April 8, 2015 |
The national controversy that clouded the run-up to a Final Four that concluded Monday night in Indianapolis wasn't the first collision between basketball and civil-rights politics. In Louisiana in 1956, as in Indiana 59 years later, a four-team basketball tournament involving a favored Kentucky team was engulfed in a political storm, though the divisive issue then was race and not sexual preference. And as in Indiana, where a recent religious-freedom law was widely seen as discriminatory against homosexuals, the Louisiana dispute involved changing cultural mores, a conservative legislature, worried civic and business leaders and, ultimately, government intervention that saved the event.
January 13, 2015
IF THE BCS SYSTEM were still in place, chances are tonight's championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, would match once-beaten Alabama and unbeaten Florida State. But now there's a College Football Playoff, which means the SEC will be sitting this one out for the first time in 9 years. Obviously, so is the defending national champion, after losing for the first time in 26 months. That leaves Oregon, which lost at home to Arizona in early October by a touchdown when much of its offensive line was banged up, and Ohio State, which of course had lost at home to Virginia Tech by two TDs a month before that.
December 8, 2014
When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Where: New Orleans. Records: Temple (5-6, 3-4 American Athletic Conference); Tulane (3-8, 2-5 AAC) TV: ESPN2; Radio: WPHT –AM (1210) Coaches: Temple, Matt Rhule (2d season, 7-17), Tulane, Curtis Johnson (3d season, 12-24) Series: Tulane leads the series, 1-0. Tulane won, 20-14, in New Orleans, on Jan. 1, 1935. Three Things to Watch The Green Wave (16 INTs, 27 takeaways) will test the accuracy of Temple QB P.J. Walker (14 INTs)
December 7, 2014 |
Of the 83 players who have appeared in Temple's 11 games, senior participation has been very scarce. With just eight seniors on the roster, the Owls have the fewest seniors on their roster of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. And of these eight, just five are on the two-deep roster. Receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick and running back Kenneth Harper have played the largest roles. Both were a little melancholy last Saturday after their final home game at Lincoln Financial Field ended in a loss to Cincinnati.
December 4, 2014 |
WHEN TEMPLE beat then-No. 23 East Carolina a month ago, it sure looked as if the Owls would be heading to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. And they still could be. But they have lost three straight since then, all to teams that are going to a bowl, two of them by one score at home. In fact, all six teams they have lost to have at least six wins. For the Owls to become eligible, they need to win Saturday night's regular-season finale at 3-8 Tulane, in their first trip to New Orleans since they played the Green Wave in the first Sugar Bowl 79 years ago. They probably didn't expect to be in this position after their 4-1 start, with all those wins coming against teams that aren't going to have a postseason.
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.