College Football News May 9: Gary Pinkel and the Derrick Rose Game-Winner


Derrick Rose banked a game-winning 3-pointer, under duress, to sink the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Chicago Bulls’ Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Rose’s shot will live for decades on NBA highlight reels, but at least one college football player believes he could have replicated the buzzer-beater. If only Gary Pinkel had given former Missouri wide receiver L’Damian Washington the opportunity to ball for the Tigers basketball team…

At 6-foot-4, Washington has the size to play two-guard. His bio lists basketball among his hobbies. And it’s not as if the basketball transition after football hasn’t been done: former Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd carved out a niche for himself on the Ducks national runner-up team a season ago.

Perhaps had Washington gone the reverse-Antonio Gates route, the sports world would be buzzing about him tonight instead of Derrick Rose.

Or not.

Baylor’s Art Briles Mixes Football and Family

Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press

Art Briles is entrusting the Baylor offense to his 32-year-old son, and the AP’s Ralph Russo has the most apropos metaphor:

Kendal Briles, 32, will be the one of youngest offensive coordinators in major college football. It is as if he is getting the keys to pop’s car — and the car is a Maserati. If it wrecks, don’t be surprised if Baylor fans are looking for the head coach to ground his kid.

Baylor’s offense has ranked in the nation’s top four for points-per-game each season since 2011, and led the country in both 2013 and 2014. Kendal Briles doesn’t just have a high standard to meet; he must meet the highest standard.

Add that his father is the Bears’ head coach, and Baylor harbors realistic College Football Playoff ambitions, and the young offensive coordinator is stepping into a veritable pressure cooker.

Pressure Mounting for College Football Playoff to Expand

Dennis Dodd,

We’re all of one season into the College Football Playoff, and the primary concern of those hesitant to embrace the new postseason system is already a topic of conversation: expansion.

Dodd reports that talk of playoff expansion surfaced during conference meetings this week in Phoenix. Here’s what TCU head coach Gary Patterson, whose team was left out of the inaugural Playoff at No. 6, had to say:

“If you’re going to an eight-team playoff, you’re going to take the [conference] championship away,” he said. “And they’ll be OK with it because with eight teams that’s going to make up [financially] for the championship game anyway.”

Eight doesn’t seem like an unreasonable number in instances like the wild 2008 season. However, in seasons like this past, eight is completely unnecessary.

What’s more, once the Playoff expands to eight, champions of going to 16 will emerge.