USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 2

USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 2

When you least expect it, expect it.  That may hold true for Week 2 of the college football season that is light on high-profile showdowns. However, these can be the kind of Saturdays where surprises emerge. The biggest game of the week…

Willie Taggart’s disaster of a debut at Florida State

Willie Taggart’s disaster of a debut at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Before Monday night, the benchmark for inauspicious coaching debuts was set by former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who in his first game as the Ducks’ coach in 2009 oversaw a loss to Boise State capped by an Oregon running…

Michigan hasn’t improved and Jim Harbaugh is to blame

Michigan hasn’t improved and Jim Harbaugh is to blame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For all the talk about Michigan’s “new” offense under quarterback Shea Patterson, it looked awfully familiar and weak. For all the talk about all the changes — the new coaches and new strength coach — the Wolverines had…

Respect? Nick Saban isn’t showing it to Jalen Hurts by pretending he’s still a factor at QB

Respect? Nick Saban isn’t showing it to Jalen Hurts by pretending he’s still a factor at QB

As Nick Saban launched into another one of his patented don’t-ask-me-about-this-again temper tantrums Saturday night, this time with ESPN’s Maria Taylor, the word that stood out most is “respect.”   “Well, I still like both guys,” Saban responded when Taylor asked the…

Urban Meyer issues apology to Courtney Smith amid backlash

Urban Meyer issues apology to Courtney Smith amid backlash

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Amid withering criticism of his failing to more directly address domestic abuse issues at a news conference earlier this week, suspended coach Urban Meyer issued an apology Friday to the ex-wife of a former assistant coach who was suspected…

Urban Meyer might survive Ohio State football scandal

Urban Meyer might survive Ohio State football scandal

Urban Meyer might still pace the Ohio State sidelines, after all. Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of the football coach as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed…

Ohio State fans rally for Urban Meyer as job decision ticks down

Ohio State fans rally for Urban Meyer as job decision ticks down

In the wake of Ohio State’s announcement that the investigation into Urban Meyer’s conduct will conclude within 14 days, more than 100 Buckeye fans gathered Monday to protest the suspension of the title-winning coach. Meyer was put on administrative leave last week…

Michigan player references gun in threat to Jim Harbaugh

Michigan player references gun in threat to Jim Harbaugh

In a series of vague, angry messages, an apparent former Michigan player appeared to threaten coach Jim Harbaugh. Elysee Mbem-Bosse, who played in one game in 2016 and was on the roster last year as a sophomore, deleted the messages quickly, but…

Convicted Steubenville rapist wants off sex offender list

Convicted Steubenville rapist wants off sex offender list

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A judge will decide whether a man convicted as a juvenile of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party should be removed from Ohio’s sex offender listings, as allowed by law. Judge Thomas Lipps scheduled a hearing Thursday…