Keith Jackson dead: Legendary college football announcer dies at 89

Legendary college football announcer Keith Jackson died Friday night, reports Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. He was 89 years old. Jackson was considered by many to be “the voice” of college football, broadcasting the sport for 50-plus years. His iconic “Whoa Nellie” catchphrase was a regular part of

Sam Darnold gives Browns hope — with a reservation

It’s officially “do you want to play for the Browns” season. A day after UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen said he’d “rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher one at the wrong team,” it was Southern California signal-caller Sam Darnold’s turn. The Browns, who are

Roger Goodell will watch fans freeze as long as NFL gets paid

Several years ago, the NFL Network produced and presented a propagandized profile of Roger Goodell. In it, Goodell was seen in Wisconsin, addressing a room of Packers fans. In answering a question, he assured his audience that no matter the issue, the NFL will act in their best interests

Big arm, big dreams: Wyoming QB may have future in New York

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Walk into War Memorial Stadium with the snow-capped Laramie Mountains on the horizon and the new $45 million High Altitude Performance Center at the north end of the stadium and you will see this number — 7,220 — written in bold, gold letters along the

Patriots surprise Texas Tech safety with scholarship

It’ll be a happy holiday for Texas Tech safety Justus Parker. On Monday, Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury surprised the walk-on by putting him on scholarship. But instead of being the bearer of good news himself, he tapped Texas Tech alum Danny Amendola to do the honors. Joined

Wisconsin finally will get the respect it deserves

Will it be clean or chaotic? Will the four-team College Football Playoff again be validated or again feel insufficient? In all likelihood, the committee’s hopes for a straightforward weekend will come down to the Big Ten Championship game between No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 8 Ohio State, teams that

How Tim Tebow is juggling baseball workouts and TV job

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow’s goal going forward is simple: Play ball! Professional baseball, to be more specific. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback said Friday that he spends three-to-five days each week training for baseball, getting himself ready for Year 2 of his pro career in the

U better believe it: The Hurricanes are back

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Leave it to The U to find the perfect way to bury, once and for all, that silly old T-shirt and all it ever represented. You remember the T-shirt, right? “Catholics vs. Convicts.” The brainchild of some Notre Dame undergrads back in the day, the

This Notre Dame-Miami game is just what college football needs

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This was late on the afternoon of Oct. 29, 2016, in the growing chill of an early Indiana night. Thousands of revelers were making their way from Notre Dame Stadium, trekking toward distant parking lots or waiting Uber drivers. Most were enjoying a giddy

Big-time college football is worth the road trip

It’s wishful – maybe even wistful – thinking, of course, but that doesn’t mean a fellow can’t dream. We have so much to follow in the world of sports in New York City, nine pro teams, a wealth of college basketball teams. Most of us spend our lives blissfully unaware

Vulgar displays have infiltrated every level of the sports world

Sanctuary City? I’d settle for a cot. Perhaps you saw that video, last week. At the London weigh-in for Saturday’s middleweight fight between champ Billy Joe Saunders and Willie Monroe, the boxers were muscle-posing for the cameras when Saunders’ son, roughly 8 years old, wandered in front of Monroe. Smiling, Monroe reached

How Clemson took the Alabama route to lasting excellence

The drop-off was supposed to be severe. The “R” word — rebuilding — was being tossed around about the offense. Last year’s national championship was going to heal this year’s wounds. That was the talk everywhere but in Death Valley, where winning has become expected. We’ve seen programs reload like this before,

Cops investigating racist, threatening letter sent to Texas A&M coach

HOUSTON — Texas A&M and law enforcement officials were investigating Thursday night after football coach Kevin Sumlin received a racist and threatening letter at his home. His wife, Charlene Sumlin, posted a picture of the letter , which had a return address in Houston, on Twitter on Thursday night. The handwritten

Tim Tebow’s year mercifully ends with a whimper

Tim Tebow’s final game of the minor league season went much like his first professional baseball season did: no hits, a strikeout and a loss. Beneath the few headline-grabbing diving catches and home runs were performances like Sunday’s, which marked the end of the St. Lucie Mets’ and Tebow’s poor years. The

How one injury threw college football season into chaos

For three quarters, it was a perfect night. The game equaled the hype, billed by the organizers of the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic as the “G.O.A.T.,” as in the greatest opener of all time. It was a defensive struggle, physical and featuring big hitting and little offense. There was little separation between

Sam Darnold isn’t afraid of his growing legend — or Jets future

LOS ANGELES — Not much flusters Sam Darnold. The USC quarterback led one of the greatest comebacks in Rose Bowl history, unflinching in the face of a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to Penn State. It was the same poise he showed as a high school sophomore in his first start at San

ESPN football voice quits over the sport’s brain toll

His on-field play helped promote the sport for five years, and he helped the game grow from the booth for nearly 20 years. But Ed Cunningham cannot lend his voice to football anymore. The longtime broadcaster and former center resigned from his ESPN college football gig this year, no longer able

Star QB begins top-pick quest by ripping NCAA culture, NFL scouts

Josh Rosen has never been afraid to speak his mind, and the controversial college star isn’t about to stop. Rosen, a junior quarterback at UCLA who could be one of the top picks in the 2018 draft, spoke with Bleacher Report on a cornucopia of topics, but he created headlines with

USC wants no part of O.J. Simpson

The Juice is loose, just not at USC. Trojans head coach Clay Helton said Simpson is not welcome on the USC campus after his expected release from prison in early October. “Right now with USC, what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part

Get to know the 3 stud QBs waiting on other side of Jets tank

By releasing defensive linchpin David Harris on Tuesday, and stating No. 1 wide receiver Eric Decker won’t be back with the team, the Jets essentially have decided they are willing to endure one historically awful season to finally find someone to fill Joe Namath’s spikes. (Unless 2017 is the Year of

Get to know the 3 stud QBs waiting on other side of Jets tank

By releasing defensive linchpin David Harris on Tuesday, and stating No. 1 wide receiver Eric Decker won’t be back with the team, the Jets essentially have decided they are willing to endure one historically awful season to finally find someone to fill Joe Namath’s spikes. (Unless 2017 is the Year of

Get to know the 3 stud QBs waiting on other side of Jets tank

By releasing defensive linchpin David Harris on Tuesday, and stating No. 1 wide receiver Eric Decker won’t be back with the team, the Jets essentially have decided they are willing to endure one historically awful season to finally find someone to fill Joe Namath’s spikes. (Unless 2017 is the Year of