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Thomas learned from football at every level

Thomas learned from football at every level

Many pivotal football points influenced Dennis E. Thomas’ lifelong athletics career.They began as a high school player in Heidelberg, Miss., that earned a scholarship to Alcorn State, a HBCU in Lorain, Miss. He earned All-American honors from the famed Pittsburgh...

Minter passes on football lessons

Minter passes on football lessons

Mike Minter decided a couple years into NFL retirement that he gained too much knowledge playing for John Fox and Tom Osborne to settle for a life of playing golf and fishing.His nine-year career playing safety for the Carolina Panthers included the franchise’s first Super Bowl...

NC Central aims for multiple titles

NC Central aims for multiple titles

CARY, N.C. – North Carolina Central Coach Jerry Mack begins only his fourth season, but he has the Eagles seeking a third conference title in a row at the same time they enjoy the best of two national championship worlds.That takes some clarification. ... Click here for...

Midsummer dreaming for football fans

Midsummer dreaming for football fans

CARY, N.C. — This time of year football coaches are limited to what they have on paper. Until fall camp opens, they have to stick to returning starters, award candidates and questions coming out of spring football.What they also don’t know, as North Carolina’s Larry Fedora...

Montgomery fitting in at East Carolina

Montgomery fitting in at East Carolina

CARY, N.C. – Scottie Montgomery took his seat on the dais as East Carolina’s new head coach with Duke’s David Cutcliffe, his former boss, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, N.C. State’s Dave Doeren and N.C. Central’s Jerry Mack.Staring back at him was a crowd of 1,000 fans that...

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Miami – Ohio, not Florida – once widely enjoyed a college football reputation as the “Cradle of Coaches.”That was especially true in the 1970s, when three perennial national title contenders were directed by former Miami head coaches: Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, who was Miami’s...

Washington State extends global reach

Washington State extends global reach

Washington State invested $141 million in the past five years to improve the football experience for fans at Martin Stadium as well as the overall shine of facilities to aid the arms race of recruiting.From 2011 to 2014, the Cougars added 21 luxury suites and premium seating...

Temple building stronger foundation

Temple building stronger foundation

One sign that optimism surrounds Temple football for the 2016 season was the crowd of 3,500 that turned out for the Owls’ spring game at Chodoff Field.That may not sound like much in Tuscaloosa, but if you don’t realize 3,500 fans for a Temple spring game is a sign of great...

Bielema finds himself down in the SEC mud

Bielema finds himself down in the SEC mud

Long before Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema made his fame and fortune in football – his $4 million-a-year salary is in the upper half of SEC coaches — he grew up on a pig farm in the small town of Prophetstown, Ill.He played at Iowa, but since his major was marketing, maybe that’s...

My 2008 story on San Diego sports legend and DB Cooper

My 2008 story on San Diego sports legend and DB Cooper

Watching the recent History Channel documentary on D.B. Cooper reminded me of a story I wrote in 2008 about the passing of San Diego sports legend Joe Alston. In his other career, 30 years with the FBI, he had pursued Cooper and Patty Hearst.On Thanksgiving eve in 1971, a man...