Mike Bianchi: Florida coach Dan Mullen needs to earn new $8 million salary by beating Nick Saban in Week 3
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sung to the tune of “Danny Boy” — the traditional Irish ballad: “Oh, Danny Boy, the Swamp, the Swamp is calling From every ardent Gator across our peninsula panorama, You make nearly $8 million a year, oh Danny Boy, Now go beat Nick Saban and Alabama!” OK, let me translate those lyrics into plain English for you: If Florida Gators football coach Dan Mullen wants to earn, truly earn, that new $7.6 million-a-year contract of his, he can do it very quickly in the third week of the upcoming football season when the dominant, dynastic defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide...
After walking away, Matthew Wolff returns in a good place at U.S. Open
SAN DIEGO — If anyone seemingly had it all, it was Matthew Wolff. As a freshman in 2018 at Oklahoma State he made the putt to clinch the NCAA team championship. The next year he won the NCAA individual title, then turned pro, and in his third tournament he made an eagle on the 72nd hole to beat a couple guys named Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. In 2020 he had top-five finishes in two majors, and he finished the year ranked in the top 15 in the world. That all happened before he turned 22 in April. So how was it that when Wolff shot a 1-under 70 to begin the U.S. Open on Thursday at Tor...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Why Mizzou hoops coach Cuonzo Martin exudes confidence in his fresh-faced Tigers roster
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Strolling into Mizzou Arena’s main concourse Thursday afternoon brought an unfamiliar sight. This was true in terms both figurative — the first in-person media availability with MU student-athletes since the pandemic began — and literal: Of the six Missouri men’s basketball players who sat in chairs for interviews, four have never played a game for the Tigers. A team spokesperson even handed out rosters with pictures of each player on them to prevent confusion as to who was who. If it seemed like a clean slate, it was for these new faces, too. “It’s like being a freshman,” said...
The Kansas City Star
Review: Football tale '12 Mighty Orphans' tackled by its own cliches
There's not a cliche that's not kicked through the goalposts in "12 Mighty Orphans," a sports drama that is so by-the-book that it can be recited without even looking at the page. Luke Wilson plays Rusty Russell, who coaches a high school football team to glory in Depression-era Texas. Not just any team, mind you, but a group of orphans, whose road to the state championships inspires a down-on-its-luck nation. Cue the waterworks. Except in this telling, which seems to be based on other underdog sports tales as much as it is by the real life story of the Mighty Mites, very little registers beyo...
The Detroit News
Bob Wojnowski: Victims of Michigan doctor want real remorse, real change, real leadership
Amid all the grotesque reports, amid the blaming and shaming and excuse-making, leaders at Michigan must make painful admissions. It’s clear no resolution in the Robert Anderson sexual-abuse scandal will satisfy everyone. The sheer breadth of the emotional and physical damage suffered over multiple decades, involving football players, other athletes and other students, makes a simple rendering impossible. But someone — some entity — has to be strong enough to stop the carousel, or as one survivor called it, “the circus.” The voices that matter most are the victims of Michigan’s team doctor and...
The Detroit News
Dawn Staley to the NBA? Three reasons why that's unlikely to happen right now.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Get ready to hear these kinds of rumors often. Dawn Staley's star grows brighter by the day, especially as the sport of college basketball experiences a moment of flux, with legends like Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski announcing their retirement. A few weeks ago, Staley was among the names floated around for the North Carolina men's basketball opening. And now again this week, her name is among a list of top candidates for an NBA head coach opening with the Portland Trail Blazers. The South Carolina women's basketball coach is a hot commodity, and rightfully so. She's molded...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Mike Bianchi: Danny White on 12-team playoff he helped create: 'This is huge for UCF!'
It’s certainly been a satisfying last few days for Danny White. He watched from the bleachers a few days ago as the baseball team at his new program, the Tennessee Volunteers, advanced to the College World Series for the first time in 16 years. And he watched from afar as coaches, administrators and fans at his old program, the UCF Knights, celebrated the news that the College Football Playoff will likely be expanded to 12 teams — a groundbreaking development that White himself was instrumental in making happen. If White, UCF’s former athletics director, isn’t the father of the likely new 12-t...
John Niyo: College Football Playoff plan on right track, but it isn't perfect
When you build a house on a crooked foundation, the renovations ar e destined to be more difficult. And not always sensible, especially if the architect is worried more about the design than the residents. So it is, again, with this latest fix that’s planned for the College Football Playoff, an expansion that’s long overdue — and surprisingly functional, if we're being honest — but certainly not without its flaws. There’s more room in the latest proposal, so you have to start with that. There’s enough space to fit 12 teams under one postseason roof in this new proposal unveiled by a CFP subcom...
The Detroit News
Alabama news anchor who broke news of Clinton tarmac meeting dead from apparent suicide at 45
A TV reporter in Alabama who broke the 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch was found dead from an apparent suicide Saturday morning. He was 45. Christopher Sign played college football at the University of Alabama in the 1990s, then joined ABC 33/40, where he worked for 13 years before leaving for a station in Phoenix. In Arizona, he broke the news of Clinton and Lynch’s meeting, which came amid the investigation into then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Barely a week after t...
New York Daily News
Matt Calkins: Here's why 12 is the perfect number of teams for the College Football Playoff expansion
SEATTLE — This town likes the number 12. Its sports fandom reputation is defined by it. You'll see that number on the backs of jerseys on Blue Fridays or Seahawks game days, and hear broadcasters regularly laud the impact of the 12th Man. But if this latest College Football Playoff proposal comes to pass, the rest of the country will have a similar reverence for 12. When it comes to playoff expansion, it's the perfect number. Last Thursday, a four-person sub-group of the CFP management committee recommended expanding the playoff field from four teams to 12. The proposal would give automatic bi...
The Seattle Times