Stories by Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Alabama still tops rankings

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Alabama moved into the top spot

Alabama is the new No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and Mississippi State remains in the
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Horned Frogs jump into playoff rankings

Texas Christian takes over the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings and Oregon jumps undefeated Florida State and moves into second place.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

SEC dominates initial playoff rankings

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The College Football Playoff selection committee has spoken - and it likes the Southeastern Conference. At least for now.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Calls of SEC bias on the rise

As Southeastern Conference football teams dominate rankings, calls of #SECBias rise from Oregon to Ohio - but is it real?
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Slive to retire as SEC commissioner in July

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league and plans to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Playoff committee tries to avoid publicly discussing playoff

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck takes what he calls a lawyerly approach to talking about his involvement with the College Football Playoff selection committee. 
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

Bears knock off Horned Frogs

No. 5 Baylor scored 24 points in the final 11 minutes to beat No. 9 Texas Christian 61-58 on Saturday in a crazy Big 12 scorefest.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Polls change significantly after wild weekend

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi's Southeastern Conference teams have never been this good and this close.
By Ralph D. Russo

Weekend of upset specials

The biggest weekend of the college football season delivered a sensational Saturday that included three of the top six teams in The Associated Press poll getting beat.  In ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Two top in polls lose support, Texas A&M climbs

NEW YORK - Texas A&M made a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football.
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Alabama holds off West Virginia

ATLANTA - Blake Sims was good enough in his first start at quarterback for Alabama, getting plenty of help from Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, and the second-ranked Crimson Tide held ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014

Big Five expected to get way in voting

The NCAA board of directors will vote today on a proposal that would give the five wealthiest college football conferences the ability to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Big Five want to keep the status quo in football

The word is autonomy and its introduction into big-time college sports is a game-changer, even if it doesn't immediately change the games.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SEC coaches want loophole closed up

DESTIN, Fla. - Southeastern Conference football coaches want the NCAA to close a loophole that allows schools to take part in out-of-state summer camps with high school prospects.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, May 11, 2014

St. Louis drafts first openly gay player into NFL

NEW YORK — Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sam drafted in seventh round by Rams

Michael Sam, poised to become the NFL's first openly gay player, was selected in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Clowney no fan of May draft

South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney, who might be the top pick in Thursday's NFL Draft, is ready for it to be over with.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NCAA rules committee tables 10-second proposal

NEW YORK - Round 1 in the fight over pace of play in college football goes to those who have the need for speed.
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Maybe defenses do need a break from fast-paced offense

A potential rule change that would slow down speedy college football offenses has a long way to go. First, most college football coaches don't support it.
By Ralph D. Russo

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