February 9, 2014 |
Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri, could soon become the first openly gay NFL player, and he took to Twitter on Sunday night "to thank everybody for their support and encouragement. " Sam, the co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference, came out to his Missouri Tigers teammates in August but did not go public with his sexual orientation until interviews published Sunday by the New York Times and ESPN's "Outside the Lines. " "I didn't realize how many people actually knew, and I was afraid that someone would tell or leak something out about me," Sam told ESPN.
December 8, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - - The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole. Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and Florida State in the first title game. It seemed only right that the final Saturday of the last BCS season should match that chaotic conclusion. Well, it certainly tried. In the end, though, somehow, it sort of broke cleanly. How?
December 1, 2013 |
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective. "Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life. " Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the Southeastern Conference down to the ruthless, political blood sport that it is. Jacobs, the school's athletic director, told USA Today it would be a "disservice to the nation" if the SEC champion is left out of this season's Bowl Championship Series title game.
November 20, 2013 |
Fans from Berkeley, Calif., to Key Biscayne, Fla., must have done a spontaneous spit take when Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer announced his frustration with the lame-duck Bowl Championship Series. "I think it's a flawed system," Meyer said Monday. Here's another bulletin: Bill Gates is rich. Ohio State is 10-0 with three games left but is not likely to finish in the top two unless Alabama and/or Florida State lose. It would also help if Baylor lost. The Buckeyes are currently third in the BCS standings, by a slim margin, with Baylor set to move to No. 3 if it wins Saturday at Oklahoma State.
October 24, 2013 |
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 18 Louisville (6-1) at South Florida (2-4) 9 a.m., ESPN2 We'll find out if Louisville's moping period is over since last week's home loss to Central Florida. Louisville probably wasn't going to win the national title anyway, so it needs to get on with the business of winning the American Athletic Conference and earning an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid. South Florida opened the season with four straight losses but has bounced back to defeat Cincinnati and Connecticut.
October 19, 2013 |
Texas A&M and Missouri, two average programs from the Big 12, joined the Southeastern Conference two years ago. There were supposed to be growing pains. In fact, many people thought the schools would get devoured in America's best football conference. But Texas A&M, in its first year, became the only team to defeat national champion Alabama. And Saturday, Missouri improved to 7-0 for the season and took a two-game lead in the SEC East. A two-game lead in a division with Georgia, South Carolina and Florida?