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Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

If you think the College Football Playoff committee selecting Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington set off angry debates on terra firma, consider Woody Hayes watching as he sat among the football gods.He threw down in anger his hat with the block O. He searched for...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...

Big Ten better now than Woody and Bo era

Big Ten better now than Woody and Bo era

Yes, Ohio State and Michigan sit where many expected once Jim Harbaugh returned home two years ago to challenge Ohio State and Urban Meyer.But please, let’s not romanticize Meyer and Harbaugh re-enacting the overblown “Ten Year War” between Ohio State and Woody Hayes and Michigan...

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...

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State began the season knocking on the door to the national title with a ranking as high as No. 2 five weeks into the season. The injury-riddled Spartans slipped to No. 9, but they are still in position if they manage an upset Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State.For the he...

Beamer at risking of staying too long at Virginia Tech

Beamer at risking of staying too long at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer still knows football at age 68 as he enters his 29th season with the Hokies. Of that there should be no doubt. But knowing it and retaining the ability to teach it changes with time. Sometimes coaches and their team’s personality no longer...

Explaining Big Ten Bashing and SEC Schadenfreude

Explaining Big Ten Bashing and SEC Schadenfreude

Big Ten Bashing throughout the nation has been replaced by Schadenfreude directed at the Southeastern Conference. The German word for “happiness at the misfortune of others” extends to all corners of the country tired of hearing about the mighty SEC through its effective public...

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

The wonder of history is an untold story always surfaces years later. Tommy Graves, Michigan State’s All-Big Ten second-team safety as a 1974 freshman that was robbed of future greatness by knee injuries, tells one 40 years later. It's about the Spartans’ monumental 16-13 upset...