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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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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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May 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Selecting new members for induction into a Hall of Fame in any sport is a difficult task. Then you have the College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame, conducted by the National Football Foundation, will announce its 16 newest members - 14 players and two coaches - Thursday in Irving, Texas. To get to that number, a special committee last month narrowed the contenders down from an original list of 194 nominees - 162 players and 32 coaches. The numbers are high because the basic requirement for consideration is simple: You must have been named an all-American in a season by any one of the multiple organizations and news outlets that pick such a team.
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May 23, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
EVEN THOUGH the college football season - and, of course, the return of Fraud Five - is still a little over 3 months away, is it ever too early to tackle those nagging offseason questions? 1 Can Florida State's Jameis Winston win another Heisman Trophy and/or national title before heading off to the NFL as the top pick in next year's draft? It might depend on whether he gets a hankering for any more free soda at Burger King to go with the crab legs and crawfish at Publix.
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May 13, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
If you saw the kisses and caresses, did it make you uncomfortable? A lot of people would answer "yes" to that question, and some of them are now teammates with Michael Sam, the former Missouri defensive end whose presence made the 2014 NFL draft intriguing right to its conclusion. Sam, of course, thrust himself into the national spotlight in February when he followed his superb senior season at Missouri by revealing that he is gay. There's no way to know whether he cost himself money by that disclosure, but it would be just as naive to think that he did not as it is to think that everybody in the NFL is ready to welcome Sam with open arms.
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February 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has proposed a college football rules change that would slow down hurry-up offenses, by allowing the defense at least 10 seconds to substitute, before the next play is run. Obviously, if college football goes that way, there's a chance the movement will spread to the NFL, where teams such as the Eagles have been known to make playing uptempo a key component of their approach. Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn't spoken to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one of Kelly's friends, who has a similar mindset, said yesterday he doesn't much like the idea, particularly in the pros.
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February 7, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin pulled out all the stops when he welcomed his first recruits to Penn State. Wednesday was college football's national signing day, when high school players made their commitments official, and Franklin introduced the Nittany Lions' newest 25 players that evening at the Bryce Jordan Center. In front of a "whiteout" crowd, Franklin described each of Penn State's incoming freshmen for next season. Twenty players faxed in their signatures to the coaching staff that morning.
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January 20, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
So Penn Staters, you're still ticked at Bill O'Brien for bolting to Houston after just two years - but perfectly fine with James Franklin's leaving Vanderbilt after three seasons and poaching every Vandy recruit he can get? It's natural if that, in fact, is exactly how you feel. That's certainly Franklin's position. Franklin makes it clear that he doesn't really buy into the idea that his recruits are actually going to a school for a particular education only available at that school.
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December 16, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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December 12, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
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.
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December 6, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
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 [2010]," 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.
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