The Grudge Report

New Year’ Day games have no oomph

By Mark Blaudschun It’s New Year’s Day. College football’s prime opportunity to showcase its best in the most important games of the season. Oh, wait. That happened last season. But this year? Well, the Final four semifinals were held on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day? No so much, although any time Notre Dame plays…

The rule book according to Urban

Let’s see if we have the facts correct. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was was cited over the weekend for driving witha license under suspension, operating without a license and failure to control. Elliott is scheduled to appear in court on January 26 at 9 a.m. Minor stuff to be sure, but it did…

Conference set ups: Look back to the future

Much has been written and said and much will be written and said about the current state of big time college athletics and the massive moves of conference reconfiguration which are still occurring. When did this start, and who is responsible? Three major moves jump out. 1. The Big East decision NOT include Penn State in…

NCAA needs new direction

Conference reconfiguration? How about NCAA reconfiguration? And the sooner the better. The latest headlines coming from the NCAA offices in Indianapolis were not good this week as NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the vice president of  enforcement Julie Roe Lach had been dismissed after an external review confirmed that the NCAA enforcement staff had…