Nick Saban made a trip to Atlanta over the weekend to pick up another national title.You must be thinking, “What? They’re giving out a football national title this time of year? For recruiting classes? Spring football?” No, no, no.Nick Saban doesn’t suffer fools, so...