| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:34 PM
This just in: The man who gets paid to know is suddenly a know-nothing.
Blame it on the sinister Bowl Championship Series master plot to faucet-drip the suspense until the last Harris pollster is tracked down at a bar singing his college fight song on a...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 5:41 PM
Bo Pelini's expertise has always been defense.
"Pelini's expertise has always been defense," his official Nebraska biography reads.
He played safety at Ohio State, coached linebackers in the NFL (Green Bay, New England), was defensive...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:43 PM
It sounds strange but this could be the last chance any outsider has to take down the Southeastern Conference, winners of seven straight national titles and heavily favored to make it eight.
Next season, when the playoff replaces the Bowl Championship...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 4:51 PM
The Rose Bowl celebrates its 100th game this season and it only seems as if Wisconsin has been in all of them.
The Badgers have actually appeared in only eight but have infiltrated the last three, all defeats.
It would be unkind to suggest folks are...
| Dec 11, 2013
The most strident critics craved anarchy, a farewell overdose of controversy for the Bowl Championship Series. Come Sunday, however, after 15 weeks of unimaginable insanity, the most-deserving teams for the national title game were indisputable: Florida...
| Mar 28, 2014
NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden hasn't hosted an NCAA tournament game of Sweet 16 magnitude since 1955, but if any team is prepared for this moment on this stage, it's Michigan State.
The world's most famous arena? Friday's regional semifinal...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:55 AM
I have covered high school sports around here for more than 30 years and have come to know my share of parents who have lost a sense of reality when it comes to their own child's athletic career.
But even I haven't encountered too many as out of...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Thirty years ago (1983) Stanford and Northwestern put their brainy football heads together to go a combined 3-19.
And no one blinked, cared, or was the least bit surprised, because mediocrity then was considered the price to be paid for academic...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 7:31 AM
NEW YORK — Each has a story to tell and all of them paid a lot of dollars to tell it. Yet in the end, the message that their passion sends is the same:
Hey, John Swofford! Hey Jim Delany! Hey, ACC, Big Ten and the other power brokers in college...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
It is impossible to define Jesse Owens with mere numbers, for it would suggest that a life story so consequential could be told fully in quantifiable terms.
Yet a number is at the genesis of this remembrance, so it would not be wrong to begin with a few...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:44 PM
You can try this cold turkey, but picking bowl-game winners is my job. While you're at work solving world problems, I'm doing full time what you do in your spare time. Some years are better than others. The general rule is to look for motivation in each...