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November 8, 1991 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this article
College football fans who were willing to pay to watch the Nov. 16 Penn State-Notre Dame game on television can save their $9.95 for something else. ABC Sports announced yesterday that its plan to offer the game to about half the country on a pay-per-view basis had been abandoned. "We were told that it was called off because of technical problems," Penn State athletic director Jim Tarman said yesterday. "ABC felt that they couldn't do a very good job with such a short time frame.
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December 6, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like Christmas sales and shortened days, the Army-Navy game is an early December fixture. The colorful event, to be contested for the 109th time this afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, has been played in all but five of the last 100 Decembers. World War I canceled it in 1917 and 1918. The 1928 and 1929 games never took place because of institutional disagreements over eligibility rules. In each of those cases, however, it was understood that the annual football meeting of military academies one day would be resumed.
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August 25, 2007
The Inquirer previews the 2007 college football season, starting with a series on the area's Heisman hopefuls: The senior linebacker remembers playing Pop Warner in Wallingford, Delaware County. The senior quarterback was lightly recruited at Penn Charter. The former Conwell-Egan star running back, now a junior, also drew little interest. WEDNESDAY, RAY RICE, RUTGERS: The junior running back makes it a trio.
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December 11, 1991 | BY ALLEN BARRA, From the New York Times
Some time soon, perhaps within a few days, Eric Ramsey, a former Auburn University football player, will spin some tapes in public that could shake the foundation of college football. Ramsey has apparently taped more than 100 hours of conversations with Auburn coaches, alumni and even the head coach Pat Dye. They catalogue more violations concerning his own wages and working conditions than the National Collegiate Athletic Association can shake a stick at (But, rest assured, the NCAA will find a bigger stick)
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June 27, 2012 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in two years. "A four team playoff doesn't go too far," Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger said. "It goes just the right amount. " The move completes a six-month process for the commissioners, who have been working on a new way to determine a major college football champion after years of griping from fans.
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July 24, 1987
The latest in college football scandals is now emerging in Chicago where a grand jury is investigating agents who signed athletes to professional contracts while the athletes were still in school by offering money (and possibly other emoluments). The theme of corruption and college athletics is hardly a new one. Last fall the big story was payments to athletes at Southern Methodist University, a scandal so large that it resulted in the cancellation of the school's 1987 season. The year before that the University of Georgia lost a lawsuit filed by a faculty member fired for refusing to give football players undeserved passing grades in their remedial reading classes.
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November 11, 1987 | By the Rev. William J. Byron
What if academic football ended its season each year on Thanksgiving weekend? Academic football? That's the fall sport which is neither professional nor commercial; it is part of the educational experience available to participants and observers under the auspices of accredited academic institutions. It is also called college football. If academic football ceased at the end of November, student-athletes and student-fans would have more time for study - a consummation devoutly to be wished by those whose primary concern is the academic welfare of an entire student body.
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August 25, 2002 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pigskin Tidbits Biggest waste of money in college football Not an easy award to win, but the University of Oregon comes through with its $250,000 billboard in midtown Manhattan, paid for by boosters, proclaiming, "We're Back!" This after Oregon QB Joey Harrington was draped on a building across the street from Madison Square Garden all last season. Best spoof Iowa State produced brochures with banners of quarterback Seneca Wallace hanging from the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Sphinx.
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November 8, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When former Temple great Paul Palmer visited Temple before he enrolled their as a freshman in 1983, no one knew much about him. He had no Division I offers. In fact, according to Palmer, even the Division II schools that he had spoken with had only shown marginal interest in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound-pound running back with the questionable grades from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. "When I got to Temple's campus I didn't have anything in terms of offers," Palmer, now 50, said.
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November 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is better than the boondoggle that was the Bowl Championship Series method for deciding a national college football champion. Let's give the College Football Playoff system that much and nothing more. It's kind of like saying it was better when baseball finally decided to use replay for disputed home run calls even as it allowed a perfect game to be wiped out by a botched ruling at first base. Nearly six years passed before baseball finally made things right by instituting an extensive replay system in 2014.
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October 30, 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S new playoff era finally arrived last night. You could tell, because ESPN treated it almost like the Vatican was naming a Pope. As if we expected anything less. So for starters, what did we learn from the replacement for those much-maligned BCS Standings? Well, the 12-person Selection Committee, which on Dec. 7 will tell America the four teams that will be in the inaugural FBS tournament, had Mississippi State and Florida State first and second. No shock there, since the only two remaining unbeatens from one of the Power Five conferences are rated that way in both the media (Associated Press)
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October 29, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
TO ALL THOSE folks who figured the selection committee for that new four-team playoff was going to somehow reinvent the wheel - and you know who you are - it might be time to reconsider. I keep hearing how the panel, which is down to 12 members now that Archie Manning has taken a leave of absence due to health issues, will be able to weigh all the information differently than the way voters and the even-more-dreaded computers did before. And thereby, I'm assuming, come up with better answers/solutions.
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October 10, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
AS WE REACH the midway point of the first FBS season with a playoff, the top of the rankings are where they were on Jan. 6: Florida State is first and Auburn is No. 2. But can they remain there? Or at least do enough to get in the inaugural Final Four? The Seminoles host Notre Dame next week and go to Louisville on Oct. 30. They're at Miami on Nov. 15 and host Florida two weeks later, not that either of those rivals are what they were. Then there's the ACC title game in Charlotte against, most likely, Virginia, Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech.
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September 9, 2014
MIKE KERN'S TOP 10 1. Florida State (2-0). Beat The Citadel, 37-12. Last thing Seminoles need is extra week to get ready for anyone. Next: Sept. 20 vs. Clemson. 2. Alabama (2-0). Beat Florida Atlantic, 41-0. Things might finally start to get tougher Sept. 20 at home against Florida. Saturday: vs. Southern Mississippi. 3. Oregon (2-0). Beat Michigan State, 46-27. Most teams can only hope to contain the Ducks. Saturday: vs. Wyoming. 4. Auburn (2-0). Beat San Jose State, 59-13.
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August 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 2014 college football season starts in earnest Thursday. Here is a glance at what's to come.   Top 5 Heisman Trophy candidates 1. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State 3. RB Todd Gurley, Georgia 4. QB Brett Hundley, UCLA 5. QB Nick Marshall, Auburn There's a lot to be said for the fact that Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1974-75) remains the only player to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies. When Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was up for a repeat trophy last year, the voters decided to look elsewhere.
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August 29, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The first reminder we're starting a new era of college football: The national championship game won't be at the Rose Bowl or in New Orleans or Miami or any other site of the traditional big bowls. On Jan. 12, everybody will watch the action from the place Jerry Jones built, AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. Probably around midnight, a champion will be crowned, and the first year of the new four-team playoff system will be in the books. Those four teams are as far as the sport's powers (i.e., the power five conferences)
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August 27, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
WILL the new playoff system quiet the chaos or ramp up the acrimony? The conference-hopping is slowing down, but it hasn't stopped. A Clemson player is just happy to be alive. And Oregon wants to play so fast, it's now starting to recruit off its own basketball team. Put down those crab legs and put fresh batteries in the remote. Everything you want to know about college football is here: 1 Remember when Marcus Mariota was going to be the Eagles' next quarterback? He's still at Oregon, entering his junior season, and is a Heisman contender.
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May 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite being acknowledged as one of the best linebackers in the country in 1986, Shane Conlan never believed that Penn State's national championship that season was his doing. To him, it was the team, different players making big plays, teammates picking up teammates. Now that he is among the 16 newest inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame, Conlan believes that, in a way, he has picked up his university during the continuing controversy over the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the NCAA's response.
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