December 16, 2013 |
Turner Classic Movies, the cable network that is a welcome antidote to 24/7 news, reality shows, and ESPN's smarm, recently ran a half day's worth of old college football movies. All were as awful as they were alike: State U. gets football hero. State U. loses football hero. State U. finds football hero in the nick of time. Throw in the dithering dean's blond daughter, an intellectually challenged lineman or two, sneering gamblers, and the familiar plots were complete. There was, however, one other recurring and relevant element to these cornball films, most of which were nearly 80 years old - the corruption of collegiate sports.
December 12, 2013 |
Former Temple coach Wayne Hardin was among 14 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame at an awards dinner Tuesday night in New York. Hardin, 86, coached the Owls from 1970 to 1982. He is the winningest coach in Temple history, with a 80-52-3 record in 13 seasons. As head coach at Navy from 1959 to 1964, Hardin directed the Midshipmen's only two Heisman Trophy winners, Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963). Hardin ranks fifth at Navy in wins (38). His teams beat Army in five of his six seasons.
December 6, 2013 |
UNITED STATES Naval Academy senior wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken recalled the first time he truly realized that the Army-Navy game was infinitely bigger than any other football rivalry. That moment of clarification had come at a most inopportune time. "My first play in an Army-Navy game was in my freshman year ," Aiken said. "I was setting up to return a punt, and I looked up into the stands, saw all the Navy guys, all the Army guys, realized that all of America was watching.
November 27, 2013 |
RON COHEN'S office at George Washington High resembles more of a football museum than it does a work station. Sure, there is a desk with a computer, but the eye immediately heads to its shelves, chockablock with memorabilia from this and that. Game balls encased in glass, game films stacked like dominos, game-worn jerseys, signed and framed with nowhere to hang, so they just sit proudly on display near the door. Ironically, sandwiched between times-gone-by, sat senior Zaire Hollerway, a 6-1, 280-pound offensive/defensive lineman whose football career growing up was nearly history.
November 11, 2013 |
To: Charles Eliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909) Re: Banning football Sorry, Charlie. Turns out you and all those other high-collared, high-minded, Gilded Age reformers were right when it came to football. More than a century ago, when you were calling for its prohibition, you better understood the nature of the game than we do today. You saw the grim toll of injury and death and weren't afraid to call the sport "barbaric. " You condemned it as "a fight whose strategy and ethics are those of war. " And, unlike your successors as America's university presidents, you weren't afraid to call for its abolition.
November 2, 2013 |
Penn State senior guard John Urschel has been named a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete, one of 16 football student-athletes chosen from across all NCAA and NAIA divisions, the NFF announced Thursday. Urschel, who was named an Academic All-American last year, receives an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies with the award, and also is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented to the nation's top college football scholar-athlete. The winner of the Campbell award, which carries an additional $25,000 post-graduate scholarship, will be announced Dec. 10 in New York where Urschel and the other scholar-athlete winners will be honored.
October 25, 2013 |
ALABAMA, OREGON, Ohio State. It's no great shock that all three are still unbeaten. The same could even apply to Florida State, if you didn't think that trip to Clemson was going to get in the way. But hey, 'Bama could have lost at Texas A&M. OSU could've lost at Northwestern. Oregon could've lost at Washington. OK, maybe not so much. Then you've got (in poll order) Missouri, Baylor, Miami and Texas Tech, each also and-0. Sometimes you don't know. Missouri won at Georgia but lost its quarterback and used a freshman to beat Florida at home by 19. Now the Tigers host South Carolina, which saw its QB leave in a loss at Tennessee.
October 15, 2013 |
Players of the weekend National - Oregon's Marcus Mariota threw for 366 yards and three TDs and ran for 88 more and another score in a 45-24 win at nationally ranked Washington. Local - Sean McCartney went 25-for-39 for 275 yards and three TDs and ran for a score as West Chester (6-0) rallied past visiting East Stroudsburg (4-2) in the second half, 34-20. Around Town Villanova 45, Towson 35 Last October a two-loss Wildcat team went to third-ranked, unbeaten Old Dominion, fell behind by 14 early and won by 24. It was probably the win that got them back into the FCS playoffs following a 1-year absence.
October 4, 2013 |
ONE MONTH in, and 20 teams remain unbeaten. Some, of course, were more expected than others. So by no means are they created equal. The ACC and Pac-12 have the most with four apiece. Clemson and Florida State, OK. But Miami was 7-5 in 2012, and Maryland was 4-8. Maryland is at FSU this week. Miami is probably a home win over Georgia Tech away from getting to 7-0 by the time it goes to FSU early next month. Is it too early to start thinking wide left? On the West Coast you've got Oregon and Stanford.