Bob Wojnowski The Detroit News Published 10:45 PM EST Dec 28, 2018 Atlanta — You were duly warned. You wanted a real playoff system — and by “you,” I mean a majority of college football fans — and after years of debate, you got it. And it’s good, right? A four-team field has produced great games and epic championship clashes in five years. Good enough for me, good enough for many, never good enough for everyone. These are the unintended consequences you were warned about, that the emphasis on the playoff would de-emphasize everything else, from the regular season to the non-playoff bowls. More and more players are sitting out bowls and it’s hard to blame them, although fans can be dismayed by the direction and the message. Michigan (10-2) will be missing four starters — Devin Bush Jr., Rashan Gary, Karan Higdon and Juwann Bushell-Beatty — when it faces Florida (9-3) in the Peach Bowl Saturday. It’s a … [Read more...] about Wojo: College Football Playoff expansion wouldn’t fix anything
Will Hobson, The Washington Post Published 8:01 am PST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 A file photo of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in 2016. The bowl's executive, Jim McVay, makes $1 million a year. A file photo of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in 2016. The bowl's executive, Jim McVay, makes $1 million a year. Photo: Chris O'Meara, Associated Press Photo: Chris O'Meara, Associated Press Image 1 of / 37 Caption Close Image 1 of 37 A file photo of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in 2016. The bowl's executive, Jim McVay, makes $1 million a year. A file photo of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in 2016. The bowl's executive, Jim McVay, makes $1 million a year. … [Read more...] about He runs one amateur football game per year. He makes more than $1 million.
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:34 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Michigan State wrapped up final exams Friday across campus. The last test this season for the Spartans’ football team is a bit more than two weeks away, against Oregon at the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. But Mark Dantonio and his staff also get a sneak peek at the future Wednesday when the second college football three-day early signing period arrives. Tom Izzo and his basketball team, in the meantime, are off until Sunday, then only have two more games until the new year. Scheduling quirks – with the Big Ten going to a 20-game conference slate, MSU having to play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and also going to the Las Vegas Invitational, as well playing the one-year-delayed game at Florida – left December relatively open for the ninth-ranked Spartans. And the academic calendar left the sporting calendar fairly silent this week. Yet there remains plenty on fans’ minds … [Read more...] about Michigan State mailbag: How did football win 7 games?
Paul Newberry Associated Press Published 5:56 AM EST Dec 2, 2018 Atlanta — Jalen Hurts spent most of the season watching from the sideline, cheering on the guy who took his job and hoping for one more chance to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide. He didn’t pout. He didn’t gripe. He didn’t transfer. On Saturday, Hurts got the call. Boy, did he respond. Hurts threw for one touchdown and ran for another with just over a minute to go, rallying No. 1 Alabama to a 35-28 victory over No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game. It was a stunning twist on the scenario that played out less than 11 months earlier on the very same field. “I’ve probably never been more proud of a player than Jalen,” coach Nick Saban said. If they had pitched this script to Hollywood, it would’ve been laughed out of the room for being too implausible. In last season’s national title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, between these same teams, … [Read more...] about Saturday’s football: Hurts is unlikely hero as Alabama rallies past Georgia
Associated Press Published 5:46 PM EST Nov 11, 2018 Louisville, Ky. — Louisville’s seven-game skid was bad enough. Worse were the large margins of defeat and opponents’ apparent ease in lighting up the scoreboard. That combination spelled the end of coach Bobby Petrino’s second chapter with the Cardinals. Louisville fired Petrino on Sunday morning with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points. The school announced Petrino’s dismissal with a statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who wasn’t confident the coach could turn things around next season. He said a new head coach would be chosen soon to restore the program to national prominence. The AD said at a news conference later that he considered a number of factors in Petrino’s status, but noted that the three games since Louisville’s bye showed no progress. “It was clear the players … [Read more...] about Sunday’s college football: Louisville fires head coach Bobby Petrino