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College Football Week 6 Recap

Did I say that last week was the best college football Saturday in a long time? Sorry, past me is a total idiot. Last weekend was a thing of beauty. We saw every last part of what makes college football great, spanning the entire spectrum of quality and talent. It was so good that I don’t want to waste any time on this intro, so let’s just go into a quick reminder of each category. Continue reading

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College Football Week 5 Recap

In case you’ve been missing out, this college football season has been one of the best that I’ve seen in a long time. It hasn’t reached 2007 levels of chaos, but it’s inching closer every week. There’s so much going on any given Saturday that it’s easy to miss something important. Because I am a problem solver at heart, I’ve decided to start giving you a recap of what really matters each week. Continue reading

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The Coaching Carousel Has Already Started. Who’s Next?

We are two weeks into the 2021 college football season (kind of), and we’ve already had two coaches fired. We’ve finally reached a point where coaches are never safe and silly season never ends. Even though UConn and USC are polar opposite programs, the reason they moved on from their coaches is the same: they weren’t winning. With this new reality setting in, it’s worth taking a look at who’s on the hot seat, and who will be the next coach to get the boot. Continue reading

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How We Talk About College Football Matters

There’s no arguing that college football is currently going through the largest period of change in its history. The NCAA is getting smacked in court, players have finally been granted the right to monetize their name, image, and likeness, and conference realignment is back with a vengeance. Understandably, a lot of people are talking about college football right now. And, thanks to the internet, they’re talking about it very publicly. But everyone is falling into a common talking season pitfall. The conversation is being dominated by flawed terms and NCAA phraseology designed, as always, to turn us against the athletes. We as fans need to seriously think about the words we use when talking about this stuff because how we talk about college football matters. Continue reading

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Adapt or Die: The Future of Bowl Season

Bowl games used to be the pinnacle of college football. But over the past few years, they’ve been rapidly losing their value. Most notably, they’ve become bloated beyond belief. This upcoming season there will be forty-four bowl games, with a good chance that a few teams with a losing record will still qualify. More recently, star players have been skipping some of the less prestigious bowl games to focus on their NFL future. Then when the CFP announced the plan to move to a new 12-team playoff with some of the biggest games of the postseason moving onto campuses, it seemed like the nail in the coffin. That future got a little murkier yesterday when Barstool Sports announced that they were both sponsoring and broadcasting this year’s Arizona Bowl. No matter what happens this New Years Eve, it will give us a glimpse into the future of bowl games. Continue reading

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Oklahoma and Texas Are On the Move. Who’s Next?

College football is the gift that keeps on giving. July is supposed to be the most boring month of the CFB calendar, but not this year. Yesterday, a report came out in the Houston Chronicle that Texas and Oklahoma are in talks to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC, according to an anonymous source from an unknown school *cough* A&M *cough*. Some minor chaos ensued at SEC media days, with Texas A&M athletic director and master of uncomfortable press conferences Ross Bjork admitting that he would do everything in his power to stop Texas from joining. However, commissioner Greg Sankey and spokespersons from Texas and OU all offered clear non-denials, meaning that there’s smoke to this fire. We’ve officially entered the only time better than college football season: conference realignment season. Even though nothing concrete can happen until the Big 12 TV deal is up in 2025, let’s take a look at a couple of hypothetical routes this round of expansion might take. Continue reading

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Failure to Monitor: The Beginning of the End

Welcome back to Failure to Monitor. Last time, we talked about when the NCAA handed down the death penalty to SMU football in a desperate attempt to regain control over the member schools. It worked for the most part, with teams falling in line out of fear that they would be next. For a while, all the league had to deal with was the occasional run-of-the-mill recruiting scandal. One such incident happened at the University of North Carolina, where multiple players, including Marvin Austin, Greg Little, Robert Quinn, and Michael McAdoo were all permanently banned from the NCAA for taking money from an agent. But these payments weren’t the only thing the league uncovered. Little did they know, this seemingly simple investigation would dig up something much deeper. Something that would end up striking at the very heart of the NCAA. Continue reading

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Failure to Monitor: The Death of Dallas

Welcome back to Failure to Monitor. The series about the NCAA, and how they’ve been shaped by scandal. Last time, we talked about the case of Board of Regents v. NCAA, where the Supreme Court ruled that the organization had breached the Sherman Antitrust Act, opening the floodgates for money to pour into individual schools. Once that line was crossed, the member schools didn’t look back. Big time programs started flaunting their wealth in the face of the NCAA by brazenly paying players and recruits outrageous amounts of money. Nowhere was this more prevalent than in the old Southwest Conference. One school decided to go even further than the rest, and the NCAA saw an opportunity to take the power back. Continue reading