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Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Three twitter posts I read in succession were unrelated unless placed in the context of Black History Month. One was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the other two about the Texas Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In general, they were reminders...

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

One Ferris State offensive star overcame a troubled past, including legal transgressions that landed him in jail and cost him his football scholarship to Michigan State. Now Jayru Campbell is a Bulldogs’ phoenix. The junior quarterback won the Harlon Hill Award -- the Heisman...

Mayfield and Manziel owe their universities

Mayfield and Manziel owe their universities

Baker Mayfield reminds me of Johnny Manziel.I state that meaning beyond the fact they are short quarterbacks that won the Heisman Trophy thanks to 4,000-yard passing seasons inflated by a spread offense. But that’s not all.They also share tasteless gesticulating and showboating...

Army receives and delivers push at right time

Army receives and delivers push at right time

One good push in the back from Army fullback Andy Davidson deserves another.Davidson drew praise from the CBS broadcasters Ben Holden and Jay Feely for pushing quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw in the back on key short-yardage plays that helped the Black Knights beat Duke last week,...

Notre Dame national title and Heisman droughts

Notre Dame national title and Heisman droughts

It’s been 29 years since Notre Dame last won a national title in 1988. The drought in the Heisman Trophy annals is worse: It’s been 30 since Tim Brown was the Irish’s seventh winner – a total that led the nation at the time.Notre Dame’s faithful are naturally hopeful...

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone who’s grown up on football believes quarterback is the most difficult position to play in the most complicated team game. Hall of Fame coaches have maintained over the years that it takes time for QBs to mature.So explain how three of the last...

Three academy bowl teams overlap with history

Three academy bowl teams overlap with history

It’s momentous for Army, Navy and Air Force to all earn bowl bids this season. It’s only the second time, and it points to Army rising to a level among Navy and Air Force to flirt with top-25 rankings.This picture of service-academy success is also marked by a dark historical...

Rashaan Salaam struggled to escape NFL past

Rashaan Salaam struggled to escape NFL past

Rashaan Salaam’s life ended at a park located just two miles from Colorado’s Folsom Field, the scene of his greatest football days. The police have informed his family a suicide note and gun were found alongside the body of the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner.That may be the coroner’s...

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although...

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...