November 7, 2014 |
LAST SEASON, Michigan State came within a 17-13 September loss at Notre Dame of maybe playing Florida State for the national title. It was a game in which the Spartans were called for four pass-interference penalties - including two on the winning drive - and a defensive holding that also led to Irish points. "I've been coaching 30-plus years . . . never [saw that]," MSU's Mark Dantonio noted at the time. "I guess that's where we should stop. " So the next time anyone wants to bring up the late call that went against ND at FSU . . . Just saying.
July 31, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The addition of a playoff to determine a college football national champion had Big Ten coaches thinking about tradition on the second day of Big Ten Football Media Days on Tuesday. The new system comes with a revamped bowl season, one that forsakes old customs. Michigan coach Brady Hoke questioned the effect of the playoff system on the bowl experience, lamenting the potential loss of the Big Ten champion going to the Rose Bowl. The Big Ten champion has traditionally gone to the Rose Bowl, but that could change this season when the Rose Bowl will serve as a national semifinal Jan. 1. "Being able to go to a Rose Bowl and experience that, I feel bad for the kids in the Big Ten who don't have that opportunity," Hoke said.
December 7, 2012 |
EVERY SUMMER, Brent Celek and his brother Garrett, now a rookie tight end with the 49ers, get together and talk football. Now in his sixth NFL season, Brent plays the role of mentor. If he is as good a teacher as Garrett says he is, he will probably spare his brother any lessons born of this season of Eagles football. Like many of his Eagles teammates, this year has been one to forget for Celek. Whether dropping passes or absorbing bone-crunching hits, the veteran tight end has not been his reliable self in months.
September 16, 2012 |
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State, 20-3, Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (3-0) beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years to give Brian Kelly a signature win in his third season. The Spartans (2-1) had won 15 straight at home. The streak included a win over the Irish in 2010 on a fake field goal in overtime that preceded coach Mark Dantonio's having a heart attack.
September 14, 2012 |
AS A NATIONAL brand, Notre Dame is always going to be relevant. Ask the ACC. But being a competitive factor at the highest level is another subject. Lou Holtz came within a last-play field goal of winning a second national title in 1993. He went 23-11-1 in his final three seasons. Since then, the Fighting Irish have been to three BCS bowls. They've lost each by an average of 38-13. The highlights of the last 2 decades? Well, Tyrone Willingham did win his first eight games, before losing 16 of his last 31. And Charlie Weis was in the Top 10 late in both of his first two seasons.
January 3, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Down a touchdown to Georgia with less than 2 minutes remaining and a long way to go, Kirk Cousins found a way to give Michigan State a parting gift. A cornerstone of coach Mark Dantonio's rebuilding project, Cousins led a late rally in the fourth quarter and Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime to lift the 12th-ranked Spartans over the No. 18 Bulldogs, 33-30, yesterday in the Outback Bowl. Michigan State (11-3) ended a five-game bowl losing streak with its first postseason win since beating Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl.
September 14, 2011 |
Three Ohio State football players, including starting running back Jordan Hall, were reinstated by the NCAA after serving a two-game suspension. Hall, Travis Howard, and Corey Brown had been declared ineligible by the school for violations of NCAA extra- benefit rules, having received envelopes with $200 at a charity event in February. They'll be eligible to compete once they repay the money to charity, the NCAA said. The players missed games against Akron and Toledo. The 2-0 Buckeyes play at Miami on Saturday.
October 1, 2010 |
After four weeks of beating up on teams they were supposed to beat, members of the Big Ten Conference get to start pounding on each other Saturday, with many questions hanging in the air. Can Ohio State make it six straight years of grabbing a piece or all of the conference championship? Can Iowa throw the Buckeyes off the track in their head-to-head matchup in November? Does Wisconsin get in the mix? Does Penn State have a legitimate shot at a title or are the Nittany Lions more of a spoiler than a contender?
September 27, 2010 |
Penn State announced Sunday that starting offensive tackle Lou Eliades will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Saturday's 22-13 win over Temple. Eliades, a fifth-year senior who had made 17 consecutive starts, 13 of them last year at guard, will have surgery in the next two weeks, according to Wayne Sebastianelli, the Nittany Lions' director of athletic medicine. The tackle faces nine months of rehabilitation.
September 22, 2010 |
The mild heart attack suffered last weekend by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio didn't quite compel 83-year-old Joe Paterno to step back and reevaluate the stressful nature of what he does for a living. "I coach exactly the way I've coached," Paterno said Tuesday. "I don't have any physical problems. I had that little bout with those antibiotics [an intestinal ailment during the summer] and a couple of things . . . but I'm fine. "Knock on wood, I've never had any problem, heart problems or whatnot.