• Just two players have appeared in all 18 Blue Devils games. • Duke has lost its first three Atlantic Coast Conference road games for the first time since 1995, which was the last time Mike Krzyzewski turned over the team to an assistant coach for an extended duration after back surgery. The most
Whatever time you’re reading this on Jan. 10, 2017, Dabo Swinney is still smiling, still hugging, still talking, still reveling in Clemson’s incredible, 35-31 dethroning of Alabama in a College Football Playoff championship rematch – an all-time classic that was decided at the literal last second. “
With perhaps his greatest team, Nick Saban is taking his greatest gamble. Changing offensive coordinators a week before the national championship game is an audacious move, one that underscores the complete authority Saban has at Alabama. There was, of course, the onside kick that was such a significant
Media day for the College Football Playoff championship game is Saturday in Tampa, and I fully expect it to be a theater of the absurd. Because Alabama is somehow being gifted with underdog privileges. The Crimson Tide players will be asked by some media members how it feels to have a significant number
On the Clemson website, senior linebacker Ben Boulware is listed as a “pre-business” major. According to media accounts, Boulware on Wednesday defended the Tigers’ proclivity for groping opponents. Defensive end Christian Wilkins caused quite a ripple during the Fiesta Bowl with his nationally televised
Two days after the College Football Playoff delivered two dreary mismatches, the Rose Bowl rose to a higher level – the highest level of any bowl game this year, and darn near to the highest level in the 103-year history of the sport’s most tradition-steeped game. There were more points scored than
On the way out of University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday night, a member of the Clemson football team stopped by a small buffet table that was set up outside the Ohio State locker room for the Buckeyes after the game. The Tigers took the Buckeyes’ season in a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl beatdown.
Clemson and Alabama will meet in the College Football Playoff championship game for the second straight season after dominant semifinal victories Saturday. The Atlantic Coast Conference champion Tigers advanced by pummeling favored Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. It was the Buckeyes’ first shutout
We have whittled the field of national championship aspirants to four teams, and by late Saturday night the College Football Playoff will be down to two.
Let’s take a brief look at the personalities of the four coaches in the College Football Playoff. In a little more than a month, the head coach of the Orange Crush 13-and-under travel team will circulate the practice schedule and start workouts for the spring season. “You’ve got to come see us,” Swinney
When Curtis Samuel scored the touchdown that ended Ohio State’s epic, double-overtime battle with Michigan last month, Urban Meyer found himself in the strangest of positions. In 27 years of covering the sport, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a college football coach respond to a win in that manner.
Deshaun Watson is an absurdly accomplished young man. The Clemson quarterback is 30-3 as a starter. A kid who grew up in a Georgia home funded by former NFL star Warrick Dunn’s charitable foundation became the first member of his family to graduate from a four-year college.
Urban Meyer was sitting in his Ohio State office one day in mid-December when the conversation turned to one of his favorite subjects. “I really believe this,” Meyer said. Meyer pointed at his own desk.
When the topic is beating Alabama, one man in college football stands out as the closest thing we have to an expert.
Grayson Allen needs to sit, and now he will. Something is not right with the young man when he plays basketball, similar to the way something is not right when Draymond Green is kicking basketball opponents, Ndamukong Suh is stomping opposing football players and Luis Suarez is biting people on the
When the media poured into the Louisville locker room Wednesday night, sports information director Kenny Klein alertly grabbed the object of their attention and ushered him into the center of the room to stand on the Cardinal bird carpet. A teammate reached over the minicams and microphones to hand
Kendal Briles, son of former Baylor coach Art Briles, has been cited for a recruiting violation. The NCAA Committee on Infractions issued a report Wednesday detailing prior rules violations committed by Baylor assistant football coaches Kendal Briles and Tate Wallis. The NCAA found the Baylor staffers
The adults involved in college football have known for a while now that bowl games are as meaningless as a verbal commitment from a 15-year-old. With the decisions by running backs Leonard Fournette of LSU and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford to skip their last college football games in order to preserve
While Louisville fails to justify its involvement in WakeyLeaks, as the bizarre Wake Forest playbook sabotage episode has come to be known, others in the college football coaching fraternity would like to make a statement. Not every coach would have accepted pirated information on an upcoming opponent
The Longhorns got the man they coveted, Tom Herman, and didn’t have to re-set the salary bar for the entire sport in the process. When a potential bidding war with LSU for Herman presented itself Thanksgiving night, there was conjecture that Texas might have to pay up to $8 million a year for a guy