I Still Love The Heisman

Tonight's the night some -- not all; it's never all -- of college football's best don formal wear, grin politely at corny jokes, and wait a few hours for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy. The recipient is often a foregone conclusion, as appears to be the case this time around. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson…

Mike Houston Is College Football’s Next Coaching Star

You may or may not know of Mike Houston now, but the James Madison head coach is on a career trajectory that will make him a hot prospect in the coming years. James Madison gave the typical viewer little reason to stay locked into Friday's FCS quarterfinal deconstruction of previously undefeated Sam Houston State. Even…

Perspective on Kevin Wilson, Mark Helfrich and Coaching Expectations

Before his firing Thursday, Kevin Wilson seemingly built up some cachet at Indiana. The Wilson-led Hoosiers just sealed their second postseason appearance in as many years, the first time the long-downtrodden program had reached such an achievement in more than a quarter-century. But like Jim Leavitt at USF and Mark Mangino at Kansas before him,…

National Whiparound Week 11: Pitt Pounces on Clemson

Week 11 provided yet another eventful weekend in college football -- including several big upsets that are sure to cause a major shakeup in the College Football Playoff rankings. Three top-4 teams -- No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Washington -- were all defeated for the first time all season. That will make…

Heisman History Repeating Itself?

In the first November Heisman Top 10 aggregate of media and voter rankings, some interesting names stand out. This most recent list includes a defense-only candidate; a primarily defense and special teams player; and a Group of Five star. Sure, the top three is populated with the prototypical Heisman contender: the starting quarterbacks of three…