Bob Bowlsby

Big 12 Expansion Questions Answered

Questions and answers about the state of play in America’s least-functional conference. Is the Big 12 going to expand? It sounds that way to people who were at the Big 12 meetings this week. columnist Dennis Dodd, for one, is talking like it’s a done deal: “The momentum is there. It’s in the air. […]


Sumlin special? Just the opposite — Texas A&M’s agonies continue

Kevin Sumlin was quickly headed on the path to coaching stardom four years ago — at least, that’s the appearance he gave when Texas A&M curb-stomped Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. The Aggies blended high-end talent with noticeable coaching acumen in that 2012 season. Sumlin’s arrival from the University of Houston could not have begun […]

LSU's win over Wisconsin and Auburn's win over Kansas State did more to shape perceptions (and resumes) in the 2014 college football season than any other non-conference games. This point cannot be forgotten when a full account of the season is ultimately rendered.

TSS Roundtable: The First Pick in the 2017 NFL Draft currently is…

It’s never too early to start talking about college football, which is why our staff will continue to discuss some of the hottest topics in the game today. Thus far, we’ve discussed the best and worst coaching hires, the biggest surprise team and the most disappointing team, as well as impact transfers and intriguing quarterback situations. […]


Meet a coordinator: Phil Snow

Phil Snow hadn’t tasted a college football season so deliciously urgent in 19 years. At the age of 59, a football lifer realized he could still throw his fastball. * Phil Snow shares an historical connection with the coordinator he faced in last year’s inaugural AAC Championship Game, Major Applewhite of Houston. Both Snow and […]


Meet a coordinator: Major Applewhite

Editor’s Note: This brief profile of Major Applewhite begins an offseason series in which we’ll introduce you to various FBS coordinators, mostly in the Power 5 conferences. We’ll also spend time examining the crop of coordinators as a whole, and we’ll spend a part of the offseason exploring the careers of various non-coordinator assistant coaches […]


Ole Miss and Baylor, sittin’ in a tree… F-A-I-L-I-N-G

Ole Miss and Baylor endured hard times on the gridiron for decades. When you live in places that care about being good at football — Ole Miss used to be a superpower under Johnny Vaught in the 1950s and 1960s; the state of Texas will never not care about football, and Baylor tasted some Cotton […]


TSS Roundtable: The most intriguing QB situation of 2016

Throughout the offseason, the cast of writers here at the Student Section will discuss what’s going to happen on the gridiron this fall. Last week, we shared our thoughts on who will be the most disappointing and most surprising teams. Earlier this week, we talked about impact transfers. Now let’s talk about one of the […]

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 01: John O'Korn #8 of the Michigan Wolverines gets ready to run a play during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

TSS Roundtable: The Transfer Who Will Make the Greatest Impact Is…

It’s never too early to start talking about college football, which is why our staff will continue to discuss some of the hottest topics in the game today. Thus far, we’ve discussed the best and worst coaching hires, as well as the biggest surprise team and the most disappointing team. In today’s roundtable, we talk […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Head coach Mark Fox of the Georgia Bulldogs watches on against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

UGA basketball coach Mark Fox nearly involved in plane collision

While on his way to visit a friend with cancer in Miami, Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox nearly found himself in a plane accident Wednesday morning. Fox was on his way from Atlanta to visit Miami Heat assistant Keith Smart when the plane Fox was riding in nearly hit another on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta […]


College hoops coaching carousel, part V: collections and conclusions

The college hoops coaching carousel has almost run its course. Of the 48 transitions at Division I programs in this spin of the carousel, 46 have been finalized. As of 1 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, April 27, only two open jobs remain: Delaware in the Colonial and Northern Colorado in the Big Sky. We’ve […]

November 9, 2013 - Ypsilanti, MI

Eastern Michigan Eagles running back Ryan Brumfield (22) celebrates his game winning touchdown during the overtime period in the game on Saturday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium on the Eastern Michigan University Campus, Ypsilanti, MI.

Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan

EMU’s happy medium is in the FCS

About 6 miles east of the biggest stadium in college football and a program that peppers the news almost daily when it comes to college football stories, they are discussing dropping the sport altogether. A report issued by students and faculty last Friday to the Eastern Michigan Board of Regents called for a dropping of […]


Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina women’s basketball, and true desolation

Sylvia Hatchell might not be an innocent figure. She and her women’s basketball program at the University of North Carolina might deserve the punishments which likely await in the future. Nevertheless, after the NCAA’s release of its amended notice of allegations on Monday, it is hard to escape the idea that Hatchell and UNC women’s […]


5 years after Penn State, what’s different — especially at Baylor?

The stories emerging about Baylor football are the latest in a series of reports. That dry statement is intended to convey the following point: Stories might be released in the present moment, but the actual events they point to cover the past few years. In other words, it’s not as though this most recent story […]

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Herb Sendek of the Arizona State Sun Devils reacts on the bench during the first half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 4, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

College hoops coaching carousel, part IV: West Coast Horizons

The college basketball coaching carousel — 48 changes, 45 slots filled as of Monday afternoon — hasn’t entirely stopped spinning. Yet, when Tubby Smith left Texas Tech, a few extra go-rounds became part of this annual April affair. With three slots left to be filled, a few final facts and figures can’t yet be tabulated. […]