More Than A Decade Later, 2006 Rose Bowl Remains The Greatest

LOS ANGELES - Vince Young's 2006 Rose Bowl-winning, fourth-and-5 dash to the north end zone came not long before midnight Eastern on Jan. 4 -- well past bedtime for a grade-schooler with class the next day, as was the case for current Penn State cornerback Grant Haley. "Vince Young running into the end zone right…

Perspective on Kevin Wilson, Mark Helfrich and Coaching Expectations

Before his firing Thursday, Kevin Wilson seemingly built up some cachet at Indiana. The Wilson-led Hoosiers just sealed their second postseason appearance in as many years, the first time the long-downtrodden program had reached such an achievement in more than a quarter-century. But like Jim Leavitt at USF and Mark Mangino at Kansas before him,…

National Whiparound Week 8: Down Goes Ohio State

Week 8 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- most notably Penn State's upset of Ohio State in Happy Valley. The weekend also provided yet another signature performance from Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, a dominant win from both Alabama schools and another heartbreaking loss for Texas. Here's a look at four of the biggest…

Charlie Strong Hasn’t Succeeded And He Never Got The Chance

Congrats to Mike Perrin. Congrats to the Texas high school coaches who anonymously criticized Strong before he ever coached a Longhorn game. Congrats to the pundits who speculated about Charlie Strong's future in his first season. Saturday's failed comeback effort in a 45-40 loss to rival Oklahoma drops Texas to 2-3, making it now 3-for-3…

TV Pulling The Strings of Conference Expansion

ESPN and Fox reportedly working against rumored Big 12 Conference expansion raises red flags about the league's future, and underscores the abundance of influence TV has on college sports. For those who enjoy conspiracy theory, Monday's Sports Business Journal report also provides fodder. Just days before the piece outlining corporate acrimony toward the possibility of…

Game Balls: A New Year’s Eve Paradigm, Shifted

When the College Football Playoff announced plans to hold national semifinals on New Year's Eve, Bill Hancock promised to create "a new paradigm" for the holiday. A plummet in television ratings in Year 2 of the Playoff, and the first with New Year's Eve semis, forced the committee to immediately shift back. The Game Ball…

Heisman Top 10: Big 12 Heisman Contenders

Since the conference's formation two decades ago, the amount of Big 12 Heisman winners (5) trails only the SEC (6). However, we approach the fifth year since a Big 12 Heisman candidate last hoisted the hardware; the longest drought in the league's history. Robert Griffin III dazzled in 2011, edging two-time Stanford runner-up Andrew Luck…