Stories by Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Own worst enemy: Mistakes making it hard on No. 1 Ohio State

Turnovers and penalties. Bad throws and blown assignments. Third-down dysfunction and red-zone malfunctions. Ohio State is making life very difficult on itself.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Court strikes down decision to pay college athletes

A federal appeals court struck down a plan to pay college football and basketball players in a ruling that NCAA leaders believe supports their contention that the athletes are students and not ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Baylor coach's disciples are spreading his word

Baylor's spread offense is spreading and making opposing defenses sick.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Weekend tarnishes SEC rankings

Three Southeastern Conference teams fell out of the AP Top 25 and Auburn dropped 12 spots Sunday after the league that set a record for most teams in the college football rankings last week had a ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Jones starts at QB, leads Buckeyes past Hokies

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Cardale Jones was yucking it up on the sideline, mimicking Braxton Miller’s spin move and celebrating an Ohio State touchdown.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Meyer wants to enjoy the journey

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer wants to enjoy the journey as the Buckeyes go for their second consecutive victory.
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Collins has praise for NCAA over Indiana law

Jason Collins says he is proud of the NCAA's "bold" leadership against Indiana's religious objections law, and the association should avoid putting future Final Fours in states that do not protect ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NCAA to monitor impact of religious objections law

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA President Mark Emmert made it clear the association wouldn't tolerate discrimination and was willing to take its business out of Indiana.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, March 27, 2015

Experts say safety efforts need to start at prep level

NEW YORK - To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dayton weary of home court talk

Dayton coach Archie Miller, who led Dayton to the Elite Eight last season, said he is getting a little tired of hearing about how fortunate his team has been with its venues.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NCAA working to better handle academic-misconduct

A group of 20 university presidents and college athletics administrators is crafting a proposal to better define when the NCAA should investigate cases of academic cheating by student athletes.
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

NCAA's illegal man downfield rule expected to be tightened

Starting next season, offenses that try to confuse defenses by throwing behind run blocking lines could have less room to work their games of deception.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Rules committee likely won't focus of pace of play

The NCAA coordinator of college football officials says he does not expect pace of play to be a major topic when the rules committee meets this week.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Late coaching changes expose flaw in early signing period

As college football moves toward an early signing period for recruits, some of this year's signees learned situations can change the very next day.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Muschamp a boost to Auburn's recruiting efforts

On National Signing Day, there is a good chance Florida fans will be angry with Will Muschamp again.
By Ralph D. Russo

Several five-star players to make decisions on signing day

Spend a few hours watching teenagers pick hats in their high school gymnasiums and you might find it hard to believe that the vast majority of top football prospects have long ago made their ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Ohio State wins championship with 42-20 victory over Oregon

ARLINGTON, Texas - Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

Title game will crown 'true champ'

DALLAS - Ohio State and Oregon will meet in a game that has never been played for a trophy that has never been raised. The winner Monday night in north Texas can be called the truest champion in ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Meyer familiar with how Oregon's program works

DALLAS - When Urban Meyer took a year off from coaching, he made a trip to Oregon to visit a friend and to find out how Chip Kelly was running the show in Eugene.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Oregon has edge in title game

DALLAS - The first College Football Playoff national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State will be all about the O - as in offense, with the edge going to Oregon.
By Ralph D. Russo
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