- Yahoo Sports1 day ago
When I logged on to the Heisman Trophy secure voting site Monday, there was a new element to the usual simple process.
To get to the actual ballot, I had to check a box saying that I would not divulge my Heisman vote prior to the announcement Saturday. This was the offshoot of the Heisman Trust movement last spring to clamp down on sports writers publicizing their votes in the days leading up to the ESPN broadcast.
Basically, the Heisman Trust didn’t want media members doing what they do for a living: voicing their opinions to the readership. They wanted a secret voting process, undoubtedly to help build suspense (and TV ratings).
With reservation, I checked the box. Then cast my vote. In the future I may join Dennis Dodd and Tony Barnhart of CBSSports.com, who renounced their ballots in the wake of the heavy-handed Heisman crackdown.
This was the last twist in one of the more eventful and odd Heisman campaigns in my 20-plus years as a voter.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Brown was recruiting in Florida on Tuesday and is trying to arrange a meeting with school president Bill Powers and new athletic director Steve Patterson for next week in Austin, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. The three hoped to meet in New York this week at the National Football Federation’s annual function, but Powers was unable to attend.
In his absence, Patterson and Brown met for several hours Sunday, according to sources, in talks that were characterized as positive and productive. But Brown is pushing for another meeting, which includes the president.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports3 days ago
During its unprecedented seven-year reign of terror in college football, the Southeastern Conference has won national titles by beating teams from the Big Ten (Ohio State twice); the Big 12 (Oklahoma, Texas); the Pac-12 (Oregon); an independent (Notre Dame) and even one of its own (LSU).
Since 2005, the only big-five conference that hasn’t earned the right to have its lunch handed to it by the SEC is the ACC. Now that league has its shot, when 13-0 Florida State takes on 12-1 Auburn on Jan. 6 in the BCS title game.
- Yahoo Sports4 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS – If you want to know how badly the Big Ten championship loss wounded Ohio State, consider this:
After Michigan State had finished harmin' Ohio, the Buckeyes bagged "Carmen Ohio."
At a school that takes its traditions seriously, that will be considered sacrilege by some fans. Under former coach Jim Tressel, the ritual was non-negotiable: Win or lose, the team would gather postgame before the marching band and sing the song, written more than a century ago by an Ohio State student.
For 24 games under Urban Meyer, that continued. Game ended, players gathered, song was sung. Meyer, a self-proclaimed lover of Buckeye lore, was always front and center, flanked by players on either side.
Made for a nice photo op, at the very least.
Of course, for 24 games there was never a loss, never a chance to test the commitment to tradition in a time of adversity.
- Yahoo Sports7 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – They came jogging up in jorts and body paint, giddy and opportunistic, ready to turn a legal decision into a football tailgate.
Six shirtless guys arrived outside the Leon County Courthouse Thursday afternoon with J-A-M-E-I-S spelled out on their chests. They were here to celebrate the announcement by state attorney Willie Meggs that he would not charge their football hero, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, with a crime in relation to a sexual battery complaint made against him almost a year ago.
And, this being America, they were here to get on TV.
TV obliged with Pavlovian predictability. A dozen cameras wheeled around and descended upon the young men, who did Florida State's signature "Tomahawk Chop" chant on cue. When the cameras stopped rolling, they stopped chanting.
I asked the "M" in J-A-M-E-I-S what his reaction was when he heard the news that Winston was free from potential prosecution.
"We're going to Pasadena, man!" said Kyle Clark, an FSU senior, identifying the site of the BCS title game. "That's what it's about."
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
THE MALE MCKAYLA MARONEY
If you read The Dash's Saturday column on the extraordinary events in the Iron Bowl, you probably looked at the picture at the top of the story. And if you looked closely at the picture, you probably smiled at the reaction of the guy in orange, Auburn recruiting operations chief Brett Whiteside, hands on head and mouth agape. And then you probably wondered what was up with the unnaturally unmoved guy in gray as the most amazing play in college football history unfolded right in front of him.
Dana Marquez (1), Auburn's equipment manager and the stoic in gray, can explain.
"I broke my foot at Texas A&M celebrating," he said. "So this time I wasn't going to do that."
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
Longtime Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe will announce his resignation Monday afternoon, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The school called a press conference for 4:15 p.m. ET. Grobe met with the players to inform them at 3:30 p.m. ET, sources said.
Wake was 4-8 this year, its fifth straight losing season after three straight winning seasons from 2006-08. That run included an 11-3 record, ACC championship and berth in the Orange Bowl in 2006. But Grobe couldn't sustain that success.
Grobe's all-time record at the school was 77-82.
The success of perennial lightweight Duke, which is 10-2 and won the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, undoubtedly increased the pressure on Grobe and others this season.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports11 days ago
It’s been a great ride for the Southeastern Conference – seven straight national titles from four different programs, a ridiculous run of dominance.
But it’s on the verge of being over.
With the revealing of the penultimate BCS standings Sunday night, it looks like the SEC will need help to extend its title run to a great eight. The league of champions will need either No. 1 Florida State to lose to Duke (no way) or No. 2 Ohio State to lose to Michigan State (possible) in their respective conference championship games to get into the title game this year.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports11 days ago
AUBURN, Ala. – And the last shall be first.
The last second of the 2013 Iron Bowl shall be first in the hearts and minds of Auburn fans forever. The last second of the 2013 Iron Bowl shall be first on the list of infamous moments in Alabama football lore. The last second will never end for those who lived it, those who loved it, those who loathed it.
It was, quite simply, the most astounding ending ever to a college football game. I was at the Boise State-Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl in 2007; this tops it. More at stake, and even more shock value on the final play (minus the player proposing to his girlfriend on the field).
The last second shall be first in the annals of unforgettable plays.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Don James would be loving this.
The guy who molded Gary Pinkel as much as anyone – his coach, his boss, his mentor, his ideological blueprint – would absolutely be reveling in this wholly unexpected, 10-1 Missouri football season. He would love seeing how Pinkel has turned every crabby critic from 2012 back into a staunch supporter and how he has risen above his driving while intoxicated arrest of 2011. He would get a kick out of Pinkel shutting up everyone who said the Tigers would never compete in the Southeastern Conference.
Pancreatic cancer claimed James, the legendary former football coach of the Washington Huskies, last month. But in many ways he lives on through this Tigers football team, and the man leading it.