From Craig James to Sean “Diddy” Combs, An Ode to Stage Dads

TMZ first reported Sean "Diddy" Combs was arrested Monday for assault with a deadly weapon. UCLA athletics released an official statement that sheds some light on TMZ's report Diddy physically went after a Bruins coach when his son, walk-on defensive back Justin Combs, was yelled at. Diddy's weapon of choice? A kettlebell, UCLA reports. Given…

Going Out On Limb For 2015: UMass Goes Bowling

Nothing about the University of Massachusetts' decision to move up from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Bowl Subdivision made sense to me. The Minutemen reached the FCS Championship Game in 2006, then made the Playoffs the next year, but failed to reach the postseason every season thereafter. This wasn't Appalachian State or Georgia Southern,…

Summer Reading: College Football Book Recommendations

Full disclosure: though I'm a college football junkie, I absolutely love summertime. There's no question autumn is the best time of year, but working in college football media, it's also the busiest. Summer -- and specifically, summer between Memorial Day weekend and before media days get rolling in late July -- is an opportunity to…

Cardale Jones vs. Joakim Noah: Who Ya Got?

The Cleveland Cavaliers honored the College Football Playoff champion Ohio State Buckeyes during Wednesday's Eastern Conference Semifinal Game 2 vs. the Chicago Bulls. Among the Buckeyes in the house was quarterback Cardale Jones, now embroilered in a war of words with Bulls center Joakim Noah. Back story: Noah on bench watching Cardale Jones on the…

Can Utah RB Devontae Booker Make A Run at the Heisman?

Coaches tend to be guarded in their public declarations of expectations, particularly this time of year. So when Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said on Thursday's Pac-12 teleconference call that running back Devontae Booker can contend for the 2015 Heisman Trophy, he commanded attention. "He can have a better year than last year," Whittingham said.…

Friday Q&A: Best SEC Coaching Staff; B1G Contenders

Which is the best SEC coaching staff? That's how begin this week's Q&A, so be forewarned: You are diving headlong into an open can of worms. Here's my arbitrary ranking of the week. Tarantino-Directed Movies 1. Pulp Fiction 2. Django Unchained 3. Kill Bill Vol. 2 4. Kill Bill Vol. 1 5. Reservoir Dogs 6.…