Everyone is talking about the College Football Playoff, but what about the games leading up to it? Make your predictions on Sage and tune in to see if you were right.
Like the mortgage industry implosion of 2008, the college football business is an impending disaster. It's imminent. Unreasonable expectations, high turnovers, entitlement, participation trophies. It's not a matter of if, but when, does the bubble burst?
Nothing I say here will assuage the pain of being a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan right now. This is especially true after our hugely disappointing loss to the no-nonsense, mistake-free, steady-as-she goes Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday at 90,000-strong Memorial Stadium in Lincoln (Nebraska's 347th consecutive sellout).
A number of schools are considering firing their longtime successful coaches, in the hopes of getting a more successful one. Should they do so?
I've been watching college football for years, but it was only at the end of last season that it dawned on me that for a number of those years I've been watching field goals and PATs fly between the uprights and into the "good hands people" net of Allstate Insurance.
Paying athletes salaries as university employees is impractical, given the complex set of ancillary issues that option raises. However, allowing college athletes to receive money from outside the athletic department is much more straightforward.
Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.
Colleges don't want essays that are set exclusively in the past. Colleges want to know who applicants are now, especially about their leadership, initiative, resilience, and passions. Colleges do not award admissions decisions or scholarships to kids who only look backward.
On Monday, when Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced updated punishments for quarterback J.T. Barrett's recent drunk driving arrest -- a one-game suspension and revoked scholarship for the summer school term -- it exemplified everything wrong with college football.
It's no secret that LGBTQ people don't like sports. And -- on the rare occasions when LGBTQ people are viewing -- they're merely watching to check out all the sweaty bodies. Makes perfect sense -- if you're into stereotypes. If you're not, well, it's crap.
Miami needs a hire with very little downside and a tremendous amount of upside. Butch Davis offers just that. After all, Coach Davis and the success of his teams were what initially attracted me to the University of Miami.
To me, nothing beats highs in the 60s/70s, lows in the 40s/50s and low relative humidity. In the daytime, the sun feels warm, like a friend, not like its evil twin in the dog days of August. Since I was a kid, jeans and a sweatshirt were my favorite things to wear.
Not all college football teams are treated equally. Some clearly get a pass when it comes to ranking, scheduling, who makes it to bowl games, and even the national championship. There's a clear demarcation between the "old money" and the "nouveau riche."
I wish I could follow it all more casually, that I could watch a game, talk trash with my friends and cheer when my team scores. And when it's over, it's over. That's the dream: reaping the good without suffering the bad. But being a fan doesn't work that way.
If only we could create our own fantasy teams in politics then perhaps the current Congressional leadership debacle would seem less like a game-ending fumble. The idea that we need to engage in our political leadership in the same way we do with our sports is an idea whose time has come.
Peel back the covers at USC and you will find that underneath it all, it's just like everywhere else, which means you will also find the flipside of a never-ending party, substance abuse, and addiction.