October 14, 2013 |
Bo Schembechler wanted Ken Kelley to be an option quarterback. Joe Paterno looked at the former Sterling High School star and saw something else. "Defensive athlete," Kelley said of the former Penn State coach's classification of him during his recruitment. At Linebacker U, "defensive athletes" usually became linebackers. A high school quarterback who starred during the greatest era in Sterling football history, Kelley went to Penn State, put on 25 pounds, and became captain of the Nittany Lions' first national championship team.
October 10, 2013 |
Oh, dear. I could tell this mother-daughter conversation was not going well. I was sitting at the dining room table with my friend Melinda and her 24-year-old daughter, Grace, in their Silver Spring, Md., home. They were locked in a "discussion" about flowers for Grace's wedding in a few months. Grace was trying to explain her vision. She wanted sunflowers. Maybe blue flowers and white ones, too. Casual, yet chic. Personal, yet traditional. Melinda just wasn't getting it, and the more Grace pressed on, the more her mother expressed doubt.
August 2, 2013 |
AFTER THIS SEASON, the BCS is gone. Kaput. Finito. Deader than the fried chicken Jules Winnfield mentioned in "Pulp Fiction. " But, to paraphrase co-star Mr. Wolf, let's not start dancing in the streets just yet. A four-team playoff will start in 2014, which just shifts the argument. With the BCS, the complaining centers on who the No. 2 team is in the poll. Beginning next season, the harangue will be focused on who deserves the fourth seed in the playoff. But that's a story for another time.
April 20, 2013 |
Physical numbers Height Weight Arm length Hands 6-foot-3 297 lbs. 313/4 in. 101/8 in. Combine results 40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds Bench press: n/a Vertical jump: 30 inches Broad jump: 106 inches 3-cone drill: 7.4 seconds 20-yard shuttle: 4.75 secs. Skinny Floyd is perhaps the best defensive player in the draft, a versatile lineman who can play in different schemes - whether it's a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense, or a hybrid, like the Eagles are expected to play.
January 9, 2013 |
The first semifinal games in the new college football playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates for all 12 years of the upcoming postseason. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will always be played on Jan. 1, or Jan. 2 in years in which New Year's Day falls on a Sunday. In the eight years in which the Rose and Sugar do not host the semifinals, the four playoff teams will kick off on New Year's Eve or Saturday, Dec. 30. The site of the first championship game in the new system is still to be picked, but first one will be played Jan. 12, 2015.
January 5, 2013 |
De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the first of his two touchdowns, Marcus Mariota accounted for three scores, and No. 5 Oregon raced past No. 7 Kansas State, 35-17, at the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz. Oregon (12-1) jumped out to a 15-0 lead behind Thomas' opening return and 23-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Kansas State (11-2) tried to bull its way behind Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, only to get overwhelmed by the speedy Ducks, who got some help with an obscure one-point safety on a blocked extra-point kick.
January 3, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Terell Floyd returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater directed four more scoring drives, and No. 22 Louisville recorded a convincing 33-23 upset win over heavily favored No. 4 Florida in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night. Shaking off an early hit that flattened him and knocked off his helmet, Bridgewater was 20 of 32 passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Among his throws was a pinpoint, 15-yard toss in the second quarter that DeVante Parker acrobatically grabbed as he touched one foot down in the corner of the end zone.
December 1, 2012 |
Remember a few weeks ago when it didn't look as if enough teams would get the required six victories to fill all 70 bowl participation slots? Rest easy, folks, we have 70, and more. Georgia Tech received a waiver from the NCAA to participate even with a 6-7 record if it loses in the ACC championship game against Florida State. If Connecticut and Pittsburgh win their Big East finales, each will become bowl eligible and ready to be plucked during Sunday's selections. So that gets us to 73. Joy, right?
November 15, 2012
Mix Diskerud scored his first international goal in the third minute of injury time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Russia on Wednesday in an exhibition game in Krasnodar, Russia. Michael Bradley, who scored in the 76th minute, sent a long ball into the penalty area toward Terrence Boyd, who was battling defender Sergei Ignashevich. The ball rebounded off Ignashevich to Diskerud, who had entered in the 87th minute. He bounced a 20-yard, right-footed shot in off the hand of goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov.
November 7, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS will be the site of the new marquee bowl game between the Southeastern Conference and Big 12. The game will still be called the Sugar Bowl and will be played in the Superdome. The agreement between the leagues and the bowl is for 12 years. The SEC has a long history with the Sugar Bowl. Seventy-one times an SEC team has played in the game, far more than any other league. The first Sugar Bowl in 1935 matched Tulane, then of the SEC, against Temple. Several sites were vying to host the game, including Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.