Brady bunch is shrinking

The Week That Was: Remember when the Patriots were a united front, even if it was often an “us vs. the world” mind set? Not so much anymore. And the amazing part is that the Patriots appear to have started to put some distance between one of their own–QB Tom Brady. Brady is still arguably…

UMass ready for next step

There will be moments in the next several weeks and months when new University of Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford will feel like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, whose fate was to perpetually push a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down the hill past him. Bamford was hired to…

No TC winner–again

The Week That Was: They ran the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown on Wednesday and hardly anyone noticed it. Well, no they didn’t, of course. The Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday afternoon and Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is the overwhelming favorite. But they did hold the post position draw for…

Mr. CFB: SEC Predix: Tide vs. Dawgs

By Tony Barnhart Okay. So we’ve come to the final stop on our Mr.CFB SEC Spring football tour and we are ready to project the order of finish for this Fall in the SEC’s two divisions. Before we begin, a couple of reminders: **–This is how I see the order of finish if the season…

Mr. CFB: SEC report: Vandy has long climb

By Tony Barnhart Nashville–Vanderbilt was coming off an open date when it visited Mississippi State on Nov. 22, 2014, The Commodores didn’t just get beat–they were humiliated 51-0 by the nation’s No. 4 team. And no one was humiliated more than Derek Mason, the first-year head coach. At that moment Mason had to admit something…

Is UConn at a crossroads or a dead end?

In the past 10 years when conference reconfiguration was changing the landscape of college athletics, no school has taken a bigger hit than the University of Connecticut. Some backers of Boston College–which was part of the early movement of changes by jumping from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference–have harped on the fact…

Mr. CFB: Tenn QB is Volunteering to be a star

By Tony Barnhart Knoxville, Tenn.–Joshua Dobbs loves to compete, even with his own mother. Dobbs, from Alpharetta, Ga. (about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta), grew up in a household that was very serious about a lot of things, especially academics. His mother, Stephanie, missed only one day of school in 12 years (she had a…

Mr. CFB: Ole Ball Coach not old yet

By Tony Barnhart Columbia, S.C.–I’ve known Stephen Orr Spurrier since 1980 when he was the offensive coordinator at Duke. I’ve played golf with him (there are no gimme putts). I’ve jogged the Florida campus with him (he ran me into the ground). I’ve called him when I needed a good off-season column. He’s called me…