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 sports leads the way...

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

The coaching DNA linking New England head coach Bill Belichick and his father Steve, a respected 34-year Navy assistant, are retold with every Patriots Super Bowl trip. But the Belichick family has company this week in Atlanta. Sean McVay, who has taken the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl LIII...

Dan Fouts on Don Coryell and Hall of Fame

John Madden, Joe Gibbs and Dan Fouts sat together as Don Coryell disciples for their mentor’s 2010 memorial on San Diego State’s campus. They shared the same thoughts delivering eulogies, but Fouts admits Madden said it best. “All three of us are in all Hall of the Fame because of Don...

Air Coryell influence on Pro Bowlers

Before Fred Dryer played the TV detective "Hunter," he was a 12-year NFL veteran and All-American defensive end for Don Coryell at San Diego State.“Hunter” had a detective hunch about Coryell’s Pro Bowl influence on his Chargers and Cardinals players. Dryer believed comparing a star's Pro Bowl trips...

Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Duke’s Daniel Jones is leaving for the NFL Draft, but his announcement on Monday may have a long-term benefit. It may mean future elite quarterback talent will take a longer look at the Blue Devils. The third-year starter that arrived from Charlotte Latin lightly recruited – he had been committed...

Kelvin Hopkins Jr transcending for Army

The sports world’s biggest names routinely enter “The Jungle” on the Jim Rome Show, but the host still changes pace on his audience craving irreverent smack-talk with a guest that represents an ultra-conventional background. Army quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., MVP of the 119th Army-Navy Game,...

Army stark contrast to players skipping bowls

If college football mic’d players for games, Army senior outside linebacker Kenneth Brinson made a play for the ideal mic drop. Navy rallied after trailing the Black Knights all afternoon in the 119th Army-Navy Game until Brinson strip-sacked the Midshipmen’s quarterback. He recovered the loose...

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 Trophy for NCAA...

They commit to football and uncertain future

“I get to work daily with heroes that joined the military AFTER we were attacked on 9/11, AFTER the war started in Afghanistan and AFTER the war started in Iraq. I would like to think I’m that brave, but I’m not so sure."-- Phil McConkey, Navy grad and New York Giants Super Bowl champion By Tom...

Scottie Montgomery fired with one game left

For East Carolina’s last two home games, a loss to Memphis and a win over Connecticut, Lee Workman stood with a poker face at a side door to a team meeting room that doubles for post-game media sessions.Workman has been serving as the ECU athletic department’s acting chief operating officer in the...