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February 11, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Craig Kuligowski heard the words, but at first they didn't register. In nearly three decades in college football, the University of Missouri defensive line coach had come to view summer team-building sessions as a typically uneventful training camp exercise. So he wasn't expecting different on a sweltering day last August when he gathered 15 players in a nondescript, windowless meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. There, beneath seven black-and-gold placards professing an adherence to teamwork, camaraderie and character, one of the players tested whether those were core values or just empty words.
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February 1, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Pete Carroll is one victory from joining an incredibly exclusive club - coaches who have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship. As it is, only Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer have done so. Carroll's USC teams won national championships at the end of the 2003 and '04 seasons. Louisiana State defeated Oklahoma in the 2003-04 Bowl Championship Series title game, but the Associated Press chose USC as No. 1 in its final season poll. USC beat Oklahoma for the 2004-05 BCS title but was later stripped by the NCAA.
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January 13, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The American Football Coaches Assn. announced Monday at its annual convention in Indianapolis that the coaches college football poll will continue in the new College Football Playoff. The poll will go on despite having no role in choosing the champion in the four-team playoff. The USA Today coaches' poll had been been a key part of the standings formula that picked the top two teams in the 16-year era of the Bowl Championship Series. It had a sketchy and sometimes controversial ride because the coaches were contractually obligated to award the BCS title to the winner of the top two teams in the final BCS standings.
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January 11, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 One of the best events for senior high school football players still hoping to play college football but who didn't receive a scholarship offer is the California Showcase set for Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. at the StubHub Center in Carson. Put together by former UCLA Coach Terry Donahue and the National Football Foundation, it will offer a free camp for athletes seeking exposure and opportunities from coaches representing schools at NCAA Division II, III and NAIA level. Here's the link to website to register . Last year, there were 30 schools and more than 500 athletes who participated.
OPINION
January 9, 2014 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
In 1975, Nebraska Sen. Roman Hruska warned a congressional hearing that college football was in mortal danger. The threat came from Title IX, the 1972 measure that outlawed sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance. To comply with the law, Hruska feared, colleges would have to equalize athletic budgets for male and female sports, and the only way to do that would be to raid the football budget. "Are we going to let Title IX kill the goose that lays the golden eggs in those colleges and universities with a major revenue-producing sport?"
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January 8, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference won this year's national title, but the two best college football leagues were the Southeastern and the Pac 12. This conclusion can confidently be made after everything was said, played, tallied and done. The SEC saw its seven-year streak of BCS titles stopped, yet still led all conferences with seven schools ranked in the final Associated Press poll . The Pac 12 was second with six schools, followed by the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten and Big 12, with three each.
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January 7, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The 16-year era of the Bowl Championship Series ended Monday night in the Rose Bowl. There were fireworks and a trophy presentation and then someone turned out the lights on a colorful, and controversial, chapter of college football. The Rose Bowl hosted two games this season, the Rose Bowl and the BCS title game, but those days are over. Next year, the four-team College Football Playoff replaces the BCS system. Here's how it will work: Instead of using a standing formula to determine the top two teams, a 13-member committee will select and seed the top four teams.
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January 7, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Turn out the lights, the parity's over. The Bowl Championship Series era of equal access and catering to college football's "little guys" ended Monday night at the Rose Bowl when Florida State ended the Southeastern Conference's winning streak. The new playoff format will weed out the weak, make the big conferences richer and the small conferences poorer. Why do you think Chris Petersen finally left Boise State for Washington? There are exciting times ahead for everyone except the Sun Belt Conference and the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
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January 6, 2014 | Chris Erskine
A mere three hours separate Auburn from Florida State. But where the Auburn folks come in with their iPhones and expensive sweaters, the Florida State fans show up all chicken-fried - big hair, big personalities. You know you're a Florida State fan, the saying goes, if your wife ever got her hairdo caught in a ceiling fan. No school should be summed up by its football fans. USC, by all estimates, is a pretty sophisticated place, though you'd never conclude that from walking through campus on game day. Jim Morrison and Faye Dunaway attended Florida State, for instance, so there's a disconnect right there.
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January 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They started the night with a barrage of pregame fireworks in the Rose Bowl. A few hours later, the rockets really went off. This was not so much a game as a roller coaster. If you are a drama lover, an excitement junkie, you couldn't help but get high on this one. The last 4 1/2 minutes were college football's Space Mountain. There was a 100-yard kickoff return by a Florida State freshman, who is only 5 feet 7, who was a state champion sprinter and who goes by either Kermit Whitfield or Levonte Whitfield.
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