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Texas could use talent at Louisville fields

Texas could use talent at Louisville fields

Louisville’s returning roster of 17 starters and five players named to preseason watch lists is topped by Lamar Jackson. The sophomore quarterback is on the Maxwell Award list and poised to join the Heisman Trophy conversation, too.Charlie Strong could use a roster like this one...

East Carolina builds strength with Connors

East Carolina builds strength with Connors

East Carolina enjoys the luxury of promoting offensive lineman J.T. Boyd as an Outland Trophy candidate. It’s an especially inspiring story from anonymous two-star prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.Back then, Boyd’s only other options were four schools that play in the lower...

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Williams returns to potent Clemson offense

Clemson returns prolific Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson. The Tigers junior quarterback compiled 1,105 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns along with 4,104 passing and 35 TDs.Not a bad starting point to begin 2016 for last year’s ACC champions and national runner-up to...

Maxwell Trophy more selective than Heisman

Maxwell Trophy more selective than Heisman

The Heisman Trophy is so firmly established as the nation’s most prestigious college football award, its publicity is done by media outlets from the largest Internet services, cable shows and newspapers to niche services.That’s one difference — but not the most significant — with...

Mendenhall faces tough rebuilding task

Mendenhall faces tough rebuilding task

Bronco Mendenhall’s track record suggests he will turn around Virginia’s football program soon if not right away. He won 99 games in 11 seasons at BYU without a losing mark.In 2005, Mendenhall inherited a Cougars program with three straight losing seasons. His first team ended...

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

We all recognize the SEC is the nation’s top football conference, but many of us outside the SEC like to point out that the SEC is largely top heavy.Granted, the SEC has more schools that can annually contend for a national title and it is topped by Alabama’s modern dynasty, but...

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

The list of returning ACC starting quarterbacks clearly starts with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. He should have won the Heisman Trophy despite finishing third in the voting.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is back for his sophomore season after taking over the starting role with signs he...

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin parlayed three years of success at SEC bottom-feeder Vanderbilt into a brand-name college football job at Penn State. That’s what makes his recent comments expressing frustration with recruiting in the Big Ten so surprising.What could be tougher than recruiting in...

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football took Salavea to the White House

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Salavea has since moved on as an assistant coach at Oregon. Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.By Tom ShanahanFootball lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like...

Arizona missing a draft pick in Omaha

Arizona missing a draft pick in Omaha

Arizona plays one of the two games that open the College World Series Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska, but the team left Tucson without one of the Wildcats taken in the Major League Baseball draft last week.Arizona coach Jay Johnson and his players aren’t worried about the absence...