February 19, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - There will be intrigue, just as there is every year with the NFL scouting combine, as the nation's top college football prospects look to turn the heads of their future employers with size, speed and strength. But this year's event promises a little history to go along with the mystery. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, on track to become the first openly gay NFL player, will be working out for teams, as will a record 103 players who opted to forgo their senior seasons and make the early plunge into the draft pool.
February 11, 2014 |
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.
February 5, 2014 |
Scott Altenberg won't be winning any UCLA alumni awards any time soon. Altenberg, a UCLA graduate who is the football coach at Gardena Serra High, wins a lot of football games but can't seem to deliver to Bruins fans what they want - his star players in powder blue and gold. Altenberg's father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But what has Scott Altenberg done for us lately, Bruins fans want to know. Their complaining hit a fever pitch Wednesday when yet another blue-chip prospect, wide receiver and defensive back Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA.
February 3, 2014 |
The NCAA has informed the University of Washington that it has completed an inquiry and does not plan to take action stemming from allegations that a former assistant football coach who worked under Steve Sarkisian paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit. The NCAA investigated allegations that former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi gave $4,500 to a former high school track coach to pay for academic services for Andrew Basham, who signed with Washington in February 2013 but did not qualify academically to enroll.
February 3, 2014 |
Adrian Klemm knows how the other half lives. The UCLA offensive line coach returned from a recruiting trip in December, only to find he was the one being wooed. USC Coach Steve Sarkisian had called to make Klemm an offer few could refuse, one that all but included the deed to the McKay Center. But UCLA Coach Jim Mora was on his way to the airport to greet Klemm carrying his own offer, one unprecedented for a Bruins assistant coach. Klemm, selected the Pac-12 Conference's recruiter of the year in 2012 by the recruiting websites Sports 24/7 and Scout.com, stayed with UCLA, accepting an offer believed to be about $700,000 annually.
February 1, 2014 |
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.
January 13, 2014 |
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.
January 11, 2014 |
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.
January 9, 2014 |
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?"
January 8, 2014 |
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.