Stories by Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Louisville, Ohio State make case for No. 1

When Alabama trailed by 21 on Saturday it looked as if college football could be heading for a total reset weekend, when poll voters just trash the whole thing and start from scratch.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

NCAA won't force ACC to move events out of North Carolina

NCAA President Mark Emmert says it is up to the Atlantic Coast Conference to decide whether it wants to follow the association's lead and pull events out of North Carolina because of a state law ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016

Houston upsets Oklahoma in opener

HOUSTON - Brandon Wilson went end line to end zone to score a touchdown and No. 15 Houston beat No. 3 Oklahoma 33-23 Saturday,
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

Buckeyes are greatest college football team ever, AP says

Thanks to the Associated Press footbal poll,, the AP is using 80 years of poll data and a simple formula to bring you the top 100 college football programs of the poll era.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Concussion lawsuits being filed in college football

NEW YORK - As many as 50 class-action lawsuits contesting how the NCAA, major college football conferences or individual schools handled concussions will be filed in the coming months by former ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, April 8, 2016

Satellite football camps banned by NCAA

The NCAA announced Friday it was barring football coaches from participating in camps on other campuses, siding with the Southeastern Conference in its high-profile dispute with Michigan's Jim ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Families' sacrifice started Jenkins on path to memorable shot

HOUSTON - It took two families and lots of sacrifice to get Kris Jenkins to Villanova. That was the difficult part. Making one of the biggest shots in college basketball history was easy by ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Saturday, April 2, 2016

NCAA seeks clarity in academic misconduct cases

HOUSTON - Soon after Syracuse or North Carolina plays for the national championship, the NCAA Division I council is likely to approve the first changes in 33 years to the way the association ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, April 1, 2016

Villanova re-establishes Big East's brand

HOUSTON - The Big East is back in the Final Four, reinvented and re-establishing itself as one of the best basketball conferences in the country.
By Ralph D. Russo

NCAA is studying the various transfer rules

This is the time of year when the NCAA transfer rules - or the lack thereof - end up drawing lots of attention as college basketball and football players decide to move.
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

NCAA won't support religious exemption law

HOUSTON - For the second consecutive year, NCAA President Mark Emmert faced questions at his Final Four news conference about a state's religious exemption law that critics say allows ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, March 18, 2016

Lumberjacks chop down Mountaineers

NEW YORK - Thomas Walkup scored 33 points and the 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin faced down West Virginia's full-court press, pulling off a rugged, 70-56 first-round upset of the third-seeded ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Wolverines spend spring break practicing in Florida

Michigan held the first of four scheduled practices Monday at the IMG Academy under blue skies with feathery clouds.
By Ralph D. Russo

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Tide captures fourth crown

GLENDALE, Arizona - No. 2 Alabama won its fourth national title in the last seven seasons, outlasting the dynamic play of Deshaun Watson and No. 1 Clemson in a 45-40 victory Monday night in the ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

'Bama on verge of unprecedented run, with Clemson in the way

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Regardless of the outcome between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, a case can be made that no team in the history of the sport has had a better run than the Crimson Tide under ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Clemson's loss to Alabama in 2008 started the Swinney era

The last meeting between the Clemson and Alabama, in 2008, was just the beginning for Alabama's dominance as a national power, it was the beginning of the end for then-Clemson coach Tommy Bowden ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Swinney confident Lawson will play against Alabama

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he is "very optimistic" All-American Shaq Lawson will play in the national title game against Alabama after the defensive end missed most of the Tigers' semifinal ...
By Ralph D. Russo

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Alabama had vision that led to Cotton Bowl victory

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he saw something in his team coming into the Cotton Bowl that he had never seen before. The result was a 38-0 victory over Michigan State.
By Ralph D. Russo

Alabama routs Michigan State in semifinal

ARLINGTON, Texas - Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as second-ranked Alabama aired it out to beat No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 Thursday night.
By Ralph D. Russo

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Michigan State coach learned well under Saban

If it wasn't for Alabama coach Nick Saban, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans might not be where they are today.
By Ralph D. Russo
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