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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…

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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…

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Mr. CFB: Ole Miss still a player

By Tony Barnhart It was Nov. 1, 2014 and Ole Miss, ranked No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, was hosting No. 3 Auburn. The Rebels had already beaten No. 1 Alabama in October but had lost to LSU the week before. The winner would stay alive for the playoffs. The loser would…

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OSU’s Miller needs to hit send button

If you are Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, you need to make a decision. Now. Yes, you are a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year winner. Yes, you are no doubt hearing words of support–if not need–from Buckeye coach Urban Meyer. But let’s get real. Miller has not been part of the day…

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Don’t always trust the measurables

The late great George Young, former general manager of the New York Giants, loved what he called “the measurables” when it came to evaluating talent before the National Football League draft. Young also had other ideas on judging talent. When looking at potential linemen, he used the “Planet Theory of Evaluation–“”There are only so many…

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Anyone heard from Notre Dame?

Does Notre Dame still play football? Apparently in the eyes of the National Football League not very well. The NFL draft is two days and 99 players into the 3 day-production which will conclude on Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. During the past two nights, we’ve heard and seen players from traditional powers such…

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