| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:55 PM
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl was the play of the 2012 college football season.
Under new rules this season, a similar tackle might get Clowney ejected.
And if it does,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 9:47 AM
In one of the least shocking announcements of summer, two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll.
UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24....
| Apr 28, 2013
| 10:35 AM
"Mr. Irrelevant," the nickname given to the final pick in the NFL draft, is Justice Cunningham, a tight end from South Carolina who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 254th choice on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder was actually called...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 4:00 PM
The Southeastern Conference is, for now, a helpless Bowl Championship Series bystander as it monitors three undefeated outliers competing for this season's title.
Winners of six straight BCS crowns, the SEC needs any two among these three teams —...
| Nov 8, 2012
Rankman's steadfast "Never play on Election Tuesday" rule came back to bite Toledo when the Rockets forfeited their poll position by joining Mitt Romney in the loss column. Toledo, located in swing-state Ohio, lost to Ball State. Otherwise, it was...
| Nov 10, 2012
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: How many more of these little annoyances will USC Athletic Director Pat Haden put up with?
Answer: The thing about little annoyances is they eventually add up to one big annoyance.
One parking ticket...
| Oct 1, 2012
We exit September with the understanding that Alabama, in football, is first and fundamentally foremost.
It's almost universal.
The Crimson Tide picked up all 60 first-place votes in Sunday's Associated Press poll and all but two in the USA Today...
| Oct 5, 2012
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games.
No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Penn...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 3:52 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: Do you get paid for writing (##$%$) like that? Did the USC coach say something to you and hurt your feelings? Your article screams of self-pity. Why don't you just go to Fox News and throw your 2-year-old tantrum on TV?...
| Sep 27, 2012
It must be a slow week if ESPN's "GameDay" is headed to the Big Ten Conference, which doesn't have a title-eligible school ranked among the top 19 of the Associated Press media poll.
Close-as-it-gets No. 20 Michigan State is locking down for its...
| Sep 29, 2012
The only thing more endangered than being Arkansas' head coach is being undefeated.
Stanford found out Thursday night what others will discover Saturday.
The Cardinal sin of losing at Washington leaves 26 unbeatens as the season winds toward an Agatha...