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Notre Dame players back up their coach

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Now that unranked Notre Dame is off to an impressive 1-0 start, let’s give head coach Brian Kelly some straight-talk credit.The coach on the hot seat following a 4-8 season didn’t fall back on the usual coach-speak of wishing for more practice days to be ready...

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...

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...

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Temple’s Matt Ruhle is young enough that he may leave when the time is right, but give the 41-year-old head coach credit for returning to the Owls and guiding the Philadelphia school to a second straight AAC East football title.Navy’s  is still young enough at 51 to move on...

McCartney patron saint of Doeren and others

McCartney patron saint of Doeren and others

College football’s netherworld includes a graveyard for coaches fired after a short tenure. They started digging a hole this week for Charlie Strong, who apparently is about to be canned after only three years at Texas.Outside the gates of that netherworld stands a statue of...

Texas could use talent at Louisville fields

Texas could use talent at Louisville fields

Louisville’s returning roster of 17 starters and five players named to preseason watch lists is topped by Lamar Jackson. The sophomore quarterback is on the Maxwell Award list and poised to join the Heisman Trophy conversation, too.Charlie Strong could use a roster like this one...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

The dope on bogus NFL scouting 40 times

The dope on bogus NFL scouting 40 times

By the end of the NFL Combine workouts next week, you’ll hear about a dozen or so guys that supposedly ran a 40-yard time in 4.4 seconds. Never mind that you never heard of some of them. You might even hear about one or two who claim to have run 4.3. Two wide receivers...

Texas key stop on Michigan State Underground Railroad

Texas key stop on Michigan State Underground Railroad

Thanks to Rick Gosselin for Twitter post on Raye of LightTweetDMN: Rick Gosselin's story on Gene Washington and Underground Railroad-30-

Salaam's 20th Anniversary Heisman Season, Texas

Salaam's 20th Anniversary Heisman Season, Texas

BOULDER—After nearly a month away from the friendly confines of Folsom Field, Rashaan Salaam and the Buffs finally returned home to take on the 22nd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners before what would be a sell-out crowd and a national television audience.Salaam had run roughshod over...