NEW YORK -- On Saturday in Death Valley, Florida State and Clemson will meet in one of the most anticipated games of the season.
The winner will put a stranglehold on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division, and remain prominently in the running to play for the national championship.
But there also is a compelling subplot to the game: it will match a pair of African-American quarterbacks who rank among the very best players in the nation at their position, and not simply because of raw athleticism and running ability.
VIRGINIA -- When the college football season starts Aug. 29, it will mark the first time two black head coaches begin the season ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25. Kevin Sumlin (pictured) and his Texas A&M Aggies are ranked No. 5 while David Shaw and the Stanford Cardinal are No. 7.
Two other black head coaches have teams ranked in the top 25: Charlie Strong at the University of Louisville (No. 13) and James Franklin, in his third season, at Vanderbilt (No. 23).
No black head coach in the modern era of college football has won the national championship primarily due to the lack of opportunities for the job that is often the most lucrative on campus.
Clowney, who is considered the consensus first pick
of the 2014 NFL Draft, spent two days answering hundreds of questions
from dozens of media outlets.
So you would think this impressive and
engaging young man should at least receive minimum wage for his time and
effort helping sell South Carolina University, the S.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Former Shaw University quarterback James Stallons is taking his talents to the international level.
Stallons, who rewrote most of the passing record book in his one year at Shaw, was recently named the starting quarterback for the USA All-American Eagles in the upcoming Cancun Classic, an annual exhibition game against the University of Cancun Lions.
The game will be played on August 24 at Maya Stadium in Cancun, Mexico.
The USA All-American Eagles will be represented by the nation’s top Division-II, Division-III, NAIA and free agent football players from various universities.
DETROIT -- A three-day search for one of the winningest college
quarterbacks ever ended in a remote wooded area in Michigan, where
authorities found his body and were left with a mystery of how he died.
Finnerty, 30, (middle wearing No. 16) a former Grand Valley State University quarterback, went
missing Sunday while fishing near his family’s cottage. His body was
found in Webber Township about a mile from where he disappeared, but
authorities said no foul play was suspected. An autopsy will be needed
to determine how he died, they said.
FLORIDA -- Overall academic progress continued while the substantial gap between white and African-American football student-athletes remains the same from last year for the 70 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools (formerly known as Division I-A schools) playing in this year’s college football bowl games.
The results were reported in a study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.
Richard Lapchick, director of TIDES and the primary author of the study, said, “The academic success of FBS football student-athletes continued to grow this year.
WACO, TEX. —
Winston-Salem State's Connell Maynor, along with Bethune-Cookman's Brian Jenkins highlight Monday’s announcement of the American Football Coaches Association’s 2012 Regional Coach of the Year winners.
The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association’s five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA.
The winners are selected by Active members of the Association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Back in May of 1987, UPI writer Thomas Ferraro penned an article on Joe Paterno entitled "IN THE WORLD OF COLLEGE ATHLETICS . . . :
HE'S NOT AN AVERAGE JOE : Paterno Wants to Win--and Usually Does--but
What Sets Him Apart From Many Football Coaches Is That He Won't Put
Game Ahead of Academics, Integrity.
Here is that article in its entirety.
PARK, Pa. — Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office
at Penn State University and makes a confession about his
GRAMBLING, La. -- An attorney for the city of Grambling, La., has asked the NCAA
infractions committee to vacate some of Joe Paterno's record 409
Division I victories.
Grambling is the home of Grambling State
University. Coach Eddie Robinson led Grambling to 408 victories during
his career with the Tigers, a total that was passed by Paterno less than
two weeks before he was fired as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse
City attorney Pamela Breedlove said she filed the
request with the approval of Mayor Edward Jones because the university
is such a valued and important part of the city.
LOS ANGELES -- Justin Combs, the 18-year-old son of
hip-hop mogul Sean ''Diddy'' Combs, will attend UCLA on a $54,000
It is one of 285 athletic scholarships the university hands out every year.
It comes at a time when student fees are rising and a year after the
university had to use more than $2 million in student fees to cover an
athletic department funding gap.
Money for Combs' scholarship will not affect need-based scholarships
awarded by the university, UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez told the Los
PHOENIX -- The former top executive of the Fiesta Bowl has reached a
plea deal withArizona
prosecutors to settle allegations related to a political
Arizona Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico confirmed Sunday
that John Junker will appear in court on Tuesday, although she said she was
barred from providing details before the hearing.
Junker’s lawyer, Stephen Dichter, said in a statement that his client plans
to plead guilty to a single felony count in state court and another in federal
court related to his role in soliciting political contributions from Fiesta Bowl
employees who were later reimbursed by the bowl.
DALLAS -- University
of Minnesota and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College
Hall of Fame have announced that they will jointly honor the lateSandy Stephenswith an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®,
on Nov. 12 during the game between the Golden Gophers and the
University of Wisconsin.
Coverage of the game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET
on the Big Ten Network. Stephens, who passed away on June 6, 2000 at
age 59, will be represented by several members of his family, including
his son Sandy Stephens III.
CANADA -- After another dominating defensive effort, this time over the Kentucky Wildcats, the LSU Tigers once again top the SONAHR College Football Power Rankings (Poll #4). With a big victory over Florida, Alabama leap frogs Oklahoma for second while Wisconsin's impressive victory over Nebraska has the Badgers moving ahead of Boise for fourth.
While the top seven teams remain stable with only minor movement, the bottom half of the poll continues to be shaken up. Clemson's victory over Virginia Tech moves the Tigers into the top ten at #8 while five new teams enter the rankings, four for the first time (Georgia Tech, Texas, Illinois, Kansas State).
NEW YORK -- Edging both Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide by
the narrowest of margins, the Louisiana State Tigers claim top spot in
the national SONAHR College Football Power Rankings (Poll #3).
almost a three-way statistical tie, LSU becomes the latest to rise to
the top of the SONAHR rankings as each of the three (LSU, Oklahoma,
Alabama) have now held the number one position once so far this season.
With their victory over Tulsa, Boise leaf-frogs Wisconsin to move into
fourth while Clemson, Michigan, and Baylor come off the
PITTSBURGH -- The South Carolina State Bulldogs
were selected number one in the 2011 SBN Black College Football Preseason Poll.
The Bulldogs received 21 of 30 first-place votes, 276 points and are predicted to win the SBN Jake Gaither
National Championship Trophy for the second time in three seasons.
State Golden Rams are the defending SBN National Champions and they're
predicted to finish second this season. The Golden Rams received four
first-place votes and 258 points. Florida A&M is in the number three
position with 221 points.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Terrelle Pryor's career at Ohio State, which started with so much
promise and potential, came to an abrupt and scandal-ridden end.
The Ohio State quarterback announced through his attorney Tuesday
that he would not play for the Buckeyes this season. He had already been
suspended for the first five games for breaking NCAA rules by accepting
improper benefits from the owner of a tattoo parlor.
"In the best interests of my teammates, I've made the decision to
forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University," Pryor
said in a statement issued by Columbus lawyer Larry James.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin wants to
fans that things will get better.
“Yep. It has been tough. But Ohio State is more than football,” Griffin
said this week after Jim Tressel was forced to resign as head coach in the midst
of a widespread NCAA inquiry. “It’s a great university, a lot of great things
happening at the university. We will bounce back, no question about it.”
Griffin, 56, is president and CEO of Ohio State’s alumni association. Now 36
years removed from becoming the only player to win college football’s most
coveted individual award for a second time, he said there is now a drive to
NEW YORK -- In a profession that provides little in the way of job security, Jim
Tressel was about as comfortable as a college football coach could get.
The man in the sweater vest won 83 percent of his games in 10 seasons
with Ohio State. He went 9-1 against Michigan, won seven Big Ten titles
and a national championship.
But when he committed the cardinal sin of college sports, covering up
an NCAA violation in his program, none of his success on the field
could save him.
While NCAA President Mark Emmert has talked tough in recent months
about cracking down on rule-breakers with penalties severe enough to
deter future wrongdoers, maybe Tressel's departure from Ohio State will
help send that message.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A day after coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation for
lying aboutOhio State
players receiving improper benefits, the focus has
shifted to the investigation of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his
succession of used cars.
The salesman who put Pryor behind the wheel of several expensive vehicles
said in a sworn affidavit released by Ohio State on Tuesday that he didn’t offer
any special deals to Buckeyes.
“The deals that I did for Ohio State student-athletes were no different
than any of the other 10,000-plus deals that I’ve done for all my other
customers,” Aaron Kniffin said in the statement
COLUMBUS -- Ohio State officials are investigating the sale of as many as 50
automobiles to determine if NCAA rules were violated, The Columbus
Dispatch reported Saturday.
The newspaper reported the cars were bought by Ohio State athletes and their relatives.
The story said the school's chief NCAA rules compliance officer, Doug
Archie, was looking into the purchases. It is against NCAA rules for a
player to buy an item for a price that is not available to the public.
An automobile salesman was quoted in the story as saying he worked
for two dealerships where athletes and their relatives bought used cars.