November 9, 1992 |
If the bowl coalition puts together a gift list for the holidays, Arizona will be at the top. Thanks to Arizona's 16-3 upset of Washington, which dropped the Huskies out of the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll, the complicated coalition arrangement fell neatly into place with the season in the homestretch. Barring any more surprises, the coalition will produce exactly what it was designed to: a matchup between No. 1 and No. 2. On a weekend when they were idle, the Miami Hurricanes regained the No. 1 spot yesterday in the AP poll.
November 24, 1993 |
So confusing is the postseason picture in college football that it even has the bowl coalition stumped. The proof comes from none other than Donn Bernstein, information director for the 2-year-old coalition, a man who, until yesterday, was thoroughly confident that his well-intentioned organization had every conceivable postseason possibility covered. And yesterday? Oh, that. Yesterday, a caller to the coalition's New York offices posed a scenario - a perfectly realistic scenario, it should be noted - that left even Bernstein stumped.
October 26, 1994 |
Polls? What polls? And what's all this talk about finishing No. 1? Members of news organizations that conduct the college football polls wanted to know yesterday what Penn State coach Joe Paterno thought of the possibility that the winner of Saturday's Nebraska-Colorado game might jump over his top-ranked Nittany Lions next week. They wanted to know if he thought Penn State had to whip Ohio State convincingly on Saturday to keep its No. 1 ranking. And they wanted to know what effect playing in the Big Ten, which is not involved in the bowl-game coalition, would have on State's chance to win the national championship.
November 8, 1993 |
The top-ranked Florida State Seminoles have plenty on their minds. They have their second Game of the Century this season Saturday in South Bend, Ind., against No. 2 Notre Dame. And if the Seminoles win that one, Florida and its scary offense await them on Nov. 27 on the Gators' home turf. So why compound Florida State's task by bringing up dreaded Miami? After all, didn't the Seminoles at long last shed their Hurricane jinx last month with a 28-10 pounding? Yes. But once may not be enough.
June 15, 1994 |
She came to Philadelphia directly from discussions on the football Bowl Coalition in Newport, R.I., which will be the last time she will have to address that subject for a while. Linda Bruno, former Big East Conference associate commissioner, was introduced yesterday as the new commissioner of the Atlantic Ten Conference, a conference that is known nationally more for basketball than football. Bruno, 39, named to the job last Thursday, succeeds Ron Bertovich, who resigned April 15 to become general manager of Empire Sports Network, not long after the Big East announced it was taking in Rutgers and West Virginia, two staples of the A-10, as all-sports participants.
December 31, 1993 |
The method for determining a national college football champion still isn't perfect, but you won't hear Dick Enberg or Bob Trumpy complaining. NBC Sports' top pro football announcing team has drawn tomorrow's Orange Bowl game matching Florida State and Nebraska for the national championship (Channel 3, 8 p.m.) At least two other teams, West Virginia and Notre Dame, believe they are candidates for the national title. Unbeaten West Virginia is playing Florida tomorrow in the Sugar Bowl (Channel 6, 8 p.m.)
December 6, 1993 |
Amid signs of strain in college football's two-year-old bowl coalition, matchups for the Orange, Sugar, Cotton and Fiesta Bowls became official yesterday. As expected, the Orange Bowl will be the marquee game, with top-ranked Nebraska playing No. 2 Florida State. Undefeated West Virginia, No. 3 in the final coalition poll released yesterday, snubbed the Cotton Bowl for the more lucrative Sugar Bowl and will meet No. 8 Florida in New Orleans. The Mountaineers' snub certainly didn't disappoint the Cotton Bowl, which selected No. 4 Notre Dame to face seventh-ranked Southwest Conference champion Texas A&M in a rematch of last year's game.
October 28, 1993 |
A day after U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), a graduate of the University of Louisville, threatened to investigate whether the new college football bowl coalition violated antitrust laws, Louisville was invited to play in this year's Liberty Bowl. The Cardinals accepted. "They have a fine football program and on any given day they can beat anybody in the country, and we're proud to have them committed to the Liberty Bowl," A.F. "Bud" Dudley, executive director and founder of the Memphis, Tenn.
June 14, 1995 |
The Big Ten and the Pacific Ten, which have resisted recent changes in the college bowl landscape, will, after the 2000 football season, consider ending their half-century pact to meet in the Rose Bowl. The conferences, under contract with ABC-TV to play in the Rose Bowl for the next six seasons, have chosen to stay out of the bowl coalition and the newly formed bowl alliance, which begins next season. But Pac-10 commissioner Thomas Hansen said yesterday that because television contracts with all major bowl games expire after the 2000 season, his conference and the Big Ten would consider ending their relationship.
November 6, 1998 |
Howie Long thinks Ray Rhodes is a good football coach. However, as Long watches the painful decline of the Eagles and Rhodes's uncharacteristic mellowing, he reaches this conclusion: "The best thing that could happen to Ray Rhodes is to move on," the Fox NFL analyst said yesterday from his Charlottesville, Va., home. The former All-Pro defensive lineman from Villanova speculates that if Mike Holmgren leaves Green Bay, Rhodes could move there as head coach. Rhodes is a former defensive coordinator with the Packers.