Stories 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

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Talent-rich SEC to become even richer

National signing day is not a starting block but a finish line. All the flip-flopping, committing, de-committing and re-committing stops.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

NCAA stipend is 'less threatening'

NCAA President Mark Emmert said that providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to schools that knocked down a proposal to increase the value of scholarships. 
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Seminoles No. 1 atop final AP poll

Florida State finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference's record streak of seven national championships.
By Ralph D. Russo

Seminoles claim BCS title

Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the final BCS national championship game.
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

BCS had some memories

Love it or hate it, the BCS leaves behind plenty of championship memories.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Final BCS title game: Domination vs. Destiny

The Seminoles (13-0) ripped through their schedule on the way to Pasadena, winning each game by at least 14 points behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Auburn had a different road.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Winston star of show in buildup

There is no doubt Jameis Winston is the star of the show this week in Southern California leading up to the BCS title game.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

E Illinois' Garoppolo highlights FCS All-America team

E. Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, Towson's Terrance West and Montana State's Brad Daly highlighted Wednesday's release of the FCS All-America team.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Three repeat on AP All-America football team

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton were selected to the first team for the second consecutive season.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

Manziel familiar with scrutiny Winston will be facing

NEW YORK - Famous Jameis has replaced Johnny Football as the face of college football.
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Seminoles' Winston wins Heisman

NEW YORK - Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy, making the Florida State quarterback the second consecutive freshman to win the award.
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Winston expected to take Heisman

Florida State quarterbcak Jameis Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman after a sensational season.
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

Florida State, Auburn surprised many

Florida State was ranked outside the Top 10 to start the season and Auburn was coming off a season in which it did not win an SEC game. Both teams are surprising BCS finalists.
By Ralph D. Russo

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