Football Columns

Steve Richardson

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has designs on the perfect senior season and a national title

by Steve Richardson September 07, 2009 in Football

Texas senior quarterback Colt McCoy grew up dreaming about playing college football at Abilene Christian where his father, Brad, once was a safety. That seemed like an appropriate goal for a skinny kid who was an all-sports star in the small West Texas town of Tuscola. But after attending University of Texas summer football camps while he was in high school, McCoy re-focused on the Longhorns. He had watched Ricky Williams and Chris Simms develop and finally Vince Young play in Austin. He was… Continue Reading

Blair Kerkhoff


by Blair Kerkhoff December 05, 2008 in Football

Okay, so it gets a lot of airtime – on television and on the video screens inside the arenas during March Madness. But if I’m not buried in note-taking I pay attention. “There are over 400,000 student-athletes and most will be going pro in something other than sports.” The NCAA got even more clever with those PSAs in its latest campaign to underscore the relationship between academics and athletics, cracking funny with kids bargaining their trading cards of former athletes now in the work… Continue Reading

Dennis Dodd

Football Finalists All Agree…There’s Nothing Like a Senior Year

by Dennis Dodd October 31, 2008 in Football

It’s not really complicated. Jim Laurinaitis loves college football. The Ohio State linebacker is a fine student too, but it’s the questions about football that kept coming his way in the offseason.  NFL types were almost incredulous that the Ohio State linebacker didn’t go pro after his junior season in 2007. Laurinaitis had won at least a share of three Big Ten titles, as well as the Nagurski (defensive player of the year) and Butkus (best linebacker) awards. There was little else… Continue Reading

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