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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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September 4, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE'S ONLY one way to fix big-time college football: Get rid of it. Kick it off campus. Sell it on the open market to the highest bidder. Use the proceeds to endow professorships, scholarships, research facilities. You know, things that actually serve an academic mission. Mission. Baylor president Ken Starr used the word three times last month in a statement regarding the sexual assault conviction of former football player Sam Ukwuachu, and it's a word most of us find creative ways to ignore when confronted with the latest evidence of college football's insidious effects on the campuses where it flourishes.
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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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January 18, 2016
How many of us have been in the stands at a college football game, part of a giddy fan base in face paint, sweatshirts and hats awash in team colors? If only we had noticed what Sterling Wilson did that fateful fall 2011 day at the University of Southern California. "No one had USC sunglasses," Wilson recalled. That simple observation has vaulted him and high school friend Erin Reilly to impressive heights as the founders of Pop! Promos, a profitable business with 1,660 percent revenue growth from 2012 to 2014, earning it the title of the Philadelphia region's fastest-growing private company in October.
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January 12, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS HUMAN BEINGS, we possess plenty of instinctual reactions that play important roles in the propagation of our species. For instance, when confronted with a threat, we feel an urge to fight or flee. So it remains a bit of a mystery that, despite years of natural selection, the urge we feel when confronted with a good idea is to form a committee and ensure its demise. Clemson plays Alabama Monday night for the so-called national college football title, and if history is any indication, it will be an awful, awful game.
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December 14, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walk-ons are college football's dreamers. Most, content to imagine some Rudy -like moment on an autumn afternoon, endure all the game's thankless rigors while enjoying little of its glory. The more ambitious hope to shine brightly enough to earn scholarships. And a few - inspired by the long-shot stories of Antonio Brown, J.J. Watt, and others - envision themselves on NFL rosters. While the motivations of walk-ons haven't changed much since Amos Alonzo Stagg devised the concept of athletic scholarships in 1892, their prominence has. Thanks primarily to Rudy , the rousing 1993 movie about Notre Dame's Rudy Ruettiger, and the professional stardom of onetime walk-ons like Brown, Watt, Jordy Nelson, and Clay Matthews, the subject has moved out of the shadows.
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November 29, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanksgiving may be over, but the feast is just beginning. The college football feast, that is. The weekend schedule finds 18 games involving every team in the AP Top 25, with seven contests matching ranked teams. Five of those games take place Saturday. By the end of Saturday, the titles of the Big 12, the Big Ten East, the SEC West, and the Pac-12 South will be decided, as will the participants (possibly Temple?) in the AAC championship game. Of course, building your resumé with the College Football Playoff selection committee also is vital, with one poll remaining before the announcement of the top four on Dec. 6. The CFP poll's top three teams - Clemson, Alabama, and Oklahoma - are playing in rivalry games.
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November 7, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - This season probably didn't start out quite the way Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis expected. Last season, playing behind DaeSean Hamilton, Lewis logged 55 catches for 751 yards. But the 2015 season began slowly for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound redshirt junior, who went four games without a single catch. In nine games, he has made nine catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the Lions' last two games. "I've been through a lot harder things in life than not playing football," Lewis said.
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November 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Welcome to Week 9, the final round of games before the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its first rankings of the season on Tuesday. We'll see who gets the early foothold in the top four and see whether they can hang on through the sixth and final ranking on Dec. 8. So who do you like? People have complained about the lack of style points and opponents' strength in Ohio State's 8-0 start, but the Buckeyes are a lock for the initial ranking. Clemson and Louisiana State are undefeated, and their chances of getting an early seat at the table appear good.
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October 31, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city has allowed ESPN to close for more than 48 hours a block of Market Street - a major city thoroughfare - near Independence Mall to set up its roving weekly college football GameDay live telecast. ESPN chose Philadelphia for its weekly College GameDay show because undefeated Temple University is playing Notre Dame on Saturday night at sold-out Lincoln Financial Field in this weekend's prime-time college football game. The event offers great exposure for Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald said Thursday night, calling it, "an excellent opportunity to market the city to a national audience.
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October 25, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 2015 college football season reaches the halfway point with this weekend's games, and we've been sitting here for hours trying to figure out what topics to discuss. We could talk about the four preseason top-10 teams - Auburn, Oregon, Southern California, and Georgia - that have tumbled out of the top 25. Or we could discuss the teams (hello, Temple!) who began the season in Nowheresville and are now in the rankings. Who would have thought in August that the order of Pennsylvania's three FBS teams on the fourth Saturday of October, in terms of season record, would be Temple, Pittsburgh, Penn State?
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October 6, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
1. Ohio State (5-0): Beat Indiana, 34-27. Saturday: vs. Maryland. If you have that running back, it might not matter who's the quarterback. Won at Maryland last year, 52-24. 2. Michigan State (5-0): Beat Purdue, 24-21. Saturday: at Rutgers. Hasn't looked as imposing since beating Oregon. Beat Rutgers last year at home, 45-3. 3. Texas Christian (5-0): Beat Texas, 50-7. Saturday: at Kansas State. OK, so maybe Texas isn't Texas Tech. Beat Kansas State by 21 last year at home. 4. Baylor (4-0)
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September 25, 2015 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
THE PEOPLE toting babies, in line waiting for their first picture with Santa Claus, couldn't believe it. They refused to believe it. Mike McGlinchey, nearly a year old, was in his first Christmas bib and Janet and Mike McGlinchey, Michael's parents, had a laugh as they tried to convince everyone around them that their oldest was really still a baby - not 3 years old. Then there was the time at Disney World, when curious strangers would approach the...
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