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If you want to know how mediocre coaches think, sometimes all you need to do is listen to the announcers. Take Nick Sirianni’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard-line on Sunday. After falling behind 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Eagles drove 50 yards down the field to put themselves in position for their first points of the day. On the CBS broadcast, color ...

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In the backyard of a newly built townhouse in East Garfield Park on Sept. 13, a group of junior high and high school kids from Marillac St. Vincent Family Services peppered Eddie Jackson with questions. The Chicago Bears safety handled it with the swagger of someone returning a pick-six. Jackson got into the real topics at the event promoting the construction of the Harrison Row Townhomes, an ...

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Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said he wants his institution to be great at everything, including football. He dismissed athletic director Todd Stansbury and football coach Geoff Collins because they didn’t produce results that came close to meeting that goal. “I’m dedicated to doing what it takes to get us where we belong: among the best programs in our conference, among the best ...

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Athletic director Todd Stansbury and football coach Geoff Collins have both been dismissed from their positions at Georgia Tech, effective immediately. “I am grateful to Coach Collins for his hard work and commitment to our student athletes,” Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said in a release. “Unfortunately, the results of our football program have fallen short of what our loyal ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In Rome on Wednesday morning, Mark Mangino went to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City for a Papal Audience with Pope Francis. “I got within 10-12 feet of him!” he said via text message. Even amid an amazing trip, though, Mangino wanted to take a moment to convey his thoughts about the 3-0 start by Kansas football in its second season under coach Lance Leipold. Entering its ...

Each evening, on his 40-minute drive home, Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Josh Boyer calls his father, Jeff, back in Ohio. The son was on a football sideline before he could walk or talk and grew up in the game through the prism of his father, a high school coach for four decades. So there are two conversational topics on those nightly phone calls: Family and football. That means this ...

The last time Georgia Tech stood atop the college football world, Jerimiah McClary helped lead the Yellow Jackets there. A defensive tackle and a team captain of the 1990 national championship team, McClary experienced firsthand the transformation of a team from the bottom (2-9 in 1987, including 0-9 against FBS opponents) to the absolute top. As he surveys the team that he once gave his all ...

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LOS ANGELES — Sometimes, you just know. You feel it deep in your gut. Not so much an instinct as an instant, unimpeachable sense of certainty so clear nothing could convince you otherwise. That's how Mori Sue'sue felt seeing Raleek Brown on a football field. He just knew. He knew before warmups of that first Little League All-Star tryout were finished. He knew by the way Brown moved at just 12 ...

It’s been less than a year since Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins said his program was making obvious progress and that those who disagreed just “don’t want to see it.” That was six games and five losses ago, by a combined margin of 224-40. Now even the most rabid Yellow Jackets partisan looking for signs of progress needs to borrow one of the powerful microscopes from the Parker H. Petit ...

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The day's biggest headlines were written Saturday morning in America's heartland before a minute of football had been played, when a confluence of unfortunate events led to a rowdy crowd of Nebraska fans feeding the ever-hungry ego of college football's most controversial iconic former head coach. "We want Urban!" they chanted toward the smug and smiling Urban Meyer, who had his back to the ...

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Welcome to The Top 25, a weekly rundown of the best of college football. Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down the top games, players and teams to watch, from the Power Five to the Group of Five. Here’s what to know for Week 3: 5 games to watch — No. 6 Oklahoma at Nebraska (Saturday, noon, Fox): The Cornhuskers’ first game after firing coach Scott Frost comes against its longtime rival, ...

TAMPA, Fla. — When Florida Gators coach Billy Napier and USF coach Jeff Scott face off Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, a two-decade relationship will come full circle. Napier might not be coaching the No. 18 Gators without an assist from Scott’s father, just as Scott might not be coaching the Bulls without some assistance from Napier. Their history runs from a small college field to ...

NEW ORLEANS — Homecoming win secured in dominant fashion on a humid Friday night, Arch Manning joined the postgame handshake line but didn’t exactly blend in, towering above at 6-foot-4. Despite his unpretentious manner, he also loomed metaphorically — as the nation’s No. 1-ranked high school recruit and third-generation prodigy of football’s preeminent quarterback family. He is the grandson ...

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Three games into the 2016 season, Appalachian State’s third after transitioning into the FBS, the Mountaineers hosted what was then considered to be the most significant football game in their history. Anticipation built for weeks. A capacity crowd of nearly 35,000, then a school record, filled Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. And then App State endured a humbling 45-10 defeat against Miami. For ...

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Appalachian State president Dr. John E. Thomas and athletic director Jim Garner grabbed coach Jerry Moore before his introductory press conference in 1989 and wanted to get one thing straight before he addressed the media. It’s pronounced app-uh-LATCH-in. “They sent me to a little room prior to the press conference and worked on me saying, ‘Appalachian,’ ” Moore told The News & Observer. ...

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