| Jan 25, 2015
| 4:11 PM
The idea of an early-signing period for college football is not a new concept.
Many coaches, players and administrators have long been proponents of the idea, looking to create a way to ease the burden placed on 17- and 18-year-olds who have finalized...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 2:23 PM
DAYTONA BEACH — For the longest time, the most famous words in all of racing were, "Gentlemen, start your engines."
The key word being "Gentlemen" — the plural of "Gentleman."
Dictionary definition: "A man who treats other people in a...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 5:20 PM
Think of recent college football history as a bowl of alphabet soup:
For years the "A's" dominated the B-C-S, as Alabama and Auburn traded national titles in 2009 and 2010, with Alabama reclaiming the crown in 2011 and 2012.
Auburn took umbrage and...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 4:14 PM
Rankman is flabbergasted Ohio State somehow pole-vaulted to No. 4 in the final Super 16 ranking, just as it did in the College Football Playoffs final ranking. There was only one way it could happen: a 59-0 win over Wisconsin with the Buckeyes' third-...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 5:31 PM
Historic votes are nothing new for a city like Washington, D.C.
The capital of our country's political system has hosted its fair share of monumental moments. And while the news out of the NCAA's annual convention Saturday wasn't anywhere as critical as...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 6:16 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA — The last time he sat at a dais with Alabama's Nick Saban in a championship setting, Urban Meyer was spiraling downward.
He was frazzled, burned out, gaunt and "mentally broken" at that career-altering 2009 SEC Championship Game....
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Big-foot conferences and the NCAA bank hundreds of millions annually in television revenue. Coaches, commissioners and athletic directors reside in Rocky Mountain-high tax brackets. Jerseys and video games jump from the shelves.
Meanwhile, the linchpins...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Leave it to the wayward, woebegone Miami Dolphins to mess up their coaching search before it even begins.
During this holiday season, the Dolphins are dreaming of a Jiminy Christmas except they seem to be dreaming about the wrong Jiminy.
Or should I...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 4:51 PM
It was a short and understandably brief trip down memory lane.
Lou Holtz’s final Notre Dame team was the first I ever covered for the Tribune. The year: 1996.
All the Irish had to do was beat 5-6 USC to make a prestigious “alliance”...
| Dec 15, 2013
BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech's 21st consecutive bowl, Wake Forest's regime change and Texas' political theater remind anew of Frank Beamer's remarkable tenure at his alma mater, a fact not lost on the man himself.
Beamer, you see, is exceptionally...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 4:57 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Lane Kiffin could pass for the president of a yacht club, what with his tanned skin, lavender shirt, parted dirty-blond hair, dark blazer and mellow vibe.
"He's a Cali guy, laid-back and relaxed," Alabama right tackle Austin Shepherd...