• Pete Thamel

    Pete Thamel

    Pete is an award-winning writer covering college sports and the NFL for Yahoo Sports. He came to Yahoo in 2017 after five years as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated covering college football and basketball. He previously spent nine years as the national college sports reporter for the New York Times. Pete graduated from Syracuse University. Follow Pete on Twitter (@PeteThamel) and Instagram (peterthamel).
  • Sources: Southern Miss on third coach this season, as Scotty Walden departs for Austin Peay
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    Sources: Southern Miss on third coach this season, as Scotty Walden departs for Austin Peay

    Southern Miss interim coach Scotty Walden has accepted the head coaching job at Austin Peay. It will put Southern Miss in the unusual position of having its third head coach this season, as assistant Tim Billings will take over the rest of the season. 

  • NCAA giving coaches 42 million reasons to cheat
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    NCAA giving coaches 42 million reasons to cheat

    The details of Arizona’s notice of allegations were greeted with a collective shoulder shrug around college basketball, because nobody has faith in the NCAA doing anything about it.

  • Week 8 Overreaction: IU sinks PSU, Schiano vs Pruitt, Fun Belt > Big 12?
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    Week 8 Overreaction: IU sinks PSU, Schiano vs Pruitt, Fun Belt > Big 12?

    Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel and SI’s Pat Forde whip around the country and recap all the wild action from the sport we love the most. The guys begin with Indiana’s upset of #5 Penn State, dashing the Nittany Lions playoff hopes in the process. Staying in the Big Ten, did Michigan and Wisconsin find quarterbacks?  Dan then presents quite the theory about the Sun Belt and Coastal Carolina before the trio picks their weekly Heisman trophy winners. 

  • College football takeaways: How James Franklin botched Penn State's heartbreaking opener
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    College football takeaways: How James Franklin botched Penn State's heartbreaking opener

    Game and clock management have always lingered as one of the nitpicks on Franklin’s charmed run at Penn State. That's never been more evident than during the Nittany Lions' embarrassing stumble against Indiana.

  • Sources: Minnesota to play Michigan without kicker, punter and several other starters
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    Sources: Minnesota to play Michigan without kicker, punter and several other starters

    The University of Minnesota will be severely short-handed for its game with No. 18 Michigan on Saturday night.

  • Change agent zero: Rashod Bateman's jersey swap hearkens back to upbringing, targets racism in society
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    Change agent zero: Rashod Bateman's jersey swap hearkens back to upbringing, targets racism in society

    To understand the impetus behind Rashod Bateman's number change is to understand his journey – the collective scars he’s accumulated and the pain that’s shaped his perspective the past 20 years.

  • Big Ten Preview, Week 8 Picks
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    Big Ten Preview, Week 8 Picks

    The Big Ten is BACK. Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel & Pat Forde from SI break down each team heading into the first week of action. Will Jim Harbaugh finally develop a QB? Can Penn State overcome the losses of Journey Brown and Micah Parsons? And does Ohio State have the ability to score with the likes of Alabama and Clemson? The guys also pick the biggest Week 8 games against the spread. The Big 12 and the AAC have gigantic clashes as #17 Iowa State travels to #6 Oklahoma State & #9 Cincinnati is on the road at #16 SMU.

  • With Mahomes-like flashes, BYU star QB Zach Wilson turning heads at next level
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    With Mahomes-like flashes, BYU star QB Zach Wilson turning heads at next level

    A throwback to BYU's glory days, Zach Wilson is rapidly making a name for himself. Time will tell how far the Cougars will go and how high he'll climb on NFL draft boards, but he's already put college football on notice.

  • College Football Podcast: It’s still Clemson & Alabama’s world
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    College Football Podcast: It’s still Clemson & Alabama’s world

    Another Saturday is in the books as the Tide and Tigers once again proved they are the kings of the college football landscape. Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel & SI’s Pat Forde recap the heavyweight showdown in Tuscaloosa as Alabama topped Georgia 41-24. Can a 3rd team step up to present a challenge?  The guys also share an all-time fan radio call out of Tennessee, hand out their small-sample Heisman awards & pay tribute to the late & legendary columnist Sid Hartman.