On a balmy Saturday in South Florida, fans were filing into the Orange Bowl to watch their Miami Hurricanes play another underdog opponent. It would be weeks before they would realize they had witnessed one of the most unusual games in college football history. Besides talking about the game, there was plenty of chatter about … Continue reading The Strange Saga of the Impostor Opponent
PAC-12 fans have long known Stanford football for its brute-bully mammoth linemen who push and grind and bulldoze freeway passages for running backs who rise to Heisman candidacies. It was a scheme built by Jim Harbaugh in 2007 and in its first season, it produced the biggest point spread upset of all time---a 24-23 win … Continue reading Ceded Power: the decline of Stanford football
Jeremy St. Louis and Donovan McNabb are the centerpieces for beIN Sports coverage of Conference USA football games this season. I knew he was fast; practiced and quick. Like a gunslinger. As the time neared for my telephone interview with beIN SPORTS anchorman Jeremy St. Louis (LOO-ee), it felt like high noon and when the … Continue reading Practiced and Quick … our interview with Jeremy St. Louis, game anchor for beIN Sports Television
A man of acclaim found himself in a dark and lonely place—-a prison he had never imagined with an escape he didn’t see coming. Our interview with beIN SPORTS’ Brett Romberg. By Bobby Albrant Brett Romberg is a beIN SPORTS game analyst and former Dave Rimington Award winner for the 2001 University of Miami (Fla) … Continue reading The Kiss of Escape; an interview with beIN SPORTS’ Brett Romberg
It's too early to make much of national statistics, but it's not too early to see who is getting respect and who is deserving of some Rodney Dangerfield recognition. You remember Rodney. He’s the guy who told us, “I don’t get no respect! My psychiatrist told me I’m going crazy. I told him, ‘If you … Continue reading The Dangerfields of college football
Much has been said of coach Mario Cristobal and his determination to rebuild the Oregon Duck football team into an SEC clone. You know, those big-body, big-smelly, bullies. Indeed, the Ducks have been fattened but has that only made them a bigger banquet for others to gobble or will they someday actually win the national … Continue reading Will Cristobal ever win the ‘natty?
Adam and Eve were the first to ignore Apple's terms and conditions. We all know what happened to them. FBS coaches who similarly overlook their FCS opponents are facing similar woes, especially in these days of rising success of FCS teams. Consider: In just the first week of last season, no fewer than FIVE FCS … Continue reading Perils and pratfalls of FBS vs FCS
Much has been made of the quarterback battle at Auburn between redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and pure freshman Bo Nix. Gatewood fans will tell you that Joey's arrival on campus a year ago came with a parade of praise that he was the second coming of Cam Newton, what with his canon arm and … Continue reading Meet Bo Nix, Auburn’s freshman quarterback
Gary Anderson has had one of the more interesting histories among the 130 FBS head coaches. He’s been from Southern Utah to Utah State to Wisconsin to Oregon State to Utah (assistant) and now back to Utah State. His first stint at USU was impressive, but since then it's been like that old song, "The … Continue reading Coach Gary Anderson: boom or bust at Utah State?
For many people, San Diego is a vacation destination; a place to enjoy the sun and beaches and unending attractions and excellent food. As one of America's most-livable big cities, it's easy to understand why those who vacation there often want to move there. For football coach Rocky Long, a life's-journey through remote regions … Continue reading The Long Way