Deshaun Watson’s return: Why we can’t pit Browns fans against survivors of sexual violence

Deshaun Watson returns to the NFL this week, after serving an 11-game suspension and showing no contrition. Twenty-nine women have publicly shared accounts of sexual assault or harassment by Watson. The NFL responded by handing him a suspension, and the Browns responded by handing him their team. Cleveland traded three first-round picks for Watson. They … Read more

Rose Bowl to acquiesce on 2024 College Football Playoff expansion

The Granddaddy of Them All is falling in line. The Rose Bowl, after months of delay, has agreed to amend its contract to pave the way for an expansion of the College Football Playoff in two years, sources say. Sports Illustrated. The CFP is expected to announce soon that the Playoff will expand from four … Read more

Auburn brings in Hugh Freeze, but the hiring comes with baggage

In the past few days since reports of Auburn’s hiring of Hugh Freeze began to surface, the football coach’s past transgressions have returned to the forefront, from NCAA violations under his watch at Ole Miss to his social media use. The overall reaction was part of the pushback to Freeze’s hire on social media and … Read more

Fox’s Brady Quinn Takes Nasty Shot at ESPN’s Booger McFarland

1. Apologies up front for writing about something that took place five days ago, but even though I’ve been off since last Wednesday and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about broadcaster-on-broadcaster crime. You may recall that last week, ESPN’s Booger McFarland generated some controversy with this take on Jets quarterback Zack Wilson: … Read more

Conference title games hurt teams chances to make the CFB Playoff

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (humble pie, the Thanksgiving weekend dessert nobody wants, sold separately in Columbus): First Quarter Conference Championship Games Are Here to Jeopardize the Playoff Assuming the College Football Playoff selection committee sees things the same way as most of the rest of us (a risky … Read more

CFP expansion’s future is in the hands of the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is on the clock. The CFP executive board of presidents does not plan to guarantee the Rose Bowl game its request for an exclusive Jan. 1 window in future iterations of an expanded playoff, sources say, and they have given the sport’s oldest operating bowl a deadline. Believed to be the last … Read more