The case of Johnny "Football" stirred the nation when the NCAA, in its continuing quest to embarrass itself. suspended the Texas A&M quarterback for signing memorabilia.
Hard as it may be to believe, in 1939, the University of Chicago abruptly dropped its football program, citing as its reason the astonishing fact that the sport had evolved to the point where it was becoming a distraction to both students and faculty.
Churn. It's here and has been forever. For ESPN, do they report news or do they make it? In either case, they profit from it.
What's interesting about the life and times of Johnny Football is how thoroughly he upends every cliche that is heretofore accepted when it comes to the relationship a football quarterback is supposed to have between his persona and performance.
In this season's most hyped regular season game (so far), top-ranked Alabama will head to College Station to face Texas A&M, a team we believe is the second best in the country.
It's completely ludicrous to say, "NCAA student-athletes should be paid because schools and the NCAA profit off of them while the kids don't get paid," without considering the thousands of student-athletes who aren't worth a cent to their respective institution of higher education.
The sheer power we could harness if the fans in The Big House joined forces with the Fighting Irish, Saint Mary's Belles and the millions of TV viewers on College Game Day to make the world a better place. That is the legacy that Lizzy Seeberg deserves.
It does not look like nearly as ugly as 2012, but the game this Saturday should be competitive, this time with Michigan winning and by more than a field goal.
Year one didn't go as planned for the boys from Columbia, Missouri with too many injuries to the offensive line and many skill positions ending in a 5-7 finish with no bowl appearance. Things will be different in the fall of 2013 and a bowl appearance will happen for the Tigers.
College football kicks off Week 1 of the regular season with one clear marquee Game of the Week as the Georgia Bulldogs head to Clemson to face the Tigers in a big non-conference matchup that features at least four legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders and two high-profile offenses.
Time to dust off the body paint, the team sweatshirts, party beads and face tattoos, and fire up the grill: it's tailgating season.
I think you and I are exactly alike in practically every way. We both live in New York City. We both like Auburn. We both enjoy biking. We both wear cargo shorts even though every single other person in the world thinks they're stupid. You were in Blood Diamond and I want one.
The NCAA has delegated the concussion issue to schools as a strategy to avoid any legal liability and potential financial losses. Meanwhile, the NCAA continues to rake in billions of dollars from television and other sources through its revenue-at-all-costs policies.
I encourage all of you to look through the headlines about big time college football players and the big business that is now big time college football and all the things that go with it think of player like Tim McNerney and think of Washington & Jefferson.
Apologist-sounding answers aside, I think the NFL and big-time college football need to address this image issue sooner than later. Reputations and ticket sales are at stake.
If all you know about cycling is that Lance Armstrong doped his way to seven titles, then you're missing out on an extraordinary sporting event.