A blessed and prosperous New Year starts with six cool, crisp and refreshing college football stories from around the country.
The State of Pennsylvania is preparing a lawsuit against the NCAA to challenge sanctions levied against Penn State University in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
AL.com will be in Orlando this week covering the Under Armour High School All-America Game. Here's a quick breakdown of the Alabama and Auburn targets to look out for.
Few units in the country have been under a bigger microscope this season than Clemson's defense. The Tigers defenders have been maligned most of the season after finishing No. 73 in the country in yards allowed (411 per game) and giving up big yards in big games. They turned that around Monday night against LSU, much to the delight of first-year coordinator Brent Venables.
One of the first questions Oregon coach Chip Kelly was asked after arriving in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl was about the possibility of coaching in the NFL.
Bourbon Street, and all that goes with it, is a relatively short walk from Florida's team hotel. But as far as the Gators are concerned, the famous/infamous street might as well be University Avenue.
Bowl games are screwy. We tend to give far too much weight to their results heading into the following season. Had Boyd not evaded pressure yet again late Monday night and found Nuke Hopkins for a 26-yard gain on fourth-and-16 with less than 75 seconds remaining, we'd be talking about how 11-win LSU narrowly missed glory this season and predicting championships for Miles' team in 2013. We'd be talking about how the poor, pitiful ACC just can't beat the mighty SEC. Instead, as the ball dropped, LSU fans lit up message boards wondering how Miles and offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa could have possibly thought three consecutive passes were a good idea when the LSU needed to eat 2 minutes, 43 seconds to seal a win. "As far as I'm concerned," LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger said, "we're three minutes from being 13-0." And he's correct.
If any program is allowed to read way too much into a bowl win, it's Clemson. After all, Clemson players spent their last offseason getting reminded that they got royally smoked by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. So it's interesting to compare the way Swinney opened his press conference after the Chick-fil-A Bowl with the way he opened his press conference after that 70-33 loss in the Orange Bowl. You've read the first two sentences from Swinney early Tuesday morning. Now compare that with the second and third sentences Swinney uttered in that Orange Bowl press conference. "The season is over," he said. "The biggest thing I said in there is that I love them, and we've got to live with this the whole offseason."