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NCAA Football News | Archive Index | 2009

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NCAA Football News | March 28, 2010

 

Oregon State using spring as springboard

By Olin Buchanan
March 28, 2010


Corvallis, OR — All the problems going on about 30 miles down Interstate 5 from Corvallis, Ore., appear to have set up a wide-open Pac-10 race this fall.

Oregon was a strong favorite to successfully defend its conference title before a rash of off-field issues led to suspensions of several players, including QB Jeremiah Masoli.

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Gamecocks finally have chance to win SEC East

By Andy Staples
March 28, 2010


Columbia, SC — The first sign that something had changed at South Carolina came during last Saturday's scrimmage, when the entire offense stayed at the line of scrimmage after a play to wait for the next play to come in from the sideline. It had to be a two-minute drill. Steve Spurrier wouldn't just run no-huddle in the middle of a game, would he?

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NCAA Football News | March 23, 2010

 

TCU looks to make run at another BCS bid

By Tom Dienhart
March 23, 2010


TCU is coming off a breakthrough season that saw the Horned Frogs reach a BCS bowl for the first time. Expect more of the same in 2010 as TCU continues to stamp itself as one of the nation's top programs.

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Texas A&M looks to shore up defense in spring

By Olin Buchanan
March 23, 2010


They scored 52 points against Texas Tech. They scored 39 against Texas. They put up more than 30 on seven other teams.

No doubt, the Texas A&M Aggies can score. Imagine the numbers they could register if they could face their own defense, which allowed a Big 12-high 436 points last season.

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NCAA Football News | March 15, 2010

 

Seantrel Henderson is officially a Trojan. (Well, almost ...)

By Matt Hinton
March 15, 2010


Good news for USC, part one: Hotly sought recruit Seantrel Henderson, the top-ranked Minnesota behemoth who seemed to be wavering on his verbal commitment to the Trojans since withholding his signature on signing day, was academically cleared last week and plans to sign a letter of intent to SC in the next few days:

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Purdue aims to make more noise in 2010

By Adam Rittenberg
March 15, 2010
West Lafayette, IN — Several photos line the wall outside Danny Hope's office at the Mollenkopf Center, commemorating Purdue's string of bowl appearances under former head coach Joe Tiller.

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NCAA Football News | March 11, 2010

 

Video shows Leach berating Texas Tech players

By Chip Brown
March 11, 2010


Videos of former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach from the 2009 season show the coach directing players who are part of the "God squad" how to pray and also threatening the "living situation" of some players because, "Last time I checked, we' re paying the [expletive] bills around here."

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Expansion talk forcing Notre Dame to consider joining a conference

USA Today
March 11, 2010


At the end of the last century, Notre Dame came close to giving up its football independence and joining the Big Ten before its trustees decided against the move.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive March 9, 2010

 

'Pack should get boost from Irving's return

By Steve Megargee
March 9, 2010


N.C. State will open spring practice without its most recognizable face on offense. The return of a familiar face on defense should make up for it.

After sitting out the 2008 season while recovering from a horrific car wreck that nearly took his life, linebacker Nate Irving is ready to take the field again.

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Utah looks to stay on winning track

By Tom Dienhart
March 9, 2010


Utah enjoyed great success in 2009 thanks to a strong mix of offense and defense. Utah answered big questions at quarterback, and also found a comparable replacement for star kicker Louis Sakoda in Joe Phillips.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive March 5, 2010

 

Defense, QBs on Georgia's mind this spring

By Mike Huguenin
March 5, 2010


Georgia is coming off an eight-victory season, which was a disappointing effort for a program that thought it could win 10 games.

The defense again had problems slowing down good offenses, so coach Mark Richt fired three of his four defensive assistants and brought in Dallas Cowboys assistant Todd Grantham to overhaul that unit.

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Greg Paulus’ next trick — play in the NFL

By John Kekis
March 5, 2010


Syracuse, NY — After playing point guard at Duke and quarterback at Syracuse, Greg Paulus is ready for a new frontier—the NFL.

“You dream of these things. To have this opportunity, I wanted to take advantage of it,” the 23-year-old Paulus said as he prepared for Thursday’s pro day before at least a dozen NFL teams at Syracuse.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive February 25, 2010

 

Mack Brown and Texas would add far more value to the Pac-10 than contenders like Utah and BYU.

Associated Press
February 25, 2010


Let's dispense with the coolest, craziest notion right away: Boise State isn't joining the Pac-10. As great of an up-by-the-bootstraps story as it would be, the blue turf isn't going to host Pac-10 opponents on a regular basis. It's not going to happen.

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Former top recruit Callahan Bright seeks second chance in NFL

By Andy Staples
February 25, 2010


PAISLEY, FL — Two young giants, moving in opposite directions, collided in May 2004.

The behemoths shook the earth for a moment at the Elite College Combine in the practice bubble just outside Giants Stadium. The blue-chip defensive tackle from suburban Philadelphia blasted off the line. The blue-chip offensive tackle from Plainfield, N.J., dropped into a pass-blocking set. Within a second, it was over.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive February 15, 2010

 

Combine Watch List: Quarterbacks

By Doug Farrar
February 15, 2010


With the 2010 Scouting Combine coming up next week, it's time to take a look at the potential stars at every position in this year's draft class. Yours truly will be in Indianapolis to cover the event (it will be my fourth), and we'll start with the five quarterbacks who will be on most minds.

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QB uncertainty looms in the ACC

By Heather Dinich
February, 15, 2010


At Duke, former scout team quarterback Sean Schroeder has been reciting the names of plays so he can spit them out a little easier in the huddle as the No. 1 signal-caller this spring. At Wake Forest, coach Jim Grobe would like nothing more than to say he feels good about his quarterbacks, but he hasn’t seen any of them play significant game time yet.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive February 6, 2010

 

Roundtable: Who surprised on Signing Day?

Februay 6, 2010


At the College Football Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the college football coverage staff for their opinion about a topic in the sport. Here is this week's question:

Olin Buchanan's answer:

California's 11th-place finish in the rankings is a big surprise considering the Bears' lackluster success in recent recruiting classes.

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Fisher signs first class as FSU coach

By Mark Schlabach
February 6, 2010


TALLAHASSEE, FL. — A couple of minutes after 8 a.m. on Wednesday's national signing day for college football, Eddie Gran's cell phone rang.

The Florida State running backs coach leaped from his chair in the team's spacious meeting room and stepped into an adjoining hallway.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive January 18, 2010

 

Right place, right time?

By Mike Huguenin
January 18, 2010


Derek Dooley's hiring at Tennessee was surprising, to say the least. He has a nice coaching pedigree - his dad won a national title at Georgia and Derek worked for Nick Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins - but his time at Louisiana Tech was a mixed bag.

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K-State quiets the doubters

By Dana O'Neil
January, 18, 2010


Jacob Pullen couldn't shoot. Ditto Denis Clemente.

And Kansas State still made Texas' first stay at No. 1 a brief one.

If anyone doubts the legitimacy of Frank Martin's Wildcats, the 71-62 win over the Longhorns ought to put the questions to rest. The new-to-the-spotlight Wildcats were the ones who kept their composure in a frenetic, physical and frequently ugly game.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive January 9, 2010

 

Alabama, SEC beast, roars to fourth straight title

By Jeff Passan
January 9, 2010


PASADENA, CA – The Grand Slam was imminent when the chant started. No matter which Southeastern Conference team wins the BCS national championship, the fan base always pays homage.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive January 18, 2010

Texas Tech hires Tuberville to coach Red Raiders

By Betsy Blaney
January 9, 2010


LUBBOCK, Texas — Tommy Tuberville will inherit a proven spread offense when he returns to the sidelines next season as Texas Tech’s new coach.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive December 29, 2009

 

Clay rushes for 121 yards, two TDs in Champs Sports Bowl win
 
CBSSports.com wire reports
December. 29, 2009


ORLANDO, Fla — All that Miami speed was no match for the big, bad Badgers.
John Clay had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, powering No. 24 Wisconsin past 14th-ranked Miami 20-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday night.

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UCLA downs Temple for first winning season since 2006
 
CBSSports.com wire reports
December 29, 2009


WASHINGTON — Sure, Temple was playing its first bowl game in 30 years, but what about those Bruins from UCLA? They were playing in the school's first cold-weather, East Coast bowl on a field so icy it caused the coaches to change the game plan at halftime.

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Griffin thinks Berry will head to NFL after bowl

CBSSports.com wire reports
December 29, 2009


ATLANTA — Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin believes Eric Berry will play in the NFL next year.

Virginia Tech is just trying to figure out what position Berry will play on Thursday night.

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Georgia drops Texas A&M 44 - 20 in Indy Bowl

By Chris Talbott
December 29, 2009


SHREVEPORT, La. — Mark Richt spent most of the season worrying about the Georgia defense. With only one full-time defensive assistant still on staff entering the Independence Bowl, Richt had reason to be even more concerned.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive November 30, 2009

 

Now what for Notre Dame?

By Dan Wetzel
November 30, 2009


Notre Dame has tapped Charlie Weis’ forehead with the hammer and as we wait for the white smoke to emerge from South Bend, signaling the hire of a new head coach, two comments keep resurfacing.

1. Notre Dame isn’t an elite football coaching job anymore.

2. Notre Dame should join a conference.

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NCAA Football News Flashes

By Tom Dienhart
November 30, 2009


Is Friedgen safe?
Speculation continues to swirl about the fate of Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen. He met with athletic director Debbie Yow on Sunday and is slated to meet with her again Monday. The Terrapin assistant coaches are on the road recruiting.

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This is the right time for change at FSU

By Matt Hayes
November 30, 2009


Bobby Bowden tried, he really did. He thought he could make it one more season, one more fall with his boys to take one more run at glory.

Then his coaching mortality flashed before his eyes in a majestic orange-and-blue blur last weekend. It's a young man's game now. An 80-year-old can't keep up with the likes of Urban Meyer.

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Big 12 selects players of the week

November 30, 2009


Colt McCoy (Texas), Cha’pelle Brown (Colorado), Brandon Sharpe (Texas Tech) and Grant Ressel (Missouri) have been named the final season Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week, as selected by a media panel. McCoy (offense) picked up his second consecutive honor, third of the season and sixth in his career. Brown (defense) was recognized for the second time in his career while Sharpe (defense) earned his second award of the season. Ressel (special teams) was honored for the first time.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive November 12, 2009

 

An all-SEC BCS title game?

By Tom Dienhart
November 12, 2009


Many already are asking the question: What are the chances of Alabama and Florida playing for the national championship?

According to Jerry Palm of CollegeBCS.com, a lot would need to happen. At minimum, in order to get a rematch of the SEC title game, Texas would have to lose on Dec. 5 in the Big 12 championship game. Given the relative weakness of the Big 12 North, that is unlikely.

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Kelly could be Irish’s answer

By Dan Wetzel
November 9, 2009


The last time Notre Dame cast its Irish eyes toward Cincinnati in search of a coach it focused on Gerry Faust, who had won five state titles in six seasons at Moeller High School. Yes, high school.

You want to know how college football has changed in the past three decades, Gerry Faust is it. If the move was controversial then (1980), imagine if someone tried it now? The Internet might collapse if a program the caliber of the Irish hired a high school coach. Soon after, protesting mobs might bring Notre Dame Stadium down with it.

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Notre Dame assistant criticizes Navy coach

By The Associated Press
November 12, 2009


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame associate head coach Corwin Brown criticized Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo for his postgame comments about the Irish defensive game plan and for the way the way his team uses what Brown called "malicious" illegal cut blocks.

"I thought it was very disappointing what the Navy coach said after the game," Brown said. "He didn't want something to be misconstrued, then he said it regarding how we prepared and what we prepared to do."

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Notre Dame-Pittsburgh Preview

By BRETT HUSTON
November 11, 2009


Notre Dame's spot in the Top 25 is gone after a surprising loss, and with that likely went its hopes of a trip to a BCS game.

Boasting its highest ranking in 20 years, Pittsburgh's chances of representing the Big East in a major bowl game are growing stronger by the week.

The eighth-ranked Panthers' final two games will determine if they're conference championship material, but they won't be looking past Saturday night's showdown with the stumbling Fighting Irish, who visit Heinz Field hoping to avoid an eighth straight loss to a top-10 opponent.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive November 1, 2009

 

BCS: Texas new No. 2, Cincinnati cracks top five

By Mike Huguenin
November 1, 2009


Texas used its big victory at Oklahoma State to move up one spot, to second, in this week's BCS standings.

Florida still is No. 1, and idle Alabama switched places with the Longhorns.

The Gators and Crimson Tide remain on a collision course to play in the SEC championship game, with a spot in the BCS title game to the winner.

Iowa remained fourth but did lose ground in the computers. The Hawkeyes' average computer ranking was No. 1 last week, but it's No. 2 this week -- behind Florida.

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Oregon all over USC to take control In Pac-10

By Tom Dienhart
November 1, 2009


EUGENE, Ore. - This season's Pac-10 king wears garish gold-and-yellow uniforms and is led by an East Coast coach in a white visor.

With chants of "Go!" and "Ducks!" volleying across Autzen Stadium on Saturday night, delirious Oregon fans rushed the field to celebrate a 47-20 trouncing of USC.

USC's run of seven consecutive Pac-10 championships is all but officially over, as the Trojans fell to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in league play.

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Texas shows swagger, substance in pounding OSU

By Olin Buchanan
November 1, 2009


STILLWATER, Okla. - Throughout this season, questions have been raised about whether a dominant college football team existed. On Saturday night in Boone Pickens Stadium, that team was unmasked and its identity revealed.

In a 41-14 thrashing of Oklahoma State, third-ranked Texas avoided the drama of previous clashes with the Cowboys, erased doubts that arose in a slapstick 16-13 victory over Oklahoma two weeks ago and emerged as that dominant team.

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Tebow, No. 1 Gators continue dominance vs. Georgia — Florida wins for 17th time in past 20 against rival; clinches SEC East title later

Associated Press
October 31, 2009


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida receiver David Nelson stared across the field, saw all the Georgia players jumping up and down, hooting and hollering after a touchdown and thought, "Here we go again."

"Seeing them do that kind of brought back the memory, just hit us hard," Nelson said.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive October 15, 2009

 

Notre Dame's aim: Win USC game to regain name

By Dennis Dodd
October 15, 2009


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Part of it is our fault for not asking more direct questions. We tap danced around the subject this week at Notre Dame's media day, but, really, what else can you say? Everybody knows it. It is as nagging as smoker's cough in Charlie Weis' fifth year at the nation's most famous program.

His best "win" is a loss.

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Cincinnati's Pike shines in Kelly's fast-paced offense

By Tom Dienhart
October 15, 2009


Rutgers coach Greg Schiano couldn't believe it. Cincinnati was moving up and down the field on his team in the season opener.

It wasn't just the yards that Cincinnati was piling up that impressed him; it was the speed with which the Bearcats scored their 47 points.

"We didn't do a good job of countering anything that day," said Schiano, whose team had almost a four-minute edge in time of possession but was outscored 47-15 and outgained 564-293. "Really, the key is you need to get lined up and give your guys a chance to play. And I don't think we did a good job of that."

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Do Not Resuscitate: Debunking Five Myths About Michigan's Tate Forcier

By Bryan Kelly
October 15, 2009


Tate Forcier's appearance in Ann Arbor has generated a tremendous amount of buzz for the program, although the cadence of that buzz has recently tended to be, well, not so good.

There are a handful of rumors surrounding Michigan's trip to Iowa, Tate's benching, and his lingering shoulder injury and concussion that warrant debunking.

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Big East power struggle: Cincinnati at South Florida — A look at Thursday's game between No. 8 Cincinnati and No. 21 South Florida.

By Matt Hayes
October 15, 2009


Three reasons South Florida will win

1.        Playing at home: The Bulls expect a near-capacity crowd, significantly more than what the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. USF has a history of playing well in big games at home during the first half of the season. In the past four years, USF has big wins against No. 9 Louisville (2005), No. 5 West Virginia (2007) and No. 13 Kansas (2008) at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls feed off the energy in the packed stadium.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive September 29, 2009

 

Helmet-to-helmet hits draw closer NCAA scrutiny

By Kelly Whiteside
September 29, 2009


College football officials are cracking down on flagrant fouls, particularly helmet-to-helmet contact, as a result of a new NCAA rule which mandates a post-game video review by conference officials after a dangerous foul is committed.

"The message is clear that we don't want these vicious hits to the head that can lead to serious injury," said Dave Parry, the national coordinator of officials. "And kids who dip their head and go in like a spear can be injured just as badly (as the player who gets hit)."

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College Football Schedule - September 29 to October 5 — (All Times Eastern -- Rankings in Parenthesis)

Wednesday, September 30

 Hawaii at Louisiana Tech, 8:05 PM

Thursday, October 01

 Colorado at West Virginia, 7:30 PM
 Southern Miss at U-A-B, 8:00 PM

Friday, October 02

 Pittsburgh at Louisville, 8:00 PM
 Utah State at (20) B-Y-U, 9:00

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Where are they now: South Kingstown's Klaiman builds college football program

By Mike Szostak
September 29, 2009


He was a self-described undersized high school lineman, all 69 inches and 165 pounds of him, yet he played for coach Alan Butler on South Kingstown's 1982 Super Bowl team, started at center in 1983 and went on to play at Nichols College for the next three years.

So where is Marc Klaiman now? Building a football program at Anna Maria College in the central Massachusetts town of Paxton.

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News Flashes: Will Gophers stick with Brewster?

By Tom Dienhart
September 29, 2009


Prior to beating Northwestern last week, Minnesota coach Tim Brewster faced questions about his future in a story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Brewster is in his third year at Minnesota, where he has a 4-13 Big Ten record with one bowl appearance. He still is looking for a signature victory, as the Golden Gophers have moved into a new on-campus stadium.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi was quoted as saying: “When I do a thorough evaluation, which I do at the conclusion of every season for every sports team, I will ask, ‘What’s the best thing to do for the University of Minnesota?’ We are 2-1.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive September 10, 2009

 

Longhorn greats considered for All-Decade team

By Dan Hurwitz
September 10, 2009


The past 10 years of Texas football have been unlike any in history.

Mack Brown has lifted the program back to its elite status and by the looks of it, the Longhorns will remain among the best for a long time.
 

Defensive Backs:

Dozens of defensive backs have come and gone through Austin during the past ten years. Some have won Thorpe awards, national championships and even Super Bowls.

Here are the nominees for the best Longhorn defensive back since the new millennium.

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Whitaker rapidly increasing chances at playing DI football

By Jay Neal
September 10, 2009


TYLER — Former Jacksonville High School standout, Joe Whitaker, has always had a dream of playing NCAA Division I football.

Whitaker, a 6-foot, 235-pound linebacker, is currently a sophomore on the Tyler Junior College football squad and is fastly emerging as not only a stellar defensive performer for the Apaches, but a legitimate Division I prospect.

The numbers — a team-high 13 tackles in TJC’s season opening victory over Independence (Kan.) Community College — while indicative of a fabulous effort by the 2007 JHS graduate, don’t reveal Whitaker’s complete commitment towards one day realizing his dream, however.

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NCAA funds 60 grants for student-athlete development

Septemer 9, 2009


The NCAA has created a grant designed to fund student-athlete development programming on member campuses in all three divisions.

The Student-Athlete Development Grant is a $1,250 award given to 60 institutions to fund new and existing student-athlete development programming. Examples of appropriate programming include: ethical decision-making/problem-solving, peer mentoring, career preparation and development, leadership development, diversity/inclusion, and student-athlete mentoring programs. Other relevant topics will be considered upon submission of an application.

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Edinboro drops out of NCAA D-II Top 25 poll

September 9, 2009


The Edinboro football team dropped out of the American Football Coaches' Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Tuesday after losing to Shippensburg 24-14 Saturday. The Fighting Scots are 1-1.

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No. 15 Georgia Tech blows big lead, recovers to clip Clemson

By Sports Network
September 10, 2009


Atlanta, GA — Scott Blair hit the eventual game-winning, 36-yard field goal with just under a minute left, and also threw a touchdown pass to help the 15th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets avoid an upset and squeak
past the Clemson Tigers, 30-27, in an ACC clash.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive July 28, 2009

 

NCAA Football: Pac-10 lacking talented teams, Trojans on top — Pacific coast squads consistently overrated by fans, local media

By Chris Tavarez
July 28, 2009


The Trojans have long been the class of the Pac-10, winning two straight national championships before falling to Texas in 2006.

Ah, do you smell that? It’s the smell of freshly cut (or installed) grass, a freshly painted field, a stadium finishing up renovations.

Yes, it’s the smell of college football. If you want further proof just tune in to your local news station — SEC media days were last week (in case you somehow managed to miss them), and the Big 12, ACC and Big 10 all started theirs Monday.

So with the new football season quickly approaching, it’s time we take a look at the big six BCS conferences, starting with the Pac-10.

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Pryor can benefit from one more year outside oven

By Dave Curtis
July 28, 2009


CHICAGO, IL — Ohio State tight end Jake Ballard had sat for 90 minutes now with hands folded and answers flowing. He had come to represent the Buckeyes before a few hundred media members.

But he ended up representing his most talented teammate, the player with the most potential in college football.

"Probably about half of them," Ballard said of the percentage of questions he fielded about sophomore QB Terrelle Pryor. "Wait, maybe more than that. I'd say 75 percent, actually. "There's been a lot of that here."

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Alabama asks NCAA to restore vacated football wins

By The Associated Press
July 28, 2009


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama formally asked the NCAA to restore 21 vacated wins to the football program in a 29-page appeal on Tuesday.

The appeal said the penalty was "so excessive as to constitute an abuse of discretion."

The Committee on Infractions' levied the penalty stemming from 201 student-athletes in 16 sports obtaining textbooks they weren't entitled to under their scholarships.

The appeal also argued that the penalties in football and men's tennis and women's track were a departure from precedent in similar cases and in vacating wins.

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Game On! 'NCAA Football 10' keeps the hits coming

By CHRIS CAMPBELL
July 28, 2009


Game: NCAA Football 10

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS2, PSP

Genre: Sports

Publisher: EA Sports

ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

Grade: 4.5 stars (out of 5)


I won't lie: The "NCAA Football" franchise is one of my favorites. Every year it's one of my most-looked-forward-to games - and also one of the most heavily scrutinized. Some people are Madden people; I am a college football guy. What can I say? Going to a Southeastern Conference school taught me well.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive July 2, 2009

 

NCAA might finally show its teeth with USC's case

By Dave Curtis
July 2, 2009


Could NCAA sancutions knock Pete Carroll's Trojans out of college football's elite? Watch out, USC. Some influential folks in the NCAA are yearning to hammer a school that has strayed from its rules on recruiting and/or academics. So if what's published about Reggie Bush turns out to be the truth, the Trojans will be the first major football program in at least five years to face serious sanctions.
 
History would say otherwise. Recent examples, especially the Florida State academic fraud and the Alabama textbook cases, show the NCAA has spared the rod on its top programs. Probation and vacation of victories have replaced significant scholarship losses and postseason or television bans as popular punishment.

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Alabama files appeal to NCAA over 21 vacated football wins

By The Associated Press
July 1, 2009


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama said Thursday it has taken the first step toward appealing a ruling by the NCAA that forced the Crimson Tide football program to vacate 21 wins.

Alabama, in announcing it had sent a notice of appeal, said it will also contest penalties vacating the individual records of 15 athletes in men's tennis and men's and women's track.

The university said it won't appeal other sanctions, including three years of probation for football and 15 other sports.

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Some rebuild, USC reloads

By Scott Haynes
July 2, 2009


Philadelphia, PA — Within the world of college basketball,
there is a general consensus that the North Carolina Tar Heels have a huge
recruiting advantage that helps bring a never ending supply of blue-chippers
to Chapel Hill. Of course, a great reason for that advantage is the past
success of the program, as the conference titles, Final Four appearances and
national championships have piled up along the way.

The football equivalent is on the left coast, in the form of USC. The Trojans
possess a seemingly never-ending conveyor belt of talent, and the result is
seven straight campaigns of 11 wins or more, seven Pac-10 crowns in a row,
seven consecutive BCS Bowl appearances and a couple of national titles
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Michigan looking to fix disappointing defense

By Tom Dienhart
June 30, 2009


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — New Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson is oblivious to the loud noises coming from next to his office.

Construction workers are whirling about on a major renovation of Schembechler Hall, but Robinson is too busy staring at his TV screen.

He isn't watching game film from 2008. What's the point, Robinson figures? He wasn't in charge of last season's defense, which struggled mightily. Instead, Robinson wants to form his own opinion of the players, so he studies cut-ups of spring practice.

"Watch this," says Robinson, who pushes a button on his remote, showing a big defensive lineman getting run over. "We can't have that. It's my job to decipher if the players were informed, uninformed, misinformed last year. We are trying to figure out who can and can't play for us.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive June 9, 2009

 

Whispers: Post-spring Pac-10 questions

Tom Dienhart
June 9, 2009


Spring practice is finished across the nation, but not every question was answered. Every school has one big, vexing query that hangs over its program.

This is part five of a series examining the biggest question each "Big Six" squad faces.

This week, we look at the Pac-10.

Arizona: Will the new quarterback produce? Sophomores Matt Scott and Nick Foles, who began his career at Michigan State, are the candidates to replace Willie Tuitama. Both are capable of running the offense and both are more mobile than Tuitama. Don't be shocked if offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes cooks up some schemes that get each on the field for an attack that was 60 percent pass, 40 percent run last season, yet still produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Nicolas Grigsby.

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Seahawks sign rookie pick Greene

By Associated Press
June 8, 2009


SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have their initial contract agreement with a rookie draft choice: seventh-round pick Courtney Greene.

Agent Todd France confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday night that his client agreed to a four-year contract.

Greene is a safety out of Rutgers. He was an All-Big East Conference selection last season.

He was one of Seattle's three picks in the seventh and final round of April's draft.
Seattle's six other draft choices, including No. 4 overall choice Aaron Curry, have yet to agree to deals. That is common seven weeks before training camp begins.

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SEAHAWKS: Sixth round QB Mike Teel second draft pick to sign

By Aaron Weinberg
June 9, 2009


The Seahawks locked up QB Mike Teel to an undisclosed contract, according to numerous sources.

The QB out of Rutgers was drafted in the sixth round.

It's important for Seattle's rookies to sign before training camp begins to prevent a holdout. Typically, holdouts only occur with early round picks, such as second rounder John Carlson from last year.


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Scouting Report - Written by Jeff Richards

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Suds in the suites? They've paid for the privilege

By Dave Curtis
June 9, 2009


As always, the stories in college football keep circling back to money. Like in the rest of the world, more cash means more privileges, more advantages and more ways to enjoy life.

It happens with the BCS and with recruiting, and now it's happening with beer. Yes, America's adult beverage of choice again has clashed with America's favorite amateur sports pastime.

In recent weeks, Minnesota and Nebraska have made headlines as they struggle to handle alcohol sales at their home football games. The godfather of Husker football has spoken, and the Minnesota state senate has spoken. The scenarios are different, but they've sparked a discussion that ends with an All-American conclusion: Responsible rich people should be able to drink during football games. The riffraff? Not so much.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive March 4, 2009

 

Now Calling Pitches, Not Signals

By RAY GLIER
March 4, 2009


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — As a promising high school catcher, Chris Smelley once hoped to play in the majors, but football — the giant of the South — grabbed him and would not let go.

The blasts of noise inside the colossal stadiums of the Southeastern Conference were exhilarating, the players were heroes and the teamwork necessary to win in a caldron of 80,000 fans sharpened skills. It all seemed so irresistible to Smelley, who happened to be a promising quarterback, too.

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Mack Brown to visit the Middle East

March 4, 2009


Longhorn Head Coach Mack Brown will be taking part in the Second Annual Coaches Tour presented by Under Armour, traveling to military bases throughout Middle East to visit U.S. Troops. Four other coaches have committed to join Brown on the trip that is set to run from May 28th through June 4th. The coaches will visit bases in Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The group, which includes head coaches Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Rick Neuheisel (UCLA), Houston Nutt (Mississippi) and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, will be heading to the gulf on a USAF KC-135 Refueling Tanker and is expected to visit more than 12,000 troops and travel 20,000 flight miles.

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Football coaching staff launches new era

Irene Treasure Davis
March 4, 2009


With a new head coach and offensive coordinator, the Owls football team is preparing for the new season with excitement and high expectations.

As of Feb. 2, coach Ben Noonan officially became the offensive coordinator for the Owls football team. With smiles on everybody's face, the coaching staff is anxious to have Noonan join the team.

"He's a great guy," head coach Ron Ponciano said. "I'm so excited I can't even see straight."

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UND’s Manke receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Manke is the 10th North Dakota football player to receive the NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Courtesy: FightingSioux.com
March 4, 2009


GRAND FORKS, N.D.University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux football defensive standout Rory Manke was recently recognized for his exceptional academic efforts. The Detroit Lakes, Minn., native was one of 29 recipients of the 2008-09 NCAA Men’s Fall Sport Postgraduate Scholarship.
 
He joined 14 other football players from around the nation  on the list and was the lone Great West Conference representative. Manke is the 10th North Dakota football player to receive the NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive January 29, 2009

 

Bill proposed to create NCAA playoff system

By Blake Hamilton
January 29, 2009


Measures are being taken on Capitol Hill that could put an end to college football’s Bowl Championship Series forever.

Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA) introduced H.R. 599, a bill that would deny federal funds to any Football Bowl Subdivision school not adopting a playoff system, on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Jan. 16.

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Transfer rules still same for JC players A new NCAA standard will affect all schools, but UO’s practices haven’t changed

By Rob Moseley
January 29, 2009


Although the NCAA has implemented higher admissions standards for some junior college athletes nationally, Oregon officials say there are no new standards unique to the university, dispelling a growing perception among some Duck fans that the football program has lost recruits because of new academic requirements.

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FIRED UP: Congress to bailout the BCS?

by Crystal Eskelsen
January 28, 2009


I had decided that I wasn’t going to write about my frustration with the BCS national championship this year. I didn’t want to sound like a crazed football fan who only disagreed with the system because my team didn’t win.

Then my brother made me aware of congressional legislation – H.R. 390 – and I didn’t see how I could not write about it.

This a bill in the United States Congress; picture it being presented by a Utah congressman while wearing a crimson and white shirt declaring the Utes undefeated.

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Huddle up: Grab some gear — it’s time to play football

By Marques Hunter
January 28th, 2009


There’s a great and challenging opportunity for local football players who never got a chance to live out their dreams of having college or professional careers.

Only a few of the athletically gifted go on to experience some level of college football and come away with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The standouts might even catch some TV time if they play for NCAA Division I schools like the University of Washington or Washington State University.

But lets face it: Most young football players don’t get there, let alone reach stardom. They might have worked hard in the weight room and helped their team win some high school football games, but, eventually, reality sets in. The idea of landing an athletic scholarship, for most, dwindles away.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive January 18, 2009

 

USF Bulls football team fires offensive coordinator Greg Gregory

By Greg Auman
January 18, 2009


TAMPA — USF offensive coordinator Greg Gregory, whose struggling offense factored heavily in USF going 2-5 in the Big East, has been "released from his duties" by coach Jim Leavitt, the school announced late Saturday.

"Greg is an outstanding coach, and I appreciate everything he has done for us. It is time for our program to move in another direction," Leavitt said in a statement.

Leavitt and Gregory, 51, did not return calls seeking comment Saturday night.

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Faulkner Verbally Commits To The Football Salukis

By Michael Boyd Jr.
January 17, 2009


 After a few years of reading tons of recruiting letters and answering phone calls from college coaches, as well as miles and miles of traveling himself, Ste. Genevieve senior quarterback Kory Faulkner made his decision that he will continue his football career at Southern Illinois University, an NCAA Division I-AA school in Carbondale.

The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Bloomsdale native, who posted 25-10 record in his three years as the Dragons' QB1, chose the Salukis over Murray State, Missouri State and Lindenwood. He will sign the national letter of intent on Thursday, Feb. 5, the first day of the NCAA football signing period.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive December 5, 2008

 

Pontiac Announces Finalists For 2008 NCAA Football Game Changing Performance Of The Year

December 5, 2008


DETROIT – Pontiac and the NCAA® are challenging college football fans to determine the “Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year”—the first and only fan-voted scholarship award in the history of the NCAA.

Now, fourteen weeks of NCAA football have led us to fourteen plays vying for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year and a $100,000 general scholarship contribution from Pontiac.

This year’s finalists are:

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Andersen takes Utah State coaching job


By Doug Allen
December 5, 2008

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Utah defensive coordinator Gary Andersen is leaving an unbeaten team to take over a program where wins have been scarce.

Andersen was introduced Thursday as the new coach at Utah State, leaving the BCS-bound Utes for a chance to turn around the downtrodden Aggies and restore them as a rival in a state that has been dominated by Utah and BYU.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive November 7, 2008

 

Mitch's Week 11 College Football Picks Part Two

By miamimitchdotcom
November 04, 2008


We have Wednesday night college football that has meaning this week.

Now, a lot of these weekday games seem to be just tests to see how addicted are we to the game we love, college football, but Wednesday's games look like someone actually cares...

We have Wednesday night college football that has meaning this week.
Now, a lot of these weekday games seem to be just tests to see how addicted are we to the game we love, college football, but Wednesday's games look like someone actually cares. It's like they put these games on Wednesday so we all get a chance to see them.

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Only four Black college football coaches in NCAA, lowest in 15 years


By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
November 7, 2008


A recent study by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida has shown that African-American head coaches in college football are the lowest it's been since 1993. With the recent firings of Ty Willingham at Washington and Ron Prince at Kansas State, out of the 119 NCAA football schools, there are only four Black coaches left: Miami's Randy Shannon, Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom, Buffalo's Turner Gill and Houston's Kevin Sumlin.

"While the percentages [of minority coaches] are slightly better, the general picture is still one of white men running college sport," the report's co-author, Richard Lapchick told the Associated Press. "Overall, the numbers simply do not reflect the diversity of our student-athletes. Moreover, they do not reflect the diversity of our nation where we have elected an African-American as President for the first time."

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive May 28, 2008

 

Quarterback Club to establish academic endowment for football program

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


University Park, Pa. — The State College Quarterback Club is donating $50,000 to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics to establish an endowment to assist the academic pursuits of members of the Nittany Lion Football team.

The fund will be called The State College Quarterback Club Academic Enhancement Fund for Football. The annual income this endowment produces, in perpetuity, will be used to enhance the academic performance of Penn State football student-athletes. The fund could be utilized for such things as computers, additional tutors and academic support staffing and academic counselors, as well as any other priority needs that are identified.

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Worth a look

By Terry Bowden, Yahoo! Sports
Reprinted May 27, 2008


I was speaking at a national sales meeting last week for a large pharmaceuticals company. In the crowd of about 500 sales reps, was a man whose son is a high school football player at a small private school. I received this letter from the rep:

Dear Terry,

It was a pleasure to meet you during our sales meeting last week. After your talk, I was ready to put on the pads myself. I'm sure our reps are pumped up talking to their physicians this week. Thanks again for your willingness to review my son's highlight DVD and provide your feedback.

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Plenty of questions as summer begins

May 26, 2008
Mike Huguenin, Rivals.com College Football Editor


We're less than 100 days from the start of the college football season (thank goodness, though it is sort of sad to admit we're keeping track).  

As we prepare to enter the dog days of summer, here are the 10 questions – in no particular order – we think about the most.  


1. Can USC find a go-to receiver?


Tight end Fred Davis was the Trojans' go-to receiver last season, but he's now in the NFL. That leaves Patrick Turner and Vidal Hazelton – two former uber-recruits – as the guys who figure to be Mark Sanchez's main targets.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive February 13, 2008

 

'MNF' reduces roles for field reporters Kolber, Tafoya

By Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY


The latest tweak in ESPN's Monday Night Football will try addition by subtraction: Reporters Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya, although they'll be at games, will be largely shelved.

MNF needs to rein in the chat. It had Kolber and Tafoya getting about as much air time as any sideline reporters in TV sports, as well as an outgoing three-man booth —Tony Kornheiser, Ron Jaworski and Mike Tirico — plus celebs dropping by to add to the chorus.

Although their roles will be greatly reduced, Kolber and Tafoya could pop up on ESPN and espn.com pregame and postgame shows — or even on TV during games if there is news to report. Said ESPN's Mike Soltys Sunday: "Their precise roles are currently being determined."

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Campaign Needed for Minority Candidates for Football Coach

By WILLIAM C. RHODEN
February 11, 2008


Like most of you, I’ve been riveted by the presidential race and actually struck by the fact — as I recently told my 90-year-old father — that in our respective lifetimes, an African-American or a woman may be elected president of the United States.
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Think about it: a woman or an African-American in the White House before we get a black head football coach at the University of Alabama. Not just Alabama, but at most of the hundred other so-called big-time college football powers.

Either being the head football coach at a football factory is a lot harder job than we thought, or being president is a lot easier.

In either case, it’s a bizarre dichotomy. Why such a divide?

“It’s been said that it’s hard because of the donor base,” said Warde Manuel, the athletic director at the University at Buffalo. “The reality is that donors want a coach who can win — that’s what everybody wants.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive January 20, 2008

 

Will Dolphins take Ryan No. 1?

January 18, 2008
Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com
Special to Rivals.com College Football


The Miami Dolphins theoretically are on the clock for the 2008 NFL Draft, and don't be surprised if they select Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan with the top overall choice.

Ryan was the nation's most improved player this season, and his performance moved him up draft boards. He ranks among the top three prospects in this class, and he is a player the Dolphins have begun exploring strongly.

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Adams: A fifth year of eligibility? Game deserves it

By John Adams
Originally published 01:04 p.m., January 19, 2008
Updated 01:40 p.m., January 19, 2008


College football practically has a one-issue obsession. It's all about playoffs.

And it's all talk.

The biggest talker this post-season has been University of Georgia president Michael Adams, who suddenly started lobbying for an eight-team playoff after the Bulldogs didn't qualify for the national championship game. What a coincidence?

The talk has gone on for decades. In a good year, the discussion might make it to a committee. In an average year, it just leads to more discussion.

It's not my intention to add to the discussion. If a playoff ever comes to fruition, I'll celebrate with the rest of you. Until then, I'll look elsewhere for causes, some of which make just as much sense as a playoff but might be more attainable.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive December 31, 2007

 

Long-Time HU Football Coach Joe Taylor to Leave Pirates

Jerrry Holmes Takes over Hampton Football Program

Long-time Hampton University head football coach Joseph Taylor has announced his intentions to leave the University and to accept an offer to coach at another university, according Lonza Hardy Jr., Hampton University's Director of Athletics.

Hardy said Taylor indicated to him late last week that he had another offer on the table and that he had decided to accept that offer.  It is expected that the coach will make an official announcement of his new position on Monday.

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Woodhead leaves mark at Chadron

By Jim Holland, Journal staff
Monday, December 31, 2007


Danny Woodhead left a lot of indelible marks over the course of his stellar football career.

Starting as a youngster in North Platte, Neb., when he used a permanent marker to map out a football gridiron on the living room rug,  to this year, as a senior tailback for the Chadron State College Eagles capping a phenomenal four-year run with a slew of records, including the career rushing standard for all of college football.

Woodhead earned a second consecutive Harlon Hill Trophy, the NCAA Division II equivalent of the Heisman, and became the first CSC athlete, male or female, to have a jersey number retired.

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NCAA Football News - Sports News | Archive November 30, 2007

 

Sobering thoughts

By Terry Bowden, Yahoo! Sports
November 30, 2007

Even though Sean Taylor had been with the Washington Redskins for almost four years, most of us remember him at "The U," delivering some of the hardest hits you've ever seen. At only 24, Taylor was shot and killed in his Miami home earlier this week, the tragedy having so many veins. He leaves behind a family, including an 18-month-old daughter, friends, teammates and coaches who will be forever changed by his passing.

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Temple of perseverance

By Jason King, Yahoo! Sports
November 29, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A few days ago – when he sensed the Heisman hubbub and magazine covers and No. 1 rankings were taking their toll – Missouri senior Tony Temple pulled quarterback Chase Daniel aside and offered a morsel of advice.

"Just be you," Temple told Daniel. "No matter what happens, no matter who is pulling at you, just be yourself.

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