Ranking The Matchups for the 2017 PK80 Phil Knight Invitational

Save some room Thanksgiving weekend for the inaugural PK80 Phil Knight Invitational, college basketball's newest -- and arguably most loaded -- early-season tournament. The brackets for the debut PK80 were released Wednesday, and the opening rounds on both sides of the bracket feature some of the best matchups of the entire 2017-'18 nonconference slate. 8.…

Texas or Notre Dame: Who Bounces Back in 2017?

Texas and Notre Dame are two football programs that share company among the most elite of college football. Both boast national championships, Heisman Trophy winners, and are the only two with entire television networks dedicated to their exploits. The two also share a more dubious distinction: The almost inevitable expectations set for both are met…

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…

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…