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CFP Roundtable on conference games and bowl trips

CFP Roundtable on conference games and bowl trips

Can you believe that college football bowl season is here?Championship weekend didn’t disappoint, and in fact, it set us up for success as fans. Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma have been pegged as the “final four” of this year’s College Football Playoff, and we’re...

Vander Laan takes his career to Waldorf Astoria

Vander Laan takes his career to Waldorf Astoria

NEW YORK – Ferris State University quarterback Jason Vander Laan demonstrated how far an NCAA Division II football player can take a career his career.Vander Laan sat on a dais Tuesday morning at the elegant and historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for a press conference. He was one of...

Hall of Famer Lincoln Kennedy issues statement on college football

Hall of Famer Lincoln Kennedy issues statement on college football

NEW YORK – Lincoln Kennedy offered a presidential address about the state of college football midway through the 1992 season in a “Sports Illustrated” story. He was a Washington offensive tackle, an elite player worth quoting.His college stardom eventually earned immortal status...

Rob Lytle son comes through at Hall of Fame

Rob Lytle son comes through at Hall of Fame

NEW YORK – Kelly Lytle took his seat on a dais at the elegant Waldorf Astoria’s Hotel’s Empire Room for a Tuesday morning press conference, preceding the evening College Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies.He found himself alongside 14 other players and two coaches in...

Ricky Williams on journey to Heisman and Hall

Ricky Williams on journey to Heisman and Hall

NEW YORK — The formerly enigmatic Ricky Williams ran for an NCAA-record 6,279 yards at Texas and another 10,009 yards in the NFL. The most important yards for his post-football career, though, were the 1,121 he gained in his 2009 comeback season.That was the start to...

Edgar Allen Poe wants to write ending to Navy win streak

Edgar Allen Poe wants to write ending to Navy win streak

Edgar Allen Poe’s timeless line from “The Raven” portrays a bird driving the narrator mad. In another time, the literary genius might have written of a West Pointer driven nuts by Army’s current losing streak to Navy.Poe, most likely you are unaware, was a West Point Cadet until...

No Heisman candidate carried his team further than Watson

No Heisman candidate carried his team further than Watson

A year ago, unranked North Carolina offered the opposition for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s coming out party with 479 yards passing and five touchdowns. He was labeled a future Heisman Trophy candidate.A year later as a sophomore, North Carolina was again the competition...

Long won this game two years ago recruiting Chapman

Long won this game two years ago recruiting Chapman

San Diego State won its first outright conference title since 1986 with a 27-24 win over Air Force Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. That’s the obvious story line.The story behind the story, though, is fifth-year Aztecs Coach Rocky Long won this game two years ago when he recruited...

McNeill good enough for Harbaugh but not ECU

McNeill good enough for Harbaugh but not ECU

My first thought upon hearing East Carolina fired head coach Ruffin McNeill is the old college athletics expression, “You’re alma mater doesn’t love you as much as you love it.”That certainly fits Friday’s surprise announcement from East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher....

Cases against Derrick Henry and Alabama

Cases against Derrick Henry and Alabama

Let’s imagine the College Football Playoff without Alabama. I realize that’s an apocalyptic suggestion that’s not necessarily limited to SEC country.But Colin Cowherd, now on Fox Sports 1, got me to thinking about his opinion about how the SEC is overrated. He doesn’t have...