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NFL should have deflated Deflate Gate

The Week That Was: Enough of DeFlategate right? Well, not quite. One last observation about the nonsense which is ENTIRELY the fault of the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Here’s why. Everyone says this was, at worst, a minor violation. The NFL should have looked at the evidence in January. Taken some time…
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Heisman race has no clear cut favorite

Winning the Heisman has become a TV award and a matter of teams contending for the national championship as much as it has been an individual award as to deciding the best player in college football. It is also a QB award for the most part. With that in mind, here’s our first guess at…
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State is THE No. 1 team

The time table that Urban Meyer had set up for a national championship contender at Ohio State was 2015. But Meyer and the Buckeyes couldn’t wait. They won the title a year ago. So what’s the encore? Try a repeat in Glendale, Arizona in January. Year 2 of College Football Playoffs will have a similar…
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tiger is back–in more ways than one

The Week That Was: Tiger Woods shot back to back rounds in the 60’s in the first two rounds of the Green Briar Classic in White Sulpher Springs WVa. That’s news. Tiger Woods made the cut and will be actually playing in Sunday’s (we think) final round. That’s news Tiger Woods is involved in an…
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Give BC credit for the effort

No one can accuse Boston College basketball coach Jim Christian of not giving maximum effort in trying to revive a basketball program that has been on life support in terms of on court success for the past several years. Dealing with tough academic standards, sub standard practice facilities and amenities for players, Christian has been…
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Tiger ever win a tournament again?

The Week That Was: Breaking par is now an accomplishment. So is making the cut. Some people may take pleasure in the public embarrassment that Tiger Woods has now, at times, become on the golf course. Breaking 80. Topping fairway wood shots. Really? For so many years, Tiger’s name was linked to Nicklaus and Palmer…
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

A New England Alliance is essential

Let’s cut to the chase. Rivalries in sports are based on hate. Or in this politically correct world, strong dislike. In New England, the three schools at the FBS level–Boston College, UConn and UMass–have a common bond of physical proximity as well as a general disdain for each other. Yet, amazingly, incredibly, stubbornly and, in…
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bamford’s scheduling has given UMass a chance

For life as an independent–as the University of Massachusetts will be, starting in 2016, scheduling in football is the life blood for the program. Other than Notre Dame, which doesn’t have a problem finding opponents, BYU, which is also widely popular and Army, which remains very comfortable in its own independent skin, UMass is the…
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

American Pharoah is royalty

The Week That Was: The chatter grew louder each day. Story after story looking for ways why American Pharoah will not end the Triple Crown winner drought on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. Same story, we’ve heard for years. The race–a mile and a half–was too long. The Derby is a mile and a quarter,…
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Soccer leadership needs a red card

The week that was: Let’s get this straight. Soccer, which is the most popular sport in the world, is run by an organization which was blasted this week by a 47-count federal indictment alleging racketeering, fraud and money laundering and various other charges. The man at the top during this scandal was FIFA president Sepp…
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

UMass needs Naval support

It took 120 years for Navy to become affiliated with a conference in football. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, it might take 120 days for Naval Academy officials to decide life as an independent is better than life in the 12 team American Athletic Conference which will begin play as a two-division, championship game conference…
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Brady bunch is shrinking

The Week That Was: Remember when the Patriots were a united front, even if it was often an “us vs. the world” mind set? Not so much anymore. And the amazing part is that the Patriots appear to have started to put some distance between one of their own–QB Tom Brady. Brady is still arguably…
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

UMass ready for next step

There will be moments in the next several weeks and months when new University of Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford will feel like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, whose fate was to perpetually push a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down the hill past him. Bamford was hired to…
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

No TC winner–again

The Week That Was: They ran the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown on Wednesday and hardly anyone noticed it. Well, no they didn’t, of course. The Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday afternoon and Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is the overwhelming favorite. But they did hold the post position draw for…
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: SEC Predix: Tide vs. Dawgs

By Tony Barnhart Okay. So we’ve come to the final stop on our Mr.CFB SEC Spring football tour and we are ready to project the order of finish for this Fall in the SEC’s two divisions. Before we begin, a couple of reminders: **–This is how I see the order of finish if the season…
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: SEC report: Vandy has long climb

By Tony Barnhart Nashville–Vanderbilt was coming off an open date when it visited Mississippi State on Nov. 22, 2014, The Commodores didn’t just get beat–they were humiliated 51-0 by the nation’s No. 4 team. And no one was humiliated more than Derek Mason, the first-year head coach. At that moment Mason had to admit something…
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Is UConn at a crossroads or a dead end?

In the past 10 years when conference reconfiguration was changing the landscape of college athletics, no school has taken a bigger hit than the University of Connecticut. Some backers of Boston College–which was part of the early movement of changes by jumping from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference–have harped on the fact…
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: Aggies ready to become offensive on D

By Tony Barnhart When Texas A&M left the Big 12 to join the SEC three years ago, I asked coach Kevin Sumlin where his program was going to have to get better if it wanted to compete for the conference championship. He didn’t hesitate. “Defense,” said Sumlin. “The SEC has big, extremely fast players on…
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: Tenn QB is Volunteering to be a star

By Tony Barnhart Knoxville, Tenn.–Joshua Dobbs loves to compete, even with his own mother. Dobbs, from Alpharetta, Ga. (about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta), grew up in a household that was very serious about a lot of things, especially academics. His mother, Stephanie, missed only one day of school in 12 years (she had a…
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: Ole Ball Coach not old yet

By Tony Barnhart Columbia, S.C.–I’ve known Stephen Orr Spurrier since 1980 when he was the offensive coordinator at Duke. I’ve played golf with him (there are no gimme putts). I’ve jogged the Florida campus with him (he ran me into the ground). I’ve called him when I needed a good off-season column. He’s called me…
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Brady will return fire–count on it.

The Week That Was: This was one of the rare weeks it was not good to be Tom Brady. The four time Super Bowl winning QB, the million dollar husband with the (more than him) million dollar super model wife is being roasted on the media and fan (Non Patriot) grill of public opinion for…
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: Mizu wants some respect

By Tony Barnhart From time to time I appear on Paul Finebaum’s show on the SEC Network. And for while now Paul and I have had an understanding: During the course of our discussion, one of us has to say something nice about Missouri football. Because if we don’t somebody, somewhere, is going to play…
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: Miss State wants encore performance

By Tony Barnhart Starkville, Miss.–At first, said quarterback Dak Prescott, his Mississippi State teammates found it kind of annoying. Now it is starting to tick them off. “It” is the notion that after Mississippi State’s historic season of 2014, the Bulldogs are likely–maybe even destined–to drop out out of the national spotlight in 2015. Now…
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Mr. CFB: Ole Miss still a player

By Tony Barnhart It was Nov. 1, 2014 and Ole Miss, ranked No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, was hosting No. 3 Auburn. The Rebels had already beaten No. 1 Alabama in October but had lost to LSU the week before. The winner would stay alive for the playoffs. The loser would…
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

OSU’s Miller needs to hit send button

If you are Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, you need to make a decision. Now. Yes, you are a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year winner. Yes, you are no doubt hearing words of support–if not need–from Buckeye coach Urban Meyer. But let’s get real. Miller has not been part of the day…
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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