1. NCAA Football: Debunking the Patriot-News and Their Mark Emmert Mythology

    Thanks to columnist David Jones of The Patriot-News, the legend surrounding NCAA President Mark Emmert continues its inexorable march toward Zeus-like status...

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  2. LSU Football: ESPN's Bizarre Les Miles Interview Regarding Washington Huskies

    Ivan Maisel, host of the ESPN U College Football Podcast , spoke with LSU head coach Les Miles in his June 19th episode...

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  3. Washington Football: Is Sarkisian the Second Coming of Rick Neuheisel?

    Is Washington coach Steve Sarkisian a replica of Rick Neuheisel but without the Rose Bowl win? No, that’s not a reference to Neuheisel's penchant for corny jokes and pushing the recruiting envelope...

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  4. Washington Football: Huskies Return to a Kick-Butt, Take-No-Prisoners Attitude

    A few years ago, when I was writing Husky Football in the Don James Er a, I interviewed former Husky linebacker Dave Hoffmann. He said something that stuck with me. We were talking about a tough road game environment that the No...

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  5. Washington Huskies Football: As a Pure QB, Keith Price Tops Jake Locker

    After watching Jake Locker play quarterback the past few seasons, mental gaffes and overthrown receivers became regular occurrences, intermixed with Locker’s sensational athletic ability...

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  6. Washington Football: Despite Porous Defense, Positives Do Exist for Huskies

    Ever since the final seconds rolled off the clock in Nebraska’s 51-38 win over Washington today, I see the Huskies in a different light. The officiating in today’s Washington-Nebraska game played a critical role in the outcome...

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  7. Alabama vs. Penn State Football: Game of the Week Breakdown

    For the moment, forget the monstrosity of the new Maryland uniforms. Forget that many college football programs across the land are scandal-ridden and that new NCAA president Mark Emmert is likely in over his head...

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  8. Washington Football: Report Card Grades vs. Eastern Washington

    The day following Washington's 30-27 win over Eastern Washington in Husky Stadium, the Seattle Times Husky Football blog ran a poll. The question posed to readers was to determine their reactions...

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  9. Game of the Week Breakdown: Oregon vs. LSU

    In normal situations, controversy will help stir up interest and draw viewers. But that's not the case with the season-opening showdown between the Oregon Ducks and LSU Tigers at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas...

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  10. Washington Football: Sarkisian and Woodward Have Proven Criticisms Wrong

    Last fall I interviewed former Husky and current football analyst Hugh Millen for my book Bow Down to Willingham . I asked Hugh what the miserable Tyrone Willingham years at Washington meant to him...

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  11. Breaking Down Why Washington Is Unranked

    The Washington Huskies march into the 2011 season with hopes of improving upon last year's 7-6 record and Holiday Bowl win. With last week's release of the Associated Press's Preseason Top 25, the Huskies are not among the ranked...

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  12. AP Poll College Football 2011: Best & Worst Case Scenarios for Every Top 25 Team

    After an arduous offseason, college football begins anew in less than two weeks. The two great stories last season were the Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers, who met for the BCS Championship game...

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  13. Notre Dame's Return to Elite Status Would Be Good for Weary Nation

    As former Fighting Irish coach Ara Parseghian once said, “Whether you like it or not, you're a national figure after five games at Notre Dame.” Current head coach Brian Kelly now has 13 games under his belt at South Bend...

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  14. Former Washington Husky Chris Hemphill Refuses To Let NFL Dreams Die

    If Chris Hemphill’s college career could be likened to a game of craps, he definitely rolled snake eyes. The former Washington Husky played during the years that Tyrone Willingham coached in Seattle...

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  15. Washington Football: If Past Is Prologue, Keith Price Can Excel as Sophomore QB

    The phone call from a former colleague came last December. We talked about a few things and then turned our attention to the Washington Huskies...

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  16. College Football Cheerleaders: Philosophizing on the Female Sex

    Back when I was in my early 20s and working for a Mail Boxes Etc., I had a boss who always wandered around the store munching on an apple and espousing philosophy. He would quote Jung and Freud...

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  17. Ex-Husky Charles Mincy on the Life and Death of the 46 Defense

    Charles Mincy was always in prime position to witness the evolution of the so-called “46 Defense.” As a starting cornerback for the 1991 Rose Bowl champion Washington ...

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  18. North Carolina's Ill-Timed Firing of Butch Davis Will Compound Miseries

    As Michael Scott from "The Office" would say, “Holden Thorp has screwed the pooch.” Thorp, the chancellor at the University of North Carolina, fired football coach Butch ...

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  19. Desmond Howard's HOF Induction a Sign of Eastern Bias and Lowered Standards

    At the Pac-12 media day earlier this week, Oregon coach Chip Kelly dismissed notions of an east coast media bias. “What I believe in college football is that there’s a winning bias,” Kelly said...

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  20. Washington Football: Remembering the Huskies' Epic Win over USC in 2009

    At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Washington football had never been lower. The Huskies had just finished as the Pac-10’s only team to ever go 0-12...

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  21. Washington Football: Is Steve Sarkisian Ready to Solve the Oregon Problem?

    Washington's stunning win over Nebraska in last season's Holiday Bowl did several positive things. It gave senior quarterback Jake Locker a chance to depart as a winner. It gave Washington a 7-6 record—its first winning season since 2002...

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  22. Washington Football: Will Chris Polk Eclipse Napoleon Kaufman as Best-Ever RB?

    There was a moment in October 2009, playing under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium, that UW running back Chris Polk took a handoff from quarterback Jake Locker and broke to the sideline on a memorable run...

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  23. Mark Emmert: Is This Man Qualified to Be NCAA President?

    In the final days of Mark Emmert’s tenure as president of the University of Washington, I interviewed him for my new book Bow Down to Willingham . It was August 2010, and Emmert was leaving Seattle to assume the presidency of the NCAA...

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