College Football

AP Top 25 Podcast: Major court case could upend NCAA

/ FEBRUARY 27, 2019 (STL.News) A federal judge is soon expected to hand down a decision that could lead to sweeping changes in college sports. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports and AP’s Ralph Russo discuss the so-called Alston antitrust case against the NCAA. Plaintiffs want the … Continue reading AP Top 25 Podcast: Major court case could upend NCAA

CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the “Empire” television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing one … Continue reading CHICAGO | Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

DALLAS | Toughest job in college football: Defensive coordinator

DALLAS— Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables began his coaching career at Kansas State in the mid-1990s, trying to come up with ways to stop Nebraska’s power option. The Cornhuskers were predictable, but often darn near unstoppable. So as far as Venables is concerned, coaching defenses has always been challenging. Over 25 years in the business, … Continue reading DALLAS | Toughest job in college football: Defensive coordinator

NORMAN, Okla. | Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets

NORMAN, Okla.— Newly minted Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is apologizing for anti-gay tweets posted to his Twitter account several years ago, when he was 14 and 15. The Oklahoma quarterback tweeted : “I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor … Continue reading NORMAN, Okla. | Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets

The Latest: Familiar teams battling for CFP championship

The Latest from college football’s bowl selection Sunday (all times Eastern): 5:30 p.m. Parity has become more prevalent in college football over the last few decades, but not at the very top. Notre Dame is now the 10th team to reach the four-team College Football Playoff in the five years of its existence. Alabama has … Continue reading The Latest: Familiar teams battling for CFP championship

The Latest: Snubbed again, UCF will face LSU in Fiesta Bowl

The Latest from college football’s bowl selection Sunday (all times Eastern): 3:30 p.m. Central Florida’s bid for a second straight self-proclaimed national championship goes through the desert. Snubbed by the College Football Playoff for the second straight season, the seventh-ranked and undefeated Knights will face No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s … Continue reading The Latest: Snubbed again, UCF will face LSU in Fiesta Bowl

The Latest: Buckeyes get Rose Bowl trip vs Washington

The Latest from college football’s bowl selection Sunday (all times Eastern): 3:10 p.m. Ohio State’s consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champion Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl. … Continue reading The Latest: Buckeyes get Rose Bowl trip vs Washington

The Latest: UCF’s White dismisses playoff as ‘invitational’

The Latest from college football’s bowl selection Sunday (all times Eastern): 2 p.m. Central Florida athletic director Danny White is unhappy again with the College Football Playoff. A year ago, he spearheaded UCF’s “national title” push after the Knights finished an unbeaten season and were left out of the four-team playoff. It’s deja vu all … Continue reading The Latest: UCF’s White dismisses playoff as ‘invitational’

The Latest: Alabama pulls within TD of UGA heading to 4th

The Latest on college football’s championship Saturday (all times Eastern): 6:55 p.m. Alabama is back in it. Freshman Jaylen Waddle broke free for a 51-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter to pull the top-ranked Tide to within 28-21 of No. 4 Georgia in the SEC championship game. The long touchdown came shortly after … Continue reading The Latest: Alabama pulls within TD of UGA heading to 4th

The Latest: Alabama ties Georgia on first pay of 2nd quarter

The Latest on college football’s championship Saturday (all times Eastern): 5:50 p.m. Memphis has played UCF close twice during the Knights’ 24-game winning streak, and the Tigers are giving the defending AAC champions fits again. Running back Darrell Henderson has rushed for three touchdowns and also thrown for one to help Memphis to a 38-21 … Continue reading The Latest: Alabama ties Georgia on first pay of 2nd quarter

The Latest: Oklahoma extends lead to 32-27 with safety

The Latest on college football’s championship Saturday (all times Eastern): 3:30 Oklahoma’s defense, off all things, came through with a game-changing play against Texas in the Big 12 championship. After the Longhorns forced a turnover to give the ball back to the offense deep in its own territory, the Sooners’ Tre Brown sacked Texas quarterback … Continue reading The Latest: Oklahoma extends lead to 32-27 with safety

The Latest: Sooners surge and take half-time lead in Big 12

The Latest on college football’s championship Saturday (all times Eastern): 1:55 p.m. No. 5 Oklahoma has a 20-14 halftime lead over No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 championship game after Kyler Murray’s second TD pass, a 6-yarder to Grant Calcaterra with 18 seconds left in the first half. The Sooners went 80 yards in … Continue reading The Latest: Sooners surge and take half-time lead in Big 12

AP Top 25 Podcast: Coaching moves and playoff positioning

From Mack Brown to Neal Brown, college football’s silly season of coaching moves is cranking up. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the comings and goings of coaches. Mack Brown was a surprising hire at North Carolina. With Les Miles … Continue reading AP Top 25 Podcast: Coaching moves and playoff positioning

ABC to join ESPN, NFL Network in broadcasting NFL draft

ABC is joining the NFL draft broadcast business and will televise all three days of picks next April. The network will join ESPN, also part of Walt Disney Company’s TV properties, for prime-time coverage on Thursday and Friday nights, April 25 and 26, from Nashville. NFL Network also will televise those two nights, which include … Continue reading ABC to join ESPN, NFL Network in broadcasting NFL draft

AP Top 25 Podcast: Viewing college football through TV

Multiple screens for viewing multiple games and Twitter handy for updates everywhere else. Many college football fans spend Saturdays this way, including veteran sports writer John Walters, who writes a weekly media column for The Athletic. Walter joined AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss consuming college football … Continue reading AP Top 25 Podcast: Viewing college football through TV

NEW YORK | Toss up the ball, college hoops ready for early start date

NEW YORK  — College basketball season begins Tuesday — the earliest it’s ever started. Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma aren’t thrilled about that, either. A sport that used to start official practice around Oct. 15 and have its first games at Thanksgiving is now beginning nearly three weeks sooner. Add that to the summer and … Continue reading NEW YORK | Toss up the ball, college hoops ready for early start date

4 years of CFP rankings show importance of a good start

The College Football Playoff selection committee has begun its fifth season ranking teams. After meeting for a day and a half in Texas, the committee will reveal its first top 25 Tuesday night. It will update its ranking each week until the one that really counts: The top four teams in the final ranking on … Continue reading 4 years of CFP rankings show importance of a good start

AP Top 25 Podcast: Best offensive lines in college football

The best offensive lines are greater than the sum of their parts. Former Notre Dame star offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, now an analyst for CBS Sports, is one of the driving forces behind the Joe Moore Award, which honors the best offensive line in the college football. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football … Continue reading AP Top 25 Podcast: Best offensive lines in college football

COLUMBUS, Ohio | Injured Bosa leaves Ohio State to prep for pro career

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa’s college football career is over. The injured All-American intends to withdraw from school to spend time rehabilitating and training for an NFL career. He is expected to be a first-round draft pick. No. 2 Ohio State made the announcement on Tuesday. Bosa was considered one of … Continue reading COLUMBUS, Ohio | Injured Bosa leaves Ohio State to prep for pro career

MINNEAPOLIS | Gagliardi, college football’s winningest coach, dies at 91

MINNEAPOLIS— John Gagliardi, who won more games than any other college football coach with his unconventional methods at a small Minnesota school, has died. He was 91. St. John’s University says Gagliardi (pronounced guh-LAHR’-dee) died Sunday morning. A cause of death was not immediately known. Gagliardi retired in 2012 after a record 64 seasons as … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Gagliardi, college football’s winningest coach, dies at 91

Is the AP Top 25 poll bad for college football?

Is The Associated Press poll bad for college football? Joel Klatt, lead game analyst for Fox Sports, thinks so. Klatt joins AP’s Ralph Russo on the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss to pros and cons of the Top 25. Klatt believes it is fraught with confirmation bias and uninformed voting, and … Continue reading Is the AP Top 25 poll bad for college football?

AP Top 25 Podcast: Pac-12 in spotlight with Stanford-Oregon

No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon is the highlight game of the weekend in college football, but it’s hard to assess the Ducks. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , guest Chantel Jennings previews the Pac-12’s big game and gives the back story on Ducks star quarterback Justin Herbert. The Ducks … Continue reading AP Top 25 Podcast: Pac-12 in spotlight with Stanford-Oregon

Hurricane stokes talk of extending college football season

With an eye toward player safety and scheduling flexibility, the NCAA last year considered ways to lengthen the college football season so every team would have 14 weeks to play 12 games every year. It didn’t come to pass. The topic popped up again this week as Hurricane Florence prompted the cancellation, postponement or relocation … Continue reading Hurricane stokes talk of extending college football season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | The Latest: MEAC calls off game at South Carolina State.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Florence’s impact on college football (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The game between North Carolina Central and South Carolina State set for Saturday has been postponed until Nov. 24. The contest was to be South Carolina State’s first home game in Orangeburg, South Carolina, after opening the … Continue reading CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | The Latest: MEAC calls off game at South Carolina State.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | The Latest: Florence forces adjustments in Virginia, SC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Latest on Hurricane Florence‘s impact on college football (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Several schools in Virginia and South Carolina aren’t waiting to adjust their schedules with Hurricane Florence looming. In South Carolina, Charleston Southern’s game at The Citadel on Saturday in Charleston has been postponed to Nov. 29 — as … Continue reading CHAPEL HILL, N.C. | The Latest: Florence forces adjustments in Virginia, SC

Canceled openers leave ISU, Huskers scrambling to find games

With bowl eligibility potentially at stake for both schools later in the season, officials at Nebraska and Iowa State said Sunday they’ll work to find new opponents to fill out their schedules after their openers were canceled because of severe weather. Nebraska and Iowa State were among several teams across the nation that contended with … Continue reading Canceled openers leave ISU, Huskers scrambling to find games

Auburn-Washington matchup highlights 1st week

No games in the opening week of the 2018 college football season have quite the pizazz of last year’s meeting between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State. But there still are enough interesting matchups to whet the appetite of fans starving for more football ever since the end of Alabama’s thrilling College Football … Continue reading Auburn-Washington matchup highlights 1st week

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | ‘Messy’: QB transfers the new normal in college football

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  — The day after Adrian Martinez was pronounced the winner of Nebraska’s quarterback competition, the runner-up left school. At Clemson, the arrival of celebrated freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence sent three other quarterbacks — one a former five-star recruit who signed just last year — looking for new teams. At Ohio State, Joe … Continue reading SOUTH BEND, Ind. | ‘Messy’: QB transfers the new normal in college football

Wisconsin gives West hope of challenging B10 East dominance

The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division’s conference dominance. Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the Badgers as a contender for the College Football Playoff. Iowa has the nation’s top tight end … Continue reading Wisconsin gives West hope of challenging B10 East dominance