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Tom Weir's first major league assignment was covering the Oakland Athletics for the Oakland Tribune. From there he went on to be a founding member of the USA Today sports staff, working as a columnist, cover story writer and Olympic beat writer. He has covered numerous Super Bowls, Final Fours, World Series, Wimbledons, Kentucky Derbys and most other major sports events. He lives in Tennessee, is an avid cyclist and once finished the Boston Marathon in 2:29:58.

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  • J D posted 25 days ago

    J D


    Here we go again. College foot ball fans meekly accepting the nonsense put out by the media that a real football playoff of 32 teams is impossible, too burdensome, or takes too much time from class. Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more bitter fans screaming my team got left out. Basketball has March Madness. College football needs December Madness.
    Alabama in all its greatness lost a last second stunner. Now they and about 30 or 40 other schools must sit on the sidelines and compete for lesser glory than the NC Title. This is totally unnecessary and listen or read on :
    I thought America had no royalty. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was Born that Way. I think that Alabama is a magnificent machine , a great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out. The SEC, a truly powerful conference deserves nothing except what is earned on the battlefield. YOU lose you are out. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State the chance to play in the NC. They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against Two loss LSU. Nothing fair about that. But all is not lost. Every team with 0, 1, or 2 or 3 losses can play for the NC Game in a real Playoff. NO BCS. No 4 team playoff. But a 32 Team Playoff can work. Here is how:

  • J D posted 25 days ago

    J D


    A NCAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF for NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP A Simple Guide by J D
    FACT: There are always 13 Saturdays in the 92 days of September thru November
    STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of November. There would be time for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST. STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee pick the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up: East, South, Midwest, West. Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight. SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.
    STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December. STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day. STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later. STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the Holiday Weekend of January the 1st. And the rest of the Teams could go back to their studies and Classes.
    Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.

  • J D posted 25 days ago

    J D


    A NCAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF for NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP A Simple Guide by J D
    FACT: There are always 13 Saturdays in the 92 days of September thru November
    STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of November. There would be time for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST. STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee pick the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up: East, South, Midwest, West. Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight. SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.
    STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December. STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day. STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later. STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the Holiday Weekend of January the 1st. And the rest of the Teams could go back to their studies and Classes.
    Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.

  • Dirk Smith posted 76 days ago

    Dirk Smith

    Your fear of USC football is obvious. You're a hack and clearly see USC as a threat to whoever you root for.

    Not to mention your complete lies about Pat Haden comparing him to Bobby Knight??

    Garbage writing troll.

  • BIGJACK YB posted 77 days ago

    BIGJACK YB

    Tom ? What ? Usually you write some pretty informative articles and I enjoy reading them.. But can anybody be more ignorant then you on the Pat Haden incident? You are completely ignorant in your understanding of what happened with Pat Haden ! Learn NCAA rules and what happened before you write such a ignorant bias article. You do not even know what he was arguing about ! Your article is hilarious and completely inaccurate. Anyone with football knowledge is laughing at your horrific ignorant article about Pat Haden... No NCAA rules were broke, nor is it wrong for a Athletic director to ask questions between quarters. And what he asked is completely different from what your implying. How USA Today let you write such a ignorant article is beyond me. Think and get accurate information before you write for the nation to see..GEEZ.

  • BIGJACK YB posted 77 days ago

    BIGJACK YB

    Tom ? What ? Usually you write some pretty informative articles and I enjoy reading them.. But can anybody more ignorant then you on the Pat Haden incident? You are completely ignorant in your understanding of what happened with Pat Haden ! Learn NCAA rules and what happened before you write such a ignorant bias article. You do not even know what he was arguing about ! Your article is hilarious and completely inaccurate. Anyone with football knowledge is laughing at your horrific ignorant article about Pat Haden... No NCAA rules were broke, nor is it wrong for a Athletic director to ask questions between quarters. And what he asked is completely different from what your implying. How USA Today let you write such a ignorant article is beyond me. Think and get accurate information before you write for the nation to see..GEEZ.

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    mark james

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