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Kansas catches football fever after stunning September

LAWRENCE, Kansas — The Kansas student known as Plunger Boy showed up to David Booth Memorial Stadium at 5:30 a.m. Saturday to make absolutely sure he would get his front row seat for the football game against Duke. He had waited overnight for basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse countless times. But getting to a football … Read more

‘Try less harder’ — How Dino Babers and Syracuse got off to a 3-0 start

Syracuse football coach Dino Babers has a saying when he talks to his team, one he has relied on heavily over the last year. “Try less harder.” Among Babers’ many gifts is his ability to tell a story. To explain the phrase, Babers recalls his former college coach, the late Dick Tomey, and how he … Read more

Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell turned a corner after ‘cringeworthy’ meeting with players

FIVE YEARS AGO, about halfway through the 2017 season and stuck in the middle of what would turn out to be a nine-game losing streak, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers interim coach Jamey Chadwell called a team meeting. Standing in front of a group of players he knew didn’t like him, he told the assistants to leave … Read more

How Malik Cunningham continues the Louisville legacy started by Teddy Bridgewater, Lamar Jackson

Teddy Bridgewater, Lamar Jackson and Malik Cunningham — Louisville quarterbacks past and present — got together for the first time in April at a wellness event for kids in their adopted city. At first, none of them knew what to say, their naturally shy personalities making it hard to be the first to speak up. … Read more

The Manning camp, the Heisman House and Alabama QB Bryce Young’s star-filled, NIL-fueled offseason

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young sits courtside at Madison Square Garden to watch the New York Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s less than 24 hours since Young won the 2021 Heisman Trophy and to the once-aspiring point guard, who still practices his handle and gets up shots in his free time, this feels like another … Read more

Fish out of water? Brian Kelly rocks the college football boat at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Give Brian Kelly this: He operates from a position of strength. The man played club football at Assumption College — not FBS or FCS but club football — and one of his first jobs was coaching softball at the school. Eight years later, he climbed all the way to head football … Read more

Take note, Lincoln Riley – How Pete Carroll made USC college football magic again

Matt Leinart is no longer the baby-faced quarterback leading USC to national championships. During a phone interview this summer, the 39-year-old who now works as a college football analyst for Fox was driving between appointments while trying to keep his kids quiet in the car. He could have said it wasn’t a good time, but … Read more

Why Bill Clark is walking away from the UAB football program he helped revive

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A month ago, a man drove out to Bill Clark’s home and dug a small hole near the mailbox, just big enough for a for sale sign to slide in. Up the driveway, Bill and Jennifer, who met on a blind date more than 30 years ago and have been together ever … Read more