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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

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Salavea has since moved on as an assistant coach at Oregon. Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.By Tom ShanahanFootball lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like...

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...

Louisville features top returning secondary

Louisville features top returning secondary

The 2016 NFL Draft turned out to be a rich year for ACC defensive backs.Eleven cornerbacks or safeties representing eight of the 14 schools were selected. Clemson featured three, Miami two and Florida State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and...

Virginia Tech rebranding was overdue

Virginia Tech rebranding was overdue

Virginia Tech calls it a re-branding, but it’s actually the Hokies’ original branding. The Hokies previously had no brand identity.But one began to develop upon Frank Beamer returning to his alma mater in 1987 and quickly building a football national player. Football, with the...

Benkert leaves East Carolina with options

Benkert leaves East Carolina with options

If you’re a college quarterback who has arrived at the decision to transfer, you want to set yourself up as well as Kurt Benkert.The East Carolina junior announced on Monday through the school’s media relations office that he is leaving the Pirates. He had been in a battle with...