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  Jameis Winston picked the wrong week to shout something demeaning to women.  The NFL is in freefall, with limbs reaching for a toehold like Wile E. Coyote after he begi...(full article)

David Cutcliffe, back in 2007, took a job offer from one of the worst college football programs in the country. Duke was a big joke in football, posting horrific records year after...(full article)

This isn't a story bashing Jameis Winston. This is a story about the changing world Winston will soon enter and the lessons that need to be learned in the meantime.    "W...(full article)

There is buzz that this week's game against Central Michigan might be make or break for Kansas' Charlie Weis.   Going in, Weis is 5-21 at KU –- 2-21 against FBS competition in t...(full article)

Will Muschamp is the most intense coach in college football, and therefore the most consistently entertaining. On the sideline, his filter as a civilized public persona ceases to...(full article)

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Winston, Fisher Myopic Ingrates

I have a Heisman Trophy vote, and this year it will not go to Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. He can throw for 4,000 yards. He won't get my vote. He can pass for 40 touch...

Winston Symbolizes Sad Football Culture

What image do you see when Jameis Winston mimics a disturbing viral video by jumping on a table and yelling "F--k her right in the p---y!"? (If you're not following, the "F" is ...

West Virginia QB as Tough as They Come

Tara Trickett watches football games through binoculars. This is the byproduct of more than three decades of marriage to an offensive line coach. If you want to know what’s ha...

At UCLA, It's a Family Affair

Jerry Neuheisel was in at quarterback, trying to beat Texas. Brett Hundley was on the bench, his left elbow in a mummy-like wrap.   The situation as seen through the eyes of t...

Tebow All-World as TV Personality

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Winston's Way Past 3 Strikes

In August 2013, a few weeks before Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston became a national sensation and leading Heisman Trophy candidate by throwing for four touchdowns in a 41...

FSU Again Enables Knucklehead Winston

If Jameis Winston thought he was untouchable before, just you wait. If you thought the ethically pliable cocoon of Florida State football had enabled him before, well, you probab...

Mariota (Too) Quietly Becoming No. 1 Pick

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FSU Half-Right to Suspend Winston

This time. Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles need to do something about Jameis Winston.   For his own good.   Sit him down this week in the biggest game of the year ag...

The Art of Ticket Panhandling

It’s game day at Husky Stadium, and the clock is ticking.   With 47 minutes to go before kickoff, I have no ticket to get in. What I have is a $20 bill wrapped around my...

SEC Is Good, But Only 1 Makes Playoff Field

With the advent of the College Football Playoff, the BCS and its standings have been consigned to the ash heap of history. The 13-member selection committee will make all the decis...

Rice Saga's Trickle-Down Effect

In April, Missouri star Dorial Green-Beckham busted into the home of his girlfriend with such force that he broke through the drywall surrounding the door. He pushed one of her roo...

Playoff Route Daunting for Notre Dame, BYU

Go undefeated. That's the short answer for how Notre Dame and/or BYU get into a New Year's Six bowl game. Other than that, well, let's say there are disadvantages to being an inde...

Just What Playoff Panel Feared - Parity

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Good Day for College Football Underdogs

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SEC West Every Bit as Good as It Thinks It Is

You could sense the conventional wisdom changing a bit as the game approached: "Are we sure Texas Tech is going to beat Arkansas?"   We spend so much time in in the preseason ...

Rivalry Emerges From Shadow of Scandals

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Bulldogs Should Have Given It to Gurley

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USC Gets Pushed Around by Boston College

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Georgia Can't Weather Storm

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Coaches Pick Favorite Coaches

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Rutgers Microwaving a New 'Rivalry'

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Eric Dickerson Unloads on SMU

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Feckless NCAA Punts on Penn St.

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Common Sense - and Penn State - Win

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Haden Was Right Where He Should've Been

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Haden Should Resign From Playoff Committee

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For Modest Mariota, Actions Speak

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Will Brady Hoke Survive Another Year?

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Haden Right to Fight On for Trojans

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BYU Most Certainly Can Go Undefeated

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USC Rises Above Stumbling Stanford

The story of a Pac-12 football season cannot be written by the second week, but on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Stanford, some highly relevant information came forth. Stanford'...

Mariota Looks Right at Home in Spotlight

  EUGENE, Ore. -- The biggest non-conference game of 2014 lived up to the hype. And then the third quarter happened. Michigan State looked like it was going to run away with the g...

Ameer-icle Saves Huskers

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Big Ten Makes an Early Playoff Exit

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No. 16 Virginia Tech Escapes in OT

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UNLV, Minnesota Unlikely Soul Mates

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1st Game Key for Independent BYU

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Virginia Names Rocco to Start at QB

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Ex-Vol Rogers at Tennessee Tech

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Saban Likens Michigan QB to Newton

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LSU's Miles Turns the Page

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10 People Behind the Scenes

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Forde: 25 Most Intriguing Players

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Key Positions for BCS Contenders

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Soph Smith Named Kentucky QB

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Va. Tech Fine With Boring Beamer

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Don't Overlook Georgia, Arkansas

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Morris to Start at QB for Miami

The verdict arrived Monday night. Junior Stephen Morris was named starting quarterback less than three weeks before opening the season at Boston College. Coach Al Golden made the...

Late Brother Inspires OSU's Bogard

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QB Morris Likely Miami Starter

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Arkansas AD Does the Right Thing

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OSU's Meyer Strikes Gold Right Away

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Alabama Claims Top Recruiting Class

1. Alabama: Not a lot of drama today in the Alabama camp. While other war rooms were buzzing, the Crimson Tide coaching staff could pretty much sit back and relax. They managed t...

Social Media Making Mark

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Few Will Make Immediate Impact

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Flipping Part of Recruiting Game

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Green-Beckham Is Top Prize

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Process Is Often Hit-or-Miss

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Wisconsin Losing Key Recruits

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Success Boosts Michigan's Future

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Top Questions Ahead of Signing Day

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Rutgers Recruiting Class Now in Flux

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Penn State Recruits Few Stars

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A Last Look at His Numbers

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Cancer's Timing All the More Painful

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Life Ends in Jumble of Confusion

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