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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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December 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Shane Conlan likely would not have been the 23d member of the Penn State football program inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame if not for assistant coach Tom Bradley. Conlan, a linebacker, had received no offers from any NCAA Division I-A school during a fine career at Frewsburg Central (N.Y.) High School until Bradley came calling, and the longtime assistant to Joe Paterno remained persistent and finally persuaded his boss to offer him a scholarship.
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December 9, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THERE REALLY wasn't any wrong answer to the question of who should be the fourth and final team in the first FBS playoff. You could have made a case for Ohio State, Baylor or TCU. The Selection Committee, not shockingly, went with Ohio State, which was fifth in last week's College Football Playoff poll. That was before the Buckeyes and their new quarterback - the second Urban Meyer has had to go with since Braxton Miller went down in August - gutted Wisconsin (10-3) in Saturday's Big Ten title game, 59-0.
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November 26, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SINCE NOBODY in the top seven lost last weekend, there wasn't any movement where it matters in the second-to-last College Football Playoff poll. So if the inaugural four-team playoff field were set today, it would still be Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. TCU remained in front of Ohio State at No. 5, with Baylor holding on to the seventh spot. Some have speculated that Ohio State might be able to move into fourth should it win out, which would mean winning the Big Ten title game against Minnesota, which it already beat on the road, or Wisconsin.
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November 10, 2014
Players of the Weekend National - Ohio State freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 86 yards and two scores in a 49-37 win at Michigan State. Local - Brandon Monk carried 36 times for 257 yards and two TDs as West Chester (9-1), ranked 18th in Division III, won at East Stroudsburg (6-4), 35-24.   Around Town Villanova 42, Towson 14 One week after they had their seven-game winning streak broken, the Wildcats (8-2, 5-1 CAA)
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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 MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AMERICA knew there would be a new No. 4 team in the second edition of the new College Football Playoff poll, since Mississippi suffered its second consecutive loss on Saturday. We just weren't sure who it would be. But you didn't need to be Lee Corso to narrow it down to two possibilities: Alabama or Oregon. The 12-member Selection Committee went with Phil Knight's favorite team over your Crimson Tide. In the Associated Press (media) Top 25, which no longer means anything, their positions are reversed.
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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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