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Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo and Temple cross paths

Given the strength of the American Athletic Conference in 2015, to the diminishment of the other four conferences in the Group of Five, it’s easy to think that the Temple Owls and the Toledo Rockets exist in different places as the Boca Raton Bowl approaches. The AAC dominated the Group of Five race this season. […]

Changing coaches on impulse is a bad idea. Have a list.

Some coaches are retiring these days, but a lot of coaches are being fired, which brings up the subject of purposefully changing coaches. Let’s say a few things about the matter. * Smart people keep backup lists for everything important. You know the ones, like when you’re dating and just in case your girlfriend kicks […]

Top 5 Most Miami Coaches for The U

Miami is the ultimate hate-it-or-love-it American city. The traffic blows. The climate could best be described as swamp-like. Crime — of both the white-collar and less so varieties — is rampant. Local government is a mess. On the plus side, of course, there’s, um… Well… No state income tax? Against that backdrop, the university that […]

Miami, UCF, and the return of Mario Cristobal

Regardless of what is or isn’t said in public, it is very hard to deny the idea that the Miami Hurricanes reacted to the UCF Knights on Sunday afternoon. Sure, Miami faced its own upwelling of internal pressure to fire Al Golden, but when George O’Leary abruptly retired as UCF’s coach on Sunday, it became […]

After losing to Florida State, Al has only one more Golden opportunity in Miami

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re interested in sampling opinion, editorial commentary, and news analysis in the wake of noteworthy sports occurrences. If that’s the case, you probably have at least some interest in the wider theater of what counts as news, the range of human events from the trivial (sports) to the […]

The ACC Coastal isn’t just chaotic; it’s upside-down

You’re familiar with the Venn diagram. Two circles share a piece of territory in the middle, but partly exist outside each other. This is the ACC Coastal Division, one weekend into the month of October. The division is once again chaotic; that’s nothing new. Unpredictability has been the ACC Coastal’s middle name ever since the […]

Coaching Strategy: Al Golden’s decision to go for 7 against Cincinnati

It’s not the rarest of situations. It’s not mathematically hard to figure out on an immediate level. You’ve seen plenty of football games in which a team, trailing by 11 points inside the final five minutes of regulation, kicks a field goal to trim its deficit to eight points. Thursday night, Miami coach Al Golden […]

Is Miami back, or are we just hoping?

For decades the Miami program has been a model of consistent winning, followed by cycles of disaster and rebuild. The current rebuild under Al Golden is now four weeks into a fifth season. In that span, Golden has been over .500 only twice, but has ended the regular season exactly at .500 in the other […]

Bloguin Top 50: No. 49 — Miami

Miami Hurricanes 2014 Record: 6-7 (lost bowl game) 1 Burning Question: Is this the year Miami finally plays in the ACC Championship Game? When Miami joined the ACC in 2004 along with Big East partner Virginia Tech, it was a move that was thought to bring some balance to the ACC’s football membership, and help […]

The 5 College Football Coaches Facing The Most Pressure In 2015

In looking back at the 2014 season, several coaches looked down the barrel of Old Demon Pressure and produced some of their best work. Paul Johnson, Kyle Flood, Bret Bielema, Mark Helfrich, Gary Patterson are primary examples of coaches who had a lot to prove to their critics last season, and promptly answered the bell. […]

Bowl Season: After The Bowls, It’s Clear Coaches Need Game Management Assistance… And Assistants

The point is 10,000 times more true — and urgent — in the National Football League, which is a business without the pretense of amateurism: Football is serious business, serious enough that coaches (and the organizations whose fates lie in coaches’ hands) need to make the right game-management decisions. A multi-billion-dollar business should not tolerate […]

Bowl Season: 5 coaches with the most to prove in the bowls

Bowl season means so many different things to so many coaches. For some, it’s just a chance to get in extra practices and build a foundation for the following season, win or lose. For others, it’s an urgent occasion, a chance to salvage something previously unclaimed from September through November. For others, it’s a chance […]

Praising Arizona: College Football Provides One Of The Most Original Movie Concepts In Years

So, that was some kinda weekend, wasn’t it? You might think there are no truly original movie concepts left to explore, but the notion of praising Arizona is pretty new to anyone who has chronicled college football for any appreciable length of time. That’s how crazy the past weekend was… and Arizona’s upset of Oregon […]

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